How Amazing are these Adorable Mini Gingerbread Houses?

I am obsessed with the mini gingerbread houses I have been seeing all over Pinterest.  I can’t say I have had much success with our sons making gingerbread houses, or even eating our efforts, but we have gotten the kits in years past and made a huge mess putting them together.  They end up sitting on our kitchen table through the Holiday and then getting tossed.  Sadly, they have never lived up to the flavor and taste that I crave when I think of gingerbread.  Maybe that is because they were store bought kits??!  It is time, way past the time, that I made my own gingerbread houses. I think the mini ones are right up my alley. I love the idea of making them Gluten Free so that our son with Celiac can give them a try (I know he probably won’t, but it will make me happy that I tried to make something he could eat).  I found this lovely site Windsor B who is a gal after my own heart.  She has beautiful photographs, Gluten and Dairy Free recipes, and she took a few shortcuts to make her mini houses.  If you are looking for a non-gluten free option and directions here is another option for you.  Not in the mood to make them, you could always buy them here.  I love that they are such a festive and, hopefully, delicious treat!  I will report back after I try making them myself and, likewise, let me know if you give them a go.

How Amazing are these Adorable Mini Gingerbread Houses by Windsor B?

How Amazing are these Adorable Mini Gingerbread Houses by Windsor B

How Amazing are these Adorable Mini Gingerbread Houses by Windsor B

for the recipe please go to: Mini Gluten Free Gingerbread Houses by Windsor B

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving

All year-long I hunt for fabrics to use for tablecloths and this year I scored three remnants of fabric with a brown/ blue bird pattern.  I knew immediately it would be the inspiration for setting my Thanksgiving table. Luckily, when we sewed together the sections, the cloth fit our table perfectly.  I went hunting in my house for items to use for a centerpiece and pulled out the various sized brass candlesticks I had collected over the years from my Grandmother, tag sales and flea markets.  I  decided to forgo the laborious task of shining them all and left them in the original patina. I then went looking for pieces to compliment the tablecloth.  I borrowed three brass planters for the centerpiece from Found, a fabulous decorating and home store in New Canaan, CT and Juliska very nicely lent me the table settings.  It was so much fun pulling it all together and layering all the elements that I got a little carried away with the pictures but, to be fair, I wanted to give you lots of angles to see how it turned out. I hope you love it as much as I do…Now if only I could keep it as is for Thanksgiving!

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

 

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

How to Decorate Around your Tablecloth for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

to buy: Juliska Tortoise Knot Napkin Ring c/o /  Juliska Hemstitch Napkin c/o /  Juliska Bistro Gold Flatware c/o /  Juliska Bamboo Dinner Plate  c/o / Juliska Firenze Delft Charger c/o /  Juliska Arabella Clear Goblet c/o /  Tablecloth made from Vintage Fabric /  Brass candlestick collected over time / Brass Planters c/o  / Starlight Wire String Lights

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5 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving

One of my favorite things to do is set my table for a party, family gathering or holiday.  I look for ideas all year long and buy vintage fabrics when I see them to make tablecloths for different themes. I have bins of decorative items like pine cones, faux branches, gourds and pumpkins that I can use as filler for my centerpieces.  It may be a bit excessive, but I try to get them at the end of each season so they are on sale, but sometimes I don’t have a choice and buy them full price. I love browsing One Kings Lane, AmazonPier 1 Imports, and Home Decorators Collection for ideas and to add things to my stash.  Here are 5 unique ways to decorate your table for Thanksgiving:

  1. Thanksgiving Inspiration
  2. DIY Metallic and Glitter Gourds
  3. Glitter and Gold Thanksgiving
  4. Another centerpiece with the Metallic and Glitter Gourds
  5. Green and Silver Thanksgiving

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5 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

 

5 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving | Ridgely's Radar

Images top : Thanksgiving Inspiration  middle:  Glitter and Gold Thanksgiving  ( DIY Metallic and Glitter Gourds) Bottom: Green and Silver Thanksgiving

 

Turkey Mini Meatloaves With Chili Sesame Glaze

Do you want to have the most delicious dinner?  Then you must make these Turkey Mini Meatloaves with Chili Sesame Glaze, it is one of the best things I have ever tasted! It is so full of flavor and it’s spicy, a good hot spicy…I loved it! I cannot take credit for the meal or even the idea of the meal, I just took the pictures and joined a really fun group of friends for a scrumptious dinner. The chef, Steve Ring, planned the menu and cooked it for us. I had heard rave reviews of Steve’s culinary expertise and thought what could be better than grabbing some pictures and a new recipe for the blog, so I asked if he would be happy to share and he was!  It was a win win! After such a spectacular dinner, I asked Steve to contribute recipes on a regular basis to Ridgely’s Radar and am looking forward to what is next on his line up.

Steve served the individual turkey meatloaves (you won’t even know it is turkey!) with an Asian Inspired Cole Slaw (recipe here) that was the perfect compliment to the spicy meatloaf.  Be sure to see Steve’s notes at the end of the recipe for his adaptations to the original recipe.  Bon Appetit!

