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Entertaining, Guides, Home Accessories Ideas Published: December 13, 2016 | Updated: October 5, 2018

Supporting Rolls: The Perfect Holiday Side

This year, I found myself in a group text where my family was discussing everything they’d be bringing to Christmas. That’s when I knew I was officially an adult and was expected to contribute to the meal preparations, which can be intimidating for a less experienced cook like myself. Since this will be my first Christmas where I will be helping with the meal, I thought it would be best to bring something simple yet flavorful but wouldn’t take too much time in the kitchen. I opted for a side of dinner rolls, using pre-made canned rolls, but adding a few ingredients to really make them outstanding. Since the turkey will be in the oven for most of the day, I knew rolls would be the perfect fit for the countertop toaster oven.

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  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella
  • ¼ cup Parmesan
  • ¾ cup chopped spinach
  • ¾ cup artichoke hearts (drained)
  • 1 can dinner rolls
  • 1 egg (beaten)

Step 1:

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2:

Mix the cheeses, spinach and artichoke hearts in a large mixing bowl.

Step 3:

Place a half dollar size amount of the above mixture into a flat, opened crescent roll.

Step 4:

Roll up the crescent roll and brush with egg, add shredded cheese to top as desired.

Step 5:

Bake according to package, serve warm.

When time and space in the kitchen is limited, as is always the case on Christmas, supporting rolls are the perfect complementary side dish. What’s your favorite holiday side dish? Feel free to dish your recipe at #MyAshleyHome.

Entertaining, How To, Party & Event Ideas for the Home Published: November 23, 2016 | Updated: October 5, 2018


Need to grab something fast before you head out to shop? Skip the fast food routine and use your turkey leftovers to make an easy meal. It’s a healthier, more affordable option that will get you to the store faster. Find out the basics for transforming your holiday dinner into two amazing meals you’ll all flip for.


When handling cooked turkey, follow these general guidelines:

  1. Carve the meat from the bones and refrigerate leftovers within two hours of serving.
  2. Divide and store meat in smaller servings for flexibility.
  3. Keep leftovers three to four days in the refrigerator.
  4. Leftovers can be kept in a freezer for two to three months.

Here are two easy recipes for using up those leftovers:

Recipe 1: Turkey Flips

Prep Time: 5 minutes           Cook Time: 7 minutes

Fast, simple and delicious.

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Ingredients: (makes enough for 4)

  • Leftover turkey, thinly sliced
  • 8 small dinner rolls, 4 croissants or 8 slices of bread
  • Butter, softened
  • Black pepper
  • Lettuce, 8 pieces
  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced
  • Cheese, any type: Monterey Jack, Muenster or cheddar are great choices.
  • Mayonnaise, if desired
  • Cranberry sauce, on the side

Watch our video to find out how to make turkey flips.


  1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Line baking sheet with foil.
  3. Butter one side of roll/croissant/bread, and place buttered side up on the baking sheet.
  4. Place sliced turkey on each slice, add pepper, and then cover with your favorite cheese.
  5. Heat in oven for 7 minutes, just enough time to melt the cheese.
  6. Remove from oven. Add lettuce, tomatoes and any other favorite toppings.
  7. To make the “flips”−flip the two open-faced sandwiches together and slice into two pieces. Serve with leftover cranberry sauce on the side.

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It’s sure to become a holiday favorite in your household!


Recipe 2: Cream of Turkey Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes         Cook Time: 30 minutes

Easy to make, then warms quickly when on the run!

Use turkey leftovers to make a hearty soup that will keep you warm and energized for decorating the house inside and out.

Ingredients: (makes enough for 4)

  • 1 package mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper or peppercorn mélange
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, cleaned and diced
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Turkey, chunked–add as much as you want


Step 1:

  • In a saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or whatever kind of oil you prefer) and add 1 clove of garlic (saving the other for later), and all of the celery and carrots.
  • Cook on medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add water and garlic powder, stir.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until carrots and celery are tender, but not soft.
  • Drain and set aside.

Step 2:

  • In a medium fry pan, combine 1 tablespoon coconut oil and the remaining garlic, add mushrooms and cook over medium heat.
  • Stir occasionally until mushrooms are tender and cooked. Set aside.

Step 3:

  • In a stockpot, melt butter on medium high heat and whisk in flour to form a roux.
  • Add whipping cream and chicken broth to the pot, whisk together.
  • Add salt, pepper, sage, thyme and garlic powder–whisk together.
  • Bring to a boil while stirring constantly.
  • Lower heat to medium, simmer until thickened, stirring every few minutes.
  • Add mushrooms, carrots and celery. Continue to stir.
  • Add turkey and stir for approximately 5 minutes to warm it.

Serve with warm bread.


If you have more ideas about what to do with turkey leftovers, we would love to hear them!

How To, Recipes, Seasonal Published: October 21, 2016 | Updated: October 5, 2018

Halloween Pumpkins−More than Just a Pretty Face

Everyone loves the arrival of fall, and selecting the perfect pumpkin to kick start the season is a must. But who knew that your annual jack-o-lantern could transform from Halloween decor into tasty treats? Here are two recipes that will make the most of your gourd-geous selection.

Once you bring your pumpkin home from the patch, cut off the top and scoop all of the pumpkin seeds out of the cavity. Separate the seeds from the strings so you can make the cinnamon sugar pumpkin seeds recipe found below.

