Reluctant Entertainer http://reluctantentertainer.com Lifestyle, Entertaining, Food, Recipes, Hospitality and Gardening Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:00:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Happy Thanksgiving! 15 Leftover Turkey Recipes http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/leftover-turkey-recipes/ http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/leftover-turkey-recipes/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:00:04 +0000 http://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=32700 These 15 Leftover Turkey Recipes are perfect for the days ahead using up leftover turkey. Enjoy! Friends, Happy Thanksgiving! Tomorrow is the day that we will feast. We get to enjoy the goodness, sublime sufficiency, and beauty of God with delicious recipes and our loved ones around our table. I really appreciated this quote by […]

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These 15 Leftover Turkey Recipes are perfect for the days ahead using up leftover turkey. Enjoy!

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Friends, Happy Thanksgiving!

Tomorrow is the day that we will feast. We get to enjoy the goodness, sublime sufficiency, and beauty of God with delicious recipes and our loved ones around our table.

I really appreciated this quote by Rachel Marie Stone, the honesty and gratitude of where our food comes from. Yet we can enjoy this day, savoring the sweet, salty, and sour flavors we were given to enjoy!

Don’t let food go to waste.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. It’s also a season to not let food go to waste, but to leftovers (or to give away).

Did you know that food is the second largest component of landfills? I love how there are food rescue organizations that practice reducing food waste. Our job could be utilizing our own leftovers, or collecting leftovers from catered events, in hopes of creating meals that feed our communities, especially around the holiday season.

Count your blessings.

Enjoy today, my friends, count your blessings, and I’ll see you on Black Friday for a special post!

Blessings and love to all

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Thanksgiving Ettiquette with Turkey Pesto Pasta Salad http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/turkey-pesto-pasta-salad/ http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/turkey-pesto-pasta-salad/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:00:18 +0000 http://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=32675 Make this Turkey Pesto Pasta Salad the night before and let the flavors mingle together overnight. Delicious with leftover turkey! Friends, I bet most of you have your Thanksgiving meal planned, organized, and you’re ready for the big day! We are, and I couldn’t be more excited. I love the week of Thanksgiving. I thought […]

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Make this Turkey Pesto Pasta Salad the night before and let the flavors mingle together overnight. Delicious with leftover turkey!

Turkey Pesto Pasta Salad

Friends, I bet most of you have your Thanksgiving meal planned, organized, and you’re ready for the big day! We are, and I couldn’t be more excited. I love the week of Thanksgiving.

I thought I’d share today, along with this delicious Turkey Pesto Pasta Salad, a few etiquette rules for Thanksgiving Day. I snapped a few shots from the recent Bon Appetit magazine, because why invent the wheel, when I love their approach so much. Their ideas are awesome!

Creative Seating.

Love the creative seating plan for conversation.

Thanksgiving Ettiquette with Turkey Pesto Pasta Salad

Helpers in the kitchen?

Sorry, the kitchen is closed

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Colorful Gift Basket and Pasta with Green Olive Tapenade Sauce http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/pasta-with-green-olive-tapenade-sauce/ http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/pasta-with-green-olive-tapenade-sauce/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:00:11 +0000 http://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=32677 Looking for a light, simple Thanksgiving Eve recipe this week? Try this Pasta with Green Olive Tapenade Sauce that only takes about 20 minutes to whip up for your family or guests! I’m throwing out several ideas today, a simple 20-minute meal of Pasta with Green Olive Tapenade Sauce, setting the table with rust and […]

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Looking for a light, simple Thanksgiving Eve recipe this week? Try this Pasta with Green Olive Tapenade Sauce that only takes about 20 minutes to whip up for your family or guests!

Pasta with Green Olive Tapenade Sauce

I’m throwing out several ideas today, a simple 20-minute meal of Pasta with Green Olive Tapenade Sauce, setting the table with rust and blue, a wonderful way to give back to friends and family this holiday season, by creating a “Colorful Gift Basket.”

A colorful gift basket.

I remember this thoughtful gift so well, a Colorful Christmas Basket arrived at our front door, with all the goodies to make the perfect holiday meal for our family, including a beautifully thought out, handwritten menu!

