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  The month to reflect on all that we  have to be thankful for. And oh my,
   what a tremendous amount that is.
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         Hello to all my favorite
           friends and foodies!

For just about everybody, November marks the beginning of the Holiday Season, and every single year I find myself saying "already?!" I mean really - doesn't it just seem that each year goes by more quickly? We just get our holiday decorations put away and it's time to get them out again.

We have had an exceptionally glorious fall here in Idaho. It's been long, warm, and stunningly beautiful. Most of the trees in the Boise area are deciduous, so the fall colors are just magnificent. I truly do love this season, and every year I am more profoundly aware of all the blessings we have to be thankful for. 

Here's to a peaceful holiday season to all of you (OK, I know that isn't very realistic but we can always try!). Enjoy this time with your family, friends, and your home. And be sure to let me know what recipes you use! I love hearing all about it.   - Patti Mays


                       TO GET RECIPE AND DIRECTIONS
instead of TURKEY?

You would be amazed at how many people would much prefer a delicious juicy prime rib over turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or both!
I have two recipes that
I think are the best on earth.

My first recipe is an out of this world no-fail family favorite. I give easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions for the perfect prime rib. It's juicy, flavorful, and just gorgeous. Click here

My second recipe is from one of my favorite blogs, called Simply Recipes. The blog owner (Elise Bauer) also provides step-by-step pictures and her recipe is just devine. Both recipes are absolutely delicious and easy to follow because of the clearly-written directions.
Click here. Take a look at both! Prime rib is way easier than you think.

               PATTI'S EASY PRIME RIB
               RECIPE with DIRECTIONS
                RECIPE with DIRECTIONS



This one of my very 
   favorite soups -  
(like they have at the Olive Garden, only this recipe is from All Recipes). This soup is unbelievably flavorful and I just can't stop eating it! I honestly can't think of a soup I like better.



Mmm! This hearty, "stick to your ribs" soup can easily be a meal in itself. We have this a lot during the winter months, with hot bread and a tossed salad. It's one of our faves because it's not just filling, but chock full of good- for-you vegetables! We even have this when company comes, and everybody loves it!



y to make, and so elegant!  If you're being fancy schmantzy this little number is very classy! And as you all know - here at the Mays Mansion, "fancy schmantzy" is of utmost                                                                     importance! :>



Every time I make this bread (which is often!) I always get asked for the recipe! Thing is it looks complicated but it isn't at all. This is one of those recipes you can always count on to be a big hit!

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GREEN BEANS This make-at-home recipe is delicious, and it's so simple! We think these are better than the kind you get in Chinese restaurants                                                                 
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                                                              NAUGHTY    BROWNIES!
  Naughty for two
      reasons. . . 
1) A very addictive,         tantalizing mixture of flavors - chocolate, peanut butter, a little bit crust, a little bit gooey. Mmm!

2) They're way too easy to make which is naughty and dangerous at the same time.Start with a mix (my fave!)

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         SO FUN! And talk about great memories! 
Yep - it's that time of year again and if you start these little jewels now, you'll be able to enjoy them all during December - - on your tree or your 'fridge! These are so cute and kids LOVE to make them. They create special memories, too. This is a very thorough recipe with detailed  directions on how to do these. 
         HAVE FUN!!

The very best carrot cake you will EVER eat. Creamy, moist, and unbelievably tasty. And get this! It has a BUTTERSCOTCH cream frosting that's to DIE for!  

OK, I know... pumpkin seeds are "old hat" when it comes to special fall treats, but that doesn't mean they aren't delicious, and they're VERY good for you! The preparation is a great family activity, too. Here's recipe and complete directions.

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I was married (briefly) to my first husband a hundred years ago and his mother was a so-so cook, EXCEPT when it came to this delicious vegetable casserole! I have no idea where she got the recipe and I've never run across it since, but I promise you - it will be a family favorite. And it's so versatile! You can use just about any green vegetable and you can dress it up with fresh crab which makes it over the moon delicious. 


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