Our New Kitchen + Thanksgiving Recipes with MacKenzie-Childs

MacKenzie-Childs, Katey McFarlan Kitchen

I’m so excited to welcome you all into our new kitchen today! When designing this space, I knew I wanted to keep it pretty clean and simple so that I could fill it with all my cookware. My biggest request in this home was a large island. I love hosting showers and wanted to be able to adorn this island with all my baked goods, casseroles and appetizers for those that I love. You all know I’m not a big collector as I’m more of a purger, but the one thing I do collect is my beloved MacKenzie-Childs‘ pieces! There is a tradition my mom and dad started when we were little. My dad gifts my mom a MacKenzie-Childs item for each special occasion and she has started to do the same in my life. From a the Courtly Check Tea Kettle when I got married to a utensil holder when we bought our first home, these pieces symbolize the love in our family that stems into hospitality for others.

One of my best friends, Ashley, and I are always swapping recipes. We call each other at least 10 times a day-if not more. Our husbands poke fun at us, but we have to swap tips on everything from beauty products to the best side dishes. Our texts are filled with screenshots of recipes and so we thought we should start sharing recipes that you can ultimately share with your girlfriends as well!

Today we are sharing four recipes for Thanksgiving that are so simple! I still love cooking as a mother, but I’m on a bit more of a time crunch these days. Maxi is nine months and while she does like to be independent that independence lasts for a total of 10 minutes or so. You don’t want to be making side dishes that require a ton of prep work for the holidays, so Ashley and I decided to share the dishes our husbands request most all while keeping your time in the kitchen in mind.

Katey McFarlan Kitchen

If you’ve been reading for the past year or so, you know that I had the opportunity to meet Rebecca Proctor, the Creative Director of MacKenzie-Childs. While I’m normally a Courtly Check kind of girl, she inspired me to mix it up and make my collection a bit more whimsical. I’ve been incorporating Butterfly Garden and Flower Market in my kitchen and this is on my Christmas list for our coffee bar!

As a new mom, one thing that I loved hearing from Rebecca was how much she encourages incorporating your children in all areas of your life. For example, when her son was little he would create drawings of things that he thought MacKenzie-Childs should make. Now that he is an adult, Rebecca was proud to report they have made every single suggestion he had! All of that to say, these recipes are very easy to make with your *older* children. From marshmallows on pie to cheesy potatoes, you truly can’t mess these up if your kids assist and I think that makes it all the more fun!

Granny Smith Apple Crisp

Ingredients for the crumb topping:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter ,cut into small pieces
Ingredients for the Apple filling:
  • 3-4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 1.5 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • dash of salt
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
For the crumb topping:
  1. In a medium size bowl combine the crumb topping ingredients with a fork or pastry blender until it resembles small crumbs. Put in the refrigerator while you prepare the apple filling.

For the Apple Filling:
  1. Peel and thinly slice Granny Smith apples. This part takes the longest, but I promise it’s worth it!

  2. In a small bowl, combine melted butter and flour until well blended. Add lemon juice, milk and vanilla and stir well. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

  3. Pour butter mixture over apples and toss to coat thoroughly. Pour apple mixture into an 8×8-inch baking dish and spread into an even layer.

  4. Sprinkle crumb topping over the apples.

  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and top is set. We like to leave ours in for a few minutes longer to get the crumb topping nice and crispy.

  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. This is also great with vanilla ice cream!

To Freeze:

Prepare and bake the apple crisp as directed above. Cool the crisp completely, then cover it with a double layer of aluminum foil. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then warm in a 350°F oven for 20 minutes.