Of course, it was created by my talented friend Krissy, with her beautiful writing and drawings, because she’s one of the most creative people I know.

A colorful gift basket idea

What a fun, unique idea, if you’re looking for something different to give this year.

Why not give a basket of food? In your own creativity of food combinations, and handwriting (or drawings, if you have the confidence), create a handmade menu and a basket filled with all of your favorite things!

Even though this gift was given to us a few years ago, the idea is wonderful and very easy to give, helping the person you are blessing the basket with to create a very simple meal!

Personalized menu.

Everything they need in one basket! Oh, and don’t forget the personalized menu

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Blessings and Make Ahead Challah French Toast Casserole with Cranberries http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/make-ahead-challah-french-toast-casserole-cranberries/ http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/make-ahead-challah-french-toast-casserole-cranberries/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:41:17 +0000 http://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=32656 I’m posting this Make Ahead Challah French Toast Casserole with Cranberries recipe today because it’s perfect for the week ahead if you have out of town guests arriving, or for the month of December! Remember to buy your Challah bread on a Friday so they don’t sell out! Count your Blessings. When I hear or read […]

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I’m posting this Make Ahead Challah French Toast Casserole with Cranberries recipe today because it’s perfect for the week ahead if you have out of town guests arriving, or for the month of December! Remember to buy your Challah bread on a Friday so they don’t sell out!

Make Ahead Challah French Toast Casserole with Cranberries

Count your Blessings. When I hear or read those words, they pierce my soul. I am truly grateful for so much that I never want to take for granted. Do you ever feel like you’re forgetting to give thanks, or that you don’t do it enough?

To put these words in to action, every day of our lives, is what knocks out despair, discontentment, negativism, worry, stress.

Giving thanks brings joy, perspective, appreciation, peace, a positive attitude. It’s a ray of sunshine in our lives!

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By the way, I’m counting my blessings for this season with our kids in our lives. Our kids are funny. They love to play music when we are out of the house, or gone a a few hours. Which, as a mom, I love sitting back and enjoying every note played. But I too remember doing the same thing — cutting loose on the piano when I had the house to myself.

We’re savoring every moment when the kids are home with a heart full of gratitude.

Elliot piano

I snuck a FB video of my oldest playing, here. (If you’re a Facebook Friend with me). :)

Make Ahead Challah French Toast Casserole.

He helped me in the kitchen last week prepare this amazing recipe, Make Ahead Challah French Toast Casserole with Cranberries.

Gather the ingredients.

Make Ahead Challah French Toast Casserole with Cranberries

Spread the preserves on the bread

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Thanksgiving Menu with Green Bean Bacon Casserole with Fried Shallots http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/green-bean-bacon-casserole-with-fried-shallots/ http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/green-bean-bacon-casserole-with-fried-shallots/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:00:01 +0000 http://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=32617 This Green Bean Bacon Casserole with Fried Shallots is a perfect side dish for any holiday meal. I love that I finally figured out where our oldest son’s vegetables were going, during his growing up years. Rummaging through his memory binders earlier this week, I came upon this paper he wrote in the 5th grade. I’m […]

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This Green Bean Bacon Casserole with Fried Shallots is a perfect side dish for any holiday meal.

Green Bean Bacon Casserole with Fried Shallots

I love that I finally figured out where our oldest son’s vegetables were going, during his growing up years. Rummaging through his memory binders earlier this week, I came upon this paper he wrote in the 5th grade. I’m so glad that I kept so many precious keepsakes through the years.

“And Garrett helps me fool my parents by sneaking my veggies onto his plate of mashed potatoes. I sneak them under the table.”

Oh, Elliot.

Green Bean Bacon Casserole with Fried Shallots

The green bean recipe I’m sharing today, there’s no need to sneak under the table. It’s that good.

And, it’s not the traditional green bean casserole made with soup and French onions. I’m not judging that recipe, but I’ve had enough in my lifetime to not eat it again.

Green Bean Bacon Casserole with Fried Shallots.

