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

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Food + Family + Holiday Cheer

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Yes, Mr. Shaw, you are indeed correct. With that being said, and knowing food is the way to any man {or woman’s} heart, hosting a successful event means serving GOOD EATS!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we’re dedicating today to some of our own favorite recipes & sharing some inspirations we have yet to try {but sure do look yummy – so if you try them, please let us know what you think!}.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving week filled with family, love, and GOOD EATS! Stay tuned all week for our collection of festive recipes!

You can also visit our fan page {www.facebook.com/betterhalfweddings}, where we’ll be featuring our top picks!

CHEERS TO FOOD + FAMILY + HOLIDAY CHEER!

XO,
The Better Half Girls

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!}