Happy Thanksgiving to YOU from Nibbles of Tidbits, a Food Blog.
We’re thankful for great food, drinks, family and friends today and every single day.
Food should be tasty if you’re making it — That’s what I think. Make it tasty.
It is what it is. Get over it and pass the… Turkey, or whatever you prefer. 😉
It’s Thanksgiving savings time — Fall back.
Good thing I didn’t make the Turkey this year, you’d wonder.
We’re thankful to keep nibbling on tidbits of everything and will report on more soon.
Thank you precious United States Veterans! I will forever honor you and contribute money and time to assist you how I can. We at Nibbles of Tidbits wish all Veterans a very happy Veterans’ Day. On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, several restaurants will show Veterans how special they are by offering them something special. Cheers to those that do something special for a Veteran.
Famous Dave’s BBQ – Free Appetizer or Dessert
IHOP Restaurant – Free Red, White and Blue Pancakes
Claim Jumper – Free Dinner or Lunch
Denny’s – Free Grand Slam Breakfast
Applebee’s – Free Meal from a Special Veterans’ Day Menu
California Pizza Kitchen – Free Meal from a Special Veterans’ Day Menu
McCormick & Schmick’s – Free Meal from a Special Veterans’ Day Menu
Wienerschnitzel – Free Chili Dog and Small Pepsi
Additional Veterans’ Day offerings are here. Show a military ID to receive all of the above and more.
It’s true what the package says — The Turkey browned in the bag, was tender and tasted great.
I didn’t know Jennie-O sold such a Turkey. I didn’t have to remove the giblets, yay!
Since the Turkey was so easy to prepare, I made a complete, early Thanksgiving Dinner.
And surprisingly I discovered that I like Turkey Bacon, though I wasn’t even sure I wanted to try it. It looks quite different than Bacon in its raw state. It feels like Bologna, kind of looks like a surfboard and fake Bacon with a line running down the middle, but it tastes pretty good, like Bacon.
Turkey Bacon cooks up nice and crisp, but it’s a little harder to tell when it’s done. I accidentally burnt the first batch, but the second batch (below) turned out well. There is a fine line between burnt and nicely crisp. Turkey Bacon is in a few of the Jennie-O Thanksgiving Side Dishes.
I will definitely buy Jennie-O’s Oven Ready Whole Turkey and Turkey Bacon again. I appreciate the coupons they sent us. I gave away a couple of them. When purchasing Jennie-O’s Oven Ready whole Turkey, a lady in line in front of me, expressed her love for Jennie-O products and had never seen their Oven Ready Whole Turkey, so I gave her one of the Jennie-O coupons to try it too.
Thank you Jennie-O! I tried a couple products I never thought to try before and actually really like ’em. I have a better appreciation of Jennie-O’s products. They offer much more than we thought.
Though I didn’t make any of the pictured food this year, I (and you) have the freedom to do so because of American Veterans. THANK YOU brave soldiers for your tremendous sacrifice — May God bless each and every one of you today, tomorrow and always. Happy Memorial Day. You deserve it!
Happiness is Being Shelly’s Parents — I secretly added a license plate frame saying that to my parent’s car when I was a kid, hahaha. Happy Mother’s Day Pam B. Flowers for your special day.
And thanks for always turning off the beaters.
Funny Easter Egg ideas by Bailee and Lexi, also known as Kids in the Kitchen here on Nibbles of Tidbits, and my talented Nieces in real life — They decorated each adorable Easter Egg pictured here.
I’m impressed — They’re all so expressive and made us laugh.
If I copy them mine probably won’t turn out as great, but next year I want to try.
The green zombie eggs in the lid of the carton show their support for The Walking Dead, yikes.
Happy Easter to everyone from Nibbles of Tidbits — We’re thankful for this day!
The kid’s inspiration and my copycat comparison shall be posted next year.
Have you had the Sticky Toffee Pudding at The Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant? It’s one of the BEST Desserts I’ve had in my life and it’s perfectly served in warm Heavy Cream.
I’ve had it three times and still can’t stop thinking about going back for it again. I suggest going to The Olde Ship each time we’ve dined out recently, but my husband needs more food variety. It’s a rich dessert that’s best shared, so not to be put over the Sugar edge. The unsweetened Heavy Cream balances the sweetness beautifully. I love The Olde Ship for this dessert, other authentic British dishes and its cozy atmosphere, especially during Christmas time.
I searched for The Olde Ship’s Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe online, but didn’t find it, I’m told it’s made with Dried Apricots and other things. I may attempt a copycat recipe after a little more study. I visited The British Grocer, a store run by the same people at The Olde Ship in Fullerton and Santa Ana. The British Grocer is in Fullerton, down the street from The Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant on North Harbor Boulevard. I’ve yet to visit its Santa Ana location, but hear it’s larger.
Pictured directly above is a prepared, canned Sticky Toffee Pudding I purchased from The British Grocer. I was told by a clerk there that’s its flavor is most like the one made at The Olde Ship. The store offered two options, one that’s frozen and this one that was canned.
Surprisingly this one is made by Heinz and it does have a similar, rich flavor that’s good served with warm Heavy Cream, though it has a different, more Bread Pudding like texture, rather than a loose, Bran Muffin texture like the Sticky Toffee Pudding prepared at The Olde Ship. I’ll buy more of both.
I served the Heinz Sticky Toffee Pudding the same way, which made it taste great.
It’s romantic and beautiful inside the Pub, with hundreds of lights in December.
Pictured below is the Great British Breakfast that’s served with a Banger, Baked Beans, Irish Bacon, a Tomato, Mushrooms and Fried Toast. At first glance, the Toast looks basic, but it’s fried. I thought I’d like that more than I did, but toasted is better. I like the Baked Beans a lot.
