Easy Green Bean Casserole Recipe and Other Great Thanksgiving Ideas

THis is my go to green bean casserole recipe. Rae Gun Ramblings

Holy moley Thanksgiving is next week! What the what!!!? I just have no idea where all the time has gone. No really someone tell me please. So if you’re like me and need some good last minute Thanksgiving recipes and ideas you’re in luck. I’ve teamed up with a bunch of other bloggers to share some of our favorite recipes and tutorials to make Thanksgiving a little easier.

Fabulous last minute Thanksgiving recipes and ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings

One of my favorite dishes in the Thanksgiving meal is Green Bean Casserole. I LOVE it. In fact I make it as a side every once in a while. It’s so quick and a super easy way to squeeze veggies into our diet!

The best green bean casserole recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Green Bean Casserole Recipe

  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1/2 Can Milk
  • 1 pack frozen french cut green beans
  • 1 TBS Soy Sauce
  • Cheddar Fried Onions to top

Mix all the ingredients except the onions and bake for 30 minutes at 350 F. Top with onions and bake to crisp up the onions about 10 more minutes.

This is hands down my favorite green bean casserole recipe. So easy and soo yummy - Rae Gun Ramblings

Don’t forget to check out all the other great Thanksgiving recipes and craft ideas!

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Mellark Bakery Printable and Mrs. Mellark’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Great Hunger Games Mellark Bakery Printable/design perfect for using in craft projects and parties - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m so excited to share a few awesome Hunger Games projects that I made from Heidi of Digknity‘s Mellark Bakery design. I love the design so so much, it’s so perfect. And luckily for you she has graciously allowed me to share it here so you can make your own awesome creations (see below for more details). I made Teddy a little onesie with the design on it which you might remember from my baby book round up post a few weeks back, I definitely will be making myself one soon!

Mellark Bakery printable and Mrs. Mellark's banana bread recipe - Rae Gun Recipe

You could also use the design to make treat tags like I did for my Chocolate Chip Banana bread. I tried to print it directly on my cute treat bags but my printer wasn’t cooperating. If I had time I would have run out to get some clear shipping labels. I have dreams of printing some paper to wrap around fresh loaves of homemade bread, wouldn’t that be fun.

Delicious and easy Chocolate Chip Banana bread recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Mrs. Mellark’s Banana Bread Recipe

  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Butter
  • 1 C Mashed bananas
  • 1/2 C Sour Cream
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 C All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 C chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C Chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350F. Cream the sugar and butter. Mix in the banana, sour cream, eggs, flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts if you are using them. Pour into baking dish and bake until a toothpick comes out clean about 60 minutes.

Free Hunger Games printable. Mellark Bakery - Rae Gun Ramblings

I love how versatile the design is. You could print it up as is, throw it in a frame and give it to your favorite Hunger Game fan. Or if you are like me and can’t leave any plain tote back or tee shirt unembellished you can use it as a stencil for freezer paper stenciling or if you have a cutting machine as a design for iron-on vinyl.

Free Hunger Games Mellark Bakery design and great craft ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings

The apron I made came together SUPER fast. I bought one of those premade blank ones from the craft store and then I just cut some iron-on vinyl out on my Cricut and slapped it on. If you’ve never used iron-on vinyl I’m kind of an addict and I have a post all about how to use iron-on vinyl. Really it’s great stuff!

 FREE Hunger Games printable and design for crafts (for personal non-commercial use only) Mellark Bakery - Rae Gun Ramblings

Click here to download the full resolution version. Please note the design is intended for personal (non-commercial use only). Also please do not repost it anywhere.

Mellark Bakery stencil/printable and great Hunger Game craft ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m giving this apron away as a part of the giveaway. It has a little discoloration on it but I like to imagine that that’s just the wear and tear of long hard hours in the bakery (but really it’s brand new). Also don’t forget to go check out the rest of Heidi’s awesome designs in her Etsy Shop!

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Happy Hunger Games Nightlock Berry Cheesecake

Hunger games Nightlock Berry Cheesecake recipe

Do you guys know Alli from Cupcake Diaries? She makes the yummiest looking things. I can’t wait to give her crock pot mac and cheese a try. And we are so lucky because she’s joining the Happy Hunger Games series with a Nightlock Berry Cheesecake! Ha I love it. maybe serve it up to your most annoying dinner guest ;) Hop over to get the full recipe and see more.

If you loved the Hunger Games this is a fantastic list of books to check out! Rae Gun Ramblings

Also just in case you missed it I shared 17 of my favorite books to recommend to Hunger Games fans. If you loved the Hunger Games and you’re looking for more to read this is the list for you.

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Finally don’t forget about the giveaway! And remember you can get more entries each and and by visiting the different bloggers and entering on their sites!