S’mores Pie

Ingredients for Graham Cracker Crust:
  • About 12 graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until combined.
  2. Preheat oven to 350° and spread mixture on pie dish. Firmly press crust mixture onto bottom of dish and up onto sides.
  3. Bake for 12 minutes.
Ingredients for Filling:
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 10 ounces of chopped chocolate bar. I used Hershey’s.
  • 2 whisked eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. In a saucepan, slowly heat up milk and cream mixture. Add in Nutella and then chocolate. Keep this on low and slowly stir so chocolate doesn’t burn.
  3. Turn heat off and slowly stir in whisked eggs. Bake for 25 minutes.
  4. Remove pie when chocolate mixture doesn’t shake in center. Keep eye on pie while baking. I’ve made this in different ovens and some ovens require it to be 20 minutes and mine requires me to bake for about 30 minutes. 
 
Topping
  • Slice large marshmallows in half
  1. Place halves of marshmallows on top of pie.
  2. Set oven to broil. Watch pie while doing this! It can take between 1-3 minutes.
I let pie set overnight in the fridge after I take it out of oven. Marshmallows are fine to stay in the fridge after being broiled. However, if you are pressed for time, pie can only be in fridge for 4 hours.

Cheesy Potatoes:

I’ve seen this recipe in a million different church cookbooks, but I like to add caramelized onions to mine to give it a bit of depth.

Ingredients:
  • 1 bag of frozen diced hash brown potatoes
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 16 oz. container of sour cream [you can do half sour cream, half greek yogurt if you prefer]
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Finely chop yellow onion, then coat the bottom of a pan with olive oil and a small amount of butter. Add onions and slowly stir, allowing them to caramelize.
  3. Mix together cream of chicken soup, sour cream, butter and cheese.
  4. Once onions are caramelized add to mixture.
  5. Toss in frozen hash browns, making sure each potato is coated.
  6. Add salt and pepper for taste
  7. Coat bottom of casserole dish in butter, then pour mixture in.
  8. Cook for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Keep an eye on potatoes during the last 10 minutes as sometimes they are ready and sometimes they need a bit more time, just dependent upon if the potatoes had any time to thaw out before placed in oven.

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus 

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces sliced prosciutto
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • fresh lemon
  • dash of salt
Directions:
  1. Wrap a slice of prosciutto on each asparagus spear at an angle, covering the entire length of the spear. Repeat with remaining prosciutto and asparagus.
  2. Squeeze a lemon wedge over the prosciutto wrapped asparagus.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add asparagus and cook until prosciutto is crisp and asparagus is tender, about 4-5 minutes. Gently rotate the asparagus allowing each side to get crispy.
  4. Add salt to taste
  5. Serve immediately

While making these dishes Ashley and I were talking about how as a brand, MacKenzie-Childs appeals to so many girls with different personal styles. We were in agreement that we truly haven’t seen one wedding registry without a piece of cookware or two! You can definitely go whimsical in your pattern or classic with Courtly Check, but one nice thing about setting up your Thanksgiving Table with MacKenzie-Childs is the fact that it always blends. We chose to go with lots of rustic flowers and we felt it looked great! We chose two types of eucalyptus, garden roses and spray roses.

Do you have any go-to Thanksgiving dishes? Will you be breaking out your MacKenzie-Childs for the special holiday?

Thank you so much for reading!

Looks:

Ashley’s Outfit: Her Blog | Sweater: Free People [shade: Terracotta], More Affordable Option | Jeans: J Brand | Shoes: Kate SpadeSimilar | Lipstick: Soar Liner | Earrings: Baublebar

Kitchen:

Courtly Check Tree Tier Sweet Stand | Courtly Check Casserole Fork | Courtly Check Casserole Spoon | Courtly Check Casserole Pie Server | Flower Market 5 Qt. Casserole | Courtly Check Enamel Pie Plate | Courtly Check Enamel 3 QT. Saute Pan | Flower Market Casserbole LargeCourtly Check Enamel 8″ Baking Pan | Courtly Check Bistro Pot HolderCourtly Check Enamel 7-Cup Measuring Cup |Courtly Check Bistro Oven Mitt| Mercantile Measuring Cups | Courtly Check Enamel Dinner PlatesParchment Check Enamel Dessert Plate | Parchment Check Enamel Charger | Courtly Check Serving Platter | Courtly Check Tea Kettle | Courtly Check Utensil Holder | Courtney Check Enamel Pitcher | Courtly Check Enamel Everyday Bowl 

Thank you to MacKenzie-Childs for generously gifting pieces for the shoot!

