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Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms

I thought after Halloween I was going to have those post-holiday blues but guess what guys! The promise of Thanksgiving food in the near future has me so excited! So excited that while I was at Walmart buying ingredients for this recipe, I also bought all kinds of fun turkey themed paper plates, a turkey tablecloth to color on, and some turkey napkins.

Then when the husky ate all the turkey napkins, I happily went back for more napkins and more turkey-themed stuff to put on my table. I’m officially really, really excited to #TasteTheSeason.  

(Why does she eat napkins? Someone tell me.) 

I figured it was time to start sharing some Thanksgiving appropriate food so I picked up some Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Kraft Mayo, and Kraft Parmesan shredded cheese to make my faaaaavorite Thanksgiving appetizer: stuffed mushrooms! 

I don’t know that I’d ever even had a stuffed mushroom before I started crashing my husband’s family’s holiday celebrations where stuffed mushrooms are a staple and quite possibly the most important thing on the table. I’ve been obsessed since then and they are always the first thing I put on our holiday menu. 

And currently, stuffed mushrooms are the only “for sure” thing on my Thanksgiving menu. Why is it so hard to plan these things?! 

Anyway, these are Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms. If you are like me and have trouble deciding between the stuffed mushrooms and the spinach and artichoke dip when you’re standing in front of the appetizer table, these are perfect for you! They’re so delicious with so much texture and they may be one of my favorite things I’ve made all year. 

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Apple-Sage Brined Turkey

This Apple-Sage Brined Turkey Breast recipe I posted a few years ago is my favorite way to cook turkey. And you can totally adapt it to cook a big turkey! 

I have a fun giveaway and exciting news from everyone’s favorite turkey brand, Butterball

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The giveaway prize was sent to me in exchange for this post. 

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Cheesy Corn Dog Muffins

I don’t think I ever talked to you guys about how much I love corn dogs. I’d definitely put them on my top 10 list favorite foods list. Maybe in the top 5. I love them so much.

Once, way back when I was an itty bitty college freshman, I had a vegetarian roommate. For weeks and weeks I craved a Sonic corn dog but refused to get one because I was so worried that she’d be offended by me bringing a corn dog into our room! 

So eventually, after weeks of stressing myself out and even consulting my internet friends because I hadn’t made any actual friends who wouldn’t be scared off if I told them about The Great Corn Dog Debate of 2003, I finally got brave enough to get a dang corn dog and then almost fell down our stupid skinny spiral staircase 5 times trying to get to our room because I was so nervous. And then guess what. She wasn’t even there! I was safe to eat my corn dog in peace, burn the the evidence (just kidding) and then I went back to not eating meat in our room. 

Gahh, I was weird. Also, why is this one of the only memories I have of living in the dorms?

I’m hoping this story proves that I really love corn dogs. Not that I spend too much time thinking about food. 

Anyway, I’ve been spending most of my time napping, being addicted to CNN’s election coverage, and reading Phillippa Gregory books in preparation of my husband coming home soon which leaves very little time for things like cooking dinner. We’ve been having a lot of sandwiches or easy meals like these Cheesy Corn Dog Muffins. They are my current favorite, mostly because I love any excuse to use a Jiffy cornbread mix. I love those things.

My kids all love them too and we easily go through the entire batch. And bonus: they’re super cheap to make! 

Cheesy Corn Dog Muffins

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I know, it’s November and I’m still posting pumpkin recipes. I’m sorry. I strongly believe that pumpkin season runs from October 1 until Christmas. 

Yes, I have strong beliefs about pumpkin. Whatever. 

Plus, I haven’t yet transitioned from a PSL to a Gingerbread Latte so… still pumpkin season! 

Anyway, we didn’t talk about Halloween yesterday. How was it?! Did you eat ALL THE CANDY?! 

I did. But it’s not my fault.

We got ONE trick-or-treater. ONE. So I now have 3 bowls of candy staring at me every time I walk into the kitchen. 

I had a game plan that involved spending the first hour (trick-or-treating on post is 2 hours long) walking around the ‘hood and then the next hour sitting on the porch, handing out candy. Apparently everyone else had the same idea because the neighborhood was completely dead by the time we were ready to hand out candy.

Gahhh, so yeah, I have all this candy. And the good stuff! Almond Joys and White Chocolate Kit Kats! They’re just calling out to me every time I walk by.

Back to the pumpkin. I made scones! Because the cool weather just makes me crave scones for some reason. 

These are Pumpkin White Chocolate Scones and since I love both pumpkin and white chocolate more than I probably should, you know I’m obsessed with these. My children were oddly into them, too. I had one (or two, shhhh) as a midnight snack the day I baked them and then the next morning, my children polished them off. 

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Guess what guys.

I grew that. All of it!

You guys know, I’m completely incapable of keeping a plants alive. Whenever I say this, people always respond with something like, “Oh, try rosemary! It’s impossible to kill!”

Nope, I’ve killed rosemary. A few times.

Part of it is that I live in Colorado. At 6,000 feet above sea level. The sun is so close that you go outside for 15 minutes and you come in smelling burnt. Eww, right? So it’s hard to keep plants from getting scorched. And I know there are some talented people who can do it, but I’m just not one of them.

The other part is that I’m kind of a flake when it comes to watering plants. My succulents, which are the only plants I’ve managed to keep alive for longer than a month, haven’t been watered in… I don’t know, weeks? But somehow they’re still kicking.

So when I got the opportunity to try a Miracle-Gro AeroGarden by AeroGrow, I jumped on it.

I assembled my Miracle-Gro AeroGarden ULTRA LED in less than 2 minutes. I’m not even joking. The parts snapped together easily and then once you turn it on, the Control Panel walks you through all the steps.

I chose to go with herbs because I feel like I spend SO MUCH MONEY on herbs at the grocery store every week. The Seed Pod Kit came with 7 pre-seeded pods – parsley, Thai basil, cilantro, mint, dill, Genovese basil, and chives – and you just pop them into the AeroGarden, fill the bottom basin with water, and put a tiny bit of the specially formulated Liquid Nutrients (plant food) in.

The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden ULTRA LED is on a timer so at 6 am every morning, the Grow Lights come on and then at 11 pm, they turn off. It’s really cool.

It also displays a message whenever you need to feed the plants or fill the water. Plus, every few days, it shows a little tip on how to help your plants grow even better.

I am obsessed with checking the herbs every day. My cilantro (above) has been growing like crazy and that makes me so happy because I can get major use of it. My two basil plants are also growing very quickly – the Thai basil sprouted by the second day!

As of the two week mark, all my herbs have sprouted and like I said, that cilantro’s getting huge!

(Parsley finally starting to poke through on day 13! That Grow Dome on the back is what the pods “wear” for the first few days, until they’ve sprouted and are growing pretty well.)

You can buy your own Miracle-Gro AeroGarden from Aerogarden.com. You can find the AeroGarden 3SL at Walmart.com on 11/1/14 and select Walmart stores beginning 11/14/14. The ULTRA LED is available at Costco.com and select Costco stores.

This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated for writing it. All opinions are mine. 

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