Since thanksgiving is just around the corner, I wanted to share some favorite recipes of mine. Thanksgiving is such a special time and the food should be just as special. That’s why I’ve put together a list of some delectable treats. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Casserole:


2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, divided

Cooking spray

2 cups miniature marshmallows

Step 1
Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 2
Place the sweet potatoes in a Dutch oven, and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until very tender. Drain; cool slightly.

Step 3
Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add sugar and next 3 ingredients (through vanilla). Mash sweet potato mixture with a potato masher. Fold in 1/4 cup pecans. Scrape potato mixture into an even layer in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup pecans; top with marshmallows. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until golden.

Source: Myrecipes (Tradition Sweet Potato Casserole)

Maple Glazed Carrots With Bacon:


2 pounds of organic carrots
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup real Vermont maple syrup (please don’t use fake syrup)
1/4 cup nitrate free bacon cooked and crumbled


Preheat the oven to 425F.

Step 2

Bring the vinegar and maple syrup to a boil in a small pan. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes until it is slightly thicker.

Step 3

Steam the carrots until they are a bit soft but not completely cooked. This takes me about 5 minutes but will depend on the size of your carrots.

Step 4

Put them in a baking dish. Sprinkle crumbled bacon over it. Pour over the vinegar and maple glaze and mix.

Step 5

Bake for about 10 minutes.

Source: Confessions of an Overworked Mom (Maple Glazed Carrots With Bacon For The Winter Holidays)