Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope your Thanksgiving has been wonderful! We had a very special day with our little family and our new friend, Chelsea. She comes to our Drake Bible Study and didn't have any where special to go for Thanksgiving, so she came and spent the day with us! It was great! Chelsea is pretty new to learning about God, so it was great motivation for our children to have good behavior and extra kindness as a way to show Jesus to Chelsea. (We're totally having her over more often!)
We had a pretty traditional menu, but the most exciting part was that it all turned out and was on the table in perfect time!

My mom sent the kids new aprons for a little Thanksgiving present. They loved them!
Cloe helped me stir up scalloped corn. It's funny how much children love to eat something they help cook!

Scalloped Corn

1 can creamed corn
1 can whole kernel corn with juice
1 stick butter
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c. sour cream
1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix OR (here's where my unfailing "never have all the ingredients" comes in) use 2/3 c. flour, 1/2 c. yellow corn meal, 3 T. sugar, 1 T. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. salt, 2 T. vegetable oil)

Mix ingredients together and put in greased baking dish. Bake 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees.

The other special treat on our menu was a butter Cajun injected turkey! It's a tradition at our house to inject the turkey the night before with this yummy concoction! We've done it for five years and enjoyed the yummiest turkey! Here it is:
The feast is ready!
After lunch, we all smiled as we ate apple pie! I called my grandma and got her special's definitely a keeper!

Grandma Reed's Apple Pie

1 heaping cup flour
1 stick cold butter
pinch of salt
1/3 c. cold milk

7-9 cups of apples (peeled and sliced)
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon (or more)
3 T. flour
2 T. butter

Use a pastry blender and cut flour, butter, and salt together. Gently add milk and use a fork to form a ball of dough. Roll out half of dough on well-flour counter. Place in pie dish. (I like using my grandma's glass pie dish the best!)
Mix apples with sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Pour on top of crust. Dot with butter.
Roll out top crust and place over apples. Pinch the crusts together. Cut five little slits in the top of the pie and sprinkle generously with sugar...crystal sugar...decorator's sugar...more can't go wrong here, kids!
Bake at 375 degrees for 45-60 minutes or until crust is slightly golden on top.

Although it felt great to have all the food come together so nicely, my best blessings were found in a wonderful day spent with...