Enjoy Dill Pickle Cornbread with Bacon with a big pot of chili, hot crunch bread, and a side salad–the perfect falltime easy dinner!

Dill Pickle Cornbread with Bacon

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Friends, we spent a day this week getting ready for winter! I hate even talking about it. I wish every day was an October day, for the rest of my life. But reality is, winter is coming! And quite honestly, I do enjoy the 4 beautiful seasons we’ve been given!

Dill Pickle Cornbread with Bacon

Just in time for “cozy,” we made my delish Bacon Pineapple Chili and this Dill Pickle Cornbread with Bacon for dinner last week. I love Ina Garten, and I bet you’ll love this recipe, too! And dill pickles? The best!

Dill Pickle Cornbread with Bacon

This year we’re on our game! We’ve cleared off our patios, front and back, and closed up the “family table” for the season. It’s hard to say goodbye to our outdoor dining table, we created so many lovely memories here this summer and fall.

One thing we noticed, in our quick sprucing and cleaning up for winter, was that once again, we have too much stuff. How do we acquire this overload of things we do not need? We are an active family, an outdoors family, so we do have a lot of equipment for all seasons. Plus, have I mentioned all of my entertaining stuff? I’m constantly thinning though, and it feels GOOD!

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

A long time ago we watched the Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things, on Netflix.

Minimalism doesn’t just mean getting rid of, decluttering and detoxing, it means living within your values.

I love the idea of getting rid of stuff, to only add “more” to our lives. More easy living (in our mountain home), more quality time (less room, but we make it work!), more outdoor experiences in a smaller yard, and overall more time with family and friends, being active in church, and getting to know our neighbors!

We’ve also been surprised in our new location by better flight connections for my husband and his travels, and fewer trips into town in general. We’re more intentional when we drive anywhere now, which makes me think I used to run around a LOT in my car! Now I can hop on my bike! And when I shop, I have a plan (because I can’t run to the store every time I want to).

So another way to look at minimalism is to discover the things you want to add to your life: the freedom from fear, worry, overwhelming guilt, anxiety, and the trap of thinking that having more, more, more, is the only way to find self-worth and satisfaction.

Extra stuff that clutters your life

I like that approach.

Ironically, the first step to living with “more” is to shed the extra “stuff” that clutters your life, to make room for what truly fills you up.

Paul and I started the process a couple of years ago, when we thought about moving.

What do you value and what do you desire? We wanted more nature, a slower pace, no yard work, a smaller house, a cozy place to entertain and enjoy people coming to stay with us, and we moved to a town where we love our church (very important to us).

Dill Pickle Cornbread with Bacon

Dill Pickle Cornbread

Friends, I’d love to hear your thoughts on downsizing. Some people just can’t do it, they don’t want to leave their family home. I get it, and I never judge. You have to do what is best for you! But if you’re called to a change, be brave and walk through the changes. I promise it will be worth it!

Enjoy the next few weeks of October and some chili, with Dill Pickle Cornbread with Bacon!

So good!

Dill Pickle Cornbread with Bacon

Dill Pickle Cornbread with Bacon
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Dill Pickle Cornbread with Bacon

Adapted from Ina Garten
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Yield: 12 large pieces
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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted, plus extra to grease the pan
  • 8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar, grated, divided
  • 1 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 6 slices bacon cooked, crumbled
  • Paprika


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking pan.
  • Combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In separate bowl, combine the milk, eggs, and butter. With a wooden spoon, stir the wet ingredients into the dry until most of the lumps are dissolved. Don't overmix! Mix in 2 cups of the grated cheddar, pickles and bacon; and allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top, and sprinkle with the remaining grated cheddar. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and cut into large squares; serve!
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
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