Using my Swiss Diamond cookware, I made this one-pot dish and served it right in the pan. Easy, delicious, we love the combination of green beans and bacon, and the shallots on top made it even more special.

This will be on my menu for Thanksgiving Day. A little pizzazz and toasty shallots and panko crumbs on top!

First, blanch the green beans

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Care Package with Banana Cookie Bread Recipe http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/banana-cookie-bread/ http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/banana-cookie-bread/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:00:22 +0000 http://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=32595 This Banana Cookie Bread is a yummy recipe to make for gifts, care packages, hostess gifts, or an after school snack for the kids! I think of November as “count your blessings month,” although every day of the year should be the same. Do we have food, clothing, a home, and love? Yes, a zillion […]

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This Banana Cookie Bread is a yummy recipe to make for gifts, care packages, hostess gifts, or an after school snack for the kids!

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I think of November as “count your blessings month,” although every day of the year should be the same. Do we have food, clothing, a home, and love? Yes, a zillion times yes!

We ponder, we plan, we make our dreams come true. Most of us have holiday get togethers to look forward to, and if not, we’re invited to one. We are truly blessed!

I love this quote: We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. -Ray Bradbury

Banana Cookie Cake

I loved hearing the other day my daughter on the phone with a friend at college. The laughter, happiness, blessings … it was evident that she was reaching out and having a good time on Face Time.

She then told me she wanted to put together a care package for her friend, and mail it off to the college

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Thanksgiving Memories and Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/pumpkin-mashed-potatoes/ http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/pumpkin-mashed-potatoes/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:00:43 +0000 http://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=32565 Today I’m sharing a “not-your-traditional” mashed potatoes recipe, but a more easy, gourmet Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes recipe! I’m thankful for … are the words we hear every day during the month of November. Our hearts are full of gratitude and love, and for me, I love to reminisce about past Thanksgivings too! I think back […]

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Today I’m sharing a “not-your-traditional” mashed potatoes recipe, but a more easy, gourmet Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes recipe!

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I’m thankful for … are the words we hear every day during the month of November. Our hearts are full of gratitude and love, and for me, I love to reminisce about past Thanksgivings too! I think back to big family gatherings with tons of cousins running around, and a giant feast on the table. I love this picture of my Grandma Friesen, two of my aunts, and a handful of cousins  – and a giant bowl of mashed potatoes in the middle of the table!

Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes

Grandma Friesen.

My memories of Grandma? She always took the job of peeling potatoes. We also never ventured outside of the traditional Thanksgiving meal, which makes me to this day love the comfort foods of turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, jello salad, rolls, and an amazing crudit platter with plenty of olives.

My mom and pop are in the very back with my oldest sister–I don’t think I was even thought of,  yet …

But I  do love Grandma’s smile (white hair and glasses) in this picture, and again, a giant bowl of mashed potatoes in the middle of the table

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Being Hospitable with Black Bean Tacos with Roasted Salsa http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/black-bean-tacos-with-roasted-salsa/ http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/black-bean-tacos-with-roasted-salsa/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:00:29 +0000 http://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=32544 Join me and my friend Gina {Skinnytaste} today, each sharing a Taco Tuesday recipe, mine a simple Black Bean Tacos with Roasted Salsa, Gina’s a Thai Chicken Peanut Lettuce Taco recipe! My friend, Gina, inspires me. She is always putting positive quotes and sayings on her Facebook page, and there’s very little room for negativity in her […]

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Join me and my friend Gina {Skinnytaste} today, each sharing a Taco Tuesday recipe, mine a simple Black Bean Tacos with Roasted Salsa, Gina’s a Thai Chicken Peanut Lettuce Taco recipe!

Black Bean Tacos with Roasted Salsa #tacos #tacotuesday #reluctantentertainer #recipe

My friend, Gina, inspires me. She is always putting positive quotes and sayings on her Facebook page, and there’s very little room for negativity in her life. I love that. My messages here on RE revolve around hospitality and entertaining, helping people step out of their comfort zones and open up their homes. I love encouraging in this way!

Hospitality.

