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Its just me... Carrie C.

Thanksgiving 2012 
Nov. 26, 2012 7:00 am 
Updated: Nov. 26, 2012 6:17 pm
Today I am reflecting back on my Thanksgiving. I invited my brother and his family over for dinner, altogether there were 13 of us. I woke up at 7:30 am so I could get everything ready. I planned out my cooking times and when I should start everything down to the minute. My plan was to eat at 2:30. Well I started my ham in the turbo oven(best way to cook it in my opinion). It always comes out great! Next up was the turkey of which I ended up with a whole turkey and a turkey breast as my mother felt I needed that instead of the boneless breast I usually cook. So one goes into the electric roaster and one into the oven(stuffed with stuffing - cause my brother likes it that way of course - to me that is just gross!) Stuffing is up next, I tear up two loaves of bread but my mother doesn't feel thats enough either so two more loaves get torn up... are you noticing a pattern... way too much food! So some gets stuffed and then we fill two Fiesta ware pie plates heaping full. I now have to utelize both of my ovens because my upstairs oven is full. Mashed potatoes is easy, just enough cut up to fill the pan. We always have fried carrots(my mom insists), candied sweet potatoes and peas. I decided I also wanted to add some other sides so I make Corn Casserole and Green Bean Casserole both of which need oven space. Brussel Sprouts were a great addition. I made these stovetop alternately cooking my sweet potatoes, peas, and gravy. Two of the burners were being used already with the potatoes and noodles. I really need a larger cooking surface!
I also made German Potato Salad, regular potato salad and pickled eggs earlier in the day. Needless to say my dinner was not on time. But it was only 20 minutes late, so not too bad I think.

It is always great to get together with family but this year was a little hard on me because I was missing my mother in law! She would have raved about the spread I put out(even the new additions to the table) and been delighted to be with us. I am actually dreading the traditional christmas videos my husband and I always watch. I get teared up even now thinking about her and its been 8 months! 

Pretzel Salad
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Green Bean Casserole
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Nov. 26, 2012 8:24 am
Only 20 min.late,not to bad at all.It sounds like a wonderful meal with family all around.My mom has been gone for 25 years,it does easier,but you never forget.Still miss her,espc.on Holidays.
Nov. 26, 2012 6:17 pm
What a beautiful photo of your Pretzel Salad. Thanks for your Blog. Will look forward to the next one(s)....
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Carrie C.

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Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania, USA
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Leroy Township, Ohio, USA

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About Me
I have been married since 1995 and have 3 children. I started really cooking after I got married. I love hearing how great my cooking is. My kids are my best complimenters. I love talking to people about cooking and food! I have turned many non-cookers into cooks. My closest friend, for the longest time thought that baking a plain chicken breast was gourmet at its finest. I subscribed her to Taste of Home and introduced her to Allrecipes and now she cooks up a storm and its actually edible!
My favorite things to cook
I really enjoy cooking most anything. During tomato season my favorite thing would be spaghetti sauce. During the Fall, I really enjoy soup and at the holidays it would be the pies and cookies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
At the holidays I have always helped my mom do the baking. It wasn't until the last few years that I realized how much I truly enjoy this. I am trying to engage my children more in the kitchen. I am not always the most tolerant when it comes to this but I am making a great effort to include them. I am hoping that some day they will remember the time they spent with me in the kitchen.
My cooking triumphs
I made pies for Christmas one year at my In-laws house, it was great. Everyone raved and compared me to my husbands grandma, who passed away a couple of years ago. She was a truly fantastic cook and to be compared to her was wonderful.
My cooking tragedies
I remember trying to make a Pineapple Chicken dish when I was 16 for me and my brother. It was awful. The taste just wasn't right and the rice was undercooked. Needless to say the trash got more to eat than we did.
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