Grandma Chunkie’s Chocolate Pie Recipe

My Grandma Chunkie made the best Chocolate Pie! With only 5 ingredients, this rich chocolate pie recipe is a quick and easy dessert everyone loves!

Grandma's Chocolate Pie recipe. With only 5 ingredients, this rich chocolate pie recipe is a quick and easy dessert.

Grandma Chunkie’s Chocolate Pie Recipe

This chocolate pie recipe is our family tradition thanks to my fun Great-Grandma Chunkie! I remember Grandma Chunkie as a fun little spit fire with pink tinted hair and always wearing a cute apron. I guess she was heavy as a child and that’s where the name came from. All my great-aunts and uncles had nicknames. One was even called Aunt No No.

I loved going to Grandma Chunkie’s house, because she was always baking something tasty. She grew up working in her family’s restaurant in Tulsa. She also let me play with all her jewelry (clip on earrings!) and make-up. I loved hearing stories of her travels and times when she dated a pro-wrestler… the kind like you see now on the WWF! Ha.

She would tell me crazy stories, like how you had to be careful traveling back when she was a girl because Indians would kidnap you. Or the time she and her brother ran away when they were really little. They tied themselves together so they wouldn’t get lost (or kidnapped by Indians) on the train. Who knows what was the truth? Ha!

Originally Published May 7, 2009

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Born in 1908 as Lily Maybell, Grandma Chunkie later changed her name to Lillian.

Grandma Chunkie was also a sister of Christ! When I would go on ski trips, she would pray on a cloth and make me put it in my pocket to keep me safe:-) In college, I would get these little prayer cloths in the mail every now and then.

This photo of Grandma Chunkie is probably from the 1940’s. I think she is alive and well in my daughter! I see a lot of Grandma Chunkie in my own little spit fire.

 

The best Chocolate Pie

Grandma Chunkie made THE best pies! Usually for our Thanksgiving dinners, we would have about three pumpkin pies along with banana, lemon and chocolate. I never liked pumpkin pie, so she always made me my own mini chocolate pie. A Thanksgiving tradition, I started with my kids. I’ve posted this recipe before, but in case you missed it, here it is again. Enjoy!!

Grandma's Chocolate Pie recipe. With only 5 ingredients, this rich chocolate pie recipe is a quick and easy dessert everyone loves!

 

Grandma Chunkie’s Easy to Make Rich & Creamy Chocolate Pie

For all you chocoholics, this pie is a must! Here’s the recipe that she wrote on a small piece of paper. You can print the recipe below.

Ingredients

  • One large Hershey Candy Bar (milk chocolate) 8 oz (now I get 2 large chocolate bars)
  • 18 large marshmallows cut up
  • 1/2 cup sweet milk (I don’t know what that meant… so I just use regular milk)
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip
  • Baked Pie Shell

Directions

  1. Melt Candy bar and marshmallows in milk over low fire until smooth. Cool.
  2. Add 1-9 oz Cool Whip into chocolate mixture
  3. Pour into baked pie shell and keep cool until ready to serve.
  4. Spoon a large helping of Cool Whip on your slice of pie! (I like to add chocolate sprinkles too)

Did you have a grandma like my Great Grandma Chunkie?

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Grandma's Chocolate Pie

Grandma’s Chocolate Pie recipe. With only 5 ingredients, this rich chocolate pie recipe is a quick and easy dessert everyone loves!

  • 2 1.55 oz Hershey candy bars
  • 18 large marshmallows cut up
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 oz Cool Whip or Homemade Whipped Cream
  • 1 Baked Pie Crust
  1. Bake the pie shell and let cool.

  2. Melt candy bar and marshmallows in milk over low fire until smooth. Let cool.
  3. Stir in one 9 oz. Cool Whip into chocolate mixture.
  4. Pour into baked pie shell and keep cool until ready to serve.
  5. Spoon a large helping of cool whip on your slice of pie!

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Autumn Spice Punch Recipe

An easy Autumn Spice Punch Recipe made with Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea, apple juice and fall spices. A perfect drink to serve for Thanksgiving or at your next Holiday party. It’s a simple Holiday punch recipe the whole family will love!

Easy Autumn Spice Punch Recipe with sweet tea, apple juice and fall spices. A perfect Holiday drink for Thanksgiving, a Christmas party or baby shower.

This post is sponsored by Milo’s.

Quick & Easy Autumn Spice Punch Recipe

This year, we’ll be home for the holidays and that means coming up with new recipe ideas. Today, I’m sharing a simple and beautiful Autumn Spice Punch Recipe made with Milo’s Award Winning Tea that the whole family can enjoy!

