Semi-Homemade Thanksgiving Series

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Welcome back to our 3rd installment of Simply Living Simply’s Semi-Homemade Thanksgiving!

Were going to talk a little about Breads and Salads today…with a few links that I thought you might like.

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Thanksgiving would NOT be Thanksgiving without the rolls! And everyone has their own preference.  You have those that are firmly committed to Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, those that must have homemade whole wheat or white dinner rolls.  There are those that LOVE pull apart rolls or homemade bread loaves such as french or sourdough or rich dark breads such as rye, squaw or even Honey Wheat Bushman.  Or some even love the sweetness of Hawaiian bread.  Which ever is your preference, Thanksgiving dinner was made to include rolls or bread of some kind.  What would you sop up the gravy with y’all??


Some great links to yummy breads:

Black Bread

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 Honey Bushman Bread “Outback Steakhouse”

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Squaw Bread: A Cheesecake Factory Replica

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Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

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 The BEST Southern Biscuits

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And here is MY Recipe and what we have for Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Dinner…and hey, just about any OTHER dinner around here!  This wonderful recipe came to me from my good friend Melissa K. Norris about a year ago.  It was the last recipe I ever searched for and the only one I make now.  It never ever fails me, turns out perfect and delicious every single time…and did I mention easy?!!


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Delicious Whole Wheat Rolls


Delicious Whole Wheat Rolls

Rating: 51

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  • 2 ½ C warm water
  • 3 Tbsp sugar (I use raw sugar)
  • 3 Tbsp yeast
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 6 C flour (I use half whole wheat pastry and half unbleached white flour)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  1. Stir water, yeast, and sugar together.
  2. Leave for 5 minutes until it becomes frothy on top.
  3. Add oil, flour, salt and baking powder and mix well.
  4. Remember to always use glass, wooden, or plastic bowls and spoons when making bread.
  5. Metal inhibits the yeast from rising properly.
  6. Knead for 6-8 minutes on floured surface.
  7. Form half of dough into a loaf.
  8. Form rolls and place on baking sheet.
  9. Bake rolls at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
  10. Leave bread for another 5 -10 minutes.
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Now lets talk about salads.  There are as many salads out there as there are grains of sand on the beaches over here!  And each person has their favorite and traditional ones they serve.  I will showcase 2 of my favorites that I tend to rotate in and out every year.  And also throw in some good links for ya too!


Super Salad Links:

Healthy Salad with Spinach, Mangoes, & Sweet Potatoes

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Lots of Thanksgiving Salad Ideas

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Brussels Sprouts and Apple Slaw

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Green Pea Salad

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Corn and Bell Pepper Salad

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My Recipes: Southern Ambrosia and California Spinach & Cranberries


Southern Ambrosia


Southern Ambrosia

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  • 1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 (8-ounce) tub COOL WHIP Whipped Topping


  1. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold together all ingredients in a large serving bowl.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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California Spinach & Cranberries


California Spinach & Cranberry Salad

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  • 1/2 pound hickory smoked bacon slices, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 2 C Spinach
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 C dried cranberries
  • 1 C Crumbled Bleu Cheese
  • Dressing:
  • 1/4 C buttermilk
  • 1/4 C sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Fry chopped bacon in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until brown and crisp, drain.
  3. Toast pecans in the oven on a 1/4-sheet tray until lightly golden and fragrant, about 6 minutes.
  4. For Dressing: Mix in the buttermilk, sour cream, sugar, salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Combine spinach, red onion, pecans, dried cranberries and bacon in large bowl.
  6. Toss with the dressing immediately before serving.
  7. Read more at:
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There you have some good info on Salads and Rolls, this info and recipes would be good anytime…perhaps for lunch or a light dinner?  

Yes…I left one recipe out of the Salad offerings…Jello!  I cover that recipe during Christmas.


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