Today is Thanksgiving here in the good ol' US of A. My little family of four will head over to my parents' house for a feast. It will just be the six of us so it should be restful and relaxing. My mom is cooking the turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, cranberries, green bean casserole, and I'm not sure what else. I will be bringing Dilly Spoon Rolls. I made these a few years ago using a recipe from a cooking magazine. They are really good and really easy. You stir them up and spoon them into a muffin tin. Much easier than forming individual rolls and much better than frozen dinner rolls. I googled to find a recipe and (hopefully) they will turn out as well as I remember. I am kind of notorious for trying out untested recipes on major holidays. It usually works out okay. I am also bringing a Corn Casserole that I've never made before. I got the recipe from Stacy Julian's blog (she is the founding editor of Simple Scrapbooks magazine) and it sounds easy and good. So we'll see. Scroll down in the link I've provided for the recipe.........you'll see it near the bottom of her post. AND............I'm making a sweet potato casserole that.........I've never made before. I got the recipe from Janice, who has been the babysitter of my children since they were infants AND she is a fantastic cook and swears by this recipe. I have typed it up for you here.
Sweet Potato Casserole
3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup half and half
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt
Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Spread into an 11X7 baking dish. Sprinkle with topping (see recipe below) and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 T. flour
1/4 cup butter, cold
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Combine first two ingredients. Cut in butter. Add pecans. Sprinkle on top of mashed sweet potato mixture and bake as described above.
Sorry for no photos. I've actually been up to a lot that I'll be posting about soon. Something Christmasy and a couple more lapbooks. And lots of new activities for the classroom once I get in there this weekend. So.......stay tuned.........and until then, consider what you have to be thankful for. Following is my list:
I am thankful for............
my family (a husband who is a kind man and a loving father and two beautiful healthy sons)
my parents, who taught me to work hard, love God and give to others (THANKS, Mom and Dad!)
my mother-in-law, who is loving, laid-back, and fun to be around
my home which is cozy and comfortable, just how I like it
my job which I love so much that I blog about it nearly every day!!
my faith (I am so grateful to have faith in a loving God and to pass that faith on to my children)
my friends who like me even though I am a lame-o and don't call them often enough!
my material loves such as: Diet Pepsi, books, craft supplies, my computer!!, flannel pajama pants, hot tea on a cold day (Ginger Peach tea is the best tea EVAH!! I am asking Santa for 2 tins of it; one black tea and one green tea) , blankets to snuggle under, warm mittens, Camille Beckman glycerin hand therapy (best lotion ever!)
I am reflectively amused by the "material loves" list. It is definitely indicative of the kind of weather we've been having here in the Midwest recently. However, this week has been pretty warm for November. Seriously, though, if I had my family, friends and that (pretty short and not-too-materialistic) stash of material items I would be totally set. It was kind of fun making that list. I need to do it more often!
PS: If Santa is reading this list.......I would love some new flannel PJs in addition to the 2 tins of tea if that's not asking too much!