chai, rosemary bar nuts, chocolate chip dough balls, pumpkin pie and chunky cranberry applesauce

Holy cow, I forget how much time it takes to do Holiday cooking each year. Phew, I’ve been on my feet whipping up Thanksgiving magic for five hours! And I’m not even doing the majority of the cooking this year! Before I embarked on dirtying every dish in the kitchen, I whipped myself up a cup of warm, frothy chai.


Using this chai mix from Oregon Chai.


I don’t remember where I read it, but the person to come up with idea of using an immersion blender to froth up milk is seriously genius.


First up on the cooking docketโ€”Angela’s rosemary bar nuts.


These’ll be nice for snacking on while watching football and steaming the green beans, tomorrow. Oh, and maybe, like Angela, eating them while drinking a beer and watching hockey tonight. Go Hawks!


They are delicious! My hand was like a magnet to the cookie sheet while these were cooling. I finally had to put them into a Mason jar just so I wouldn’t eat the whole batch.


After the roasted nuts, I moved onto Chocolate Chip Dough Balls.

chocolate chip dough balls

I made a batch of these on Sunday night and by Monday afternoon they were gone. These are some seriously amazing cookies.

chocolate chip dough balls

Just a little crunchy on the outside and doughy and creamy inside. Seriously, if you like doughy cookies, make these.

chocolate chip dough balls

These would be great for Santa. I have it on good authority that Santa is cookie dough fan.

chocolate chip dough balls

After cookies (or really, while the cookies were baking), pumpkin pie!

pumpkin pie

No recipe because I literally use the recipe on the back of the Libby’s pumpkin can. Easy peasy. And delicious!

pumpkin pie

My only change is that I double the filling for one pie crust. I like a lot of pumpkin custard goodness.

pumpkin pie

And the last bit of cooking today, a recipe you are probably sick of, my very own Chunky Cranberry Applesauce.


This is my favorite non-traditional substitute for a traditional item on the Turkey Day table.

cranberry applesauce

And now, I’m sitting down and hoping the dishes will do themselves.

Oh, and my dinner? My dinner was 3-4 chocolate chip dough balls, 5-7 handfuls of bar nuts, a spoonful of applesauce and some pumpkin pie filling. What? It’s quality control.


  1. says

    Nice work on the dough balls – they look perfect! Looks like you had some other amazing kitchen projects going on, too! Woohoo! Happy Thanksgiving, Diana :)

  2. Sarah says

    I don’t particularly care for traditional cranberry sauce and make a cranberry applesauce as well! Nice to see I’m not the only one. And those dough cookies look amazing–I just might have to try my hand at cookies again since mine always seem to come out just a bit too crunchy for my taste. I like them chewy!

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