Eight new recipes to try this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and it’s time to start planning your dinner menu. I’ve rounded up several traditional Thanksgiving recipes from my favorite blogs, chefs and magazines that have a twist. I’m personally not a huge fan of your traditional Thanksgiving sides like stuffing and cranberry sauce. So I decided to go out an search for traditional recipes with a modern twist that could please everyone at the dinner table. 

Thanksgiving stuffings

For the stuffing fans at your Thanksgiving table, they will enjoy these non-traditional options for a slow cooker stuffing and a butternut squash and barley version. 

Thanksgiving breads

I’m a huge lover of the bread basket at any family gathering. This year get creative and serve a variety of options like they do at some restaurants. Have a traditional Parkerhouse roll like the ones I made last year, but also try these cran-sage rolls from Better Homes and Gardens and these pull apart garlic herb rolls from Gather for Bread

mac and cheese thanksgiving alternatives

I look forward to having mac and cheese during the holiday season but it would be fun to switch the recipe up every once in a while. But a spin on the classic recipe by making butternut squash stuffed shells and a BLT mac and cheese

thanksgiving desserts

Dessert please! Desserts have to be my favorite part of Thanksgiving. I always go back for a second slice of sweet potato pie or red velvet cake. But I found two new crowd pleasing favorites to try this year, a bourbon pecan pumpkin pie and a no bake orange cranberry cheesecake

Sweet Tea Popsicles

This week in Atlanta temperatures will hit record setting highs all week. Although I do love being outdoors I hate the humidity and the heat. To cool off a bit this week I decided to make sweet tea popsciscles to celebrate National Iced Tea month. As a southern girl I can’t remember a summer without iced tea on the table. 

Using my new Teavana Art of Iced Tea Kit I decided to make sweet tea popsicles using a blend of their Raspberry Limeade and Pineapple Berry Blue teas. The aromas of these blends are so tropical and fruity.


2 tsp of Teavana Raspberry Limeade Tea

2 tsp of Teavana Pineapple Berry Blue 

1 tablespoon of Rock Sugar (comes in the kit)

1 popsicles mold

Follow the instructions on your 32 oz Perfectea Maker on how to make the tea. Once the tea is made add the blend to the popsicle mold and freeze for 3 hours.

Don’t have a Teavana near you? Well you are in luck because today I’m giving away one Art of Iced Tea kit to one lucky Eat.Drink.Shop.Love reader. Please comment below telling me how are you beating the heat this summer. 

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Salmon Cakes

I eat salmon at least twice a week because it’s high in omega 3 fatty acids. This week I decided to switch it up a little bit because I was tired of making it the traditional way. Using leftover salmon from earlier in the week, I decided to make Salmon Cakes. I love Salmon Cakes because they are so quick and easy to make. My local Whole Foods makes some delicious salmon patties that are served on their hot bar. Inspired by their recipe I decided to make my own. This healthy recipe is also kid and man-approved. What’s your favorite quick and easy weeknight dinner dish?

Salmon Cakes



Salmon Cakes


2 lbs of Wild Salmon, Cooked (with skin removed) or 2 cans of wild salmon

1 shallot finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

2 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped

sea salt


1 lemon, juiced and zested

1 egg

1 tablespoon Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 bell pepper, diced in small pieces

1/2 cup of Simply Potatoes hash browns

 1/2 teaspoon old bay seasoning

1/2 cup bread crumbs

2 tablespoons olive oil

non-stick spray


Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. 

Line a cookie sheet with foil and coat with non-stick spray. 

In your food processor or blender, add salmon, shallot, garlic, dill, parsley, lemon juice,lemon zest, salt and pepper. Pulse slowly four times. 

In a large bowl, mix together egg, yogurt, mustard, and olive oil. Add salmon mixture and remaining ingredients. Stir together until all ingredients are combined. 

Using a medium ice cream scooper, scoop patties onto cookie sheet. 

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until brown. Flip patties halfway through. 


Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies

After an evening of passing out Halloween candy you may be looking for ways to use your leftover stash so that you won’t eat it all in one sitting. One of my favorite ways to get rid of Halloween candy is to use them in baked goods. So, I decided to get a jump start on my usual post holiday ritual by baking Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies. Reese’s Pieces are one of my favorite candies to snack one when I’m craving something sweet. 

reese's pieces peanut butter cookies

reese's pieces peanut butter cookies

Using my Acer Tablet provided by Intel, I created my grocery shopping list and headed to the grocery store to buy all of my ingredients. The one thing I love about this tablet is that it’s light weight and I can carry it in my purse. While in the grocery store I was able to look up other items I needed to make sure I purchased the right product. I also like using the tablet more than my phone because the screen is easier to read.  


Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies
  1. 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  2. 1/2 cup light brown sugar (or dark brown sugar)
  3. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  4. 1 large egg
  5. 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or king arthur gluten-free flour
  9. 3/4 cup reese's pieces
  10. 1/4 cup of unsalted peanuts
  11. 1/4 tsp of salt
  1. In a large bowl, using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together on medium speed. Beat in the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat in the baking soda and flour. Do not overmix. Fold in the reese's pieces and peanuts. Cover the dough tightly and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Drop chilled dough by tiny tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper or silpat. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cookies will be soft and may appear undone. They will firm up as they cool. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
Adapted from From Sally's Baking Addiction
Adapted from From Sally's Baking Addiction
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Slim Down Smoothie



Swim suit season is just around the corner and most of us are preparing to have the perfect bikini body for summer. Smoothies aren’t always the most nutritious choice for meals because they can be  loaded with sugar. I like to have a smoothie in the morning after my workouts as breakfast number and  then an hour later I’ll have another small breakfast . Today I’m sharing my favorite smoothie recipe for a getting fit for the summer.

Slim Down Smoothie

Serves 2

1/2 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
1 fresh ripe banana
1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1 cup vanilla soymilk or regular milk
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 cup of fresh spinach
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp green tea matcha powder

How to prepare:

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.





Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist this recipe was developed based on my research and knowledge.