Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving Traditions

I am aware that Thanksgiving is over and people are battling the crowds for the shopping deals of the year but I thought I would share our Thanksgiving with you and the food we enjoyed.

Tradition has it that we eat turkey for Thanksgiving then turkey and ham on Christmas. We also eat rice not potatoes. We also eat collards but I missed getting any until yesterday :( This year we did things a little different.

Roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, rolls, cranberry sauce (canned jellied for my son) , raw cranberry salad, asparagus (normally it is collard greens), sweet potato casserole, and desserts! S'more truffles, cherries on a cloud and banana pudding.



Gobble 'til ya wobble! That's our motto!! Not really but it sounds like it.

Normally we go to my parents for Thanksgiving OR we have a ton of people over. This year our youngest son is preparing for his departure into the U.S. Air Force. He leaves in less than 2 weeks. So we wanted to spend as much quality family time as possible. The week before Thanksgiving we went to my parents for a family dinner so that on Thanksgiving Day we could spend it as a family with no travel involved.

As he is leaving, we also celebrated Christmas. That's right. We are done. Stockings, gifts, family photos the whole nine yards. Done. The tons of wrapping paper and empty boxes have already been taken to the dump, for those of you who are city folk, we have to haul off our trash to the county dump. The finer points of country living, ha!

For me, cooking is a passion. I live to cook. I live to feed my family and friends. It fuels me. Feeds my spirit and makes me happy. So the holidays are like drugs for me. I get high on the smells of roasted turkey, cookies baking and spices filling the air. It is almost spiritual. LOL With my health issues, it can be a struggle, but it is a labor of love that ignites me and keeps me going.

I put my turkey on the night before. I don't normally go to bed until around midnight as a general rule. So I put the turkey on before calling it a night. I place it in the roaster and set the oven to 250 degrees. When I get up the next morning, I check the progress. I make the stuffing and drain some of the broth that I will later cook my rice in or as this year would have it, made the gravy. I then crank up the heat to 350. This normally happens around 9. At 11 it is gorgeous, juicy and falling off  the bone. I do not believe in "carving" a bird. If I have to carve it , it is dry and I don't want it. 


Next the sweet potato casserole goes in along with the asparagus with I sprinkled with sea salt, fresh cracked pepper and a little olive oil. The last 8 minutes the rolls were added.



On the stove top the potatoes are boiled and mashed, the gravy is made and the cold dishes are pulled out of the fridge.

We do buffet style, so everything is set out on the counter so each one can prepare their own plate. We normally use holiday decorated paper plates but this year since it was just us, we used our normal glass dish wear. This meant having dishes to wash, but I had to wash pots and pans anyway, what's a few dishes, right?

We had a wonderful day together, my sons fiance took our new family portraits and I will cherish these memories for years to come. My babies are all grown up and moving on with life. I am very proud and totally blessed.

That was my day. Hope you enjoyed my sharing with you all as this is not normally what I do.

Sweet Potato Casserole
Cranberry Salad
S'mores Truffles

Blessings
Dawn



Me and my boys! Jesse on the left, he will be 21 in a month. Joey on the right, he is 19 and leaving for the AF.

14 comments:

  1. Girl! I have tears in my eyes! I love you! And your Thanksgiving/Christmas looked soooo beautiful! I know...and am praying for Joey as he takes this new path in life. I am also praying for you too...I know it will be an adjustment, but God will carry you all through it. I miss you!

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    1. aww thank you Dana! Prayers are needed and appreciated! I will miss him terribly but am excited for this new chapter in his life. Moving forward, growing and becoming a responsible Airman and husband. GOSH can you believe it? My baby all grown up. They have both made me proud. Home-school does work :) and was a blessing!
      Love and miss you too!! You MUST come visit.

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  2. What a lovely meal! I love asparagus! We had a very traditional meal at my brother's! I love the pictures that Katie took! I know you will miss Joey, but you know that all your friends will keep him and you in our prayers!

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    1. Thanks Debi. Katie did a good job. Yes...I'll miss him but they all have to grow up and move on.

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  3. Sure wish I had been at your house for Thanksgiving!! Everything looked great!! Your pictures are beautiful! Glad you had such a wonderful day! Love you

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    1. I wish you could have been here as well. I thought about you several times and all that has happened the last year. Love ya girl

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  4. We do a buffet style set up for Thanksgiving also. Looks like good food and a great time. Love the family picture with you and your boys.

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  5. Where do I start? You and your boys look so happy. I know there is a saddness in your heart though. It is so hard to watch our babies grow up. Your dinner sounds so delicous. I love asparagus and had to laugh when I ready one of your sons loves jellied cranberries - I do too! Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday, or should I say holidays!?!

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    1. Thanks Cynthia, your comments as always make me smile! Yep one eats canned the other won't eat any.

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  6. That sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am glad you got to spend time with the family. We did buffet style thanksgiving when we were growing up but my house does not have enough counter space so we just put all the food on the table!

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    1. My table is small plus we like to have it all laid out before us. It was all delish.

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  7. I love the idea of cooking the bird overnight! We raise our own ducks and turkeys so I cook a lot of whole birds, we'll have to try this. Side note, I love your counters!

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    1. I've done it this way for years and never had to "carve" a bird yet. I like moist meat not dry sawdust. Give it a try.
      These counters are OLD, 1977,but they've held up well.

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