Leftover Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
Are you a pumpkin spice lover? Drop everything and make this over-the-top delicious milkshake using a big slice of pumpkin pie (yes, the whole thing)! If you've ever needed an excuse to bake a pumpkin pie (besides Thanksgiving) and don't have any leftover right now - this is it. In fact, if you're buying a pie from the store - grab two so you have enough for these easy milkshakes. Make this all fall & winter long when you're craving a creamy sweet treat (it'll give you that comfort food…
Cranberry Apple Holiday Sangria
AD: Need an easy & festive cocktail for holiday celebrations like Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Eve? Fix a pitcher of cranberry & apple sangria, then let it infuse in the fridge for a few hours. It's packed with fruity red wine, apple cider, cranberry juice, fresh apples, cranberries, orange, cinnamon, a bit of vodka or brandy & sparkling water or dry sparkling white wine. Grab all the ingredients you need to make this from #TomThumb and remember, always drink responsibly! #ad21+
Creamy White Chicken Chili
AD: Craving something warm, cozy & comforting for dinner? Fix a batch of creamy white chicken chili on the stovetop tonight. It's packed with simple, hearty ingredients (like white beans & shredded chicken) + a rich & savory broth mixed with cream cheese that will have everyone scraping their bowl! Make this when you need an easy & family-friendly meal for cold weather. It's also a great recipe for using up leftover Thanksgiving turkey!
Slow Cooker Chicken Bone Broth
Learn how to make a nutritious homemade chicken bone broth (that gels) in your slow cooker or crock pot. It's super easy! Every time you grab a rotisserie chicken from the store or roast a whole chicken (or turkey), save the carcass for making a batch of this inexpensive & healthy broth. Wondering how to use it? It makes the best base for soups, stews, rice, beans, sauces (gravy), side dishes (stuffing & mashed potatoes), casseroles, and more! (gluten-free, paleo & whole30 friendly)
DIY Wine & Cheese Gift Basket
Need a thoughtful holiday gift for a wine lover in your life? Surprise them with an easy wine & cheese gift basket! Assemble one in minutes with wine, cheese, crackers, fruit + a few complimentary goodies (homemade food gifts are a stellar option). It's a fun & experiential Christmas gift for friends, family, women, men, couples, coworkers, teachers - you name it. Keep reading for more tips, ideas & inspiration.
Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Garlic Drop Biscuits
Looking for a hearty & comforting meal to make with leftover chicken or turkey? Fix this skillet chicken pot pie with cheesy garlic drop biscuits for dinner. The creamy thyme & butter filling is loaded with shredded chicken, onion, carrots, celery, and potatoes, which thickens it up so it's almost like a stew. Make it on the stovetop and while it's simmering away, bake a quick batch of homemade drop biscuits to serve with it - they're super easy. This is the perfect cozy meal for cold…
Creamy White Chicken Chili
AD: Craving something warm, cozy & comforting for dinner? Fix a batch of creamy white chicken chili on the stovetop tonight. It's packed with simple, hearty ingredients (like white beans & shredded chicken) + a rich & savory broth mixed with cream cheese that will have everyone scraping their bowl! Make this when you need an easy & family-friendly meal for cold weather. Grab all the #OpenNature ingredients you need for this from #TomThumb you're ready to go!
Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
An easy recipe for the best double chocolate banana muffins that are tender, rich, incredibly moist. The batter has a mixture of cocoa powder & chocolate chunks (use your favorite - dark, white, or milk) so every bite is intensely chocolately with sweet & fragrant ripened banana to contrast it. Make a batch in about 30 minutes with simple ingredients to satisfy a craving or package it up as a holiday food gift for a chocolate lover in your life. This would be perfect in a care package!
Honey Cornbread Muffins
Need a quick & easy side to serve with soup, chili, or barbecue? Fix these tender & slightly sweet cornbread muffins in only 30 minutes. The combo of honey, buttermilk (or regular milk), sour cream & butter make them moist, rich, and extra comforting - the best! Use my homemade cornbread mix with flour, yellow cornmeal, baking powder & salt as the base, or grab a box of Jiffy from your pantry. This recipe yields 6 muffins; however, you can easily double it to make a dozen if you want more!
Homemade Cornbread Mix
Learn how to make your own homemade cornbread mix (Jiffy copycat) with 4 simple pantry ingredients. Make a few jars of this DIY dry mix to keep on hand for quick batches of cornbread muffins to save time & money. You can also package this in a jar with a handwritten label + recipe card for the best inexpensive homemade food gift!
Easy Maple Pumpkin Butter (VIDEO)
Looking for a simple recipe that uses canned pumpkin? Make a batch of this easy homemade pumpkin butter on the stovetop in about 30 minutes. It's thick & creamy and sweetened with maple syrup, which makes it a healthy fall treat. Wondering what to do with pumpkin butter? My personal favorite is smeared on breakfast foods like toast, pancakes, waffles, but I also share other ideas & uses in the post. This is perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even holiday food gifts!
Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Easy healthy mashed sweet potatoes made with baked sweet potatoes! Cooking them in the oven first brings out their natural sweetness, which adds extra flavor so you don't need as much sweetener (like maple syrup or brown sugar). And there's less prep involved with this technique (no peeling or chopping). The recipe is delicious enough to serve at holiday meals like Thanksgiving, Christmas & Easter, but simple enough for a weeknight dinner. (gluten-free & grain-free + dairy-free option)
Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies Three Ways (Easy Dessert Recipe)
Need an easy no-bake cookie for holiday gatherings, homemade gifts, or a dessert craving? Fix these simple chocolate dipped shortbread cookies in less than an hour. Melt some white chocolate, dark chocolate & peanut butter cups, dip the cookies, sprinkle with fun & festive toppings (like crushed candy cane & pretzels), and let everything harden - that's it! These make a great last-minute Christmas food gift or hostess gift. Keep reading for lots of tips & ideas.
DIY Wine & Cheese Gift Basket
AD: Need a thoughtful gift for a wine lover in your life? Surprise them with an easy wine & cheese gift basket. You can make it as simple or fancy as you like. Want to make it special & fun for the holidays? Include a limited-edition wine advent calendar from #TomThumb so your recipient can have fun tasting a new wine each day in December leading up to Christmas. Keep reading for more tips, ideas & inspiration. And remember, always drink responsibly!
Smoked Sausage and Vegetable Soup
An easy sausage soup you can make on the stovetop for a healthy & comforting meal in the fall & winter months. It's packed with hearty ingredients like smoked sausage (kielbasa sausage), potato, sweet potato, white beans (great northern or garbanzo), canned tomatoes & greens (kale or spinach). The best part is the slightly spicy tomatoey broth, so serve it with crusty bread or biscuits for dunking. It's also great for meal prep, reheats well for lunch or dinner & is freezer-friendly.
Spicy Zuppa Toscana (Potato and Sausage) Soup
An easy & hearty potato soup recipe with crumbled Italian sausage, onion, garlic, tender potato chunks, and leafy greens all floating in a savory, creamy broth. This is a copycat of Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana Soup, but a slightly spicier version that's cooked longer so there's no need to add flour as a thickener. Fix a batch of this one-pot meal on the stove any time you need a warm & comforting meal with simple ingredients. TIP: Skip the chiles & pepper to make it kid-friendly!