Grilled Cranberry Turkey Bacon Sandwich

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It can be great having so much food left over from the holidays or anytime for that matter. It provides meals for many days and you can take a break from cooking or come up with new meals with the leftovers. Tonight we had the last of the leftovers from Christmas. I put together a couple of Turkey bacon sandwiches that tasted great.


1 1/2 cups cubed turkey

1/4 cup sliced green onions

1/4 cup Best foods low fat mayo

1/2 tsp. McCormick Grill Mate Smokehouse Maple seasoning

1/8 tsp. fresh ground peppercorn

4 slices bacon

4 slices bread

My Cranberry Sauce 


1. Cut bacon strips in half and fry until extra crispy.

2. Slice green onions and cut turkey into 1/4″ cubes. Mix them together in a bowl with the pepper, mayo, and the McCormick Grill Mate Smokehouse Maple Seasoning.

3. Spread a thin layer of the cranberry sauce on each slice of bread.

4. Put turkey mix on two of the slices of bread. Then put 4 slices of bacon on top of that. Place other slice of bread on top.

5. Cook on George Foreman Grill or Panini press until lightly browned.


Cranberry sauce

Thomas' Cranberry Sauce

Christmas was wonderful and I made many of my own recipes. This year was my first time making homemade cranberry sauce. I wanted my first batch to be my own recipe. Aubrey loves cranberry sauce, any time of the year, canned or fresh. This one is more than good, it is wonderful. The spices and honey work great together and the apple juice gives a nice light flavor that really adds to the dish. This is a gluten free dish.


 24oz. Fresh cranberries

1 ½ cups white sugar

½ cup honey

½ tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. nutmeg

2 cups unfiltered, not from concentrate, no sugar added Apple juice + ¼ more


1. Dump everything into a pot and let simmer for 20 min  stirring occasionally uncovered.

2. When it begins to thicken and cranberries start falling apart turn down to low and cook for another 20 min stirring occasionally uncovered.

3. Take off stove and let stand 15 min before serving. Serve warm, it tastes the best right after making it

Note: If you are making it at the same time as dinner do not worry about the extra ¼ cup apple juice. If you are making it the day before add the extra ¼ cup apple juice when heating up the cranberry sauce.

Ginger Bread Houses

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This week Aubrey and I made gingerbread houses with friends. This is the second year I have made real ginger bread houses. I made them many times when I was younger, but I would always use graham crackers and plain frosting. It would take a long time and they never stayed up very well.  We found a fantastic recipe on that works great and tastes good as well that we used.

Christmas Treats

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Yesterday I started my Christmas treats with homemade cherry chocolates, which I love. My favorite cherry chocolates to buy are the Queen Ann, but this year I decided to make homemade cherry chocolates. I like them homemade so much more. Another favorite Christmas treat of mine is Puppy Chow. I grew up eating Puppy chow, but I prefer a more peanut buttery taste. I made Puppy Chow with my own modifications to it. Some may know this treat by the name of Muddy Buddies. I have always known it by Puppy Chow until I got married.