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Its just me... Carrie C.

Its Thanksgiving Time!!! 
Nov. 21, 2013 7:21 am 
Updated: Nov. 25, 2013 7:29 pm
It is time to start planning out my menu for the big meal. Thanksgiving is definitely a favorite in this house. Everyone looks forward to the food. Our family has dwindled so it is typically my 5 plus my mom and dad, my two nephews, 1 girlfriend, 1 brother and his girl with their 3 kids.(my brothers girl has her brother staying with them right now, I really don't want to invite him but not sure how that would go over. My family is definitely dysfunctional... even though I pretend its not!

My menu includes: Turkey, Ham, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Noodles, Peas. 

I also make Deviled Eggs(my kids would kill me if these were not present. I used to make these with my sister when she would come to my house with her family, but with us not talking for the last 2 years it is one of those things I dislike doing now.), German Potato Salad (my MILs recipe- our holiday meal would not be complete without it and now that she is gone it means more now than ever), Cold Potato Salad with and without egg(my dad hates eggs with a passion), Pickled Eggs(because my mother insists on them even though there are only 2 maybe 3 people that eat them), Coleslaw, Rolls.

For dessert I always have pumpkin pies, apple pies and plenty of cookies. 

No one can say they leave my house hungry! 

Once again I am looking for that new recipe/dish that will wow the crowd. Do you have any suggestions??? In the past brussels sprouts have made an appearance as well as bacon wrapped green beans and candied carrots. Who knows maybe they will again!

This year I am planning a casserole for my leftovers.The Kraft Thanksgiving-Leftovers-Casserole. I will follow up with a post once I have made it and let you know how it came out. 

Nov. 21, 2013 7:29 am
This is our must have!!! I follow as written BUT add in a few hand fulls of cheddar cheese. It truly is awesome!
Nov. 21, 2013 7:39 am
cole slaw is a plus here
Nov. 21, 2013 9:15 am
Heather - I love corn casserole! That will be on my table for sure.
Nov. 21, 2013 9:16 am
Gram - I love cole slaw as does my mother who really shouldn't eat much of it because of her coumadin... but small doses is ok.
Nov. 21, 2013 4:30 pm
Yeah Carrie! Glad you love! Us too!
Renee Ely 
Nov. 22, 2013 5:50 am
Hey Carrie, how about a side of Pineapple Augratin
Nov. 22, 2013 6:10 am
Never had that Renee! How o you make it? And is it a sweet dish?
Nov. 22, 2013 7:37 am
Hi Carrie, we will carry on the tradition and have gravy and noodles. My favorite is my Grandma Rita's butter rolls. My Husbands family used to close, until my husband and his sisters started arguing over their Dad's estate. Now, they are not speaking. So, this year, Thanksgiving will just be my family.
Nov. 22, 2013 11:30 am
Sad how that happens Lela! I have not spoken to my sister in two and a half years... I got tired of always having to be the bigger person and try to keep peace. I finally gave up! Not sure it was worth it but not sure how to mend fences anymore either. Enjoy the family you do have around you! I love noodles over mashed potatoes add the gravy and yum! I used to do this all the time when I was a kid... I thought I was weird until I grew up and went to an Amish Restaurant... its on the menu! recipe for Grandma Ritas butter rolls? I am always looking for a good roll!
Nov. 23, 2013 5:34 am
Brian thought I was strange when we had our first holiday together with my side of the family because we had noodles! My family always puts them over mashed potatoes. My gramma used to make the noodles homemade but now we usually just buy Kluski. Anyway, my family also likes corn caserol as someone already suggested above. Its yummy and its contains one of the few vegetables we have at Thanksgiving!
Nov. 23, 2013 4:20 pm
sounds great would you be willing to post the german potato salad recipe?
Nov. 25, 2013 3:37 am
Here ya go Susan! Let me know if you have any questions on this recipe. 8 lbs. russet potatoes, cooked, peeled, sliced better to have these warm when mixing it all together. 1 lb. bacon - fried up, grease reserved 1 sm. onion diced 2c. white vinegar 1/2 c. white sugar(or to desired taste - I prefer mine on the sour side not so sweet) Mix vinegar and sugar til dissolved, taste it to get the right combination for your taste buds. At the tail end of bacon cooking add onion to soften it up a little. Remove it from the grease. Add the vinegar mixture over a medium heat, stir add the bacon and onion back in. Pour over your potatoes and mix. Add salt to taste. Best when given time to blend together but its good when eaten right away too! Heat to serve.
Nov. 25, 2013 8:02 am
Carrie, I make my Grandma's rolls the day before and just warm them up the next day. Saves my oven on that busy day. The rolls stay soft for days. I make two batches around 36 rolls. Happy Cooking!
Nov. 25, 2013 11:53 am
Thanks Lela! I will be making my own rolls this time around!!!
Nov. 25, 2013 7:29 pm
By that I meant your rolls! lol
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Carrie C.

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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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