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I love getting new ideas from people! And swapping recipes with friends makes me smile. So for those who asked, this is our Thanksgiving menu this year. I also thought it would be nice to include this in my blog because I print it annually. This means the recipes I use will be printed in our keepsake book for our boys.
Monkey Bread (always on holidays)
2 cans of your favorite biscuits (I use Pillsbury Butter Flaky Grands)
2 sticks butter melted in a bowl
1c sugar with cinnamon powder stirred in until brown
**Optional - 1/2c pecans or walnuts
Preheat oven to 350, grease a bundt pan. Cut biscuits in fourths. Dredge biscuits through butter then coat liberally in sugar/cinnamon mixture. Place pieces in bundt pan until all pieces are coated.
Bake 35-45 minutes depending on your oven. When done the bread will be risen & darkened on the top. **If using nuts dredge them through the butter then place 1/4c in pan before bread then again midway through. Carefully turn out on to a cake plate & serve right away with milk.
Port Wine cheese ball w/crackers
Chips, dips & salsa
We usually eat around 2pm. What time do you eat?
~$.59 Publix turkey (YAY) Easy - UPSIDE DOWN, seriously!
Wash it off, make sure to pull the bag of nasties out (neck, etc), give it a rub down with butter, salt & pepper it, roll an orange around on the counter to break up the juices inside, cut in half then stick it in the turkey, then put it in a pan upside down (breast down) for the amount of time the label says. Keep covered until about 30min. before done. It won't be pretty but it will be YUM~O & fall off the bone! And no basting required, it cooks in it's own juices. This is how I've cooked mine for 15 years.
~Dressing - I am 99.9% sure I'm going with my friend, Dana's family recipe.
~HOMEMADE WHOLE BERRY CRANBERRY SAUCE
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 12-ounce package Ocean Spray® Fresh or Frozen Cranberries, rinsed and drained
Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil; add cranberries, return to boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover and cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate until serving time.
Makes 2 1/4 cups.
PER SERVING (2 Tablespoons): Calories 51(3%DV), Fat 0grams, Pot. 14mg(<1%dv),>
~Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
~Cheesy Green Bean Casserole - I make the classic Campbells recipe but double the batch (big family) & substitute the second can of cream of mushroom soup with a small jar of Cheez Whiz. We love it with the cheesy twist!
Classic Green Bean Casserole
From: Campbell's Kitchen
Prep: 10 minutes
Bake: 30 minutes
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (Regular, 98% Fat Free or Healthy Request®)
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon soy sauce
Dash ground black pepper
4 cups cooked cut green beans
1 1/3 cups French's® French Fried Onions
Stir the soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and 2/3 cup onions in a 1 1/2-quart casserole.
Bake at 350°F. for 25 minutes or until the bean mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir the bean mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining onions.
Bake for 5 minutes or until the onions are golden brown.
~Crescent Rolls - Pillsbury Big Flaky (don't skimp here)
~Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie w/Extra creamy Cool Whip
LIBBY'S® Famous Pumpkin Pie
Prep:15 mins Cooking:55 mins Cooling:120 mins Yields:8 servings
3/4 cup granulated sugar1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 large eggs
1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
Whipped cream (optional)
MIX sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
POUR into pie shell.
BAKE in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.
Serving Size 1/8 servings of recipe
The only new recipe I am trying is the dressing. I just haven't found that one that I want to use from year to year yet.
After Thanksgiving my mom makes a WONDERFUL Turkey ala king. Maybe she'll share her recipe. We save the dark meat for this! The white meat goes to make sandwiches. My FAVE is turkey on white bread with mayo, cranberry sauce & salt/pepper. YUM.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
This made me realize I need to get a picture of Rocco with his Preschool teachers as well as Roman with his other teacher, Amanda Moore. (Who was also his 1st Grade teacher.) Many of these teachers are also our friends. We have been blessed
Not pictured: Roman with his PreK teachers, Roman with Mrs. Stevens (Kindergarten), Roman with Mrs. Moore (1st Grade.)
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
My second favorite place to be is in the mountains.
This location was Chimney Rock, NC three years ago almost to the date! Oh how I will miss our mountain vacation this year. But we will be enjoying time together at home.
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Thank you Lord for the seasons.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Stephen we need to have a recent picture taken.
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Thursday, November 4, 2010
Lately I have been feeling invisible. Know what I mean? I walk by someone & say hello, but they don't see or hear me. I sit down somewhere & people I know walk by & sit somewhere else. I'm in a conversation with someone & they trail off into another conversation with someone else. I know this isn't how I am supposed to see things. I know that I should speak louder, or reach out with a kind hand on the shoulder, or get up & go find someone to sit by. I know these things. But sometimes we don't do what we know to do. Sometimes we sit up under our juniper tree feeling sorry for ourselves.
It's difficult for me to write this post because..well..who wants to reveal their vulnerabilities? Should I? Should I not? Should I just keep this between God & I? Maybe, probably. But I'm choosing to share a small bit of what I've been struggling with because I know I'm not alone. In two senses; 1) I know I'm not the only person that has these internal struggles 2) I know God is with me.
When we moved to this small town (almost eight years ago) everyone was so friendly, they still are. We found a wonderful church where we were warmly welcomed. We adore the preschool & elementary school & hope to have a similar experience at the middle school next year. We just love Hilliard. However, since moving here I have had a struggle that I have never experienced before. While we have many acquaintances, a few friends & many sweet, precious church family members (that I know would be here for me in a crisis), I have not had the pleasure of experiencing a deep, close, personal friendship. I think I've gone through a range of emotions regarding this. Asking myself what's wrong with me, to reaching out to others which has produced short spurts of friendships, to getting angry & closing off those around me. Do I appear unapproachable? I hope not. Shyness has always been an issue for me & I know sometimes that can be misread. I do have a wonderful family that loves me very much & reminds me of that love every chance they get. I am so thankful for them.
OK, now l'll shift focus from me to God, because that is what my life should be about. I think God has revealed to me in this struggle is that He, Himself, is the only one that can satisfy me. I need to focus on Him, on His love, His grace, His purpose for me. As I read back through the first paragraph I wondered how we do the same things to God, treat Him as if He's invisible. We don't see or hear Him around us, we don't take time to sit down with Him, we start to pray but trail off into other thoughts. Yes, I am guilty of those things. Forgive me Lord.
I'd like to close this post with this video because I think it sums it all up.
If you've gotten this far in the post you will enjoy this.
I Was Made to Love You ~ Toby Mac