Dijon + Brown Sugar Carrots

These tasty little guys are my absolute FAVORITE!! They’ve become my signature dish & a holiday tradition since I stumbled upon the recipe last fall {& have since made some secret mini tweaks to make it my own}. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (16 ounce) package baby carrots
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt {I’m not a huge salt fan, so LEFT THE SALT OUT. I thought it was way too salt with added salt, since the dijon brings out enough saltiness. But, it’s up to you! I’d recommend leaving the salt OUT & leave some on the table for people to add themselves.}

* TIP via Shelley: Having a large get together?? I tripled the carrots to three bags of baby carrots & doubled the sauce…if you double the carrots, you’ll probably want to double the sauce glaze ingredients, but won’t have to use it all! Duplicate recipe accordingly. Since I love these, I didn’t mind the thought of having leftovers {and I actually really hate leftovers}…BUT, the dish was cleared clean anyway! They’re always a tasty hit!

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a saucepan, bring carrots and water to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-12 minutes or until tender.
  • Drain. Place carrots in a serving dish and keep warm.
  • In the same pan, melt butter.
  • Add brown sugar, mustard, ginger and salt {remember, I left the salt out because I thought it made them way too salty – use your own discretion}; cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
  • WHEN READY TO SERVE: Pour sauce mixture over carrots and toss to coat.

These sweet baby carrots don’t do well when you pour the sauce then let them sit for a while. Try to add the {warm} sauce on your way out the door to your Thanksgiving feast, or bring sauce on the side & add upon arrival/dinner being served. Best served fresh!

HOPE YOU ENJOY! Even non-carrot lovers seem to go gaga over these little gems! 

To view the original recipe, visit 

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/glazed-dijon-carrots/detail.aspx

Reinventing the Thanksgiving Kids’ Table

Happy Wednesday! You’re officially half way through the work week!

Spicing up those creative minds this morning with this super cute & thrifty idea {we know we’re a day early for Thrifty Thursday, but this just couldn’t wait!} – perfect for your kids’ table{s} at your Thanksgiving feast {Which, PS – can you believe it’s already next week?!}

This kid-friendly table covering is creative & practical yet trendy & chic! 

http://www.countryliving.com/cooking/entertaining/thanksgiving-party-planning-1109#slide-2

What you need:

1. A dining table to be designated as the “kid’s table”

2. Kraft Paper {You can find kraft paper via amazon.com for $8.21 per 65-foot roll}.

3. Crayons or Washable Markers {display in a cute bucket or have a mini box at each place-setting}.

4. DIY Name Card Displays. BHW idea we love: Create a cute name card to attach to each individual box of crayons or markers & leave that on top of each plate to mark each child’s seat. They’ll feel special with their own box of crayons & even more special that their name marks their seat! {If you like the stamp name settings as seen in the photo, you can visit stampinup.com to purchase card stock {$11.06} & alphabet stamps {$22.17}.

Cheers to making your Thanksgiving kid’s table{s} practical yet trendy, cute AND inexpensive, and thank you to Country Living for the wonderful inspiration today! ❤

Remember, this idea can be used for many events other than Thanksgiving. Great for weddings that aim to be kid-friendly too! Especially if your theme is country, rustic, vintage, etc.! Or create for your next family get together, BBQ, birthday party, & more! ❤

XO,
The Better Half Girls {in full holiday mode!}