My family loves iced tea, so I thought instead of serving the usual iced tea, I would make it extra special with a little spice and everything nice. Holiday punch is always a great party drink to impress your guests. This recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving, a fall or Christmas party and even a baby shower! This tasty punch is made with Milo’s Sweet Tea, apple juice and autumn spices. It literally takes minutes to make and will look amazing on your holiday table!

Easy Autumn Spice Punch Recipe with sweet tea, apple juice and fall spices. A perfect Holiday drink.

All Natural Award Winning Tea

Milo’s tea is so good! It’s an all natural award winning tea fresh brewed from real tea leaves. My kids love sweet tea, so I love the fact that their tea is sweetened with a clean ingredient list of pure cane sugar and no preservatives or added acids. It’s perfect for a holiday punch.

Easy Autumn Spice Punch Recipe with sweet tea, apple juice and fall spices.

Milo’s famous sweet tea recipe is the same recipe that was brewed by Milo back in 1946! Being able to buy the gallon jugs makes this Autumn Spice Punch recipe so easy to make. Using it saves you time not having to brew your own tea.

I really like buying this tea because, not only do they use all natural ingredients, but Milo’s Tea Company is a family, women-owned business. Founded by Milo Carlton in 1946 as a restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama, his tea recipe became so popular that buy 1989 the family started selling it by the gallon. The company is now run by Milo Carlton’s granddaughter.

Easy Autumn Spice Punch Recipe with fresh fruit and fall spices.

Autumn Spice Punch Is Not Only Easy, But Beautiful

I love pretty holiday food, but making delicious drinks is way more fun to me! A simple drink can have beautiful garnish that makes people feel special. Adding slices of oranges, apples and cinnamon sticks to this punch makes it a sure winner for Thanksgiving! If making it for Christmas, just add some cranberries for a dash of red.

Easy Autumn Spice Punch Recipe with fresh fruit and fall spices.

Where to Find Milo’s Famous Tea

If get Milo’s tea at Walmart in the refrigerated juice section. It’s also available in no calorie sweetened with sucralose or unsweet. Click Here to find a store with Milo’s near you.

Easy Autumn Spice Punch Recipe with Milos Tea, fresh fruit and fall spices.

Print the Autumn Spice Punch Recipe

I hope you enjoy this easy Autumn Spice Punch recipe for your next holiday dinner!

An easy Autumn Spice Punch Recipe made with sweet tea, apple juice and fall spices. A perfect drink to serve for Thanksgiving, a Christmas party or baby shower. A simple Holiday punch recipe the whole family will love! #punch #drinks

Autumn Spice Punch

An easy Autumn Spice Punch Recipe made with sweet tea, apple juice and fall spices. A perfect drink to serve for Thanksgiving, a Christmas party or baby shower. A simple Holiday punch recipe the whole family will love!

  • 4 cups Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea (chilled)
  • 4 cups apple juice (chilled)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 red apple
  • 1 green apple
  • 4-6 cinnamon sticks
  1. Combine the sweet tea and apple juice into a punch bowl or large pitcher.
  2. Using a whisk, mix the nutmeg and cinnamon into the punch. Mix well until most of the spices are dissolved.
  3. Add the juice of one orange and stir some more.
  4. Slice the remaining orange and apples to use as garnish.
  5. Serve cold and top with cinnamon sticks, orange and apple slices before serving.
  • For a Christmas holiday punch, add cranberries to your garnish list.
  • If you prefer an adults only punch, I suggest adding a half cup of Apple Whiskey.

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Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing

Last updated on November 5th, 2018 at 05:48 pm

This Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing is a delicious southern Thanksgiving side dish or everyday dinner recipe! The combination of apples and sausage lets you enjoy sweet and savory flavors all in one bite.

 

Easy Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Whether you call it dressing or stuffing, it’s all delicious! I made up a new recipe for Sausage Apple Cornbread Dressing to try this Thanksgiving and it turned out so amazing! This dressing recipe is a fun twist on southern cornbread dressing.

I’m very picky about cornbread dressing since it’s both my husband and mine’s favorite Thanksgiving side dish. I’m happy to share this dressing (or stuffing) recipe with you because it turned out to be so tasty! I will be making it a lot more often for an everyday dinner, not just on special holiday dinners.

Originally published November 25, 2013

This cornbread dressing is a delicious Thanksgiving side dish or dinner recipe! Apples and sausage gives you sweet and savory flavors all in one bite.

A Twist on Cornbread Dressing

I have seen savory recipes that called for apples, but never eaten them in my cornbread dressing, so it was the perfect reason to do some test cooking before the big day.

