Holiday Gifting

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We missed the big snow this weekend for a trip to the West Virginia mountains to ride the Christmas train and celebrate the holiday a little early, but together with my husband’s family. 

It was simply magical. First, to see the kids and generations of family gather together in a small, remote cabin and just eat, drink and play together by the fire. And second, to see the small town of Cass, WV roll out the largest community welcome wagon I’ve ever witnessed to delight the generations of believers that literally scaled mountains to experience a little Christmas magic. We still did get to do a little sledding on Sunday, but not nearly as much snow as RVA got or the milder, windless temperatures our geography usually affords us.

Cass, WV Elf Train

When we arrived home, there were stacks of Christmas cards and hand-delivered holiday goodies from our neighbors who didn’t let a little snow get in the way of their plans.

This week is the last week to place orders for our Holiday Gifts, including the traditional Kentucky Bourbon Balls that I enjoyed this weekend with my husband’s family, as well as our Honey Butter, Jalapeño Ranch Dressing and Homemade Salsa in ready-to-gift mason jars.

Holiday Gifts

Otherwise, check out the great menu lineup for this week and our Gift Meals which make great holiday gifts for your local friends and family who could use a night off from cooking in the New Year. Thank you for your Support.
 

Holiday Spirit

Christmas Rope Lighting

This year we will celebrate our eighth Christmas season in Richmond, VA and I’m pleased to report that this is the year we’ve succumbed to holiday rope lighting. And I LOVE it! It may seem like a silly thing to get excited about, but I feel like those crazy, colorful, mismatched strings of lights are a signature to Richmond’s style and Richmond most definitely feels like home by now.

Another thing that may not be unique to Richmond but certainly is alive in well in this close-knit community, is holiday gifting. We received our first holiday treat this weekend from a neighbor. It was a delicious Gingerbread Stout Bread which paired amazingly with the salty caramel sauce I picked up at the Bizarre Bazaar with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I don’t know which recipe she used but below is a link to a recipe for a similar bread if you think you may want to give it a try for your holiday neighbor gifting.

Guinness® Stout Ginger Cake

If you have any friends or neighbors you’d like to share a special treat with this holiday season but don’t have time to whip up something special yourself, there is still time to order our ready-to-gift Holiday Gift Jars and Kentucky Bourbon Balls. Check out our holiday gifts as well as our Menus and Gift Meals at supportsuppers.com and let us help you with your holiday gifting this year. Thank you for your Support.

Honoring Traditions

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The holidays are a very spirited time filled with family gatherings and traditions. However, it’s worth recognizing that this can be a tough time of year for so many people as those traditions serve as reminders of our loved ones lost.

As usual, we’ve been waiting all year for the holiday model train exhibits and we hit the circuit right away visiting the Science Museum of Virginia the day after Thanksgiving and spending hours skipping from one train to another. My Dad came along with us and he was like a kid again seeing all of the equipment and making conversation with the exhibitors. One of them replied to him “...we’re all just big kids”. The holidays seem to bring out the kid in all of us.

My Dad talked about the train he had as a kid and we told him about the train that we had in our basement that belonged to my husband’s Grandfather. The next day we set that train up on the dining room table and the kids were in awe. When I took a video of it and shared it with friends and family, so many people connected with it. That train connected too many generations to count. This holiday season I hope you can take the time to connect and share special traditions and no matter what reminder they hold, may they bring you peace and happiness.

This week we’re serving some comforting classics. Check out what’s cooking as well as our Holiday Gifting offering and let us help you Support those special to you this holiday season. We are thankful for your Support.

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Thanksgiving week is here and I can truly say I am so excited and thankful for the week ahead. I love spending Thanksgiving at home lazily cooking with everyone hanging out in their jammies, playing, spending time together, and watching the parade and dog show. 

Since I know that not everyone’s Thanksgiving is enjoyed relaxing, I thought I’d share some tips to help you plan ahead and ease the stress of the cooking and holiday shopping during your time off. 

The link below is my go-to recipe for make ahead mashed potatoes. I call them mashed potatoes, but they are actually better than a traditional mashed potato in my personal opinion. In this recipe I usually substitute diced chives for the paprika and find a way to balance a little heavy whipping cream in too. You can make them ahead and refrigerate for up to 2 days before you need to bake and serve them and they taste delicious either way. Since I don’t serve a lot on Thanksgiving day, I divide mine up into 2-3 smaller casseroles so that our “leftover” meals get a fresh batch of potatoes.

Party Potatoes

Small Business Saturday

We are also excited to participate in our second Small Business Saturday. To celebrate we are extending our 15% off all new Menu Meal and Gift Meal orders offer all week long. Starting tonight until Saturday, November 25, 2017, at 11:59pm use code “SupportSmall” at checkout to redeem this offer. We have menus posted until the end of February 2018 or our Gift Meals make a great useful and meaningful gift that can be redeemed for a meal anytime. Check out what’s cooking at supportsuppers.com.

We have one menu on the calendar for this week. It makes me laugh a little at myself that it’s a delicious Mexican meal, I think I was going for a complete departure from anything that might resemble Thanksgiving fare. Thanks for your Support and we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.
 

