#QuakerUp with Figgy Pudding Baked Oatmeal

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#QuakerUp with Figgy Pudding Baked Oatmeal by Foodtastic Mom

Quaker rolled oats helped to make this delicious, almost dessert-like baked oatmeal… a most definitely Americanized version of the famed “figgy pudding” we sometimes sing about in the carol “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” From what I can gather on Google, English puddings are kind of like fruitcake. They are somewhat dense cakes, containing various dried fruits like figs and often soaked in liquor.

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Butter Holiday Favors

Slow Cooker Cranberry Butter Holiday Favors by Foodtastic Mom

Our kids have now had their first snow day for this school year. Having a snow day before Thanksgiving is extremely early and unusual for us here in Ohio, but we made the most of it. The weathermen and ladies were predicting the “white death” the night before so I stocked up on some food items to get work done that day.

This cranberry butter could not have been easier and it’s so tart and tasty! I was thinking of a yogurt mix-in and Thanksgiving roll topping, but then a follower on my Facebook page mentioned she’d maybe use it for favors for her “Friendsgiving”. That statement got me inspired to think like Martha Stewart (which does not happen often) and package this butter up right.

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Chicken Margherita Freezer Lasagna with Ragú®

I created this ultimate Ragú® #NewTraDish mash-up recipe your whole family will love as part of a sponsored post for SocialStars by Crowdtap. All opinions are my own.

Chicken Margherita Freezer Lasagna with Ragu by Foodtastic Mom

For my second Ragú® mash-up recipe, I created this NewTraDish (a traditional Italian recipe, made more convenient with the inclusion of Ragú® sauces that have an authentic Italian taste American families love) with an eye toward the busy holiday season. Make one lasagna now and one for later that can be stored in the freezer and you’ll be thrilled to remember dinner is ready and waiting for you to thaw when you are frantically wrapping gifts or baking one more batch of cookies.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Sandwiches with Red Pepper Aioli

Slow Cooker Chicken Sandwiches with Red Pepper Aioli by Foodtastic Mom

As promised I have a few slow cooker recipes to keep you nourished between now and the New Year. Your calendars are probably jam-packed like mine, but that doesn’t mean having to eat away from home, always on the run. With a little forethought, you can have a few simple, yet nutrient-filled meals ready to go. This chicken is a great example of a meal that can sit in the refrigerator, waiting on you.

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Perfect Roast Turkey Breast with OXO

Simply Perfect Roast Turkey Breast with OXO by Foodtastic Mom

Let’s talk turkey shall we? But not just any old Tom, I’m roasting a bone-in breast for you, hereafter referred to as “she” or “her”. OXO kindly sent me their #OXOTurkeyDay tool kit to post my very own turkey tutorial and I debated between the whole bird or just the breast.

I have roasted a whole bird in the past, and I do enjoy the image in my head of the majestic platter being carved table-side ala that famous Norman Rockwell painting. For my personal taste and the smallish size of our extended family though, a bone-in breast just works better. I am not a dark meat fan, really no one in our family is. And while the turkey IS the Thanksgiving centerpiece, as the hostess with the mostess, I personally enjoy the sideshow best. I mean come on… mashed potatoes with rivers of gravy, sweet potato soufflé, rolls from scratch thanks to my Grandma’s recipe, ruby red cranberries, a green vegetable of some sort that is “Southernized” for the special occasion in casserole form… and we’re not even to pie yet.

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Slow Cooker Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Slow Cooker Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by Foodtastic Mom

I am all about the quick and easy dinner these days. I wish I had more time to spend but I don’t. And quick can be a relative term when using your slow cooker. Sure, baking potatoes, sweet or otherwise, takes some forethought, but it’s safe to leave the house with your slow cooker on. Which is why I am still scratching my head as to why I am just now getting around to baking my potatoes this way instead of the oven. Believe me, no more. I am a total convert to this method of baking potatoes!

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