This dressing recipe is not all cornbread. I mixed in some sour dough bread and used spicy turkey sausage, but you could use any kind of sausage you like. My son said I need to use “real” sausage next time. So I will do as he says. Ha! Personally, I thought the turkey sausage was fantastic and like that it has a lot less fat than regular pork sausage.

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Adding something sweet to your savory dressing is perfect!

For the sweet to my savory dish, I used a small amount of apples cooked in white wine. The wine cooked apples gave the apples a nice tart and tangy sweet flavoring which complimented the spicy sausage.

When you’re done, this easy cornbread dressing is ready to be eaten right out of the oven. It goes perfect with your left over white wine!

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Try this Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing for dinner sometime. It’s crunchy, sweet and savory all rolled into one dish… delicious!

More Thanksgiving Recipes to try:

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Do you call it dressing or stuffing?

We had a fun conversation about this on my Facebook page! Come see what people said. I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you make it, let me know if you liked it in the comments below.

This Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing is a delicious Thanksgiving side dish or everyday dinner recipe! The combination of apples and sausage lets you enjoy sweet and savory flavors in one bite.

Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing

This Southern Cornbread Dressing is a delicious Thanksgiving side dish or everyday dinner recipe! The combination of apples and sausage lets you enjoy sweet and savory flavors all in one bite.

  • 4 links spicy Italian turkeysausage
  • 2 boxes Jiffy Cornbread Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 loaf sour dough bread, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 granny smith apples, peeled a chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix cornbread, milk and eggs and bake according to the package.
  3. Cook sausage in a skillet. Remove from pan and slice.
  4. Remove cornbread from oven and cut into small squares and arrange on a baking sheet.
  5. Cut sour dough bread into cubes and arrange on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake bread for 8 minutes or until toasted.
  7. Reduce oven to 350 degrees
  8. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  9. Add celery, onions, apples and brown sugar. Cook for 2-3 minutes until brown.
  10. Add wine and cook 2-3 more minutes.
  11. Add thyme, parsley, sage, rosemary, salt, pepper and chicken broth. Stir until fully heated.
  12. Add bread and sausage to a large bowl and pour the skillet mixture over it all.
  13. Gently toss and add more broth if it seems too dry.
  14. Transfer your dressing mix into a baking dish.
  15. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until the top is crispy.

To skip toasting the bread, you can bake and cube your bread the night before, then leave it out to dry.

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Butterscotch Caramel Coffee

This simple Butterscotch Caramel Coffee Recipe makes the perfect drink for cold nights! Get the free printable recipe card for a party coffee bar.

This simple Butterscotch Caramel Coffee Recipe makes the perfect drink for cold nights! Get the free printable recipe card for a party coffee bar. Fun idea for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any holiday party. #coffee #drinks #butterscotch

Easy Butterscotch Caramel Coffee Recipe

I’m a coffee lover! When we had a blast of cold weather here in Dallas, it got me craving a warm drink, so I came up with this Butterscotch Caramel Coffee Recipe with some items I had in my kitchen.

This spiked coffee turned out so tasty that it was hard not to have several cups! I kept my will power though and stuck to my low carb diet by only having one! A girl has to have a few sweet treats here and there to make life worth living right? I’m all about rewards and since I have lost nearly 10 pounds in a week… I deserved one. Yay!

Originally published September 2017

Butterscotch Caramel Coffee Recipe. Perfect for a cold night! LivingLocurto.com

Not only is this good to make for yourself, but would make a fabulous party drink. I designed a free printable label for a coffee bar station so all you have to do is set out the ingredients and let your party guests mix up their own drink. Less work for the hostess (YOU) and fun for the guests!

Serve this delicious hot coffee drink at your next holiday party and coffee lovers will love you just about as much as they do their coffee!

This simple Butterscotch Caramel Coffee Recipe makes the perfect drink for cold nights! Get the free printable recipe card for a party coffee bar.

What You’ll Need For Butterscotch Caramel Coffee:

  • 1 large cup of coffee. About 10-12 ounces
  • 2 pinches of cinnamon
  • ounce butterscotch schnapps*
  • 1 ounce heavy whipping cream or half and half
  • tablespoon caramel sauce and a bit extra for drizzling on top
  • Whipped Cream

*For a non-alcohol version, substitute butterscotch syrup for the butterscotch schnapps.

 

How to Make A Coffee Bar Station

I love having drink stations like a soda bar set up for a party. A coffee bar is a simple dessert station for coffee lovers!

