Give Thanks for THANKSGIVING

Hosted by Sher Bird
Group active since Wed, Aug 24, 2011

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! It's a time for cooks to shine and for families to share a bountiful feast. There are so many possibilities of dishes to make and share. I would love to hear about your favorite Thanksgiving holiday recipes. Of course, many of these recipes are wonderful for other holidays or year-round. I would also love to have us share our Thanksgiving holiday traditions and things that we are thankful for during the past year. Amen!

Sher Bird
Oct 29, 2012

Thanksgiving Poll: Fried, Roasted, Grilled?

Hi. Just for the fun of it. How many of you ROAST a turkey for Thanksgiving, the traditional way? Or, do you fry it or grill it? Or even still-- do you forgo turkey (don't like it, small crowd) and instead serve goose, chicken, ham, etc.???

And besides the traditional mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy-- WHAT SIDE DISHES are you serving?

Can't believe that Thanksgiving is just 3 weeks away! (or less)....

Aurora McBee
Oct 26, 2012

Menus planned out yet?

I'm getting so excited for Thanksgiving! We go the traditional route every year, but I try to shake it up with a different dessert or two. =) We fried our turkey last year, but this year I'll roast it. What do you all have planned?

Janice Bartholome
Nov 24, 2011

Where is Everybody?

Wow! This place is dead today! I wonder what everyone is doing? LOL!

I hope you're all having a wonderful day with those you love. It's just my sweet husband and me today, due to circumstances beyond our control, but after 45 years together, as long as we're together, we're fine with that.

We're leisurely cooking a simple version of our usual feast: the turkey just came out of the oven; the giblets are cooked and ready to become gravy; the broth and few scraps of giblet will go into a box of Cornbread Stovetop (You'd be surprised how good it is when you do that to it!). We'll whip up a few mashed potatoes and make a small bowl (Yes, it CAN be done)of our traditional fruit salad and open a can of whole fruit cranberry salad.

Later we'll have a piece of Marie Callender's pumpkin pie (hers is WAY better than mine! LOL!)and watch a good movie in front of the fire.

I'm so thankful for all that God has blessed me with this year and in my life. God is good. "The God of the Mountain is still God in the Valley!" and he's always walking beside us.

My prayer is that you know Him and that he's walking with you, too.

Janice Bartholome
Nov 21, 2011

Food for Thought

I posted this on the "Drop Off a Quote" and the "Tried & True" page, but I thought all you cooks here who are beginning your 18-hour marathons would appreciate this, too:

Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Halftime of the football game on TV takes 12 minutes. This is not coincidence. --Erma Bombeck

Erma so often put into words exactly what was grumbling around in my spirit. And then, when I read it, I would laugh so hard that I felt better about the whole thing. This was one of those quotes. I miss Erma.

Janice Bartholome
Nov 20, 2011

The Scent of Autumn

Boy does my house smell good! No, I'm not cooking...not feeling too good today. But I finally got my potpourri pot going, and it makes my house smell like apple pie is baking or hot apple cider is simmering on the stove. The neighbors can eat their hearts out! LOL! Who knows, maybe the scent will inspire my sweet husband to do some baking, hmmm?

Holiday Scent Potpourri Pot

Bonnie ^O^
Nov 19, 2011

Thanksgiving Time

When all the leaves are off the boughs,
And nuts and apples gathered in,
And cornstalks waiting for the cows,
And pumpkins safe in barn and bin,

Then Mother says, "My children dear,
The fields are brown, and autumn flies;
Thanksgiving Day is very near,
And we must make thanksgiving pies!"

God Bless this group and have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

Janice Bartholome
Nov 19, 2011

For Your Centerpiece

Hi, I'm Jan, and I just joined the group, which, BTW, is a great idea!

I wanted to share an idea for those of you setting a pretty table. If you're using real autumn leaves, you can gather them a couple of days ahead and use this trick to preserve them (for a week or so) and make them even more beautiful than God's originals.

Use plain old-fashioned floor wax (like Johnson's) to seal them. (I hope they still sell this, with all the no-wax vinyl out there now.)

If the leaves are dusty, rinse them off and let them dry completely. Then just pour some wax into a shallow dish, like an old tray or baking sheet with a lip all around, and lay the leaves in it-- first the back side, then the front. Then lay the leaves on waxed paper or foil (even newspaper) to dry. I used to just lay them on my brick hearth (which also got a coat of Johnson's Wax before the Big Day!)

Once they're completely dry, you can scatter them on your table for a beautiful autumn look. Throw them away after Thanksgiving; they won't keep until next year.