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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving ~ The Menu

I can't believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving!  And I have yet to prep or bake anything!  Actually, now that I am sitting down and thinking about it, did my husband transfer the turkey to the refrigerator from the freezer earlier this week? (we have a fridge in the garage that I don't regularly look in) Hang on, now I've got to go check... He did, but it is frozen solid!! Now what?  Okay, I will deal with this in a minute.  I have had major epigastric and back pain since Sunday, which worsens when I eat, so I am guessing gallbladder.  I have an ultrasound scheduled for Tuesday, which won't get here soon enough.  For now, very bland diet and a lot of praying that it goes away.  My plan for today is not to eat at all so that I feel like at least baking my pies.  The husband can do the rest.  Wish us luck!

This year our menu is pretty basic.  #1. I'm not feeling great.  #2. It's just us.  Since we just moved to Wyoming we don't even want to think about driving the long distance to KY and don't really feel like forking out several grand for all six of us to fly, so we are staying put, but desperately missing our friends and family.

So, on to the menu:
Turkey. The husband is in charge of this and that poor bird is going to be insanely buttered and injected.  Poor guy...but I'm sure he will taste amazing!
Dressing.  I am using a new recipe this year from Paula Dean.  We shall see!
Green Bean Casserole.  A classic.  The one I learned to make at a young age thanks to my Aunt Sheila.
Mac and Cheese w/a cracker topping.  A must in our house.  Note to self: Get the recipe from my mother-in-law.
Whipped sweet potatoes with a toasted marshmallow topping.  Yum!
Homemade cranberry sauce.  Not out of a can this year folks.  I'm making the real deal!
Homemade yeast rolls.  My husband's cousin Amy just gave me the recipe this week.  They look amazing and I can't wait to try these!

Now, on to the desserts!
Pumpkin Pie ~ I am using a recipe from King Arthur Flour.
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Apple Upside-Down Cake ~ Recipe also from King Arthur Flour.
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Crisp Coconut and Chocolate Pie ~ Recipe from Martha Stewart's Collection.
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I hope all of you, friends, family and loyal readers, have a Ridiculously Delicious Thanksgiving.  May God Bless each and every one of you!

Happy Thanksgiving! ~ The McKnight Family


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