I cook a ton of food myself and my family loves the whole meal, but the favorites are probably the candied yams and the pies. The candied yams are simple and I am sorry I don't have a picture, this year I will have to make sure I stop to take the pictures (I usually cook for almost 2 days straight so I don't think about taking a picture of the food by the time it is all done haha!)
Candied Yams are - please note that I wing this every year and I don't have it written down:
5 lb box of sweet potatoes
about 5 tablespoons of margarine
about a half a bag of mini marshmallows (more if desired)
about 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
What you do:
Boil the sweet potatoes until soft enough to slice, I wash them and boil them whole and in the skins. Allow to cool enough to peel and slice. Place the slices in a 13x9 baking dish.
In a saucepan melt the margarine and then add the brown sugar. Cook on medium low stirring constantly until well blended. Pour the margarine and sugar mix over the sliced potatoes. Then top evenly with the marshmallows. This is something that is very flexible with temperature, you can cook it along with the turkey or anything else that is in the oven. You want to cook until hot and the marshmallows are melted with a slight golden brown color.
And the awesome recipes that my blogging friends shared with me, check out their recipes on their blogs:
Esther from Laugh With Us Blog shared her family favorite - Waldorf Salad which is a delicious combination of cranberries, other fruits and nuts. This is an easy mix with a tasty combination!
OneMommy from There's Just One Mommy shared a great way to use Thanksgiving left overs. This is a yummy way to use them, and I am definitely going to be making this one this year! It involves using the left over turkey and the left over mashed potatoes.
Cortney from The MommyHood Project has 2 pumpkin recipes and they both sound delicious, I can't decide which one to try first! She has a recipe for Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars and also a recipe for Pumpkin Cookies. They both sound wonderful!
Barb from This Busy Life shared a great recipe for Homemade Turkey Stuffing. This sounds delicious! I have always cheated and bought the bagged stuffing mix and added some of my own stuff, but with her recipe I think I will make it homemade this year.
These are wonderful recipes from some really great ladies. I hope you enjoy and try them out this year for your family gathering! If you have any awesome recipes to share with us, let me know.
I would like to add that I have been thinking of the things I am thankful for. I am thankful for many things, but today and really a lot lately, I am thankful that residents of NJ came together to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. It is wonderful to see so many people come together and donate much needed items to the shelters and all the people donating their time to help those who lost so much. I know I have a lot to be thankful for, but this was just awesome how everybody came together to help people who now have nothing left. We have been donating items as much as we can ourselves to help people survive and get back on their feet and I feel for the people who don't have a home to go to this Thanksgiving because of this devastating storm. I hope they can all still at least enjoy a hot and big meal with their family on Thanksgiving, even if they are not able to be at home to do it.
What are you thankful for?