Set out mugs, spoons, ingredients and the printable Butterscotch Caramel Coffee recipe card for guests to create their own drinks. Be sure to place cold items such as whipped cream in a bucket of ice to keep chilled.

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Free Printable Butterscotch Caramel Coffee Recipe Card

Download the Free Printable Recipe Card here and print it out for your next party!

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Butterscotch Caramel Coffee

This simple Butterscotch Caramel Coffee Recipe makes the perfect drink for cold nights! Get the free printable recipe card for a party coffee bar.

  • 1 10 oz cup of coffee
  • 2  pinches cinnamon
  • 1  ounce  butterscotch schnapps*
  • 1 ounce heavy whipping cream or half and half
  • 1  tablespoon  caramel sauce and a bit extra for drizzling on top
  • Whipped Cream
  1. Brew the coffee and pour into a mug.
  2. Add 1 pinch of cinnamon, butterscotch schnapps, cream, and caramel sauce and stir.
  3. Add whipped cream on the top, drizzle with caramel sauce and add a pinch of cinnamon before serving.

*For a non-alcohol version, substitute butterscotch syrup for the butterscotch schnapps.

Leave out the cream if you prefer your coffee dark and less sweet.

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5 Things You Can Make with Puff Pastry

The holidays and all of the delicious eating that goes with them are upon us!  In preparation I’ve been playing with a few recipes and rounded up my favorite uses for puff pastry.  These 5 things you can make with puff pastry met my criteria by being easy, yummy and quick to make!  Some are for grown-up tastebuds (no sharing) and some are perfect for kids.  All of them perfectly go along with any holiday dinner and can be made ahead of time or use leftovers for the afterparty.

1. The Kids Favorite:

quick and easy appetizers for thanksgiving and christmas

These Parmesan Puff Stars  will easily make you the favorite mom/dad/aunt/uncle/grandma/grandpa at Thanksgiving.  These are kid-tested and approved and are not only fun to eat but fun to make!  If you’re looking for an appetizer that your 8 year old can be in charge of, this is it!

You’ll need:

  • 1 puff pastry sheet
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

1. Preheat your oven to 360°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Roll out the puff pastry sheet onto a floured surface. Use a star shaped cookie cutter to cut out individual pastry stars and place half of them them on the baking sheet. Add parmesan cheese and top with another puff pastry star. Using the beaten egg, apply a thin layer of egg wash to the top of each pastry star. You can sprinkle a little cheese on top if you want.
3. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until the stars are puffed and golden. Serve immediately or keep in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

 

2. The Fancy Appetizer

quick and easy appetizers for thanksgiving and christmas

If you’re having a more formal family get-together these Meatball Wellington‘s are so easy to make and so pretty to put on a plate!  They are also kid-approved and would make the perfect appetizer to a multiple course dinner.  I could not believe how easily they came together and how impressive they look when they’re done!

You’ll need:

  • Thawed puff pastry, cut into 4-inch squares
  • Meatballs (link includes meatball recipe, or Costco’s work great!)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Tomato sauce, for serving
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Flour your work surface. Place puff pastry squares onto surface.

3. Add a heaping tablespoon of shredded mozzarella onto center of pastry square. Place meatball on top of the cheese.

4. Wrap puff pastry around meatball. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet, seam side down. Brush with egg wash.

5. Bake for 25 minutes.

6. Serve atop tomato sauce, and garnish with parsley.

 

See More: Easy 3 Ingredient Appetizers

 

3. The Standard Favorite:

quick and easy appetizers for thanksgiving and christmas

What is a party without spinach dip?  I opted to make these Creamy Spinach Roll-Ups with pre-made spinach and artichoke dip but the recipe links back to a homemade version.  

You’ll need:

1 Box of Puff Pastry Sheets (2 Sheets)
1 Egg
1 Tub Spinach + Artichoke Dip (link has homemade recipe)
 
1. Unroll Puff Pastry Sheets and Brush both sides with Egg.
2. Spread Cream Cheese and Spinach Mixture over one side of the Puff Pastry.
3. Roll Up the Puff Pastry and Slice with a sharp Knife.
4. Place rolls on a Baking Sheet and bake at 400 Degrees for 20 Minutes or until the Puff Pastry turns a golden color.
 

The Spicy Favorite:

quick and easy appetizers for thanksgiving and christmas
 
I love a good jalepeno popper and these are exactly that!  These JALAPEÑO POPPER PIES blend cream cheese, pepper jack and jalepeno perfectly with the fluffy crispy puff pastry.  So yummy and the kids don’t usually love them (spicy) so more for me!
 
