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Fabulous Turkey Cranberry Stuffing Sliders


Oh how I love Thanksgiving and all the wonderful flavors of this tasty holiday! These fabulous Turkey, Stuffing & Cranberry Sliders recipe taste just like Thanksgiving- in-a- sammy and makes me very, very happy!

I got the inspiration for this sandwich from Starbucks.  They serve a panini sandwich this time of year that has turkey, stuffing & dried cranberries in it.  I thought I could take the recipe to another level by making my Hall Of Fame Cranberry Sauce, taking a sandwich recipe that is already to die for, and switching the sandwich fillings up a bit.

The result was so very yummy.  I am going to make these little sliders for our family’s Thanksgiving Day Brunch.  They are a great way to get the traditional flavors into a non-traditional meal.

To make this recipe, you simply make your favorite stuffing recipe (mine happens to be the 5- minute- type from a box) and this Hall Of Fame Cranberry Sauce recipe, have some white turkey breast, swiss cheese, & Hawaiian Rolls on hand, and whip up a zesty butter sauce to brush on top of the sandwiches.  You than assemble the sandwiches by slicing the rolls open, adding turkey, stuffing, cheese & cranberry sauce as the filling, adding the top roll, then brushing it with the butter sauce.  After just a few minutes in the oven, you have soft,oowy gooey cheesy rolls with a bit of a crispy bottom, as some of the butter sauce drips down the sandwiches and makes the most amazing crust.  The sandwiches are soft on top and filled with the savory stuffing, and the sweet but tart surprise of the cranberry sauce is what makes these sandwiches shine.  I can’t tell you how wonderful this recipe is! I can’t wait to make them for my guests.

turkey cranberry stuffing sliders

Fabulous Turkey Cranberry Stuffing Sliders

2 packages of King Hawaiian Rolls (12 count each)

2 -7 oz packages sliced turkey breast (about 24 slices) OR (about 2 cups shredded, cooked turkey)

6 slices swiss cheese (cut in 1/4’s)

2 cups stuffing (one box of stuffing usually makes about 3 cups)

1 cup cranberry sauce (I used my Hall Of Fame Cranberry Sauce (recipe below–make ahead and cool to let flavors meld))

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/4 cup Butter melted

1/2 tablespoon Onion Powder

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


Step 1
Brush 9×13 baking dish with a bit of the butter mixture. Slice rolls in half (keeping them attached to each other while cutting all at once is much easier than slicing each individually) and place bottom of rolls in buttered pan.  Place a slice or two of turkey (or layer shredded turkey over rolls evenly) and top with stuffing, layering it evenly over the turkey. Drop small spoonfuls of the cranberry sauce evenly over the stuffing, then add a slice of swiss cheese on top of each roll. Replace the top of the rolls and bunch them closely together into the buttered baking dish.

Step 2
In a medium bowl, whisk together Dijon mustard, melted butter, onion powder and Worcestershire sauce.

Step 3
Brush the rest of the sauce over tops of the rolls. Cover with foil.

Step 4
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and the bottom of sandwiches are slightly crisp. Watch closely and avoid over-browning. Serve warm.



1 1/4 cups brown sugar (original recipe calls for white sugar. I was out so I used brown, and it was so delicious that I will always use brown!)

3/4 cup water

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 (12 ounce) bag fresh cranberries

Zest of 1 orange (orange part only)


~In a large saucepan, add sugar, water and spices.  Cook, stirring often, until sugar dissolves and syrup comes to a rolling boil, about 3 minutes.

~In a colander, rinse and pick over the cranberries to remove any mushy ones.

~Add cranberries to boiling syrup and continue cooking, uncovered, just until they begin to pop, about 2-3 minutes (set the timer). Be careful not to cook them to long of they will get mushy.  I allowed mine to pop quite a bit, as I wanted the syrup to ooze into the cracks to infiltrate the cranberries.

~Remove from heat, stir in the orange zest.

Note: Syrup will thicken and turn a beautiful cranberry color once cooled and refrigerated.

Optional: mash some of the berries, keeping some of them whole. How much to mash? This depends on the consistency you personally like. I like half of them mashed, and half left whole.

~Cool to room temperature, uncovered.

~Ladle into clean jars and refrigerate until serving time.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups of sauce, enough to serve 6-8 people.


What are your Thanksgiving Day Plans?  What is a favorite recipe that you are making or look forward to each year?

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My Thanksgiving Day Brunch Menu – 11 Great Recipes!


I am having my family over for Thanksgiving Brunch this year. I have 3 sisters and their families coming, and my Mom & Mother-in-Law. I’m truly looking forward to some fun family time.  I have the most precious nieces and nephews, 3 are teens and 3 are under the age of 4. I can’t wait to see them all!

