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All's aflame in my kitchen!

Nov. 19, 2012 1:17 pm 
Updated: Nov. 21, 2012 4:26 pm
I love Thanksgiving!  Its my favorite holiday. It combines food, family and friends. What more could a person ask for?!!  This year the family has grown a bit and many of the kids have decided to host their own thanksgiving.  My four step-kids are not going to be with us this year as it is their mothers turn to have them while my eldest step-son is is the military and is spending thanksgiving in Korea with his new wife. So its going to be just my wonderful  daughter and husband this year.  My Dad and brother are also going to join us, as well as my Father and Mother-in-Law should be stopping by.  They are going to my brother-in-laws this year to celebrate their new granddaughters first turkey day. 
My menu is slightly smaller this year, but none the less I do try to include something different each year along with the tried and true. My daughter said as long as I have the sweet potatoes with the marshmallows she is content.  This year my new recipe is the Cornucopia. it looks so much fun to make! You can find the recipe right here on along with that, instead of my usual turkey soaked in a citrus brine, I think im going to give it an apricot glaze this year, (see Ma Lipos Apricot-glazed turkey).  I usually make a nice and simple cornbread stuffing with apple,grapes and walnuts thrown in for texture and a nutty,fruity flavor. This year im making a sausage, apple and cranberry stuffing. wish me luck on that one! I tend to get a few burn anytime I make sausage, but I figure the cooking gods need some kind of sacrifice to ensure a tasty meal, so I would rather it me me than my meal (in my early cooking years it was usually both !). 
What is really wonderful is that I got a new stove, Its one of those electric ones that has two ovens! Im excited! I can make my turkey and all my other yummies at the same time.  In years past I had to run between my house and my Dads house (which thankfully was just next door), but this year I have moved and am unable to use both kitchens. Ill miss that, as it was my mothers kitchen and I like to think she was there watching over my bird while I was cooking away at my house. I was hoping of course to have most of my veggies supplied from my very own garden.(my husband and I just bought a small piece of land last year and have been trying to turn it into a nice little farm). However, because of drought and pestulance my harvest was very pathetic this year. Next year though it will be bountiful!! 
I wish all my fellow bloggers a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

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Nov. 19, 2012 2:51 pm
Sounds like you are going to have a great day. I think I have the same stove you do and it is nice having the two ovens. I wish mine was a bit wider though, as I have found it hard to put two large pans on at the same time. Having your own stuff from a garden is so satisfying. Hoping next year will bring you a better harvest. May God bless you and your family this Thanksgiving holiday!
Nov. 19, 2012 3:10 pm
I have a similar stove - did you get the convection oven? Love mine! I hope you have better harvesting next year. Always been a dream of mine to have a little farm... Blessings!
Nov. 19, 2012 4:21 pm
Oooh! Stove-envy! ;-) It will be great to have a double oven for Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful holiday!
Nov. 19, 2012 4:34 pm
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Sounds like a good feast is shaping up there.
Nov. 20, 2012 9:27 am
I am always thankful because I have many blessing.And I am thankful.But during this time I do get sad.My mother died when I was 16 and I remember when she would get up and make pies cakes all form scratch.She would make theses turkeys wow.But I am still thankful but most of all I am thankful this year is my husband and grand babies and daughter.So lets all be thankful.
Nov. 20, 2012 2:33 pm
Happy Thanksgiving :) Enjoy your new stove!
Nov. 21, 2012 4:26 pm
I too find that I wish for a little more width, my solution was to try to find smaller pans!
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