You’ll need:
  • egg
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • large jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 package Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

1. Heat the oven to 400°F.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Stir the cream cheese, pepper Jack cheese and jalapeño peppers in a medium bowl. 

2. Unfold 1 pastry sheet on the work surface.  Using a round cutter, cut the pastry sheet into 12 (2-inch) circles.  Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet.

3. Spoon about 1 tablespoon cream cheese mixture in the center of each of 12 pastry circles.  Brush the edges of the pastry circles with the egg.  Place the remaining pastry circles over the filling.  Crimp the edges with a fork to seal.  Brush the filled pastries with the egg and sprinkle with the salt.  Using a sharp knife, cut small slits in the tops of the pastries.  Place the pastries on the baking sheets.

4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown.  Let the pastries cool on the baking sheets on wire racks for 10 minutes.

 

See More: 5 Easy Appetizers For New Year’s Eve

 

5.  Perfect for Leftovers

quick and easy appetizers for thanksgiving and christmas

If you never know what to do with leftover cranberry sauce, this recipe is for you.  These 3-Ingredient Cranberry Brie Bites make the yummiest little appetizers and quickly use up any leftover cranberry sauce you might have after a big Thanksgiving dinner.  If you know you won’t possibly eat what you have, you could even make them along with your dinner.  And if you’ve never made cranberry sauce from scratch check out this recipe-it’s impossibly easy and so delicious!

You’ll need:

  • 1 package frozen Puff Pastry, thawed
  • 1/2 lb Brie cheese
  • 1 cup Cranberry Sauce (purchased or homemade)

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the sheets into approximately 3 inch x 3 inch squares. Press each square into a muffin cavity.

2. Cube the cheese – about a 3/4 inch cube for each. Place a cube of brie in the center of each puff pastry square. Top the brie with a small dollop (about 2 tsp) of cranberry sauce.

3. Bake 10 minutes or until puff pastry corners are toasted lightly brown.

4. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

 

Have any other favorite puff pasty appetizers?  Share with us below!

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Turkey Vegetable Tray, Travel and Thankful Thoughts

I’m sharing more cute Thanksgiving Turkey Vegetable Tray photos and thoughts about being thankful. Come join the fun…

Enjoy a fun Thanksgiving Turkey Vegetable Tray and thoughts about being thankful!

Before making my Thanksgiving dinner grocery list (which is very late in the making!), I decided to take a few minutes to write out what I’m thankful for this year. After going through the hardest year of my life, it’s nice to think about the good.

Writing down the things that we’re thankful for keeps sad thoughts at bay and helps us think about the positive things in life.

I love this quote…

Enjoy a fun Thanksgiving Turkey Vegetable Tray and thoughts about being thankful!

One thing I’m thankful for is getting to visit so many wonderful places! My goal for next year is to find time to write about my travels. For now, I post photos on Instagram until I can find time to write here on the blog.

I was recently at a retreat in beautiful Jamaica where one of our assignments was to write in a journal for five minutes about where we are in life right now. Maybe you could imagine you are sitting with me on this amazing pool bed at the Hyatt Ziva and write for five minutes about what you are thankful for? That’s what I’m imagining that I’m doing now:-) Boy it sure is starting to get hot out here don’t you think????

Poolside pool Hyatt Ziva Resort. Amy Locurto travel and food blogger from Texas in Jamaica. Living Locurto blog

My thankful list is getting rather long now. It is sure much easier when writing at this gorgeous pool:-)

One important thing on my list is that I’M VERY THANKFUL FOR YOU!!! Yes, you!

I pinch myself at least once a week that I’ve gotten the chance to know so many great people and do so many interesting things through writing this blog. You are certainly at the top of my list! I wish we could chat in person, but just know that I read every email and comment that comes through and so thankful for you!

Long time reader, Megan, recently wrote me such a nice note…

“Your beautiful turkey has become a Baum family tradition! Long time reader of your blog. I get so many wonderful ideas and inspiration from you. Keep crafting and making things cute and festive!” ~ Megan

She was taking about my Turkey Vegetable Tray and shared her own veggie tray photos from the past 3 years!

2014…

Enjoy a fun Thanksgiving Turkey Vegetable Tray and thoughts about being thankful!

2015…

Enjoy a fun Thanksgiving Turkey Vegetable Tray and thoughts about being thankful!

2016…

Enjoy a fun Thanksgiving Turkey Vegetable Tray and thoughts about being thankful!

Thanks so much for making my year with your turkey vegetable tray photos Megan! I’m so happy to know that I help bring joy into other’s homes.

Now that’s something to jump for joy about!

Jumping for joy! Amy Locurto travel and food blogger from Texas in Jamaica. Click retreat. Living Locurto blog.