The prize pack includes:

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Curry Peanut Butter Ramen Recipe

Curry Peanut Butter ramen one of my favorite weeknight meals. So easy and yummy - Rae Gun Ramblings

Today’s recipe is something I through together a few times a month. It’s so flexible and fast plus I almost always have everything on hand. Not only that but it’s super yummy and satisfying. We call it fancy ramen in our house and there are a few different versions but today I’m sharing my curry peanut butter ramen.

This recipe serves 2 adults but it’s easy to add more. Also I’ve halved it before by just breaking the noodles in half and using only half a pack of noodles/seasoning pack. When you have a bit of left over meat just chop it up, throw it into a baggie and stick it in the freezer for this meal!

Curry Peanut Butter Ramen Recipe

Yummy spin on ramen. Curry Peanut Butter version. Great for cleaning out the fridge - Rae Gun Ramblings

Ingredients

  • 1 Pack Ramen (I like the chicken flavored kind)
  • 1/2 C chopped vegetables (I usually use frozen broccoli or carrots and zucchini)
  • 1/2 C chopped meat (left over rotisserie chicken, beef really anything works)
  • 2 soft boiled eggs
  • 1 heaping TBS Peanut Butter (or more to taste)
  • 1-2 TBS Curry powder (to taste since the intensity of curry powders vary)

Put all ingredients except the eggs into a pot and cover with water. Boil until everything is cooked through and the noodles are to your preferred tenderness. Taste and add more seasoning or peanut butter if desired. Divide into bowls and serve topped with egg. So easy right?

One of my favorite weeknight meals. Curry Peanut Butter Ramen recipe at Rae Gun Ramblings

This post is a part of the monthly Foodie Extravaganza! Curious? The Foodie Extravaganza is a monthly party hosted by bloggers who love food!

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 Each month we incorporate one main ingredient into recipes to share with you and this month that ingredient is a classic family favorite…PEANUT BUTTER! Don’t forget to check out the other awesome peanut butter recipes for the month.

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30 Quick and Easy Neighbor Gift Ideas and Reindeer Bait Snack Mix Recipe

Hey friends I’m excited to announce that I have teamed up with 29 crazy talented and creative bloggers to share some awesome neighbor gift ideas. Be sure to check out all the fun quick and easy neighbor gift ideas below and visit everyone’s blogs for more details.

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For my contribution to the neighbor gift fun I made a SUPER easy and cute treat! I call it Reindeer Bait and it’s easy enough that you can get the kiddos involved in whipping up a batch!

Reindeer Bait Snack Mix Recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Reindeer Bait Snack Mix Recipe

Ingredients

  • Flat Pretzels
  • White Chocolate or White Candy Melts
  • Crisco
  • Red, White and Green Sprinkles
  • Mini Candy Canes

Melt the chocolate/candy melts with a small amount of crisco in the microwave. I do about 1 C of melts to 1 tsp crisco. Zap for 30 seconds then stir and then zap/stir in increments of 10 seconds until the melts are 80% melted. At that point you just want to stir until they all melt or else you run the risk of scorching them. Then just dip an edge of the pretzel in and while the candy is still wet lay on some wax paper and shake on the sprinkles. I like to line a jellyroll pan with wax paper to minimize the amount of stray sprinkles.

Super cute and easy Christmas snack mix - Rae Gun Ramblings

Add a few mini candy canes throw it in a cute box or bag tie it with a bow and you’ve got a quick and easy neighbor gift, or treat if you’re entertaining! Now don’t forget about all the other awesome neighbor gift ideas from my blogger friends!

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

 Our Thrifty Ideas – Soda Tags Neighbor Gift | Dessert Now Dinner Later – Muddy Buddy Popcorn | Pretty Providence – Treat Pops | Blooming Homestead – Cookie Decorating Kit

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

 Frenchi Wraps – Yummy Bars | Yesterday on Tuesday – Cookie Mix | The Happy Scraps – Homemade treat packaging | Over The Big Moon – Pepper Jelly

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

Just Us Four – Paleo Pumpkin Granola w/ Tag  | Wait Til Your Father Gets Home – Rudolph Ornament | Happiness Is Homemade – Holiday Cookie Dough Tag | Cupcake Diaries – Twizzlers Holiday Tag

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

One Artsy Mama – Crochet Gift Card Pouch | Reasons to Skip the Housework – Hot Cocoa Set | Made to Be a Mama – Dishes Gift Set | Lets Eat Grandpa – Easy to Sew Pot Holder

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

 Dukes and Duchesses – Home for the Holidays Cocoa Gift | See Vanessa Craft – Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub | Carissa Miss – For Your Mistletoes | Occasionally Crafty – Salsa Neighbor Gift

