October 17, 2020
Welcome to the weekend, my friends! Have you been watching our chickens? They’ve grown so fast, I’ve been a wee bit obsessed lately. Now that their coop and run have been completed, I’m getting very excited for the first eggs! (They should start laying in the next 2-3 weeks.)
GIVEAWAY CLOSED Today, for the third week of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Giveaways, I’m giving away a 6QT Lodge Enameled Dutch Oven. One lucky winner will be able to choose whichever color and size that they like best. My favorite thing to make in my dutch oven is Pork Carnitas, but it also makes terrific soups, stews, chilis, and roasts.
To be entered, leave a comment on THIS BLOG POST telling me what you will cook first. The winner will be selected on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. (Unfortunately, you can not be entered from email replies, so be sure to click over to the blog post to be entered!)
Here’s the lucky winner’s comment:
ON THE BLOG this week: Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup is a hearty soup filled with chunks of tender chicken, black beans, corn, peppers, and tomatoes. Everything comes together in a creamy rich soup base that tastes like the red chile enchiladas at your favorite Mexican restaurant.
Homemade Green Bean Casserole is about to change your holiday side dish game. I’m a great big fan of any dish that can be prepared ahead of time for holiday meals and this recipe delivers awesome results when prepped in advance. (Take a pass on those cans of soup, you won’t be needing them this year.)
Salted Caramel Sauce has earned a special spot in the refrigerator. This sweet sauce makes a terrific addition to countless desserts. I made this for a special dessert and loved it so much, we just kept making it.
What I’m CRAVING: These pretty little Beef Pot Pies over at A Family Feast look fantastic. When the weather cools off is there a better comfort food than flaky pastry filled with meat and vegetables in a creamy sauce?
My FAVORITE THINGS this week are these ornaments I ordered for the family this year. (link HERE) I’m laughing all over again looking at them now. We open new ornaments during advent each year and these will definitely memorialize 2020.
What I’m READING: The World According To Fannie Davis by Bridgett M. Davis (link HERE) Part bookie, part banker, mother, wife, and granddaughter of slaves, the author’s mother, Fannie, ran a numbers business in Detroit for thirty-four years.
This was pre-Lottery days and Fannie competed with actual mobsters and in the numbers business. And in doing that, she provided a home where Bridgett grew up with her needs and wants always met abundantly. This was a tough read because of the tragedies involved, but it was also an insightful one.
“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton
Wishing you a beautiful week full of little things that make you smile!