Posts Tagged With: Thanksgiving

Dough Ornament Recipe

As kids, my sister and I would make dough ornaments and then paint them.  I LOVED that!  I think I still have a few hanging around for the Christmas tree (and it’s been a few years!! :)).  If you want something fun to do with the kids, try this recipe out.  They would make great home-made Christmas gifts too!  Here’s the recipe:

4 cups of flour

1 cup of salt

1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water

Directions:

Mix flour and salt.

Slowly add the water.

Roll out and use cookie cutters to make desired shapes.  Don’t forget to put a whole in the top if you want to hang on the tree!  A straw will work good to make the hole.

Bake at 325 for about 1 hour.

Take out and cool before decorating with glitter paint, glitter glue or whatever you want to make them pretty!!

Ps.  They look like real edible cookies!  Let the kids know they would taste awful!!!  🙂

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Cut- Out Cookies

Now that Thanksgiving, my daughter’s Nutcracker AND Black Friday shopping are over I thought it’s time to think Christmas cookies!   I thought I would start posting some of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes.  The first one is for cut-out cookies.  Here’s the recipe:

1 cup butter (2 sticks at room temperature)

1 1/2 cups of confectioner sugar

Mix and cream together

Add in:

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp almond extract

2 3/4 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

Mix all together well.  If dough seems crumbly, add a couple of drops of water.

Flour your hands and then mix dough with hands

Chill the dough at least 1 hour

Roll the dough about 1/8 inch thick

Cut out and place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes

Cool before decorating

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Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Well, the day is almost over already!  It was very relaxed, low-key and ,of course, filled with food!  Who is going shopping tomorrow?    I am not going to ‘brave’ the stores!  There is nothing I am looking for that bad to go into the chaos!  I did some shopping online today.  I feel good about that!  I am now gathering everything together for my daughter’s performances in The Nutcracker this weekend.   It will be a beautiful show.  She is so excited and a little nervous.  It’s exciting for her to dance with the ‘professionals’ that came in for the performance.  After that, next weekend, is my other two girls’ Nutcracker performances.  Whew! It’s all fun!  Whatever you are doing tomorrow, whether it’s staying in or going out, have a safe, fun day!

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Apple Torte

Well, today is Wednesday and tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  I guess I need to run to the grocery store!  Actually, I only need a couple of things.  🙂  Yesterday was busy with me taking my oldest to her co-op classes, doing school with the other three, exercising, piano lessons (at our house, which is SUCH a time saver and definitely worth the little extra $) and getting ready for my 12 year old’s Nutcracker performance.  She had to be downtown at the Opera House for Tech Rehearsal/costume fitting at 4:30 until 9:00 and I was helping out, so we had to gather everything she needed into a bag, like makeup, extra tights, hairspray (which I didn’t realize we were out of until then….too late…..hence one reason for having to run to the store today!), curling iron…etc.  We then ran out the door and had a fun, tiring evening!  AND….we get to do it again tonight!  It’s all fun and exciting though!  She is super excited to perform with professionals on a big stage!  She is an angel and her costume is beautiful.

On to a recipe!  I usually make another dish, specifically for my father-in-law because he loves it, for Thanksgiving, which I didn’t think about until last night!  This is a super easy recipe for an apple torte.  In no time at all, you have a sweet, piping hot, apple delight….add some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (or both) and it’s a delicious treat!

Here’s the recipe:

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

2/3 cup flour

1/2 tsp. salt

Beat it all together and add 2 cups of diced apples, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 to 1 cup of chopped nuts (if desired)

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes

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Have a great day and a blessed Thanksgiving!

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Baked Mashed Potatoes

Are you tired of the same old mashed potatoes?  Would you like a new variation that you bake?  Here is a style of mashed potatoes that will give a new twist to what you may normally serve.

Ingredients:

4-5 potatoes

1 can creme of chicken soup

1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

1/8 tsp. of garlic powder

1 1/2 cup of French fried onions

Directions:

1)  Peel and dice potatoes.

2)  Boil water and cook potatoes until tender

3)  Drain potatoes and mash with a masher

4)  Add soup, cheese and garlic powder to saucepan and stir over medium heat until cheese melts.

5)  Spoon mixture into a baking dish.

6)  Add French fried onions and top with remaining cheese

7)  Bake at 375 for 5-10 minutes

Enjoy!

