Tag Archive | Thanksgiving

Candy Cane Cups for Thanksgiving

Love getting up early… but, not at 4:30 am…

My right hip has been hurting…

Don’t mention…”How old are you?”…

so… I get up and it actually goes away…

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I then… get so sleepy… that I have to return to bed… and get up later than I like

I hate wasting time except when doing something fun!… and then I just don’t care…

After breakfast… I made a pot of chiliszo0041

to have whenever anyone wants it… because I had some things I wanted to do…

One… was to get one of my desserts made for taking to my son/daughter-in-laws house for Thanksgivingk4982551

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I found this mix and it says Holiday for sure…

and tweaking a recipe on the side of the box it became mine…

and simple like me!…

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My Santa Clings on my kitchen windows encourage me…

and make me smile…

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These Jell-o No Bake Desserts are really good…

and after finding “Candy Cane”  with Oreo Crust

I knew it would be part of my desserts to take …

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Beating Cool-Whip and Dark Chocolate Pieces together… (after melting)… for the topping…

It was suggested for the “pie” recipe on the box but…

I thought I would add it to the “Frozen  Candy Cane Cups” recipe…

that was on the box too…

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Add melted margarine / butter to the crumbs…

 which happen to be “OREO” crumbs…

blending with a fork…

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Another Santa saying… “Hi!”

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Spoonfuls of crumbs in baking papers…

Mine happen to be foil… can be paper also…

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I press down the crumbs with a glass… so easy…

and you know I like that!

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Pressed down and ready for filling…

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Mix filling mix that comes out of package looking white…

then turns pink… when mixed with milk…

and the smell of Peppermint (candy cane)  radiates from it…

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Add some of the Candy Cane Sprinkles to it…

folding in with spoon…

Spme of the Sprinkles are reserved for the top…

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Spoon over Oreo crumbs …

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Spoon on Chocolate Topping and…

Sprinkle with some more Candy Cane Pieces…

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Santa and I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving…

as I check to see if any snowflakes are falling…

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Sunday Gratefuls: November 24, 2013-Turkey Roasting Pan

We frequent Horseshoe Casino in Indiana across the River… playing penny slots every now and then… or eating lunch or dinner…

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So, sometimes we get FREE OFFERS from them…

Like a gift card for a turkey two weeks ago…k16037210

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I didn’t have a Roasting Pan… and was grateful to be able to go and get this one…

I remember Mom having her big pan… but, then she had a lot of “mouths to feed”… as was said…

The smell of baking turkey szo0600 wafting upstairs to my bedroom… was the best smell… and I knew she was getting everything ready for all of the company we were going to have…

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She made most everything herself… for a long time… sfo0350

as we set the table with the white and lace tablecloth… “good” dishes… silverware and napkins… k15918650

Turkey / Gravy

Dressing… ( Stuffing )- 3 kinds… Regular bread/ Cornbread /Oyster

Slaw

Mashed Potatoes

Cranberry Sauce

Sweet potatoes ( Candied Yams) … k15771642

Fordhook Lima Beans

Green Beans

Corn

Hot Rolls / butter

Cranberry Relish k4751631

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5 – cup salad

Pies…Cakes…Cookies…Cobblers k12728614

As she aged we all pitched in to bring the sides and desserts…  but, she still made the Turkey – Dressing – Gravy…

Although she passed in 2007 at the age of 98… the smell of the house remains with me… and her devotion of cooking all of us that wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanks Mom…

and although I have been invited out to eat Thanksgiving Dinner for so many years…

sometime I’ll have to put my Roasting Pan 

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October Gives Way to November

The calendar has changed once again… from

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We set our clocks back tonight and gain an extra hour of rest…

Don’t know how many times I’ve forgotten this… and arrived an hour early to church

Halloween disappeared today… put away until next October… but, Thanksgiving arrived with a few “Gobble Gobbles”… sitting around…

My things I sit out are quite old… Some I’ve had several years… but, still enjoy deciding where to put them…

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I picked these Fall Kitchen Towels up last year after Thanksgiving…

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Coffee Table Centerpiece… will look better with tapers… orange, brown, gold???

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Isn’t he the cutest… Just sitting there waiting and hoping not to be eaten for Thanksgiving dinner!

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Found at the thrift store I visit… “Candle Holders” with Horn of Plenty , Turkey and Fruit/ Veggies… to adorn my kitchen table…

My Fall Salt/Peppers in shapes of Squirrel / Acorn and Turkeys

Cracker Barrel always has the cutest seasonal Salt/Peppers!

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I just love these little birds sitting on an apple and pear… 

I save them for this time of year…

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My Pilgrim Pair…

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My metal Turkeys are just unusual…

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Fall Leaves Candle Holder in bathroom… reflects light so pretty…

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Leaves become Fan Pulls…

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Autumn Flag blowing in the cool breeze…

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My Orange Glass Turkey Candy Dish holds leftover Halloween Candies…

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My wooden WELCOME Pumpkin Sign given to me by my daughter-in-law… ( a few years back )…

Welcomes all who wish to stop by…

 

I usually adding one new itemHaven’t got it yet!… and also I need to purchase a few candle tapers for my centerpiece… and votive candles that smell of Hot Apple Pie or Cinnamon…

My Senses Are Being Tantalized!

My senses are aware of the coming change of seasons..