Kitchen Details: I apologize as I do not have exact material sources. The designer that works with our builder has all of that information! But I can share that our countertops are quartz, our backsplash is marble, our paint is called: Decorator’s White and these are similar to our light fixtures. These are our barstools. 

Photography by: Angie Garcia

In Collaboration with MacKenzie-Childs! All opinions are our own.

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17 Comments

  1. Hannah wrote:

    Your kitchen looks gorgeous Katey! And I am exciting to try these recipes since I am hosting my first Friendsgiving!

    Hannah

    glamlifeliving.com

    Published 14 Nov 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Hannah! Yay! Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful Friendsgiving!! xo

      Published 14 Nov 17Reply
  2. Bunny wrote:

    I love Mackenzie Childs stuff! and so does my mom. She built a house earlier in the year and i gave her the Butterfly Garden cake stand as a house warming gift!

    Published 14 Nov 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      That’s a wonderful gift!! I love the Butterfly Garden print! Thank you for reading! xo

      Published 14 Nov 17Reply
  3. What a beautiful and festive post!! I loved it, from your jeans, to the cookware, to the recipes haha! How special and fun it must have been to do it with a best friend! My husband has to be gluten free, and the non gluten free recipes would be so easy to adapt which is a bonus! I feel like we all can get stuck in a rut with cooking dinner, even if we love it, so posts like these are inspiring and helpful. Thanks as always for sharing! PS. Your kitchen is GORGEOUS! ~Stephanie

    Published 14 Nov 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Thank you so much, Stephanie! Getting so excited to see all your Christmas decor, loving your little sneak peeks on Insta Stories! xo

      Published 14 Nov 17Reply
  4. Your new kitchen looks gorgeous! I love the retro black and white! 🙂
    And, the dishes look scrumptious!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

    Published 14 Nov 17Reply
  5. Elisabeth Landry wrote:

    Love it all, Katey!! I love MC and Chris and I were just chatting about him giving me a piece for each special occasion. So sweet to read how it’s a tradition in your family too. I love your new kitchen as well – so excited for you! ❤️

    Published 14 Nov 17Reply
  6. Albriannaexandria wrote:

    I loved this post! I can’t wait to start collecting MacKenzie Childs pieces! Since you’re a fan of organization like myself, I was wondering how do you organize your recipes? Do you already have a blog post about this you can point me to?

    Thank you,

    Brianna

    Published 14 Nov 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Brianna!

      I wish I had a great way I organized them! 🙁 As of right now, I just have my favorite cookbooks and use post-it notes in them so that’s not the best way! haha.

      xo

      Published 26 Nov 17Reply
  7. Julie wrote:

    I love how bright and crisp your photos are! Definitely adding a few of these Mackenzie Childs pieces to the old Christmas list 🙂

    Published 14 Nov 17Reply
  8. Courtney wrote:

    Love new thanksgiving recipe ideas! Thank you! Also, we have a similar potatoes recipe (with corn flakes crushed on top) and sometimes we make it the night before and put it in the fridge. This helps with the kitchen time the day of and I thought your potato recipe might work that way too!

    Published 16 Nov 17Reply
  9. Katie wrote:

    Your kitchen looks gorgeous, Katey! Can’t wait to see more of your new house!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com 

    Published 19 Nov 17Reply
  10. Courtney wrote:

    Hi Katey!
    Love these recipes! When you say you let the pie set overnight in the fridge do you mean just the pie crust? Thanks! Looking forward to making this!

    Published 21 Nov 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Courtney! Thanks so much for reading! I let the entire pie sit in fridge overnight. The mixture needs to cool in the fridge which helps it set to not be a melted chocolate! Xo

      Published 21 Nov 17Reply
  11. Merri wrote:

    May I please get details on the kitchen floor rug/runner??

    Published 24 Apr 18Reply