I’m excited to switch up our regular menu and come up with some great breakfast/brunch recipe ideas.  I have a few ideas of my own that I will need to experiment with before Thanksgiving day, and I also found some amazing recipes on Pinterest that I want to try.

Here is the menu


Best Ever Cranberry Sauce

Jaw Droppinly Good Cranberry Mimosas

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Spiced Chai

Turkey, Stuffing & Cranberry Sauced Sliders

Oven Scrambled Eggs

Cornflake Topped Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Apple Kale Slaw With Curried Almond Dressing

Deviled Eggs

Easy Elegant Yogurt Berry Parfait in a Trifle

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

Perfect Ancestral Pumpkin Pie

Coffee | Hot Tea



Best Ever Cranberry Sauce – Hall Of Fame Version

After trying many different cranberry sauce recipes, this one is by far my favorite. Everyone who tastes it asks for the recipe. It is the perfect balance of tart and sweet. Some cranberries are left whole, some and smashed. It is not too spicy with just a touch of cinnamon. It is perfection, and thick enough to smear on a piece of toast like a jam.


Jaw Droppingly Good Cranberry Mimosa

This is also a recipe from Shockingly Delicious.  She takes a tablespoon of the Best Every Cranberry Sauce recipe above, puts it in the bottom of a champagne flute, adds some sparkling wine (I plan on using Moscato) & serve! Can’t get much easier than that.  The color of these Mimosa’s is so pretty, & I plan on adding a spiral of orange peel to each glass to make them look even more festive.


Turkey, Stuffing, & Cranberry Sliders

This is a recipe I will need to experiment with. Update: I did! Here it is.  I was inspired by Starbucks Turkey, Stuffing & Cranberry Panini– a sandwich that tastes like Thanksgiving!   I will be making these for dinner next week & will post the recipe if they turn out yummy!


Oven Scrambled Eggs

Sometimes simple is better.  I was going to make quiche or a breakfast casserole, but with so many other rich recipes that we will be having, I thought I would keep the eggs pure and simple.  I love this recipe. It makes enough for a crowd and couldn’t be easier.


Cornflake Topped Cheesey Hashbrown Casserole

This recipe has been made by our family for years.  It is so far from good for you, but boy, it sure tastes good!  I like to ask my sister to bring this. She makes it the best, and then I don’t have to face how junky the ingredients really are for you! Those cream of ‘something’ soups get me every time, but it IS a celebration, so bring it on.



Apple Kale Slaw With Curried Almond Dressing

I must have some greens on the plate at any holiday celebration.  This recipe for Apple Kale Slaw is really hearty, delicious & beautiful to look at.  I am going to leave out the tomatoes and add dried cranberries or maybe pomegranate seeds.  Mmmm!


Deviled Eggs

We always have deviled eggs at our family Thanksgiving celebrations.  My older sister makes these the best, too! Her secret ingredient?  Instead of using regular mustard, she uses a bit of honey mustard.  The teens go nuts over these so she usually makes a couple dozen.



Easy & Elegant Yogurt Parfait

I love the idea of using a classic trifle dish to make this pretty parfait! Just simply layer in granola, fruit & yogurt.  Can’t get any easier!


Overnight Cinnamon Rolls With Cream Cheese Frosting

I may put my 13-year-old baker to work on these the day before Thanksgiving.  She is a super gifted baker and would do a great job.  This recipe caught my eye because they can be rolled out and sliced the night before, then raise for an hour in the morning, then baked.  I like the idea of greeting my guests with the scent for freshly baked cinnamon rolls!



3 Ingredient Pumpkin Spiced Chai

I plan on brewing this ahead of time and keeping it warm in the crockpot for guests to help themselves.  It is such a warming, comforting drink! It tastes like fall!


Perfect Pumpkin Pie With A Secret Ingredient

Gotta have pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving! This recipe is my all-time favorite recipe for Pumpkin Pie.  My sweet neighbors spoil us by delivering pumpkin pie during the holiday season, and it was by far the best pumpkin pie I had ever tasted.  I asked for the recipe & then of course, had to write a blog post about it.  It uses a secret ingredient! Click through to see what it is.


I’m so ready for Thanksgiving Day Brunch with my sweet family.  Cannot wait to savor the food & the moments with them!


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It’s My Birthday I Can Do What I Want To


My birthday landed on Thanksgiving day this year, just like the day I was born.  My Mom tells the story every Thanksgiving with a twinkle in her eye, how I interrupted her Thanksgiving meal with my untimely arrival. We’ve heard it a million times and it never gets old.