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I feel the cooler airtouch of a warm sweater

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I smell the smoke from burning wood in our fire pitCinnamon wafting in air from hot cider…

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I see the leaves slowly starting to let loose of the branches of the trees… colors changing to yellow… orange and red…k7508174

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Children heard outdoors… trying to get in those last moments of playing outdoors… cooler wind picking up and blowing the leaves across the lawn…

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Tasting that first piece of pumpkin piek2751744

The flowers are dieing… Their last blooms looking spindly…

The fields are turning brown and golden

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Apples, Pumpkins and Dried Indian Corn tied together…

Gourds to decorate with…

Beautiful Mums in shades of orange, yellow, sienna, some almost a burgundy color…k15555818

My anticipation of Autumn is…

Going to Fall Festivals…

Cooking more soups / chilis…

Baking more…

Sipping hot chocolate and apple ciderCider-Mulled

Pumpkin… cinnamon… apple smells…

Leaves rustling underfoot…ap01h024

Crisp cool air

Baking Pumpkin Seeds

Stores full of Holiday decorations and ideas…

Sun setting earlier… and rising later…

Yes!… my senses are aware of the changes being made… and I intend to enjoy …

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Holy Alphabet…

Gift…

Sent to me by a friend…

A lthough things are not perfect

B ecause of trial or pain

C ontinue in thanksgiving

D o not begin to blame

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E ven when the times are hard

F ierce winds are bound to blow

G od is forever able

H old on to what you know

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I magine life without His love

J oy would cease to be

K eep thanking Him for all the things

L ove imparts to thee

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M ove out of ‘Camp Complaining’

N o weapon that is known

O n earth can yield the power

P raise can do alone

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Q uit looking at the future

R edeem the time at hand

S tart every day with worship

T o ‘thank’ is a command

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U ntil we see Him coming

V ictorious in the sky

W e’ll run the race with gratitude

X aulting God most high

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Y es, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad, but…

Z ion waits in glory…where none are ever sad!

“Cornucopia Bread?”… Yes, I’ll Bring It Again!

Keepsake:

I’ve made this neat cornucopia bread for quite a few years now… I don’t even know where I read the recipe

I looked up the directions… where you could have clearer instructions … Just in case you want to try it…

It isn’t that hard… Just don’t expect perfection Relax!… It will turn out!…

This year I couldn’t find bread stick dough … so I improvised with crescent dough

Just pressed it together in sheets… cut in strips… and rolled with fingers a little into longer strips…

The wrapping around the cone is the hardest part… but, just keep pressing dough together as you attach each piece…

The cone is filled with balls of loose foil to keep the shape…

Bread before baking…

Bread brushed with beaten egg…

  

Finished Baked Cornucopia…

They will be easy to remove along with the cone shape after bread cools… I Promise!

I cut up yellow squash, carrots, celery and cucumbers into sticks…

and add a few slices of tomato for color and some broccoli florets…green onions…green pepper… I put the raw veggies  into the opening of the cornucopia and on the plate surrounding  it … Add a pretty bowl or glass filled with your favorite dip

Makes a really nice appetizer as well as a pretty centerpiece for your guests to munch on before sitting down to Thanksgiving Dinner!…

Instructions

1. Cut a heavy-duty piece of aluminum foil to 30 by 18 inches. Fold it in half to 18 by 15 inches, and roll it into a hollow cone shape about 18 inches long. The open end of the cone (cornucopia) should be about 5 inches in diameter.

2. Fasten the ends of the aluminum foil with clear tape. Fill the entire cone with crumpled up aluminum foil. Bend the tail of the cornucopia up, then down at the end.

3. Spray with cooking spray, and place the aluminum cone on a large baking sheet. Beat the egg and water to make the glaze for the bread cornucopia.

4. Open the can(s) of breadstick dough. Separate the breadsticks, and start by wrapping the first breadstick around the end of the cone.

5. Use the glaze as a glue. Brush the end of the next breadstick with glaze and overlap it with the first breadstick end pressing the two together. Wrap the second bread stick further up the cone slightly overlapping the first.

6. Repeat using all breadsticks. Brush each end with glaze, and press to the previous breadstick making sure there are no open spaces until the entire cone is covered. Leave 3 breadsticks to make a braid for the end.

7. Pinch the ends of the three breadsticks together. Braid them like hair. Glaze the opening of the cornucopia and press the braid around the end, stretching to make it fit the end.

8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes until the bread is golden brown. If some areas start to get to dark, cover them with foil until the rest brown.

Tips & Warnings

  • Dough will be pretty slippery, so work quickly and get help if you can.
  • Fill the cornucopia with fresh fruits or vegetables.
  • Add a dip to the side, and don’t forget to eat the cornucopia too.

http://youtu.be/tc5-JeezRo8   Another way to make the foil cornucopia…

“Mystery Solved!”

Halloween is all packed away … What few Thanksgiving items I have are placed throughout the house… My husband comments, “Why so much Christmas? … and so little Thanksgiving?”…

The reason he says this is because I have lots of boxes of Christmas items tucked away… and he’s the one who gets the boxes out for me… Then I surprise myself with what I have each year… because I tend to forget what I bought the year before…

I just love Christmas like so many others… and pack away each old item  like it’s a treasure… and add something new  to give me a surprise the coming year…

I really love all Holidays and I wonder myself why I don’t have very much Thanksgiving… Maybe it’s because I feel Thanksgiving is more about what and who we are thankful for and the dinner  has always been our special time as family…

Then I thought… Some of my Halloween items stay up for Thanksgiving too… anything that is Autumn  … remains for my Thanksgiving decorations also… so I  already have them out…

The mystery is solved!     

My little Pilgrim Man and Lady candle holders…

 My funky Turkey… love his long legs…

My orange glass Turkey Candy Dish…

 Another Turkey…He’s quite colorful…

Metal Turkey Votive Candle Holders… I just loved their details …

Centerpiece for Kitchen Table…