Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving and The Good Things That Go With It!



I do not like the cranberry sauce from the can! I don’t care for just relish,uncooked ground cranberries. I kind of like a combination of the two.

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Here is what I did:

2 cups of fresh cranberries

1 orange (I used a tangelo because that is what I had)

1/4 cup crushed pineapple

1/2 red apple chopped small

1/2 tsp Vanilla  

1/2 tsp butter (real)

1 cup of sugar


Put washed cranberries in food processor . Prepare orange : Wash the orange, cut orange in half and in quarters, then cut the white part that comes up the center of the orange ,discard. I cut mine into smaller pieces because i used a tangelo and I needed to get seeds out ,but if you use a navel orange you won’t need to do that. cut off the ends of orange. Put small pieces in processor. Add crushed pineapple and chop till ground up until all small and uniform. Put in small sauce pan and add sugar and the chopped apple, and simmer for about 30 minutes. Taste to make sure it is sweet enough. Add vanilla and butter, stir and set off heat to cool. This can be done ahead of time and frozen .


I Also like to have Pumpkin scones made up and in the freezer for breakfast on those busy mornings with company , this is one  less thing that you  have to do.  Just take them from the freezer and let them thaw for about 30 minutes before baking. I made these right after I made the cranberry relish and I did not clean the food processor left the orange and stuff in there and you get some added flavor for your scones.

Pumpkin Cranberry  Scones  with spiced glaze

2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup plus 3 Tblsp sugar

1 Tblsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp cloves

1/8 tsp ginger

6 Tblsp  cold butter cut into cubes

1/4 cup fresh whole cranberries or dried

1/cup canned pumpkin

3 Tblsp half & half

1 egg

If you are going to bake them now preheat oven to *425

Line your baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

In bowl of food processor put first 7 ingredients and pulse to mix. Add butter and pulse till it resembles course corn meal. Put  cranberries in and pulse till they are chopped in small pieces.

In small separate  bowl mix pumpkin and cream and egg.

Pour in on dry and pulse until dough forms ,DO NOT OVER WORK DOUGH. If it is dry add a bit of cream.

Dump out on floured surface and flatten out into a square (about1 inch thick) and cut across dough in an X and then cut pieces until you have twelve scones. At this point I put them on cookie sheet and will freeze them until I need them .

To bake : *425 for 14 to 16 minutes until light brown. While the scones are baking mix up glaze .

1 cup plus 3 Tblsps powdered sugar

2 Tblsp cream

1/4 tsp cinnamon

pinch of ginger and cloves

Stir together and when the scones have cooled somewhat drizzle glaze over scones! Yummy

You can add orange zest if you like in the scones and in the glaze. Serve with coffee!!




I like to have several soups made for the family that come early and stays after. I have cooked the Turkey dinner and I really don’t want to be cooking big meals before or after.




Potato & Corn  Jalapeño Chowder



Now the joy of this is you can use your leftover mashed potatoes if you have any. If not you can just use fresh potatoes.


3 cups left over mashed potatoes, or 3 to 4 large potatoes cut up,unpeeled

2 to 3 ears of  corn cut off the cob and the milk of the corn

1 can chicken broth

1 tsp olive oil

1 onion chopped

1 clove garlic minced

1 jalapeño chopped( if you don’t want as much heat take out seeds and white membrane)

salt and pepper to taste

1 Tblsp corn starch

1 cup cream

6 strips of bacon cooked  and crumbled

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Put potatoes, corn, chicken broth in slow cooker. In small skillet sauté onions and garlic and jalapeños until the onions are translucent.   Add to Crockpot salt and pepper to taste.  Cook until potatoes are soft (6hour low –4 on high) if you would like it smooth, mash with masher or immersion blender for just a bit.

Mix cream and corn starch and and add to soup and let it cook until it is  thickened. When serving top with bacon and cheese. It is so good. You can make many additions to this … Chicken, shrimp, crab. It is all yummy and very easy.

I am ready for Thanksgiving to get here!


This year the Menu is as follows:



Sweet potatoes(plain and casserole)

Green bean Casserole

Pine apple crumble

Mashed potatoes /gravy

Cranberry salad

Cranberry relish

Corn on the cob


Desert :

Pies: Apple crumb , Pecan, Chocolate, Pumpkin (of course)

I am not sure what other deserts  will be brought. Seems like I have left something out ,but my lands what else do we need???

What are some of the things your family HAS to have on the table for Thanksgiving?


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I am looking forward to spending time with family !

These are some of the reasons why I cant wait!

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Zack ,Ryan and Trevor!

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These boys make this Nana smile!!!

I have so much to be thankful for!!

Christmas came early here on the farm!

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Wow these things are awesome!

My dishwasher had the gall to die 2 weeks before Thanksgiving!! The nerve! With 21 people coming here, I needed a dishwasher, isn't it purty? Picture 052

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inside and out!

We also recently redid our bedroom,

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I love the new color and the red quilt.

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Well I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Next week:

Chili my way and cookies for Christmas and I have found a great recipe for Christmas jam!

See you later!


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