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

 Simply Designing – Mulling Spices | Domestically Speaking – Cinnamon Crumble Apple Pie + Printable | Creations By Kara – Christmas Bread Wrapper | Frog Prince Paperie – Luminary Kit | Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke – The Gift of Dishes

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

 Giggles Galore – Homemade Vanilla | One Krieger Chick – Playdough in a Jar | Food Folks and Fun – DIY Coasters Gift Set | My Craftily Ever After – Printable Neighbor Gift Bags | Rae Gun Ramblings – Neighbor Gift Treat

 

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Avocado Maple Pecan Salad Recipe

Maple Pecan Salad Recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’ve been trying to be good and get more veggies in. It’s not that I don’t like veggies but I forget they are in my fridge. I like to joke that my house is where vegetables come to die. But I’ve learned that if I buy a big box of spinach I can use it up for salads both meal sized and sides, in stuff like my favorite Zupa Toscana Soup or as sides like in my yummy Lemon Wilted Spinach.  But today I’m sharing a new favorite my Avocado Maple Pecan Salad. I’ve been eating different variations of it non-stop.

Maple Pecan Salad - Rae Gun Ramblings

Maple Pecan Salad Recipe

  • Baby Spinach
  • Maple Candied Pecans (recipe below)
  • Red Grapes
  • Crumbled Goat Cheese
  • Avocado
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Cooked Chicken (optional if you want it to be a meal)

Start by making your maple candied pecans. Toss spinach with the balsamic dressing. Finish by topping with red grapes halved, crumbled goat cheese, avocado, and chicken.

Maple Candied Pecan Recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Maple Candied Pecan Recipes

  • 1/8 C Maple Syrup
  • Pecan Halves
  • 2 TBS granulated sugar

Heat the maple syrup until bubbling but do not allow to burn. Cook for a few minutes. Stir in pecan halves. Turn off heat and stir in sugar. Mix well. Then spread on a parchment lined cook sheet and bake at 250 F for 1 hr making sure to stir every 15 mins. Allow to cool fully on wax paper.

Maple Pecan Salad Recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

I love this as a side salad or with some cooked chicken add to make a yummy meal salad.

Maple Pecan Salad Recipe - Rae GUn Ramblings

Need some other recipe ideas? Here are some of my favorite recipes!

Rae Gun Ramblings Recipes

Cheesecake Factory Brown Bread Recipe | Eclair Cake | Cauliflower Mash | Cinnaburst Bread

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Kielbasa and Sweet Potato Hash Recipe and 50 Easy Weeknight Meals!

Love this recipe I make it all the time. Fast sweet potato hash.  - Rae Gun Ramblings

Is it just me or does it seem like Fall gets SUPER BUSY? I mean I know for me it’s my busiest time of year but it seems even friends and family seem to have less time with school going back and holidays creeping up. So really who can’t use some easy weeknight meals this time of year right? I’ve teamed up with a ton of blogger friends to bring you guys 50 Easy Easy Weeknight Meal. My contribution is a super easy and satisfying Kielbasa Sausage and Sweet Potato Hash recipe that I whip up all the time.

Great list of unique and yummy easy weeknight meals  - Rae Gun Ramblings

All of these recipes look so delicious I can’t wait to try them out. To get to each of the other recipes scroll to the bottom of this post. But before that here is how I make my easy peasy hash.

One of my favorite weeknight meals. Sweet potato and sausage hash. so easy and yummy recipe at Rae Gun Ramblings.com

Kielbasa and Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 large russet potato
  • 1/2 pack kielbasa sausage cut in slices
  • 2 eggs
  • steak seasoning

Directions

  1. Spray your large pan or wok with some spray oil and sautee the sausage and potatoes just to brown the edges. Season with steak seasoning and any other seasoning you desire.
  2. Add about 1/2 c of water and allow to cook in the water until the potatoes are tender. Sometimes I have to add more water. Stir occasionally.
  3. Poach (or fry) 2 eggs and serve on top of your has.

Super easy and yummy one pan sweet potato and kielbasa has - Rae Gun Ramblings

So easy right? And this is such a yummy comfort food sort of meal. I’ve done it with all kinds of different types of sausages and seasonings for different flavors. This recipe serves 2 adults but can be easily increased!

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Harvest Munch Mix Recipe

Great snack mix perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving - Rae Gun Ramblings

You guys know I get crazy busy around this time of year, with all the costume orders. In order to keep from missing out on the fun I’ve had to make some good quick recipes and today’s Harvest Munch Mix is perfect for throwing together when you want a quick yummy snack. I’ve had it sitting out the last week and my family has been picking away at it as they come to help me sew, hold the baby or just make sure we’re surviving the costume chaos.