Recipe 1: Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Seeds

Prep Time: 10 minutes    Bake Time: 40 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

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Preheat oven to 300ºF.

Mix butter, cinnamon, and salt together in a bowl.

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Place pumpkin seeds in a large bowl and pour butter mixture over seeds; toss to evenly coat. Spread coated seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until seeds are lightly browned, about 40 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven; sprinkle sugar over seeds and stir until evenly coated.

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Recipe 2: Pumpkin Crumble

Once the seeds are removed, you are ready to make your pumpkin puree for the pumpkin crumble recipe! Yes, you could buy the canned pumpkin puree, but who doesn’t love to make your main ingredient from scratch?

Prep Time: 30 minutes Bake Time: 1 hour



1 Pumpkin


Preheat oven to 325ºF.

Cut the pumpkin in half, stem to base. Remove seeds and pulp. Cover each half with foil.

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Bake in the preheated oven, foil side up, 1 hour, or until tender.

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Scrape pumpkin meat from shell halves and puree in a blender. Strain to remove any remaining stringy pieces.

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You are now ready to start on your pumpkin crumble!


Prep Time: 15 minutes Bake time: 45 minutes


  • 1 box yellow cake mix (Jiffy is my favorite)
  • 1 can pumpkin puree (15 ounces)
  • 1 can evaporated milk (12 ounces)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter (melted)

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Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Grease 9" x 13"  baking pan with nonstick cooking spray or butter. 

In a large bowl, add pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, and cinnamon, and whisk to combine.

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Transfer mixture into prepared pan.

Sprinkle dry cake mix over pumpkin mixture. Top with melted butter.

Bake 50-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool before serving.

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And there it is, two delicious recipes out of one smashing pumpkin. Now for the best part, see how quickly it all disappears when your little goblins arrive!

Entertaining, Recipes Published: August 4, 2016 | Updated: June 13, 2018

5 Perfect Pairings for Your Next Cheese Board

Wow guests at your next dinner party with a perfectly paired cheese board. Try these pairings featuring some of our favorite cheeses, all found right in the grocery store.

Tasty Combinations

1. American: Cheddar with apples and walnuts

Sweet apples and savory walnuts cut through sharp cheddar to create a perfect balance of flavors. 

2. French: Brie and seedless raspberry jam

Mild and nutty, brie is simply delectable with the rich flavors of seedless raspberry jam. Serve at room temperature or, better yet, warm and gooey.

3. Italian: Parmigiano-Reggiano with pears and balsamic vinegar.

Sweet pears balance the saltiness of this cheese while a drizzle of balsamic vinegar complements the earthy flavors.

4. Irish: Blue cheese with dried figs and honey

Slightly spicy and a tad tart, blue cheese is perfectly balanced by the sweetness of honey and the nuttiness of dried figs.

5. Greek: Feta cheese with extra-virgin olive oil and oregano.

Earthy oregano and a drizzle of fruity, extra-virgin olive oil beautifully complement feta’s tangy and salty qualities.

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Group your cheeses with their respective accoutrements on a large board. Serve with an assortment of crackers and crusty bread, and provide plenty of cheese forks and spreaders. You can also garnish your board with grapes, berries, olives and other tidbits.


Do you have any favorite cheese pairings? Share them in the comments!



Entertaining, Recipes Published: August 2, 2016 | Updated: June 13, 2018

2-in-1 Watermelon Treat: Crafty Carving and Delicious Dessert Ideas

Three cheers for a new way to make a summertime favorite do double duty as both dessert and decor. This 2-in-1 watermelon project will have you jumping for joy as you produce a totally original centerpiece for a backyard pool party and pleasure your tummy with a yummy sorbet. And all you need to get started is one watermelon.

How to Carve Your Watermelon:

  1. Cut the top off your watermelon and save it as a lid.watermelon1
  2. Scoop out the watermelon and place in the freezer for later.watermelon2
  3. Grab a marker and design your masterpiece.watermelon3
  4. Time to carve—cut along your marker outline with a pumpkin carver or carving knife.watermelon 4
  5. Remove carved pieces from the watermelon and VOILA! Your one-of-a-kind creation can be used as a centerpiece for a summer gathering or patio decor. You can even place a light inside for a not so spooky watermelon jack-o-lantern!watermelon5

Now that you have your decorative masterpiece finished, it’s time to indulge in a refreshing snack!

We all know there’s nothing better than a slice of watermelon after a long day in the sun. But why not try something a little different—mix it up and create a tasty and refreshing watermelon sorbet instead. Just a few simple ingredients take this familiar fruit into uncharted territory leaving you begging for more (and wishing National Watermelon Day was everyday)!

Check out the video below to find out how easy it is to make this mouthwatering treat!

What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup cold water
  • 5 cups frozen seedless watermelon
  • 1 ¼ cups frozen strawberries (washed and hulled)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice

What you’ll do:

  • Mix water, sugar and lemon juice until sugar has completely dissolved
  • Add all ingredients to blender, blend until smooth
  • Pour sorbet into lidded container
  • Place in the freezer until frozen (about 24 hours)

VOILA! Scoop and enjoy!

What carving creation can you make out of your watermelon? We would love to see! Tag us in your photo on instagram using #MyAshleyHome.