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7 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 7

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving day is a day of family, a day of giving and to be thankful. At least that is what I believe when I think of Thanksgiving. Of course, there are benefits like food, but my memories of Thanksgiving is all about my family and all of us gathered in one place with our tradition of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade while cooking to food and putting the last minute touches on the house. Today I am thankful for all the opportunities that are presented in my life. I’m thankful I have the opportunity to give back to those who need it even the little furry friends who need some extra love on the street. Thank you for joining this year 7 Days of thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving, from my family to yours!

-Dezi

7 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 6

Another fur favorite is the Pumpkin Sweet Potatoe bites! So here is how you make them!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1 C mashed sweet potato
  • 1/2 C pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tablespoon

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl mix flour, sweet potato, pumpkin, water, egg, and honey until thoroughly combined.
  3. Pinch off a small amount of the mixture and roll it into little balls. then place them on the baking sheet about an inch apart.
  4. Take a fork and flatten. Place them in the oven for 20 minutes.
  5. Flip them over and place them back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
  6. Let them cool and serve!

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These delicious treats can be stored in the fridge for a week and in the freezer for a month, but trust me these things go so fast! We hope you like them just as much as my littles do. Today, I am thankful for the opportunity to go to college. Yes like my job it can get annoying and I want to quit, but it allows me to grow as a person and opens a lot more doors.

-Dezi

7 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 5

For a nice hot drink that will warm up your hands and your tummy, is my all-time favorite drink, Carmel White Hot Chocolate. This drink screams holiday for me, so let’s get started!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 C milk
  • White hot chocolate mix
  • Caramel sauce
  • Whipped Cream

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • In a 16oz microwave safe mug, warm the milk to your liking.
  • Once the milk is warm add in the white hot chocolate mix and a big spoon of caramel and mix until combined.
  • Top it off with whipped cream and drizzle caramel sauce and enjoy!

This is my all-time favorite holiday drink and I hope you enjoy it like I do. Today, I am thankful for my friends, I have a small group of friends who push me to be a better me every day.

-Dezi

7 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 4

Cranberry BBQ meatballs are my all time favorite because they are sweet and tangy and easy to pop in your mouth. They go so fast in my household that I couldn’t help but share, so here is how you make my favorite Cranberry BBQ meatballs.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • Meatballs
  • 14 oz can cranberry sauce
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 C water
  • 1 C BBQ sauce
  • 12 oz cocktail sauce
  • Finely chopped onions for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Spray the bottom of the slow cooker lightly with cooking spray and add the meatballs.
  2. In a large bowl combine cranberry sauce, brown sugar, water, cocktail sauce, BBQ sauce. Once combined pour over the meatballs.
  3. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours.
  4. Sprinkle the finely chopped green onions if desired and serve!

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Sometimes I put toothpicks because I like to grab and go. One thing I am grateful for is being brought up in the family that I did. I am lucky to have two strong women in my family: my mom and my grandma. I’ve learned so much from them, how to cook, bake, be independent and live my life. I have two incredible women I can call up and talk for hours about anything and everything.

-Dezi

7 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 3

My pups are my life, so no matter what holiday there is always holiday puppy treats around the house as well. Here are foods your pups can and can’t have at Thanksgiving!

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Can Eat:  

  • Turkey
  • Pure pumpkin
  • Plain yams
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Plain Carrots
  • Plain green beans
  • Plain potatoes
  • Plain cranberries

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CAN’T Eat:

  • Alcohol
  • Cooked bones
  • Turkey skin
  • Nuts
  • Grapes or Raisins
  • Onions or Garlic
  • Chocolate
  • Scallions or Chives

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Now you can share your feast and still keep your pup safe. What I am thankful for are my pups. I am very honored to have them in my life and to afford them. Every time I come home, they are there so excited to see me and their tails are wagging. It’s the best feeling you could ever experience.

-Dezi

7 Days of Thanks 2017: ​Day 2

Today, I will be making some Chocolate Acorns; they are very easy to make…so let’s get cooking!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1/2 C chocolate chips
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Milk chocolate hersheys kisses
  • Mini nilla wafer’s

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. Melt 1/2 C of chocolate chips. Once melted transfer into a zip lock bag cutting a corner making a tiny hole.
  3. Pipe a small amount of chocolate on the flat side of the wafer and sticking the flat side of the kiss to the cookie
  4. Set them on the lined sheet and once filled place the sheet in the freezer for about 5 minutes to set.
  5. After the five minutes pipe a small amount on the top of the wafer adding a mini chocolate chip.
  6. Place in the freezer for another five minutes and then serve!

These go so fast during Thanksgiving; luckily they are so easy to make. One thing I am thankful for is my job. Although it may drive me insane sometimes, it allows me to put food on the table, go on trips, spoil my family and dogs and put me through college.

-Dezi

7 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 1

In honor of Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fun to do 7 days of Thanks! Now, I do think we should be thankful every day and not just Thanksgiving, I will be posting seven days straight with recipes and reasons why I am thankful this holiday season.

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I hope you join in on the fun, let me know why you’re thankful, your favorite holiday dishes and traditions! My favorite tradition is waking up to the smell of food, in my pajamas watching the Thanksgiving day parade with my puppies!

-Dezi

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