 

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Turkey Mini Meatloaves With Chili Sesame Glaze | Ridgely's Radar

 

 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • For the glaze:
  • ½ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons Asian chili-garlic paste, plus more to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the meatloaf:
  • Vegetable oil, for pan
  • 2 pounds cold ground turkey
  • 2 cups fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Asian chili-garlic paste
  • 1½ cups roughly chopped cilantro
  • 10 scallions, trimmed and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the garnish:
  • 2 tablespoons black or white sesame seeds, or combination
  • Chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Make glaze: Bring vinegar, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili-garlic paste, garlic and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Once liquid comes to a boil, decrease heat to low and simmer until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Meanwhile, make meatloaf: In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well but lightly, using your hands or a fork.
  4. Divide meat mixture into 6 equal portions and shape each into a small loaf. Place on prepared baking sheet. Use a spoon to make a small indentation in top of each loaf. Spoon a tablespoon of glaze over each loaf. Reserve remaining glaze for later use.
  5. Place meatloaves in oven. Bake, using a meat thermometer to monitor temperature, until internal temperature reaches 155-160 degrees, 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and spread another spoonful of glaze over each loaf. Set aside five minutes, then transfer to a platter. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and herbs. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature.
Notes
Steve's Notes: I use Panko instead of bread crumbs, I use 90/10 or 93/7 ground turkey meat and I usually make 1½ or 2 times the sauce recipe as there never seems to be enough.

Turkey Mini Meatloaves With Chili Sesame Glaze | Ridgely's Radar

 

Turkey Mini Meatloaves With Chili Sesame Glaze | Ridgely's Radar

 

Turkey Mini Meatloaves With Chili Sesame Glaze | Ridgely's Radar

to buy:  Juliska Bamboo Dinner Plates  /  Juliska Bamboo Flatware  /  Juliska Florence Medium Tumbler

Hot Ham Buns

Every Halloween, since we had children, my husbands’ family would come to our house to celebrate. The kids would come having already eaten dinner (otherwise we could never get them to have dinner once the had bags full of candy) and dressed to go trick or treating.  The guys would take the kids around the the neighborhood, while the ladies stayed at our house waiting to pass out candy. When everyone arrived back to our house, the adults would have these hot ham buns that my Mother-in-Law would make. They are individually wrapped and easy to pass around to guests, with little or no mess. I cannot think of Halloween without having them and we made up a batch this weekend to have on hand. They are perfect for a picnic or evening around the fire pit. I hope you like them as much as we do!

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Hot Ham Buns | Ridgely's Radar

 

Hot Ham Buns | Ridgely's Radar

 

Hot Ham Buns
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
FOR 4 SANDWICHES
  • ¼ Cup Soft Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Prepared Horseradish Mustard (you can also use Gulden's Brown Spicy Mustard)
  • 2 Teaspoons Poppy Seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Onion
  • 4 Hamburger Buns
  • ½ Pound or 12 slices Baked Ham, thinly sliced (3 slices per sandwich)
  • 4 slices Swiss Cheese (1 per sandwich)
FOR 24 SANDWICHES
  • 1½ Sticks Soft Butter
  • ¼ Cup Prepared Horseradish Mustard (you can also use Gulden's Brown Spicy Mustard)
  • ⅛ Cup Poppy Seeds
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Onion
  • 24 Hamburger Buns
  • 3 Pounds or 72 slices Baked Ham, thinly sliced (3 slices per sandwich)
  • 24 slices Swiss Cheese (1 per sandwich)
Instructions
  1. Pre-Heat Oven at 350F
  2. Combine softened butter, horseradish mustard, poppy seeds, and onion in a bowl
  3. Spread the butter mixture on the top side of each bun
  4. Put one slice of Swiss cheese on the bottom half of each bun
  5. Put 3 slices of Ham on top of the swiss cheese
  6. Cover the ham with the top half of hte buns
  7. Wrap each bun in aluminum foil
  8. Heat for approximately 20 mins or until the cheese has melted.
  9. Serve Warm
Notes
We freeze the uncooked wrapped sandwiches and when we want to serve them we remove from the freezer, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then heat as directed.

For an appetizer, after heating we cut each bun in 4 and serve on a platter. YUM!

 

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Hot Ham Buns | Ridgely's Radar

 

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Stuffed Peppers with Sausage and Beef (Gluten Free)

Now that you have had a little bit of time to try out our families recipe for making white rice, you can put your new cooking skills to the test with these Stuffed Peppers with Sausage and Beef. We are not big fans of green peppers and like to use the red, orange and yellow ones, but if you prefer green then by all means use them. We have substituted corn flakes, parmesan cheese and gluten free bread crumbs as the topping on those times we didn’t have potato chips in the house or wanted to change it up.  Hope you enjoy this recipe and if you have any tips, please share with us!

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Stuffed Peppers with Sausage and Beef (Gluten Free) | Ridgely's Radar

 

Stuffed Peppers with Sausage and Beef (Gluten Free) | Ridgely's Radar

 

 

 

Stuffed Peppers with Sausage and Beef (Gluten Free)
 
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 3½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for baking sheet
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • ½ ounce Parmesan, grated (1/4 cup)
  • 1 cup dry long-grain rice cooked
  • ½ cup potato chips, crushed (we have also used cornflakes)
  • 8 large bell peppers (any color), top removed, seeds and ribs removed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high.
  3. Add sausage and ground beef, cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until browned, 5 minutes.
  4. With a slotted spoon, transfer sausage/ beef mixture to a medium bowl.
  5. Add 1 teaspoon oil to skillet along with onion and garlic, cook until onions are translucent.
  6. Add drained tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and cook through
  7. Add tomato mixture to bowl with sausage/beef, along with Parmesan, rice, and 1 teaspoon oil; stir to combine and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Brush a rimmed baking sheet or shallow baking with oil and arrange bell peppers, cut side up, on sheet or baking dish
  9. Divide rice mixture among peppers and top with crushed potato chips.
  10. Bake until potato chips are browned and peppers are tender, about 30 minutes. Serve warm.

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