There’s one thing that always bugs me though. It’s when people make the comment, “Oh, you somehow have the gift of hospitality.” Or, “I wish I had the gift of hospitality.” Or even, “I wasn’t given the gift of hospitality.”

Red Letter Art | Hospitality

There are varying opinions on this subject, but it makes me wonder … are any of us off the hook for being hospitable? And are these just excuses (fancy lies) to give us an “out”?

We’re all called to be hospitable, for the sake of the human race! But as my friend, Barb, reminds me often, hospitality can take on many forms. I so agree with this!

Today I’m here to tell you we can all be hospitable! (I have the above canvas in my home, I love it so much. It’s a good reminder to me on a daily basis what hospitality is all about.)

Host a party in November.

This month of November, outside of hosting for Thanksgiving, here are a few easy ideas for opening your home for a little party!

Serve Apple Cider Floats for an open house.

Host a Friendsgiving Day Dinner Party.

Invite friends over for Two-Handed Coffee Hour. I was inspired, so I hosted my own.

Host a casual taco feed, with this Quinoa Taco Bake, these Sweet Potato Tacos, Deep Fried Avocado Tacos, and Blackened Fish Taco Salad, and serve these yummy lettuce tacos for an appetizer! Or, keeping it “Mexican-themed” … how about these delicious Turkey Enchiladas?

Black Bean Tacos with Roasted Salsa.

I’ll end by focusing on the taco feed idea. Tacos today are SO easy. All you need for this recipe today are a few ingredients for roasting the tomatoes (oil, cilantro, garlic), cheese, black beans, tortillas. Very inexpensive, they are a hit, and I promise your company will love them

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“I Remember When” and Turkey Mushroom Cranberry Risotto http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/turkey-mushroom-cranberry-risotto/ http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/turkey-mushroom-cranberry-risotto/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:00:55 +0000 http://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=32514 This Turkey Mushroom Cranberry Risotto is perfect for leftover turkey and is also freezable! Enjoy! The time has come: We won’t be gathering anymore on our side patio, enjoying meals and the beauty around us with friends, as the colder weather sets in in Oregon. I’m not complaining, because this means we’ll be enjoying our […]

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This Turkey Mushroom Cranberry Risotto is perfect for leftover turkey and is also freezable! Enjoy!

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The time has come: We won’t be gathering anymore on our side patio, enjoying meals and the beauty around us with friends, as the colder weather sets in in Oregon. I’m not complaining, because this means we’ll be enjoying our friends inside, where it’s warm and cozy, which I also love!

Turkey Mushroom Cranberry Risotto

This past weekend I winterized the side patio area and backyard, spending hours in the glorious sunshine.

Turkey Mushroom Cranberry Risotto

We’re in the stage of life where kids are in and out of our home, starting to embark on their own lives. Paul and I are adjusting to the reality that we’ll soon be creating a quieter life of our own, but we’re enjoying every moment—right now—while it lasts

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Favorite Holiday Things $100 Crate and Barrel http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/favorite-holiday-things-crate-barrel/ http://reluctantentertainer.com/2014/11/favorite-holiday-things-crate-barrel/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 10:00:22 +0000 http://reluctantentertainer.com/?p=32402 Today I’m sharing my Favorite Holiday Things at Crate and Barrel, plus giving away a $100 gift card! Happy Saturday, Friends. Today I’m sharing a few of my “favorite holiday things” from Crate and Barrel. No, this post is not sponsored by them, it’s just my way of saying “thank you” to my fabulous readers, […]

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Today I’m sharing my Favorite Holiday Things at Crate and Barrel, plus giving away a $100 gift card!

Favorite Holiday Things $100 Crate and Barrel

Happy Saturday, Friends. Today I’m sharing a few of my “favorite holiday things” from Crate and Barrel. No, this post is not sponsored by them, it’s just my way of saying “thank you” to my fabulous readers, and allowing one reader to win a $100 shopping spree to one of my favorite entertaining stores!

My favorite things.

I love Crate and Barrel for holiday shopping–for gifts and cooking and setting the table, so I’m sharing a few of my “favorite things.”

Favorite Holiday Things

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Favorite Holiday Things

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