Thursday, November 25, 2010

What's for Dinner?

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

Chris, Stephani, and my sweet nephew arrived safely yesterday afternoon.  Everyone is happily adding what they are thankful for as leaves to our Thanksgiving Blessing Tree.  Lexi needs me to help her add "Butterfly Kisses" this morning.  How precious is that?!?

As I told you before, I'm so excited about a normal Thanksgiving.  I'm delighting in our very vanilla Thanksgiving plans.  Parades and cooking.  The kids have Give Thanks T-shirts thanks to my sweet friend, who screenprinted them for us.  (If you pray, would you take a second and pray for her family this Thanksgiving?  Her five month old boy has RSV and her mom is really having a hard time recovering from her last chemotherapy treatment.  They will be skipping Thanksgiving this year.  That's a lot for one mama, so she is definitely on my mind today!)  Once the kids are dressed, I can get some pics posted.

Justus and I had to run to the grocery store last night (see story under Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake below).  We looked all over for Thanksgiving napkins to no avail.  It occurred to me that I might have purchased some last year on clearance and stashed them away.  Justus was pretty sure I hadn't done that, so a bet ensued.  It appears that I'll be the recepient of a 30 minute massage, including hands and feet (Justus' idea, not mine) AND I'll have cute napkins on my table today.  Love that kid! 

Speaking of the table... It's incredible how much effort can go into one meal!  Not only is the exertion immense, there is much passion around what must be on the table or it's not Thanksgiving.  What are your deal-breakers?  Mine are pretty basic... I must have turkey and mashed potatoes.  With Thanksgiving staples like that, I'm generally a pretty happy customer!

So what's on your table?

Our Thanksgiving Menu:

Roast Turkey with Prosiutto, Rosemary,and Garlic

Easy Gravy
not easy, as in warm it out of a jar, but pretty easy

Apple Sausage, Cranberry, and Corn Bread Stuffing
my first attempt at real, homemade stuffing!

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Green Beans with Parmesan Bacon
calling an audible on this one.

Carmelized Sweet Potato Wedges

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Rolls with Rosemary
these will be "Thankful Rolls".  We're going to bake them with a small piece of paper wrapped in foil baked inside that has a sentence starter about what or why you're thankful for various people or things.  The kids are going to love it!

Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake
I baked it and just as I was pulling the gorgeous dessert from the oven, the bottom of the springform pan collapsed up and the entire pie dumped in the bottom of my oven.  Another trip to the grocery store and another baking session later, a Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake sits proudly in my spare refrigerator.  And my little brother, who happens to be a cheesecake fanatic, is extra loved today!

And I'm pretty pumped about make some Creamy Turkey Soup with Cheddar Dill Biscuits out of the leftovers!  Sounds delish.


  1. Sounds like a wonderful meal.. Maybe you will end up on the cooking channel!!!! Love you. MIL

  2. Wow! Everything sounds great! Especially the cheesecake! How was the apple pie? That's the recipe I use too! :)

  3. The apple pie was yummy. Only thing I'd change is that I'd cook it in my glass pie plate instead of my Pampered Chef stone plate. I think it didn't quite get done in the bottom because of the stoneware.

  4. Ah, I could see that. I've only used my glass pie plate, which worked well.


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