Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Day

This week I'm readying my home and my kitchen for our big Thanksgiving Day feast. I love Thanksgiving. Good food, football, a fire in the fireplace, a big family, a quiet evening after everyone goes home, whats not to love?

So, sweet hubby is finishing up the painting. Oh, we've been painting the interior of the house over the last few weeks. Currently my living room and dining room are in total disarray. But hubby promises it will be back to normal by tonight. How does this sound for yummy (literally) paint colors? Pumpkin Butter in the living room, foyer, and hallway. Spicy Cayenne in the dining room. Food colors....or maybe Fall colors. Anyway, I'm ready for the painting to be finished.

So here's my menu for Thanksgiving. I'm expecting about 12-15 guests. Yes, I'm blessed with a large family. It makes for crazy fun holidays. I won't be preparing all this food myself, as I have a brother thats a decent cook who will be contributing, as well as the girlfriend of my other brother. But here's what it is so far....always subject to change at the last minute.

Turkey (fried in our turkey fryer. If anyone has any great seasoning ideas for a fried turkey, I'd sure love to hear your suggestions.)

Dressing and Gravy

Cranberry sauce (I'm trying to decide whether to keep it simple or go for Cranberry Jezebel)

Candied Sweet Potatoes (a tradition for my Daddy)

Squash & Zucchini Casserole

Cream Corn (brother's secret recipe)

Green Beans with New Potatoes

Fruit Salad

Homemade Yeast Rolls

Pecan Pie (my great grandmothers recipe)

Chocolate Pie (gotta have something chocolate)
My brother's girlfriend wants to bring a broccoli casserole too, but I'm thinking we don't need it. And, I'm thinking we need another dessert besides two pies. Maybe a simple pound cake.... Oh lawd, speaking of pounds....

Happy Thanksgiving!


Cathy said...

My, what a feast! Your menu sounds delicious!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Your menu sounds wonderful, deep fried turkey is so good. You house colors sound good enough to eat, I think they will be awesome! You may have to share so I can see what you've done :).

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Rebecca,
Kathi :)

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Melting chocolate: Never use any kind of paraffin, ever. I remember in the old days my aunt used to add it to anything she'd dip :). My family dips so much I'm in line the day after Halloween buying what ever chocolate I can get my hands on at half price. I bought Hershey bars and kisses, I also watch for chocolate chips to go on sale, mostly milk chocolate but some semi-sweet. You can use any kind of chocolate as long as it's real and tastes good, no imitation. Never add anything or it will seize up, it's scary and you have to throw it away. I don't like to melt in the microwave, it can be done but it's very touchy. You can melt with a double boiler but you have to be careful not to get one drop of water in the chocolate. My favorite way to melt is in the oven on the lowest setting, warm in a big stainless steel bowl, it takes about 20 minutes. There's always talk about tempering but I just melt it on low and start dipping once it's melted but not too hot. You can dip some out into another bowl and leave the chocolate in the oven and add more as you need it.

There are all kinds of dipping tools out there. Wilton has lots of tools, you can find them at a local Walmart or Michael's. The true candy dippers use their hands. You have to scrub and clean your hands or you can glove up. If you're right handed you dip with your right hand and drop the balls with your left. It's worth it really!

I saw someone selling these for $10 per dozen...yikes!

I hope this helps, you can do it! have fun and don't worry, the chocolate comes off your hands, you just have to lick it off when you're done! :)

Big hugs,
Kathi :)

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Your paint colors do sound yummy! Please show us pictures.

We have been frying our turkeys the past two years as well. We use the injectable seasonings that you can purchase at the grocery store. The brand is Tony Chachere's. We've used butter and jalapeno and something herb spices (?) Both are good and not too overpowering.

I'm wondering about good turkey gravy with no pan drippings. I asked that ? on my blog but no answers yet.

Cathy said...

I love your new header!