Quick and easy snack mix for fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving - Rae Gun Ramblings

It’s SO easy to make your own. You can make Marble Chocolate Dipped Pretzels or just do regular dipped ones to save time. My nieces LOVED helping me dip the pretzels. After you let them dry then all you have to do is mix them with a bag of Harvest candy corn, you know the kind with the pumpkins and you’re good to go!

Harvest and Halloween Munch Mix perfect for any Fall get together - Rae Gun Ramblings

I like to think the ones with black candy melts are little bats and the white ones are ghosts but this would be great for Thanksgiving too you could use browns and oranges instead of blacks and whites! You could even throw in some other treats or maybe nuts to make it all your own. I told you easy!

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Quick and Easy Apricot Hand Pie Recipe

apricot hand pies (with vegan option) by Rae Gun Ramblings

These days I need food that I can make and eat quick. Between trying to get all my Halloween costume orders made and juggling a baby that wants to be held a lot this easy Apricot Hand Pie Recipe fits the bill perfectly. Plus it’s great for using up all those delicious apricots. Oh and here’s a secret they are naturally

how to make delicious apricot hand pies - Rae Gun Ramblings

Ingredients

  • 1 Sheet Puff Pastry
  • 6 apricots halved (fresh, frozen, canned any will work)
  • 6 TBS cream cheese (or if you want to make it vegan you can use Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese)
  • 3 tsp brown sugar

Yummy and quick apricot hand pie recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Directions

  1. Thaw the puff pastry. And cut into thirds  (I just cut down the fold lines).
  2. Smear on 2 TBS cream cheese to half of each piece of puff pastry.
  3. Top with 2 apricots each (so 4 halves).
  4. Sprinkle each with 1 tsp brown sugar.
  5. Fold over and press closed with the ends of a fork.
  6. Bake at 400 F for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Serve warm or room temperature.

scrumptious apricot turnovers - Rae Gun Ramblings

These are so quick and easy they are perfect for new mamas or anyone who is in need of something yummy and fast. Want a few other yummy recipes? Well here you go :)

Rae Gun Ramblings Recipes

Cheesecake Factory Brown Bread Recipe | Eclair Cake | Cauliflower Mash | Cinnaburst Bread

Super easy and delicious apricot hand pie recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

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How to Make Marble Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

 Quick method for DIY Marble Dipped Pretzels - Rae Gun Ramblings

I have a new obsession, those flat pretzels. They are so addictive. We’ve used them for yummy cheese balls but also for sweet stuff. It’s the time of year where things start flying buy and I don’t know about you but I’m always needing a snack or treat.

How to make marble chocolate dipped pretzels the easy way - Rae Gun Ramblings

So today I’m showing you how to make pretty marble chocolate dipped pretzels. It is so easy and you can use any combo of colors to have it match with your party, favorite sport team, or holiday.

THe Night Circus inspired marble dipped chocolate pretzels recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

I did black and white which I think has an elegant Halloween vibe to it as well as a great The Night Circus feel. If you haven’t read the Night Circus it’s one of my all time favorite books. It’s magical but in this very non-traditional way. It’s got all the awesome aspects of the circus and it’s just a beautiful story. Everything at the circus is black and white so these pretzels fit right in.

The best way to make marble dipped chocolate pretzels - Rae Gun Ramblings

What You Need

  • Candy Melts (2 colors)
  • Crisco
  • Pretzels
  • Tooth pick
  • Wax Paper

Put your candy melts in two bowls (keep the colors separate at this step). Add about a 1/2 tsp of Crisco to each bowl and microwave. Start with 30 seconds. Stir and then repeat in 10 minute increments. Stop when your melts are 80% melted and just stir and the rest will melt. In a third bowl or shallow dish ad some of each color and swirl with a tooth pick. I like to do it in small amounts so it doesn’t get too mixed and turn into just one blended color. Then quickly dip your pretzels.  Place on wax paper to dry.

Delicious and easy marble dipped chocolate pretzels. Super easy party idea - Rae Gun Ramblings

 

I’m sharing this as a part of the Foodie Extravaganza!

Welcome to the Foodie Extravaganza!  

We are a group of bloggers who love to blog about food!  Each month we will decide on an all-famous National Monthly Food Holiday in which we will base our recipes around. This month the ingredient is pretzels with an optional ingredient of caramel.  Yes, October is National Pretzel Month along with a whole array of other delightful things!! Get excited!! We hope you all enjoy our delicious pretzel treats this month and come back to see what we bring for you next month.  If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza.  We would love to have you! If you’re a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board! Looking for our previous parties? Check them out HERE.

Great collection of homemade pretzel recipes - Rae Gun Ramblings

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