BHG Chipotle-Maple Sugared Bacon Wrapped Smokies

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Chipotle-Maple Sugared Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Thanksgiving is at the top of my list of favorite holidays.  To be reminded of the many things I have to be thankful for and given the opportunity to reflect on each one.  Visits from family, friends, lots of laughter, the sound of children giggling and playing and then there's the roasted turkey, dressing and mashed potatoes.  It's simply glorious.  For my  family, we always look forward to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning and then we move on to the football game in the afternoon.  Perfect game day food simply has to be included in our food preparations as well as  something wrapped in bacon.  In this case BHG's classic  Sugared Bacon-Wrapped Smokies fits the bill nicely.

Living in NC we are well known for our love of pork barbecue.  The sauces that accompany our barbecue are specific to region.  For example, in Eastern NC you'll likely find a tangy sometimes spicy, apple cider vinegar based sauce.  In the Western part of North Carolina, you'll most commonly be served a sweet tomato based sauce. 

Ham And Swiss Poppy Seed Rolls


During the holidays the front door of my house magically becomes a revolving door. Friends and family come and go throughout the entire season. I don't mind it at all, I love the sound of hurried footsteps, laughter and loud happy chatter. To me, it's far more special than gifts and glitter and how lifetime memories are made. My Gramma used to tell me "Always remember these are the good old days of tomorrow." There's so much wisdom is in that statement. Enjoy every minute with the ones you love.

When it comes to entertaining, some tried and true recipes passed down year after year remind me of Christmas celebrations and past holidays. Even when the cook or loved one is no longer with us. My Mother-in-law has made these Ham and Swiss poppy seed rolls for us year after year. They're simple, can be prepared in advance and baked when you're ready to serve them. They're packed with flavor, moist and delicious and a bit addicting too.

14 Thanksgiving Side Dishes You'll Be Thankful For

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14 Sumptuous Thanksgiving Side Dishes

We all know Thanksgiving is about being thankful and for reflecting on the many blessings in our lives.  It's also about gathering with family and friends, lots of laughter and of course, the Thanksgiving Day meal.  

Try one of these sumptuous side dishes this Thanksgiving and give your family one more reason to be thankful.

Chicken Enchilada Dip

Dips are a year-round sensation at our house.  On game day, race day, or even movie night it's imperative that I have dips available for munching.  I made this dip for a get together we had with friends to watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship race.  My son was overjoyed when his favorite driver, Kevin Harvick won The Chase.  It was a real "moment" for him.

We invited some friends over to watch with us and while watching the race unfold, I set-up a self serve nacho bar which included this dip.  It features all of the flavors you'd enjoy in enchiladas only in the form of a dip.  It was a hit.  Apart from flavor, one advantage with this dip is that you can assemble it in advance, chill, then bake it just before serving.  It's creamy and delicious and not a drop will be leftover.

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