I did get to do what I wanted to this year.  Having my dear family in my home on Thanksgiving Day to celebrate all that we have to be thankful for is exactly how I would choose to spend my birthday.  We had Thanksgiving Day brunch, something we have never done.  It was my idea; a way to get out of peeling those dreaded potatoes. Have I told you that potatoes make my hands break out and itch? It’s awful. It was also a way to get out of making turkey.  Not that it is hard to make a turkey, but I just don’t quite enjoy handling a raw turkey. Blech.  It really was a great idea, as we had eaten and dishes were done by noon! It left the afternoon to just chill, play games, and enjoy each other.



We had turkey breast sandwiches & potato casserole in place of the whole bird and mashed potatoes.  Trader Joes has a whole turkey breast that is fully cooked, all you have to do is heat it. I also made a breakfast egg casserole, potato casserole, stuffing, jalapeno cranberry sauce drizzled over a block of cream cheese with pita crisps to dip (another great food item Trader Joes!) & a mac -n- cheese corn casserole.  My little sis Laurie, made some amazing mini apple pies–they were adorable–and Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon roll recipe, which was A-MA-ZING. My Mom brought a pumpkin pie and my older sister brought corn casserole, pecan struesel topped sweet potato casserole, some amazing chocolate drizzled kettle corn, & cinnamon beer bread (heaven). Last but not least, my next-to-youngest sister, Kathy of Nudge Media (I have 3 sisters) brought fruit, Lucky Charms cereal, & a Twinkie cake.  As you can tell, Kathy is a favorite aunt with my kids, as she is known for having sugar in her pockets & bringing the stuff that kids like best; like the time she made a pyramid out of McDonald’s cheeseburgers for our family Christmas pot luck. Yeah–that happened–and they were the most popular food item there!

Kathy’s Twinkie cake was hilarious. She is an amazing cook, can handle a grill the best of anyone I know, and makes a mean Pad Thai, but I don’t know if baking birthday cakes is something she should continue to pursue.  Don’t get me wrong; her Twinkie cake–actually, make that a Twinkie Jello Poke Cake–was delicious.  Her downfall was in the decorating.  She used black–like the color of tar– for the lettering.  She then drizzled red glaze over the top for pretty; except the glaze was too runny, and her cake ended up looking like a murder scene.  I laughed so hard.  I was so touched she took the time to make a cake, and I loved that wherever Kathy goes, laughter follows.  Hers was my favorite birthday cake to date–by far.

Twinkie Cake

Having my little niece and nephew (2&4) around for the holiday & my birthday was another by-far favorite.  They are just so precious and amazing. They bring such joy as only little ones can.


My Mom-in-Law came, too.  Her calm presence is always refreshing and she is such a server.  I can’t tell you how many times she has done my dishes.  She also spoiled me with two new chairs for a small table I recently put in my dining room–I will show you them soon. It is my new favorite place to sit with my morning coffee.

My sisters & mom also spoiled me with gifts.  My mom got me some kitchen accessories & a much-needed new front door mat. She always knows the things I  need and will love.  My oldest sister gave me a super sweet necklace from Origami Owl.  The packaging was beautiful and the message that came with each charm was chosen specifically for me.  I just love it.  My sister Kathy brought me a rosemary plant in the shape of a Christmas tree–I’ve eyed them and so wanted one.  It makes the whole living room smell amazing!  My lil’ sis gave me a super soft scarf, some makeup & nail polish and a great CD that I am now crushing on called The Undoing by Staphanie Gretzinger.



My Todd and girls shopped for me the night before and bought me some of my favorite things from Trader Joes, like flowers and chocolate covered coffee beans.  They also picked up a paperweight bulb kit and I cannot wait to watch it grow.

As you can see, I am a very spoiled girl.  Today, it continues.

This morning my mother-in-law, Kathy, took me out to breakfast at the Green Gateau.  It is only opened for breakfast on Saturday’s, and they sure know how to do it right. She gave me a card with money in it, which they do every year.  It is so much fun to take the money and shop!

Tonight Todd and I will join his brother and wife and my other mother-in-law. Yes, I’m spoiled enough to be loved on by 2!  His brother and I have birthdays very close together, so our tradition is Sharon treating us all to dinner at the restaurant of our choice.  Can’t wait!

Yep, very spoiled.  I feel so very loved.

I pray you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Know that I am so, so thankful for each and every one of YOU!  Thank you for your support of this blog and caring about me and my story.

