My Mom made this recipe and I have to say it is just amazing! I have to say that I wasn’t sure that I would like it but it was just so good that I could have eaten the whole thing! lol The thing that I love about this recipe is that you can change the ingredients and it would be just as yummy! My mom used dried cranberries when she did her pie. Apple Pie Ala Zing recipe is sure to be a family favorite.
Wish you could make Thanksgiving a little easier on yourself??? Does all the cooking and cleaning prep have you dreading Thanksgiving??? I think we should make it a little easier on you and your friends! Why not have a Thanksgiving Dish Swap! Does your friend make a dish that you would love to serve for Thanksgiving??? Does another make a dessert that is to die for???? Do you have one that shouldn’t be cooking at all???? You can all contribute to an amazing Thanksgiving Dinner and even the picky eaters will find something they will love!
Get 10 friends together to do a Thanksgiving Dish Swap, then decide which of their famous dishes that each of them will be making so that you have a great variety of everything for your Thanksgiving table, Stuffing, veggie trays (those that can’t cook), Yams, Desserts, Appetizers, Pumpkin logs and other needed items, don’t forget the Punch (Another who can’t cook). Then have them each make it for the 10 households, it can be easy but delicious dishes that you would love to have on your tables. Then get together the day before Thanksgiving and swap dishes so that all your prep is done! Just bake everything and your dinner is done! Everyone is having a delish meal and will be in a Turkey Coma but still ready for left overs! You can even use throw away pans so that you don’t have to worry about who has your favorite dishes!
Everyone will cook their own Turkey, Ham or other dish as their main course but all the side dishes will be made with love from everyone. Imagine the 10 dishes with your delish meals and you only had to create one of them and still have a great variety!
Do you have a favorite tablecloth that you use for holidays? Keep it protected from holiday stains of Gravy, Cranberries, Red Wine and more. Be sure your tablecloth is ready for your guests. Children can spill things on accident as well as adults and it can leave you wondering how to get the stains out. Be ready this holiday season for any stains that come your tablecloths way by pretreating it. Just spray it with fabric protector 24 hours before your Thanksgiving guests arrive, allow it to dry and your tablecloth is ready for anything that comes it’s way. It will keep the stains from setting into the fabric and they will easily wash out.
Libby’s Pumpkin Log is one of our favorite recipes. It is just a heavely treat that I make for Holiday’s and for the winter as a treat for the kids. They can’t get enough of it, so I make it frequently for them. You can replace the Libby’s Pumpkin with Fresh Pumpkin as well for this recipe.
There are a TON of great Turkey Freezer meal recipes. So instead of just freezing the extras as just turkey meat here are some great recipes for you to make Turkey meals for those fast dinner nights that we all have. They are easy to make and you already did half the battle by already cooking the Turkey. There are several other recipes as well on the pages of these links so get creative for the family.
Here is a list of some great freezer meal recipes:
* Turkey & Corn Tortellini Soup Freezer Recipe
* Turkey Noodle Casserole
* Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup is Easy to Make and Easy to Freeze
* Enchiladas With Turkey Recipe
* Southwestern Turkey Taco Soup Recipe
* Honey Thyme Turkey With Lemon Noodles Recipe
* Crock Pot Chili With Turkey
I have to say that I LOVE Thanksgiving and having Turkey! So when it comes time to make my bird, I can’t wait to get it in the oven so that we can eat! The neighbors are always calling and asking how I am making my Turkey because they can smell it all the way in their homes! So I am going to share my recipe with you all today.
