Thanksgiving Day, in and of itself is over, but of course, the food has not all been eaten. Oh no. And according to my nephew, it’s not been a proper Thanksgiving if you don’t have leftovers. Just letting you know. We’ve tried that. 🙂 And according to Carol, who’s been saying this FOREVER, the best sandwich you can make is turkey & cranberry sauce with a little mayo … which you’re now starting to see on restaurant menus.
Oh, and again, to let you know, remember those Butter Horn Rolls I posted about on the 17th? We tore through almost 48 of those! Yes, they’re kind of small, and yes, there was a lot of us there and, yes, we were there for two meals …. but like I said in the post, EVERYONE loves them. No one passes on those rolls. Ok, maybe, someone did hide some … I wouldn’t be surprised. 😉
Carol’s Chocolate Italian Cream Cake
But Thanksgiving isn’t all about the food. We had such a great time yesterday with all the family. We sat around the fire pit, laughed and told stories into the night. We had family members there from 2 yrs old to 89 … from MS to DC. We’ve been truly blessed as a family. We’ve had hard knocks, we’re missing some of our family members whom we dearly miss, but we’re still standing.
But back to the food … I do have some recommendations.
I always have sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving and usually they’re some variation of a scalloped sweet potato with a fruit, like apples with nuts and brown sugar. Last year however, I wanted to try something different so I tried a recipe from Pinterest with mashed sweet potatoes and a brown sugary type topping. The whole thing was waaaayyy to sweet. Total Pinterest FAIL! I can’t believe I tried again this year, but I found a similar type recipe, but one with a streusal type of topping. (You know I’m addicted to those streusal topped muffins, so I know that’s why I couldn’t NOT try this recipe.) Well, it ended up being a total success!! Great recipe! Not too sweet, but just the right amount of sweet and the topping is like the muffins … the hit of the party. You need to try this! This is soooooo good!
Click on the links for the recipes.
Another recommendation is this Pumpkin Praline Bread Pudding. Mmmm … it is good. Got lots of thumbs up on it. Even I liked it and I’m not a bread pudding eater. And it’s not hard to make. Instead of making your own pumkin pie spice you can just buy it. I actually used both because I ran out of pumkin pie spice. So I’m keeping that little recipe as back up.
If you refrigerate this, I found out it tastes best reheated.
This last recipe, I didn’t actually make this year, but I had intentions of making it. I just forgot about it. I did make it last year and it is so good. And it kind of makes me sad to remember it, because the last person I shared it with was my dad’s wife. Carolyn passed away in March and she was one of the greatest blessings of our family. A truly wonderful person that we miss so much. And she was a great cook! She had my husband spoiled. He didn’t think he could go to their house if she wasn’t frying okra. (I don’t fry. 🙂 )
This cake is sooo good! Try it! It has a wonderful texture.
You can find these recipes and other yummy ideas on my Fall & Thanksgiving Yummies Pinterest boards. Click on the Pinterest icon at the right of this page, then follow the link to my other boards.
When Dakota started school she needed a place to go during Thanksgiving Break while her mom worked. Since I was off during that time as well, she always came to stay with me that week until her family came for Thanksgiving Dinner. So for the last 4 years she’s helped me cook Thanksgiving Dinner. We’ve had a great time cooking together. Her favorite thing to make has always been pecan pie.
Many years ago, I asked a friend to share her cake recipe and she told me it was a secret family recipe. I thought that was so cool, I wanted our family to have a secret family recipe. So when I hit upon my pecan pie recipe, that was it .. our secret family recipe. And Dakota asked about it this week and actually came up with a good name for it … CiCi’s Secret Pecan Pie. But she immediately wanted to tell someone about it, so we still need to work on that part. 🙂 So I’m not going to share the recipe, but I did want to share some photos of Dakota making the pies.
Cooking with her is the perfect time to teach her all those things she’s going to need to be a good cook. We talked about the abbreviations in the recipes like C, T, t and how many teaspoons in a tablespoon? (3) She read the recipe and doubled the amounts like a pro … even the fractions. I was impressed. I taught her how to set the oven and the timer and to listen for the buzzer (she never heard it 😉 ). She even learned to crack eggs into a bowl without the shell after about 4 tries. All of those things will come with practice. She practically made the two pies on her own and after 4 years is pretty darn good at fluting a pie crust.
This girl was proud of that pie! This was the best Thanksgiving Blessing!
Because Dakota worked so hard on these pies, and she so graciously offered, I let her taste test the pie … just to make sure it was good. 🙂
This is a photo of Carol’s homemade cranberry sauce. It was yummy. We had a lot of yummy food, but this is something she “might” share her recipe for when she gets a chance. Some things a cook just does … no recipe.
Update: This is Carol’s recipe for the Cranberry Sauce. Buy a bag of fresh cranberries in the produce section of your grocery store. Turn the bag over and follow the directions on the back to make the cranberry sauce except add a dash of salt. Serve cold in a pretty dish. Enjoy! You’ll love it! 🙂
I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving blessings as much as we enjoyed ours.