The Olde Ship’s Famous Clam Chowder is very good too, with lots of Clams.
Back to why this post started… The magnificent Sticky Toffee Pudding at The Old Ship (below).
Until we meet again, aka when my husband is ready to go back — I have to be reasonable.
It’s already December — Another year flew by too fast and my computer just went kaput. This month starts with a test of my new computer and return to Nibbles of Tidbits’ Food Coloring Series, featuring the relevant colors of Red & Green, and timely food ideas that spotlight them.
Most dishes can be deciphered without a recipe or tailored to your taste.
Previous Food Coloring Series posts are linked here — Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, etc.
Some dishes start off festive, but once the Peppers and Cucumbers get eaten, then what?
If looking for more Red & Green Food Ideas, they’re linked here.
Merry Christmas to me from my new computer.
More to test and explore, after Shrimp Cocktails and picture-perfect Christmas Cookies.
An impressive Snowman Fruit Bowl that’s perfect for the season and looks easy to make.
The true annual treat is spending time with best friends decorating Halloween Cookies, Cupcakes and Candy. Each year we take home trays and boxes of homemade and hand decorated treats after a fun evening of trickery — It’s quite a funny bunch (below).
I’m truly grateful for all!
This year’s decorating ideas are posted here and others from previous years are linked here.
We’re no design professionals, but have a lot of laughs and the Cookies always taste great.
It’s also possible that you may learn how not to decorate your Halloween Cookies here. 😉
Halloween Appetizer Idea — Deviled Eggs with Olive Spiders. You can figure it out.
Happy Halloween from Nibbles of Tidbits and friends.
We got this Cake for our parents 50th Wedding Anniversary — It’s them on the edible topping. They were impressed to see it and so were we. It’s from Albertson’s Bakery. It tasted good too, with a Whipped Cream Frosting, Vanilla Cake and Strawberry Filling.
Ladyfingers, Fruit, Whip… Ladyfingers, Fruit, Whip… Ladyfingers, Fruit, Whip — That’s basically how you make it. Insert any Fruit for the “Fruit.” I used Strawberries, Blueberries and Kiwis. The Ladyfingers were store bought to save time, but I will always whip my own Heavy Cream with a little Sugar to make it taste best. The pictured Fruit Trifle was made for Mother’s Day.
If wanting to make it extra pretty, create the Trifle’s outer design separately from its layering. Fruit looks best vertically through the glass, but is layered horizontally — In other words, place the Fruit and Ladyfingers against the glass as shown, or how you want it, and then layer as chanted in the middle/inside. Repeat process as you build upward.
Bananas in the HOUSE indeed — See them? It’s not always clear. I see Matt, and I see… 😉 .
It’s not about me here, but some have asked… “Where have you been?” Though FOOD is the star (and heart) of Nibbles of Tidbits, its publisher (me) is getting married in a week. Oh boy! So, I’m still here, but currently busy seeing the world through heart shaped glasses.
Notwithstanding, there’s big stuff coming here, after the REALLY big stuff happens.
I love this low calorie Banana Split (above) — Maybe I should marry it. 😉
Back together again decorating Cookies and Cupcakes in 2013.
With the Cookie Gang, minus member taking the photo — We wish you a Merry Christmas!
Naked Cookies frosted to become Snowmen, Reindeer, Christmas Trees and more.
Happy Birthday Jesus and Happy New Year to you — There’s much to appreciate throughout.
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin — Good tidings for Christmas and always.
Veterans and active-duty military personnel deserve to take advantage of the day. It’s Veterans Day and many want to say thanks! Several restaurants and others are offering FREE meals. Those qualified should plan their schedule around the options — Start here.
How to contribute to Thanksgiving — Make this Turkey Vegetable Platter for your family and/or friends. One friend is making this for her family on Thanksgiving and she’s going to send us a photo when it’s done. We’ll be posting it here in an update. That ain’t no jive.
To me, Veterans and Active Duty Military matter the most — Thank you for your sacrifice! It’s because of that I live free. And because of that, they’re most deserving of a FREE meal at Applebee’s this coming Veteran’s Day. Nice job Applebee’s. See their special menu here.
Happy Halloween — If ever there was a time to carve, decorate or eat a Pumpkin, it’s now.
This year especially, Pumpkins are available in a lot more colors than orange.
Though it kicks off scary, Pumpkin’s purpose is a magnificent thing — It’s simply stylish & tasty.
I cherish its Seeds, Soups and Pies in Fall (or anytime at all).
They’re diverse on the table as decor, a side or dessert, or as the table for snacks and apps.
Several large and small examples are posted for reference.
Post was inspired by this day and our food coloring series — Some shown here.
It’s the simple things in life, like when and where — Enjoy it All Summer Long (and always).
Snapshots of Summer in America — Thanks (again and again) to those who paved the way.
We grew these Grapes (above) and will report more about ’em later.
Free to cut or sledgehammer a Watermelon, if we so choose.
Pink Lemonade near the pool.
Sipping Whiskey out of the bottle, not thinking about tomorrow — Okay, it was Pina Coladas.
Singing sweet home USA all summer long…
Corn on the Cob with Oil, Butter, Garlic and Herbs wrapped in foil.
Potato Salad with never too much Mayo — The only way to have it (or none is fine too).
Celebrate America Cupcakes anytime.
Pasta Salad — Add a lot of Italian Dressing. If unsure, add more. Better more, than less.
Star Spangled Cupcake.
Water Balloons ready for a fight — Unfortunately had to put away the camera for it.
Maggie (below) ready to catch BBQ area leftovers.
Oh, how we thought those days would never end…