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8 Amazing Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes


Banana Pumpkin Muffins | New Nostalgia

Super moist pumpkin muffins– you will not believe there is no oil in these muffins.  The moisture comes from applesauce and bananas.  The perfect amount of cinnamon spice and just a  bit of chocolate chips make these muffins a family fall favorite recipe.


Ancestral Pumpkin Pie | New Nostalgia

The secret ingredient of molasses makes this pie unforgettable.  It will be the only pumpkin pie recipe you will want to use once you taste it!


Roasted Pecan Pumpkin Butter | How Sweet It Is

The photo alone makes me drool.  The pecans in this spread gives your morning toast a hit of protein!


Homemade Apple Pumpkin Fruit Roll-ups | Playful Learning

What a great way to use up all those apples from the apple orchard!



Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding | Tasty Yummies

A gluten-free, sugar-free vegan dessert.  Leave it to chia to make a dessert pudding healthy!  Want to know more about chia?  Read this.


Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup | The Messy Baker

Not just for your coffee.  Use it in tea, on pancakes, in your  morning oatmeal & over vanilla ice-cream.


Raw Pumpkin ‘Cheesecake’ Bars | The Scent Of Oranges

I am on a huge raw dessert kick.  These ‘cheesecake’ bars made from pureed nuts sound amazing.


3 Ingredient Best Pumpkin Spice Chai | New Nostalgia

My favorite fall drink.  Keep an eye out for those pumpkin spice tea bags.



Want more pumpkin goodness?

Visit my ‘Pumpkin Please!’ Pinterest Board for more amazing pumpkin goodness including:

Pumpkin Pie Fudge

Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake

Pumpkin Cranberry Ginger Parfaits

Pumpkin Roll

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin & Apple Cider Fizz

Pumpkin Fritters

Pumpkin Scotchies

Maple Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

Pumpkin Cranberry Granola Bars

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Soap

Pumpkin Cashew Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Pumpkin Coffee Cake In A Mug

Pumpkin Scones

Pumpkin Spice For Toast

Pumpkin Apple Butter

Cider Glazed Pumpkin Baked Donuts

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Pumpkin Pie Toffee

Pumpkin Butter Granola

Mini Pumpkin Creme Pies

Pumpkin Shortbread

+ More!




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Giving Thanks in the Midst of the Unknown + A Health Update

Happy Thanksgiving to all of YOU!  I am so very thankful for each and everyone of you.  Your faithful reading of my story here at New Nostalgia is such a blessing to me.  I feel so surrounded by love and supported by such an awesome community.  I am so grateful.

Today I am having 16 family members over for Thanksgiving meal.  It will be very laid back with paper plates and comfy clothes.  My family is bringing most of the food and I can’t wait to just relax and enjoy the precious moments of just hanging out and feasting!

This week I have been practicing giving thanks in all circumstances, and what peace and joy I have found in doing this!  I am able to do this only through God’s help and His faithfulness.  He has proven to me over and over again that He holds all of me together, that He has purpose for everything that happens & will not waste pain and suffering.  He gives it meaning & brings beauty from it all.

This song has been on repeat in my head and heart all week.  It says all that I want to say.
He. Is. Faithful.

Health Update:

Tuesday I went to my weekly Dr. appointment to get filled.  I had a few dissolvable sutures that were not dissolving and were looking inflamed. Doc removed them, and became very concerned, as immediately there was drainage from the small hole it created.  Not good, a sign of possible infection.  I had noticed a pink area, but the nurse had taken some steri strips off that area the week before and commented on how I had reacted to them and that my skin was inflamed.  I have very sensitive skin and often react to the adhesives in bandages. Because of this, I was not concerned about the pink and neither was she.  I guess we should have been!

Doc was not happy about what he saw, and was quite concerned.  He put me on an antibiotic right away and said if I spike a fever or if it gets worse I will have to have surgery AGAIN!  I have been having burning/aching/pain on that right side, but no fever.  I am really hoping the pain is from the stretching of the muscle and not infection.

I am on day 3 of antibiotics.  I am really hoping to stay healthy and avoid surgery!  This would be a huge setback, as they would have to remove the expander and wait to do any more reconstruction until the infection clears up, which can often take a long time.

Despite the unknowns of what is going to happen, I have a peace and joy that I know is a gift from above.  I SO don’t want complications, but I also KNOW that God is faithful and holds me and my life story, and knows every moment of it.  I am so THANKFUL for this reassurance.  He has been so good to teach me this, and continue to show me that I can trust in His goodness.

Never Once
Matt Redman

Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Is Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Carried by Your constant grace
Held within Your perfect peace
Never once, no, we never walk alone

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Every step we are breathing in Your grace
Evermore we’ll be breathing out Your praise
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

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