Have I given you the travel bug yet? I’ve sure got it!! While waiting for my turkey to cook, I think I’ll be browsing here to see where I can go next! Dreaming about Hawaii for sure.

I want to thank my friends Tammillee and Amy for these fun photos so we could dream of being on vacation today!

 

So what are you thankful for?

If you want to share your thoughts, photos or Living Locurto creations with me, please share on Instagram with the hashtag #LivingLocurto. I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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8 Things to Buy VS Make for Thanksgiving

The theme of this holiday season for me is to simplify.  I am pregnant, I am tired and I just want to try and enjoy my family for the holidays instead of drive myself crazy trying to pinterest this thanksgiving.  I often put so much pressure on myself to overdo the holidays, and after years of trial and error I feel like I’ve found a sweet spot for putting together a great Thanksgiving dinner.  You see, Grandma Costco makes many delicious dishes-dishes that I shouldn’t even try to compete with, right?  Here’s my list of things to make vs things to buy.  I’m not even suggesting that you follow this completely, but consider what you could let go of and give yourself, and your oven, a rest!

1. Turkey: Buy

Thanksgiving Make VS Buy

Our local BBQ place smokes the most amazing turkey.  After trying it one year, we were hooked.  It’s like having a whole bird of smoked turkey leg from Disneyland.  I actually enjoy making turkey-but it doesn’t top this, and having the space in my oven on Thanksgiving day pushes this over the edge of being the best thing ever.  Consider outsourcing your turkey.

2. Pumpkin Pie: Buy

Thanksgiving Make VS Buy

Costco makes the most delicious giant pumpkin pie for $5.99.  You just buy it, bring it home, and eat it.  Done.  No rolling crust, no wrapping crust in tinfoil so it doesn’t burn while you cook the pumpkin for 2 hours and no spilling runny pumpkin pie filling all over your kitchen.  For the price and size ingredients cost almost exactly the same.  Grandma Costco is making my pumpkin pie this year.

3. Mashed Potatoes: Make

Thanksgiving Make VS Buy

Mashed Potatoes are just too easy and too cheap not to make homemade!  A bag of potatoes is only a few dollars and I love my mashed potatoes with the skins on so it’s not even very labor intensive.  We cut them up, boil them, drain them and mash with sour cream, butter, garlic and salt/pepper.  Too easy to not make at home!

4. Rolls: Make

Thanksgiving Make VS Buy

I’m actually on the fence about rolls.  The reason I have them as a “make” item is because no one makes homemade baked goods anymore and if we stop making them once a year at Thanksgiving we will lose the art!  And my grandma’s rolls recipe is the best.  If you have a favorite bakery that makes the best rolls in the world, I understand why this would quickly be on the “buy” list.  Baking is labor intensive and messy!

5. Cranberry Sauce: Make

Thanksgiving Make VS Buy

I recently found out how easy it is to make cranberry sauce and I’m hooked!  You can make it a week ahead (bonus), most recipes make lots (send a homemade jar home with your guests as a favor), and it is SO YUMMY homemade!  Worth making!

6. Stuffing: Buy

Thanksgiving Make VS Buy

I hate stuffing.  I am not the right person to ask about this because in my opinion it’s all gross so why not buy stove top and call it a day?

7. Gravy: Buy

Thanksgiving Make VS Buy

There are 2 reasons I advocate for buying gravy: first, I’m not making turkey so I have no drippings to work with and second, I hate trying to strain piping hot drippings, seperate fat and then worry about beating out the lumps.  It’s a lot of work for something that can so easily be purchased for a small price.

8. Relish Tray/Veggie Tray: Make if you have kids, Buy if you don’t

Thanksgiving Make VS Buy

If you have children, this is the perfect Thanksgiving day job for them.  Cutting and arranging a veggie plate and relish tray is the highlight of my girls day and I love that they have a way to contribute to the meal.  If you don’t have kids and don’t want to be bothered-this is such an easy buy!

What are your favorite Thanksgiving Day dishes and do you make them or buy them?

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What to Watch over Thanksgiving Weekend

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What to Watch over Thanksgiving Weekend

Now that you have the menu all planned, it’s time to focus your attention to a very pressing matter – what to watch over Thanksgiving weekend.

What To Watch Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Warm up with a movie with Thanksgiving vibes: Of course you have a hankering for something surrounding the holiday. One of these movies should satisfy your cravings. From the traditional Charlie Brown to the dysfunctional family to the feel-good movie, one of these should be just the movie to keep the holiday mood.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Free Birds

Addams Family Values (Amazon Prime)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Pieces of April

Home for the Holidays

The Blind Side

Settle in for a Family Flick: If you want a good movie for the whole gang, pick one of these and have a movie night.