Cold Weather Comfort

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We got our first taste of winter weather this weekend. I could tell because my energetic little boys get cabin fever and start looking for things to do indoors. One of their favorite things to do on a cold weekend day is make and decorate sugar cut-out cookies. I can’t say I mind because I LOVE iced sugar cookies and hopefully I’m nurturing the inner talent of one of them to make those gorgeous little works of art as they get older.

Have you ever tried to make those beautiful iced sugar cookies? Maybe this year is the year to surprise your friends, family, and neighbors with cookies too beautiful to eat but too delicious to resist. 

This weeks cooking tip is my go-to recipe for royal icing, graciously shared with me several years ago by a friend who now owns a cookie bakery, the cookie bakery that made the cookies in the picture featured on this post. Sweetopia also has great cookie recipes, video tutorials, and helpful tips to help you make your holiday cookies amazing.

Royal Icing Recipe

We have a great menu lined up this week, but we’re also excited to announce that we’ve posted our menus for December and January as well as some VERY exciting Holiday Gift features to help you treat your friends, family, and neighbors with tasty Holiday greetings this year. Check it out at supportsuppers.com and please share the news with your local friends and family so we can help get the word out. Thanks for all of your Support, we can’t wait to help spread Holiday Cheer this season!

Giving Thanks

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This weekend we enjoyed our favorite festival, the Urbanna Oyster Festival. The delicious food and the fun, coastal atmosphere has had us “hooked” (see what I did there) ;) for over 15 years. I’ve only lived here for 7 years, so we used to plan visits to see family around the festival weekend.

For me, it’s the last of the traditional Fall activities and signals a transition to the holiday season. In the coming weeks we will post special holiday menus for December and January, our special holiday orders of Kentucky Bourbon Balls, Small Business Saturday events, as well as many fun holiday activities and tasty recipes.

This weeks holiday recipe isn’t just an homage to the star of the Urbanna Oyster Festival, but also my favorite dish on any holiday dinner table. Call it stuffing or dressing, I just call it delicious. It’s no wonder there’s never any leftover stuffing!

Oyster Stuffing Recipe

We have a great menu line-up this week, check out what’s cooking at supportsuppers.com and sign up to receive our emails, follow our blog or like us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the latest updates this holiday season. We’re excited to feed you and your loved ones this holiday season, and as always we are thankful for all of your Support!
 

Tasty Traditions

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Halloween week is here and it’s such an exciting time for our family. We carved our pumpkins tonight in preparation for the Trick or Treaters and our annual neighborhood Halloween party. 

The smell of a lit Jack O’ Lantern is such a comforting and nostalgic smell that reminds me of trick or treating as a child. But my next favorite thing to do with carved pumpkins is toasted pumpkin seeds. Tonight we made a traditional flavor with sea salt and worcestershire sauce and an Asian flavor with Togarashi Japanese spice and soy sauce. Both were very tasty.

As you carve your pumpkins this week, don’t forget to save a few seeds to try some of these fun pumpkin seed recipes.

PUMPKIN SEEDS EIGHT WAYS

This week our dinner menus start back up on November 1st and we have offerings three nights to make up for being on vacation last week and the beginning of this week. Check out what’s cooking this week and the rest of this harvest month at supportsuppers.com and let us help with dinner. Thank you for your Support and enjoy a safe and Happy Halloween!

Family & Friends

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Today we enjoyed this beautiful day celebrating our littlest guys birthday with a big backyard birthday bash. Many of our family, neighbors, and friends gathered for a fun time but also to share in some delicious party food to celebrate.

When we throw parties, I spend most of the weekend prepping the food that I know my friends and family love to eat, and some of the classic foods that bring us together. To me, there really is nothing better than coming together over a good meal. We use this same hallmark when we design our menus for Support Suppers. If it’s not something that feeds your heart and soul, then it doesn’t make the cut. Do you know what the most popular food at parties has been lately?

Jalapeno Ranch! At Support Suppers, we serve it as salad dressing with our Mexican meals, but at parties we serve it alongside our homemade salsa with a bowl of tortilla chips. It’s addicting.

This week we have two heart and soul warming menus to get you and your loved ones through the week. Check out what’s cooking as well as our Gift Meal option at supportsuppers.com. Many thanks for your Support!

Creative Food

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My kids are pretty obsessed with YouTube Kids. For the most part they like to watch videos about trains and monster trucks, but sometimes they drift off the beaten path.

My oldest discovered a video with two twenty-something women making different princesses out of colorful pancake batter. He’s been bugging me for several days about making some “fancy pancakes” on his own using the skills he acquired watching the videos.

Tonight, in an attempt to get something relatively wholesome into his mouth, I told him we could give it a go. He mixed two colors of batter, I transferred them into plastic ketchup and mustard bottles and I let him design a pumpkin onto the pan. I helped him flip it but other than that it was all him.

He’s my picky eater, but he loves to help me cook and bake. This pancake activity was super quick and easy, not particularly messy and something he could eat right away. Give it a try with the little ones in your life or just impress your family this fall.

We have more tasty menus lined up for this week, check out what’s cooking and treat yourself or your loved ones with a delicious meal or our Gift Meal gifts today. Thanks for your Support!