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Rice Stuffing

Want a different variety of stuffing?  This is very different, yet a good variation.  It has a great flavor and is very easy to make.  If you don’t want to cook it in the turkey, you don’t need to.  You can just bake it in a dish for 35-40 minutes.  Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

3 3/4 cup water

3 boxes of Uncle Ben Long Grain Wild Rice Butter & Herb

1/2 cup butter divided

1/2  cup Craisins

1 large apple, peeled and chopped

1/2 cup sliced almondstoasted (toast the almonds 10-12 minutes at 325, stirring occasionally)

Directions:

1)  In a large saucepan combine rice, season packets, 3 tablespoons of butter and cranberries and bring to a boil.

2)  Cover and reduce the heat to simmer for 25 minutes or until water is absorbed.

3)  Stir in the apple and almonds and set aside.

4)  Preheat oven to 325.

5)  Take the turkey and fill the cavity with the rice stuffing

6)  If there is any left over, place it in a separate pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.

7)  Follow instructions for baking the turkey.

This is very good!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Ambrosia Salad

I got my recipes out of my box, all marked up with spattered food from many years of use!  I found my green bean and sweet potato casserole recipes, but couldn’t find my ambrosia salad!  You would think since I have made it for around 30 years I would remember how, but, not the case!!  I remembered the ingredients, just not the amounts like sugar and sour cream!  Luckily my mom was home and gave it to me, because I found that, after checking on both AllRecipe and Pinterest, there is not another recipe like this anywhere I could find!  Most call for whipped cream and mine does not.  So, try my family rendition of ambrosia salad!  It’s very good!

Ingredients:

1 can pineapple (drained well)

1 can fruit cocktail (drained well)

1 can Mandarin oranges (drained well)

2 cups of marshmallows (either white or colored, colored have  flavor)

1/2 cup of sugar

1 cup of sour cream

1 cup of coconut

1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients together and chill for a couple of hours

(It’s best if all the fruits are as dry as possible so the salad won’t be runny)

Right before serving add in your favorite fresh fruits, such as grapes or bananas

Enjoy and happy Thanksgiving!

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Sweet Potato Casserole

When I think of my family’s Thanksgiving food traditions, I automatically think of three staple foods: Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole and Ambrosia Salad. Those are the three foods I always make at Thanksgiving, no matter where we have our meal! I do make the green bean casserole many times throughout the year, in fact, we are having it today because it’s my daughter’s 14th birthday and she requested it. Now, the sweet potatoes and ambrosia I only make for Thanksgiving. I’m not sure why.   Maybe so we don’t get used to them and have it to look forward to on only one day per year.

I still have to shop for my ingredients. I’m crazy for not having gone to the grocery store yet! I’m sure the store won’t be too crazy, right??

I pulled my recipes out and plan to share them today. I will share on three separate posts starting with Sweet Potato Casserole on this post.

Ingredients:

2 big cans of sweet potatoes

1/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup margarine

1 cup coconut

1 tsp salt

Directions:  Mix altogether and put in casserole dish.  Cover with the topping.

Topping Ingredients:

1 cup chopped nuts

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup oats

1/2 cup butter

Mix together and place on top of casserole.

Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes.

Enjoy!  I love this recipe!

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Being Thankful

This fall has been one of the more beautiful ones I can remember. The sun shone brightly causing the leaves to glisten and they were brilliant! I don’t remember seeing them so colorful as they have been this year. Now, it is late November and the leaves have all but fallen off the trees, preparing for winter. It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is this Thursday here in the U.S. I have much to be thankful for! I feel so blessed for the provisions we have. I am thankful for my husband and four daughters and our health. I am thankful for the freedom to home school my girls. I am thankful for a house and the means to pay for it, for enough food that we never hunger. I am thankful my husband has a job to provide all of this and more! I pray I never take for granted what I have and remember to help those in need. I pray that my husband and I are instilling this gratefulness in our girls and teaching them against the greediness of materialism and want, but rather in an attitude of giving. So what are you thankful for? Let us remember to take time to thank the Lord for His provisions, not only this week but everyday!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal

 

This Saturday has been very quiet on the computer!  Everyone must be getting an early start of Christmas shopping, cooking ahead for Thanksgiving or at the many practices/games/classes for their kids!  We just got done with one Nutcracker practice and I will leave in about 1/2 hour for the next one!  These sure are busy, yet fun days!

I decided to share an Oatmeal breakfast you can make ahead of time in the crock pot.  This is an easy way to wake up on any given morning to a quick, hearty, healthful breakfast!

Here’s the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:
6-8 cups water (depending on the desired consistency)
2 cups steel cut oats (DO NOT use Quick Oats..it will make it mushy!)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

Directions

Spray inside crock pot with cooking spray.

Combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker and stir.

Cook for 7-8 hours on low.

Add any fruit, sugar, syrup, etc right before eating.

Enjoy!

 

Have a great Saturday!

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