Rudy

Nanny McPhee (Netflix)

Matilda (Amazon Prime)

Holes (Netflix)

Charlotte’s Web (Netflix)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe (Netflix)

Annie (Amazon Prime)

Mary Poppins

Binge Watch the Weekend Away: Thanksgiving weekend is just the time to binge watch a TV series. Fire up Netflix or Amazon Prime, put on your sweats, and carve out the spot on the couch. You deserve an hour or 17 to watch something just for yourself. No need to be productive over the holiday weekend, amiright?

Better Off Ted

The Great British Baking Show

The Good Wife

Poldark

New Girl

Call the Midwife

Fixer Upper

The Crown

House

Friday Night Lights

Hart of Dixie

Suits

Arrested Development

Veronica Mars

Kick off Christmas: Of course Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to kick-off the countdown to Christmas. So if none of these are jolly enough for your, check out the Freeform 25 Days of Christmas 2016 Schedule. There is plenty of Christmas cheer to go around.

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Savory Turkey Cranberry Apple Baked Brie Braid

With the holidays right around the corner, I’m happy to share this delicious and easy Savory Turkey Cranberry Apple Baked Brie Braid recipe!

Just imagine biting into Thanksgiving dinner all at once. That’s what this recipe tastes like! Plus, I’ve been dying to share my amazing experience of visiting a turkey farm for the first time.

This easy savory braided turkey dish is like taking a bite of Thanksgiving! A great family dinner recipe or holiday party appetizer anytime of the year. LivingLocurto.com

It all started when Honeysuckle White Turkey invited me to learn more about them by visiting a local turkey farm here in Texas. Have you ever been to a turkey farm? I’m going to guess… no. I’m the same, so of course I was interested.

I joined two other food bloggers in Austin where we each got paired with different turkey farmers, then based on the experience of our visit, created a recipe to celebrate an early Thanksgiving dinner with our farmers.

Ken and Dana from Sedberry Farm were the farmers I got to visit for the day. They are the sweetest couple who take such great pride in their farm! I love the fact that Honeysuckle White works with over 700 independent farmers and all turkeys are raised without growth-promoting antibiotics. This is very important as we all want to feed our family the best quality foods!

Honeysuckle White Turkey Farmers - Ken and Dana

I was so impressed with the way the entire family helps out on the farm! Their young son even has chores. What’s fun is they haven’t always been farmers. Dana started out as a registered nurse and Ken was a software engineer. Now they’re applying those skills to raising turkeys with care.

Texas Food blogger Amy Locurto takes a Honeysuckle White Turkey Farm Tour.

 

While I was at the turkey farm, a production crew was filming my visit. It was a full day of shooting at the farm. Here’s some behind the scene photos. (Scroll down to see the beautiful video they created!)

Texas Food blogger Amy Locurto takes a Honeysuckle White Turkey Farm Tour. Behind the scenes video shoot with blogger.Texas Food blogger Amy Locurto takes a Honeysuckle White Turkey Farm Tour. Behind the scenes video shoot.

 

The next day, we had a special event planned at a beautiful location for our dinner with the farmers. Can you believe this gorgeous place? WOW! I was so excited to meet the other turkey farmers and get to enjoy this setting for dinner.

Beautiful Fall Table Decorations

I couldn’t stop taking photos. Can you blame me?

Beautiful Fall Table Decorations and Autumn Flowers

After shopping for our recipe ingredients we headed into the kitchen to start cooking. Well, cooking and filming. A LOT of filming! I realize now that it takes about 3 extra hours to cook what normally takes 40 minutes when you have a huge film crew in the kitchen with you.

I got to know everyone very well in all of that time. A little too well I think. Ha! It was fun to cook a turkey dinner along side my new blog friends!

Texas Food blogger Amy Locurto takes a Honeysuckle White Turkey Farm Tour. Behind the scenes video shoot with blogger.

My dish was created for my farmer Dana as this will be the first Thanksgiving she will host in her home. I figured she and Ken probably had a lot of turkey, so she could make a quick and easy appetizer for her family that tastes like a bite of Thanksgiving all rolled into one.

I’ve got the entire ingredients and directions that you can print below, but here is quick run down of the Savory Turkey Cranberry Apple Baked Brie Braid recipe. It’s SO GOOD!

First, I spiced up some ground turkey meat with chipolte spices, garlic, fresh rosemary, thyme and bacon crumbles. Added onto a sheet of puff pastry, then topped with brie and my homemade fast and easy cranberry apple sauce.