I use a Chardonnay wine that is the cheapest they have usually a $3 bottle.
a bit of onion and Garlic salt
8 tablespoons of butter
I wash my bird first, then put it in the Turkey pan. I poke the Turkey skin to make sure the wine can get in under the skin. Then I pour about a 1/4 of the bottle over the top of the turkey. Then I pour about 1/4 inside the turkey. I then add spices above to the top and inside the turkey. I place it in the oven at 250 for about 1 1/2 hours and then keep basting it every 30-40 minutes. After the first hour I turn the oven up to 265 and then keep it there till my bird is done. The dark meat and the white meat are equally juicy and everyone is ready to eat. I do it this way every year and it comes out perfect. I do have the little pop up button my my turkey to let me know just when he is done to perfection. ( Love the pop up button) It’s so easy to do but everyone thinks you slaved on your bird to make it taste soooooooooooo good! I figure what they don’t know won’t hurt them. lol The alcohol all cooks off while baking your bird but it has just a wonderful taste. Do NOT stuff your bird if your making it this way do your stuffing in a different pan.
I thought that some of you would like to make your little angel a TuTu that is no sewing involved. They are really big right now with the girls so I wanted to give you a no sew option. Here are the instructions for making the No Sew Little Girl TuTu.
I thought this would be a perfect day to post some frugal Hot Chocolate recipes to warm everyone up.
Raspberry Hot Cocoa Mix
5 1/2 cups instant dry powder milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 cup powdered coffee creamer
1/2 tsp. salt
3 envelopes of unsweetened raspberry drink mix (such as KoolAid)
Sift together the powdered sugar, cocoa, creamer, and drink mix. Stir in milk powder. Store mixture in a tightly covered container.
To serve, combine 3 tablespoons of mixture with hot water. Stir well.
You can easily change the flavor of this recipe by using different drink mixes.
Yield : about 9 cups
Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix, from The Tightwad Gazette, Volume 1
10 2/3 c. dry milk
1 lb. Nestle’s Quik
6 oz. of non-dairy coffee creamer
1/3 c. confectioners sugar
Mix the ingredients in a large bowl and store in a covered container. To prepare hot cocoa, mix 1/2 cup of the mix with 1 cup of hot water.
Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix
To make your own peppermint hot cocoa mix, you will need:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup + 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder (one 4.4 oz container will have enough for one batch plus about 1/2 cup leftover)
5 candy canes
* Place candy canes in a plastic zipper bag, and close most of the way. Pound the bejesus out of those suckers!
* Stir the other ingredients together then mix in the candy canes and stir again. Make sure your mix is stirred really good. Don’t under mix it because it will not taste right.
Get those pumpkins while they are clearing them out from Halloween and make your Homemade Pumpkin Puree. If you have not done this before it is an easy process and doesn’t take much time at all. Be sure to save the seeds and bake them so the family has a healthy treat as well. This will make great pumpkin pies, pumpkin cheesecake, cookies, pumpkin logs and more all winter long!
I use 3 pumpkins for the winter to keep them on hand for when I want to make something with a sweet treat and have some fall flavor. We can never get enough of the pumpkin logs in the winter! YUMMY!
First, I cut off the top like when your carving them for Halloween so I can get out the seeds and the pulp that needs to be removed. I then start the seeds soaking with the salt and water to get them ready for baking. Then I slice the pumpkin into 4-6 wedges and place in a shallow baking pan with about an inch of water in the bottom. I set the oven to 350 and bake for an hour. At that time I take them out make sure the meat is soft and ready for me to make puree. If it’s soft I let it cool. Then when I can touch it with my fingers I take it off the rind and start to place it in my blender, you can also use a food processor or food mill. Then when I have it all puree I put it in a collander that I set inside of a large bowl so that the added juices drain. Then it is ready to use in recipes or freeze after draining.
Place Puree into 1 quart size freezer bags, I usually put about 2 cups into each bag. Then remove the excess air from the bag and seal. Label the bag with Pumpkin Puree and the date and keep doing this till all your pumpkin puree is in bags unless your going to be using it right away then leave out what your going to use and freeze the rest.
How to use: If your pumpkin puree is frozen remove it from the freezer the night before and let it defrost in the fridge so it will be ready to use. Then just follow the recipe for your homemade pumpkin pie, pumpkin log or cookie recipe. This gives your pies, cookies and other items a whole new taste and you may NEVER go back to canned pumpkin again!!!!