Happy Thanksgiving!! The big day is almost here. How many of you are like me….you’ve found over the years that Thaksgiving day has found a special place in your heart? Being a “foodie” of course, we love the focus on food, but it’s more than that. I love, love, love that the focus is family, food, thankfulness and being together. A time to reflect and give thanks for all of God’s blessings in my life. A time to spend with each other without the hustle, bustle and worry that can accompany Christmas and finding the perfect gift. I love that the day is set aside to just BE together with no additional strings attached. It’s the perfect kick-off to the holiday season, don’t you think?
Every year I like to have my grocery shopping done early….the weekend before Thanksgiving. Then I set aside Tuesday and Wednesday to make my side dishes and desserts. I used to only have Wednesday for that, but this year I’ve incorporated Tuesday and I like this even better. It means instead of making all my sides and desserts in one day…by spreading them out into two, I have time to hang out with my girls reading them a special book or two and maybe even play a game or put on a movie in the background. A slower pace….ah yes, this is nice!!
Then tomorrow morning, my hubby will start the stuffing, get the bird in the oven and of course the Macy’s Parade will be on. When we are home (since many years we travel), we hang out, watch the parade and snitch stuffing all day long….which is why hubby makes extra. This sausage stuffing is amazing…..and though I know the recipe is found online, I’d have to get hubby’s families approval before posting it here on this blog. I’ll get back to you on that. 😉
We’re not black Friday participants…hubby doesn’t like crowds and I’m not a morning person, but some years we’ve wandered out that afternoon to see the leftovers and there are usually still pretty good sales all that day and weekend too, don’t you think? We won’t be heading out shopping this year though as money is super tight with hubby starting up his own business, but in times past we sometimes meet friends at the park for an impromptu playdate. Or it would be a great day for the beach or the wildlife sanctuary. Outdoors this time of year in Florida is beautiful.
Over the weekend we set up our tree and lights in preparation for our “tree decorating party” which is a tradition I’ve carried on from my mom. Sunday evening we’ll turn on Christmas music, let the girls decorate the tree while I hand them ornaments and eat snickerdoodles….our traditional cookie. Eating snickerdoodles while decking out the tree stems from my childhood. What are your tree traditions?
This corn casserole is very good. It’s the recipe you find that includes the Jiffy cornbread mix. I’ve been wanting to recreate it for a few years now without using the jiffy mix, and finally got around to it this year. It may be easier with a box of Jiffy mix, but there are many other ingredients I’d rather not have added in. It’s an easy & quick side dish to whip up!
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving….I’ll leave you with a peek at our menu.
Thanksgiving Menu 2011
22 pound roast turkey (bought frozen & thawed in fridge)
The infamous sausage stuffing (family recipe)
Mashed potatoes & homemade gravy
Homemade cranberry sauce
- 2 cans cream style corn
- 3 eggs
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup milk
- ½ cup flour
- ½ cup cornmeal
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp butter
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Butter oval souffle dish or corningware dish.
- In large bowl mix corn, eggs, sugar and milk.
- In smaller bowl mix flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Add flour mixture to corn mixture reserving a small portion of flour mixture.
- Combine just till blended, and pour into souffle dish.
- Cut butter into small pieces and combine with reserved flour mixture. Spread on top of dish.
- Bake for one hour.
- ~~~~I use canned organic corn and made my own creamed corn. To make your own, drain 2 cans of corn and add to food processor. Add a splash of milk and a tablespoon or two of sugar (if desired). Pulse until creamed corn consistency.~~~~~