Hello Utah! Remember how I surprised at least 7 people by planning a quick trip this weekend?!
My dad called me earlier last week to plan it all out. Some family was getting together for an early Thanksgiving and I decided to come along.
For the first time I left all 3 of my kiddos with their dad and flew out for the weekend. I knew they were going to have a blast having “dad time.” (Think library book sales, birthday parties, Target trips, Home Depot, documenting a wetlands adventure through notes and pictures, making forts, decorating the floor with masking tape, and having grilled cheese sandwiches).
My airplane ride was peaceful and I got to read the whole hour and a half totally uninterrupted. By the end of the trip I finished the book Wonder (my favorite line was “be kinder than is necessary” – I totally recommend the read) and began the book Beautiful Ruins. My dad met me on the other end and we began our “surprising” journey. I couldn’t believe how jittery I got before each time!
My mom was first. I walked in and she stood their speechless and then started crying. My grandma was there too. And then I sent a text to my aunt that I had shown up as well. (3 surprises down) Then we went to our grad school friends’ house. It’s been over a year since I’ve seen them and between that and them having some other rough family times, it was a teary and fun surprise there. Moving on to Provo, I knocked on my sister’s door and she just started screaming! Just a tad excited. 🙂 It was so fun!
The weekend was easy and relaxing. We shopped, ate, visited, played games, and thoroughly enjoyed being together. My aunt Kalina who taught me how to make Baba Ghanoush (think hummus but with eggplant instead of chickpeas) was there and made turnip, leek, sweet potato mash with shredded parmesan on it. Don’t think mashed potatoes and you’ll enjoy this new gem of a creation! And she made some more Baba Ghanoush too, because what Thanksgiving meal is complete without it!?
And while we were all in the kitchen prepping and cooking, I kept talking about THIS recipe. If you like the Enchiladas with Cashew Creme (which we have on a regular basis around here), you’re going to love this one. And if you haven’t made those Enchiladas, you’re missing out!
This is a favorite go-to right now. I’ve taken it for potlucks, as a meal for a family with a new baby, and served while hosting. It has simple ingredients combined in an awesome and surprising way. I’ve been asked many times for the recipe.
These are amazing freshly made or reheated the next day.
Kids love them and adults love them.
The cashew cream is flavored with Italian spices that compliments the chunky sauce.
Really, it’s amazing.
I’ve even experimented with putting Baba Ghanoush as a filling in place of the cashew cream. I thought it went well. I still think I prefer the cashews, but if you’re looking for a nut free version, that would definitely be your solution.
I know you’re going to like this one.