Five Tips for Simple School Lunches

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Five Tips for Simple School Lunches by Foodtastic Mom

Good grief packing lunch feels like a grind sometimes, doesn’t it? I’m happy for a few days’ break but after Thanksgiving I’ll be back at it. I know you face the same dilemma of what to pack day in and day out so I’ve got five tips for simple school lunches to help.


The Best Thanksgiving Recipes

The Best Thanksgiving Recipes by Foodtastic Mom

Thanksgiving is next week and I am here to help! These are the best Thanksgiving recipes I’ve posted on my blog in the 3+ years I’ve been writing. 

If I had to summarize this collection of eight recipes, I’d say they are all a creative twist on tradition. A perfectly roasted turkey breast instead of a whole bird, a pumpkin creme brûlée instead of a pie, bacon cranberry chutney as an appetizer instead of cranberry sauce, stuffing as muffins… you get the idea.


Cranberry Bourbon Fizz

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Cranberry Bourbon Fizz by Foodtastic Mom #donthesitaste

I have a festive signature cocktail to share with you today for your Thanksgiving celebrations next week. Living just north of the Kentucky border has given me a real appreciation for bourbon. If it’s a really high quality brand I have learned to appreciate sipping it straight but most often I prefer to enjoy my bourbon as part of a mixed drink. So I decided to take a mid-priced bottle (750mL) and infuse it with fresh cranberries, cloves and a vanilla bean. Mixed with a little fresh cranberry puree and a splash of club soda, this cocktail is sweet, warm and inviting with just a little bit of a tart and spicy finish. Kind of like the ideal Thanksgiving gathering.


Bacon Roll Ups with Dr Pepper Glaze

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Bacon Roll Ups with Dr Pepper Glaze by Foodtastic Mom

For years I’ve enjoyed what I thought was a one-of-a-kind appetizer at my mother-in-law’s house. They are bacon roll-ups and I never knew they were a thing until I began dating my husband. They are simple really… just bread, cream cheese and bacon all rolled up and baked until crispy. They are an indulgence for sure.


Bacon and Cranberry Chutney Appetizer

Bacon and Cranberry Chutney Appetizer by Foodtastic Mom

I am typing this and about ready to fall asleep at my laptop. My daughter and I went with her Brownie troop last night for an overnight at our Zoo. We had close-up encounters with owls, a snake, a baby possum and a turtle named Tater; we hiked through the Zoo and visited the cat house, the bug house and the manatee house, plus their Holiday lights were already on so we got a sneak preview without the crowds. We had a great time but geez I don’t deal well with sleeping on a hard floor with just a thin Thermarest under us for support. I need a nap. Even my eight year old needs a nap!


Creamy Italian Chicken and Noodles with Green Bean Croutons

Creamy Italian Chicken and Noodles with Green Bean Croutons by Foodtastic Mom

This is a slow cooker recipe. It’s also kind of a think outside the box recipe. You’re probably wondering how green beans can be considered croutons. It’s kind of a loose interpretation but I did sauté them in olive oil to make them brown and crispy. And croutons are crispy, right?

If I have a (minor) complaint about slow cooker recipes it’s that the texture of the food is relatively uniform in its softness. There’s not usually any crunch. So I decided I wanted a slight crunch aspect to this otherwise soft noodle dish…plus a little something unexpected is just fun.