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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Just in Time for the Holidays

Any holidays of course. I know some of you have already celebrated Thanksgiving and others don't but this Holiday Loaf from Junie Rose would fit in anytime, anywhere.

While I'm stealing material from other blogs, take a look at what my friend Beth has to say about perfect parenting.

It's a quiet day and I'm taking advantage. Played some cards with Rebecca, the girls did their own breakfast (one of the advantages of older kids that almost outweighs the constant teen turmoil), and we're about to watch the Niners and Seahawks. Seattle's on a roll so I don't hold out a lot of hope but one never knows. (Right now we're ahead 3-0 in the 1st quarter.)

Cooking starts Tuesday with defrosting the turkey and ham. I just looked back through November 2005 for my menu. Could have sworn I wrote about it. It doesn't change much year to year.

Turkey and ham w/pineapple and cherries
dressing (homemade)
mashed potatoes/gravy
sweet potato casserole (sort of like a souffle)
green bean casserole (recipe on onion can or green bean can or mushroom soup can).
Harvard beets? (haven't decided yet)
deviled eggs
cranberries in one style or another
bread or rolls
pie (apple, cherry, pumpkin, Karo pecan (recipe usually on Karo bottle or their website - if you want it let me know)
plain eggnog? Maybe

I do more cheating than I used to. I throw the turkey in an oven bag (make the dressing separately) and use canned sweet potatoes. Haven't decided on the mashed potatoes yet but I'm leaning toward instant since the kids are fine with them. If I were cooking for my generation, I'd do a little more actual prep. I make my own giblet gravy though and enough gravy will cover up anything.

I don't see a single healthy, low-cal food there except for the cranberries and possibly the beets.

We can recover between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I think for once I got back to everyone so far on the comments. Bloglines is acting up and many of your blogs aren't showing new entries. I've been trying to check blogs as people comment, read the ones Bloglines shows, and guess at the rest. If I've been missing you lately, I apologize.

Take care - I'll probably be back tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Oh! I can help take those cranberries right out of the healthy column. My family uses a "salad" recipe that includes ground cranberries, sugar, crushed pineapple, whipped topping, and marshmallows. It has that nice hint of cranberry, but let's face it, it's just an excuse for eating more sugar. Gotta' love those holiday meals!

Jenn said...

yumm, Granny! That sound fabulous. I get requests for my deviled eggs. That and cheesecake. I love this time of year!

Kendra Lynn said...

Just stopped by to say hello.
Hope you are all well.

Meow (aka Connie) said...

Hope you have a great thanksgiving. Your menu sounds all too yummy.
Have a wonderful week.
Take care, Meow

Anonymous said...

Im so sorry its been a while since I commented... things have been really crazy since i started working... real life totally intereferes with my blogging grrr that food list sounds yummy... i think im going to try making my first apple pie ever this year.. wish me luck

Anonymous said...

Your dinner sounds yummy. I hope your making enough for left oversMy mom is cooking this year, so I get to sit and enjoy things but won't have the extra's ba hum bug.
I use blog lines too, and finally figured out tonight that it wasn't working..duh!

Susie said...

Your menu sounds yummy! Turkey is actually pretty healthy. It's all the trimmings that are our downfall!
Holidays should be enjoyed, even if we eat just a small portion of things.

Merle said...

Hi Ann ~ Sounds like you are pretty organised for Thanksgiving. It makes a lot of work, but at least it is cooler
where you are. Happy cooking. Take care,
Love, Merle.

Carole Burant said...

I often wonder why all the GOOD stuff has so many calories??? lol Loved reading your menu and now my tummy is grumbling...I love everything you have listed on it!!