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November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Yummies and Blessings

Roast Turkey Breast

How is it possible that it is already November? I mean seriously, it seems like just yesterday the New Year rolled in and now here we are almost back to that very spot a whole year later! This year truly has flown, but I have to say this year, though not perfect in any way, was MUCH better than last year! Let's hope that trend continues and that is yet one more thing to be thankful for.

Thanksgiving has always been a big holiday in my family. Growing up it involved my mom's family all coming to our house and spending the day together. It was a lot of fun, and an opportunity to spend time with people we didn't get so see all that often. Not to mention all the yummy food!

Growing up my favorite holiday was always Christmas, and don't get me wrong, I'm still a fan of Christmas itself, but as I've gotten older I have to say that Thanksgiving has rapidly slid in to the number one spot. It's still a time of family, though now it is spent with Jamison's family, but it is a nice day to come together, be as one and just enjoy good food and good times. That in my opinion is the perfect holiday!

Brining a Turkey 101

Everyone has their own family traditions, but there are normally some basics that come along like turkey! This year I'll be doing my normal brining of the turkey because it really does make a delicious bird. If you've never tried brining before, give it a shot, I promise you won't be disappointed! I also got a small boneless ham to go along with the turkey, because I was in a ham sort of mood.

Cranberry Sauce

For side dishes I make a Southern cornbread dressing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, peas, gravy, deviled eggs, salad and yeast rolls. I normally make corn casserole and cranberry sauce, but I decided to skip the first one this year, and I only make the cranberry sauce when my sister is here and this year she's in Tennessee with Mom.

Coconut Pie: Baked

Dessert this year will consist of a gluten free yellow cake with milk chocolate icing, a pecan pie, a coconut pie, chocolate fudge and a pumpkin sour cream pound cake. It's nice to have a mix of things to share and I think it's about time I make my way in to the kitchen to start baking!

So as Thanksgiving makes its way to us on Thursday I want to wish you all a blessed day filled with food, family and fun. Be thankful and remember your blessings. May the holiday season begin!

Posted by Dianne at November 24, 2009 3:53 PM

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My goodness Dianne, these photos are beautiful and making me hungry! Sounds like you will be cooking all day today and tomorrow. Have a happy holiday.

Posted by: Yeon at November 25, 2009 6:51 AM

Thanks! You have a happy holiday too!

Posted by: Dianne at November 25, 2009 1:01 PM

Amen. And your mom was making the cranberry stuff for Kate when I stopped by the other day!

Posted by: Dar at November 25, 2009 3:27 PM

Then she's got her cranberry fix covered then. Kate claims that the cranberry stuff is even good frozen. I'll take her word for that! ;oP

Posted by: Dianne at November 25, 2009 7:38 PM

I want to try that brining technique, but will probably put the plastic bag in my cooler, with some ice around it. The refrigerator never seems to have enough space for a turkey at any time of the year. Hope your Thanksgiving went well.

Posted by: Claudia at November 29, 2009 6:14 PM

That should work just fine!

Our Thanksgiving was really nice. Hope yours was too!

Posted by: Dianne at December 1, 2009 10:55 AM

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