Monday, November 3, 2014

Traveling Food - Holidays and Potlucks

Autumn Welcome by Stephanie Marrott
As soon as Halloween passes, I begin to think of travel in a slightly different way.  I think of traveling with food.  I do not entertain for the Holidays and I am not a good cook.  On Thanksgiving, I either travel up the road to the Mister's mom and dad's home for the day or I travel back home to Indiana for my huge family reunion.  Combining "bring a dish" with a one to ten hour road trip is often challenging.

When I go up the road for Thanksgiving, the Mister's mom prepares a mini-feast. We tend to help with the things she's preparing and help with cleanup. And we try to bring a little something along to add to the meal.  When I go back home, the family meets together and we gorge ourselves with good food and conversation.  

My dilemma is being able to prepare dishes that will travel well or that can be prepared very easily once I arrive.  The biggest dilemma is that I am not good in the kitchen.  I have to have reliable recipes that even I can't mess up. 

I am thrilled that this year I have a Pumpkin Snickerdoodle recipe to try.  Our favorite cookies are Snickerdoodles.  I can usually bake cookies without incident.  This year, I will likely bring these little treats along.  

Last year,  my Snickerdoodle Cookie Pie was a big hit. It begins with packaged cookie mix and ends in a nice and thick "pie" shape.  The Mister asked me to make this over and over.  It was easy enough that I was happy to oblige. 

Harvest by Stephanie Marrott
The Mister and I eat quite a bit of baked yams, drizzled with a tiny bit of maple syrup and sprinkled with a pepper spice called "hot shots".   I'd love to serve our yams at a gathering but could not figure out the logistics of travel and oven issues. I believe I have found the solution with this  mashed yams in the slow cooker recipe. A slow cooker will allow me to serve my "hot dish" at the family reunion potluck.   

Finally, I can't think about potlucks without craving a 7 layer salad.  I always use the lettuce, frozen pea, and mayonnaise recipe. But you can substitute ingredients to suit your tastes. This year, I may use spinach instead. 

Wherever you go and whatever you do for the upcoming holiday season, I wish you safe travels and plenty of good food and good company.

Written by Dawn Rae
Disclosure: In affiliation with, Dawn Rae is a blogger and content writer who may earn compensation from the sale of AllPosters products.  


  1. I can not wait for Halloween to be over, too, as Thanksgiving is my favorite of all the holidays. You are right, a road trip with already prepared food in tow is often a quandary, but yes, I think your yams recipe will make the trip just fine in a slow cooker. I'll have to try that pepper sauce. I've never thought of spicing up my yams this way and it does sound good! But of course, your pumpkin Snickerdoodles would be my favorite. I love pumpkin! And I love the simplicity of a recipe.

    1. I love pumpkin too. I was thrilled to find those snickerdoodles!

  2. We don't travel for the holidays at this point, but we certainly did years ago. My mother would work for days at home cooking the turkey and dressing, homemade candy and all kinds of delicious food. We would all load into the cars along with the ton of food and head off down the highway to my grandmothers home. When we arrived, it was obvious my grandmother had spent days cooking as well. These two wonderful mothers tried to take everyone's preferences into account and prepare something for everyone. Oh, so much food and great memories of my mom and grandmother working together to make a fabulous holiday for everyone.

    1. What wonderful memories! I can't even imagine that amount of food. I think I would burst!

  3. It's always fun to get new recipe suggestions, especially when you are invited out to Thanksgiving dinner and need (and want) to bring a dish. Now I have several to choose from for my less than 2 mile trip down the street to my brother's house for Thanksgiving! LOL.

    1. Two mile trip! Oh I'm jealous. I daydream that at some point my sons and I (and their families) will love within a couple of miles of each other. Of course..I'll need to learn to cook better or they'll need to be able to cook well. Haha.

    2. Oops, typo. I meant live within a couple of miles of each other. But love works too. :)

  4. We don't travel for the holidays anymore (at the moment, that could change down the road for sure) but I the mashed yam recipe is something I would love to try. This time of year is my fave to cook with Yams.

    1. I really love yams. A lot. I don't like peeling and cutting them, but I'd love to have them with a meal several times a week.

  5. Snickerdoodle anything has to be good!


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