It is once again Thanksgiving time. A time of the year that reminds people of what they are thankful for. Sometimes it is difficult for people to be happy this time of year; work trouble, financial problems, coming holiday woes, travel needs, and even the ever dreaded family drama. For me personally, even in the worst of situations, I always try to find the silver lining in most things because it could always be worse. I’m particularly thankful for my fiance, my daughters and my family.
When I was a kid, Thanksgiving was always at my Grandparents house. My Grandmother in particular would be working in the kitchen the whole day making everything. The turkey would go in before dawn, mashed potatoes, corn, all the classic fixings. One of my all time favorite stories was when one year when my Grandmother had made the gravy, she brought it out and we all slathered our taters with it, and upon tasting, it seemed very bland and flavorless. I as a young lad of course had to make mention of it, and from in the kitchen still cooking, my Grandmother shot me a look at disdain and displeasure which everyone had one of those “oh, no he didn’t!” kind of looks. Come to find out, she had forgotten to put the seasoning packet into the gravy, so it was basically just thickened broth. That incident has become a family inside joke ever since.
With all the thanks and stories aside, let’s move onto the next biggest thing about Thanksgiving… THE FOOD!
For our Thanksgiving this year, we wanted to keep a classic menu with updated twists. So what I wanted to do with this post was to simply share the sources of our menu selection rather than try to post a thousand photos and all the various recipes. So without further ado, here is our menu.
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast on the Bone http://www.stockpilingmoms.com/2014/10/how-to-cook-a-turkey-breast-in-the-slow-cooker/
Creamy Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes http://recipesthatcrock.com/creamy-crock-pot-mashed-potatoes/
Crock Pot Corn Casserole http://recipesthatcrock.com/crock-pot-corn-casserole/
Easy Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows http://eclecticrecipes.com/easy-sweet-potato-casserole-marshmallows
Honey Glazed Baby Carrots http://damndelicious.net/2013/11/25/honey-glazed-baby-carrots/
Green Bean Casserole (no recipe on this one, homemade recipe)
Dinner Rolls (store bought)
Oatmeal Desert Bars (no recipe on this one, homemade recipe)
Pie (my Aunt made this one, I didn’t have a recipe, but found something really close) http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/impossibly-easy-pumpkin-pie/c0eab3d9-06a3-4829-9125-7581f1d96315
Gravy (store bought)
Orange Stuff (I have a deep seeded loathe and dislike for Orange Stuff, and my Aunt has been making it for as long as I can remember. Again, this is not something made from a set recipe as she’s been making it forever. Here is a close and basic idea) http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Orange-Gelatin-Salad/
So that’s about all of it. It was all a very lovely day, good family, good stories and laughs, and terrific food. Be sure to leave some comments about some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes or maybe just share a story.