This easy savory braided turkey dish is like taking a bite of Thanksgiving! A great family dinner recipe or holiday party appetizer anytime of the year. LivingLocurto.com

Then sliced the puff pastry to begin the braid.

This easy savory braided turkey dish is like taking a bite of Thanksgiving! A great family dinner recipe or holiday party appetizer anytime of the year. LivingLocurto.com

Start by folding the bottom and the top over the turkey mixture, then criss cross the pieces to look like a braid. Tuck under any extra pieces. Add an egg wash over the top before baking.

This easy savory braided turkey dish is like taking a bite of Thanksgiving! A great family dinner recipe or holiday party appetizer anytime of the year. LivingLocurto.com

No matter how you braid this dish, you CAN NOT mess it up. Look at how pretty it turns out!

This easy savory braided turkey dish is like taking a bite of Thanksgiving! A great family dinner recipe or holiday party appetizer anytime of the year. LivingLocurto.com

After a long day of cooking, we got changed and ready to meet all of the turkey farmers for dinner.

I’m so happy that I caught my new blog friends, Yvette and Tanya’s personalities in this photo. Not only did I get to meet some amazing turkey farmers, but also inspiring bloggers!

Honeysuckle White Turkey Farm Tour. Behind the scenes Thanksgiving Dinner.

Isn’t this a gorgeous Thanksgiving dinner table?

This easy savory braided turkey dish is like taking a bite of Thanksgiving! A great family dinner recipe or holiday party appetizer anytime of the year. LivingLocurto.com

I spy my turkey recipe!

This easy savory braided turkey dish is like taking a bite of Thanksgiving! A great family dinner recipe or holiday party appetizer anytime of the year. LivingLocurto.com

What’s so funny is while we were waiting to eat, Dana kept asking which blogger made my dish because it looked so good. When I told her I made it for her, she was so excited!

Texas Food blogger Amy Locurto takes a Honeysuckle White Turkey Farm Tour. Behind the scenes Thanksgiving Dinner.

What a special day! I’m so thankful to have met such wonderful farmers who are the heart of our country.

Texas Food blogger Amy Locurto takes a Honeysuckle White Turkey Farm Tour. Behind the scenes Thanksgiving Dinner.

I hope you’ll take time to watch this gorgeous video of our trip and that it inspires you to make “an honest meal” at home with your friends and family this holiday season!

Get all of our recipes and learn more about Honeysuckle White –> HERE.

This trip was truly an unforgettable experience!

Be sure to click here to learn more about Honeysuckle White. Find them on Facebook and Instagram too.

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The 5 Best Turkey How To Videos on YouTube

Let’s talk turkey. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and if you’re in charge of the turkey for the first or fifteenth time, there is always some new and magical to learn.

AND, let’s face it…cooking that bird is stressful. Unless you’re my Dad, or my Aunt, who seem to be able to just effortlessly whip up that turkey year after year. Maybe we should put them on YouTube…

Our first stab at cooking a turkey was a few years ago when we hosted our first Thanksgiving. I was so nervous. Now, I’m no rookie in the kitchen, but there is something about the investment of money, time, and the fact that this holiday is about THE FOOD…makes it pretty important not to mess up THE FOOD.

That’s where YouTube came in. Because seeing someone cook that bird, is different than reading it about it and seeing one glorious photo of the finished product in your cookbook.

Especially when you’re dealing with directions that are guiding you through cleaning and then subsequently stuffing a body cavity.

Moving on.

Here are five of the best turkey how to videos on YouTube. They are the best because they are simple to follow, don’t require some trip to an exotic grocery store for a high-priced ingredient, don’t require special equipment, and look absolutely FANTASTIC when the bird is done.

Happy Thanksgiving! May your turkey be delicious and may your family refrain from talking about the election results at dinner.

The 5 Best Turkey How To Videos on YouTube

The 5 Best Turkey How To Videos on YouTube

SUPER BASIC
If you’ve never laid eyes on a turkey and/or roasting pan, this is the tutorial for you. No fancy pants techniques.

 

NEXT LEVEL 
Because you’re also going to be making the foundation of a delicious gravy too.

 

UPSIDE DOWN 
Want to MacGyver some turkey? Grab a loaf of bread, it’s time to expand your horizons.

 

MAGICAL BUTTER 
Lots of recipes call for buttering the bird. But Gordon’s butter is looks good enough to eat with a spoon. Then he adds BACON. (Christmas Turkey or Thanksgiving turkey…who cares.)

 

BRINE IT 
Want to give a brined turkey a try. Great tips on the logistics of brining—and roasting.

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