My All Time Favorite Holiday Dish: Frosted Cranberry Squares

My all time FAVORITE holiday dish - Frosted Cranberry Squares. A tradition in our family! www.thirtyhandmadedays.com

When anyone in my family talks about food for the holidays, there is one dish that is a MUST HAVE.  It is not considered Thanksgiving if we don’t have Frosted Cranberry Squares on the table.   My mom has been making it for years and years and all of us look forward to it every year. I started making it to bring when we spend the holidays with Josh’s side [Read More…]

Healthy Side Dish: Peppers & Corn Medley

Simple healthy side dish - Peppers and Corn Medley from Thirty Handmade Days

I’ve been sharing some healthier stuff around here lately (have you noticed? :)  And I’ve been busy in the kitchen testing recipes for my family in an attempt to make sure that we’re eating healthy and still eating good.  You can have both ya know?  Today’s recipe is a simple and delicious side dish.  It’s Josh’s favorite and he’s been known to lick the pan clean. As I’ve mentioned in [Read More…]

Easy Roasted Vegetables + Amazing Giveaway

One easy way to make roasted vegetables and fall in love with them! | Thirty Handmade Days

Buckle in, it’s going to be a long one.  But if you make it to the end, it’ll be worth it.  Promise!! I’m an all or nothing kind of girl.  I always have been.  That has it’s advantages for sure but can also be a bad thing.  When I make up my mind on something I push myself until I get it done.  I like proving people wrong.  When I [Read More…]

4 Ingredient Baked Zucchini Sticks + Dipping Sauces

Baked Zucchini Sticks - a healthy take on a delicious side dish or appetizer. | Thirty Handmade Days

When I was a kid I couldn’t stand zucchini. I actually didn’t love most vegetables. My Mom would make them for a side dish and I’d choke them down. I’m not sure when it happened but I fell in love and now I make them for my family a lot. Today’s recipe is a super easy, 4 ingredient one. It could be eaten as a side dish or an appetizer [Read More…]

Simple Side Dish: Creamed Peas

Simple side dish: Creamed Peas using 5 ingredients you most likely have on hand. So delicious! | Thirty Handmade Days

I usually post desserts or simple main dishes but I’m switching things up with a side dish.  They are the hardest for me.  I feel good when I get dinner on the table at the same time every night.  And let’s get real- that doesn’t happen always.   But when I am really on top of my game, I have a good side to go along with the main dish. [Read More…]

Citrus Fruit Dip

Light & fluffy amazingly delicious Citrus Fruit Dip - This is sooo good. Must try! | Thirty Handmade Days

On Friday I hosted a Cricut Workshop to introduce some of my Queen Bee Market vendors and friends to the new Explore.   More on that later.  But it was a fun night hanging out, crafting with a few treats.  My Mom helped get the food ready and this fruit dip with the hit of the night.  Thanks Mom!  It’s easy to whip up but tastes so good and is perfect [Read More…]

Stick of Butter Rice- the best rice you’ll ever eat

Stick of Rice Butter- the best rice you will ever eat. Promise. www.thirtyhandmadedays.com

I’m about to share with you my favorite side dish of all time. Just thinking about this rice makes my mouth water. It is beyond simple but it tastes AMAZING. It might have to do with the butter ratio.  But that’s beside the point.   I’m not sure what the name of it really is – it should be called brown rice.  But regular “brown rice” is healthy and kind of [Read More…]

Side Dish Recipes: Cheesy Corn Casserole

Cheesy Corn Casserole- the perfect side dish for any meal. Yum! www.thirtyhandmadedays.com

Let’s chat about side dish recipes today shall we? I think I’ve mentioned before how much I struggle with matching side dishes to main meals. I don’t have a huge problem figuring out what to fix for the main dish. But then I stand at my fridge and pantry thinking- what on earth goes with that? Am I the only one that has side-dish-itis ? I grabbed an old church [Read More…]

Crunchy Quinoa Salad

Crunch Thai Salad

We have been on a bit of a quinoa kick at our house lately. Quinoa is an ancient seed but has just recently become popular in the culinary world. It is an amazing source of protein and so versatile. It is a nice healthy alternative to pasta or white rice. Quinoa might not be the most photogenic food but adds a lovely texture to a dish and is so good [Read More…]