The past week has been the reset we needed right before the Holidays. Since it is my oldest daughter's first year in elementary school a week off had a bigger affect on our schedule this year than ever before. We filled our time with a daily art project (I will share more soon), games (hello Guess Who?!), and cooking activities. Alexandria got to attend a day of cooking camp at Young Chefs Academy but she also had fun cooking at home with sister and me. You may recall our Green Bean Casserole post from the week prior. This week we made a few more side dishes.
We made an easy peasy Stuffing Dish, which is actually not called Stuffing. Watch the video to find out more...
Easy Peasy Celery Dressing
3/4 cup butter
2 large celery stalks, chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
9 cups soft bread cubes (15 slices)
1/2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground sage
1 tsp. pepper
1 cup chicken broth
. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook celery and onion in butter 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Remove Dutch oven from the heat.
3. Using a spoon, gently toss celery mixture and remaining ingredients until bread cubes are evenly coated.
4. Place stuffing in the baking dish. Cover with lid or aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes; uncover and bake 15 minutes longer. Serves 10.
After the big meal, it is always my favorite task to recreate meals using the leftovers. This year I decided to change up the flavor profile completely and added a little fiesta flare to our Friday night dinner. These Enchiladas are so easy to create but you can also customize them to make them perfect for your family. Maybe add in chopped olives, corn, peppers, sprinkle on chopped cilantro on top? I would love to see what you come up with. I also had fun trying out a new video format. I think I love it because you see exactly what ingredients I use and I do not have to worry about a bad hair day! What do you think?
The weekend after Thanksgiving always consists of a second Thanksgiving meal with my family. My mom always does it up big, making enough food to feed the entire neighborhood, so I'm going to test out a few more leftover recipes this week. We also, pick out our family Christmas tree. This year we found a beauty at the lot in the Enzo's table parking lot on Shepherd & Willow. It will be our activity for the upcoming week to decorate him. Stay tuned for our progress.