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Cranberry Sauce

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Now for me, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce for the turkey.  I must have it.  You can get the stuff from the can, but the fresh homemade stuff is so much better and it really isn’t hard to make at all.  You can even make it a day or two before and keep it in the fridge.

There is a recipe on most bags of fresh cranberries to make the sauce.  I have changed up the basic recipe by using orange juice in stead of water and I also throw in a little orange zest.  Love it!  It adds just a slight orange flavor which goes so well with cranberries.

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Cranberries have their own natural pectin in them, so you don’t need anything to help jell or thicken the sauce.  Give the fresh cranberry sauce a try.  You won’t be disappointed.  In fact, you just may never use canned again.

Now let’s talk turkey. If you weren’t aware, Butterball  has a Turkey Talk-Line lady that is available to answer your Thanksgiving meal questions, share ways to save or to gobble up any turkey-day cooking myths. So if you encounter any problems along the way with preparing your Thanksgiving meal, you can give them a call. No question is too tough for these turkey talkers, and they are ready and excited to tackle any challenge you throw at them. Give them a call at 1-800-BUTTERBALL throughout November and December.

You can also go to Butterball website to plan the perfect amount of servings you need in their perfect portion planner.    Just plug in the amount of adults and kids you plan on serving into the planner. There are boxes you can check to say we want leftovers, we are big eaters, or we are light eaters. Then it will tell you the size of turkey you need along with the amount of stuffing.  So simple.

So I must admit that I do not do anything fancy when I cook my turkey.  The turkeys you  buy today usually have stuff injected into them and are pre seasoned.  All I do is throw that baby on my rack in my roaster and put some kosher salt and fresh ground pepper on the skin.  That’s it.  I know some of you are in shock.  I have heard the only way to do a turkey is with a brine.  Maybe one day I will give it a try, but I have been successful with doing nothing more  than salt and pepper and my turkey has been perfect and moist.

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Cranberry Sauce

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  • 1 bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of orange juice can use fresh, but juice made from concentrate works just fine
  • 1 tsp of orange zest


  • Put all ingredients into a sauce and mix well.
  • Cook over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  • Boil for about 10 minutes until the cranberries pop. There may be a few light colored ones that don't pop, but don't worry. They soften as the sauce cools. I like to serve my sauce at room temp or slightly warm. The sauce can also be made up to 2 days before and kept in the fridge.
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  2. My favorite turkey recipe is to cook it like a roast stuffed with precooked rice. You cook rice in chicken broth with parsley and oregano till almost done. I let it cool for a bit while I cut up 6-8 white potatoes and wash my turkey. I then place the turkey in a roast pan I stuff it with the premise rice. Then around the turkey I place my potatoes then I pour one bag of frozen carrots, one bag of frozen green beans, one bag of frozen corn, a container of fresh sliced mushrooms, one large onions in half rings. I sprinkle turkey and veggies with salt, pepper, parsley, oregano, and a dash of poultry seasoning. I pour a box of chicken broth in it cover it and cook according to my turkey instructions. It’s one pot with a delicious flavor for both meat and veggies. If you use can veggies they will come out soggy.

  3. We like the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, collards, green bean cassarole, pecan pie, jello salad, and of course homemade bread. This is what my family looks forward to. Of course the left overs are just as good the day after. [after watching the Macys Parade on TV]

  4. My favorite recipe from Thanksgiving is homemade cranberry sauce. So yummy and the only time of the year I get to eat it.

  5. I love Thanksgiving; it is the one holiday that my family comes together for and I get to cook a good homemade meal for all. One year my sister was coming from TX to join us in CO for Thanksgiving. She was so tired we had to go meet her and finish the drive. My youngest son, a teenager at the time was left in charge of dinner. He did a great job, unfortunately half way through the meal my sister started nodding off and he caught her just before she did a face plant in her dinner. Hopefully, with weather permitting, we will all be together again this year. My youngest son will be doing the traveling this time, my sister only lives 15 min. away. I can’t wait to cook for everyone!

  6. One of my favorite memories is from the year my dad’s girlfriend made a pumpkin pie. She thought you could just dump the canned pumpkin and bake.
    We laughed until we cried!

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  8. My favorite memory is going to my grandparent’s house, the entire big family would be there and my grandmother made the best homemade rolls. They were huge, and there were so many people there that the kids usually had to stand because there were never enough chairs. But it was so wonderful being together, it’s been so many years since they passed away but every single memory I have of going to their house for Thanksgiving or anytime has been a wonderful memory that I am grateful for. I wish my daughter’s had a chance to know them.

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  11. I love your recipes for their ease of preparation, helpfulness level (not assuming we all know that much about cooking), and for your attention to savory levels. I am copying and saving them for future use whenever I can!
    My only problem is that I can’t figure out how many servings are part of each recipe – unless it’s clearly that many servings in the recipe (like the zucchini patty recipe only makes five patties).
    Could you begin putting in serving sizes?

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  15. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I like it quiet with family, no fancy dressing up or going anywhere. One year when I was younger, and one of the few times we traveled for Thanksgiving, we went to my Grandmothers house in another state. My aunt who I had never met before was there and was put in charge of making the gravy. She made giblet gravy. I was so grossed out I threw up. Needless to say I have a wonderful relationship with my aunt and have never eaten giblet gravy since!

  16. If you want the most tender turkey ever, try this. We have been doing this for the past two years and will never go back to the old fashioned way.
    Place turkey in large plastic container so it will be completely covered by brine. For every quart of water, add ½ c. kosher salt, and 2 T. sugar. Cover and soak for 24 hours. (I put mine in our refrigerator in the garage.) Thoroughly rinse off turkey.
    Rub turkey with a mixture of olive oil, sage, marjoram, salt & pepper.
    Bake as directed on turkey wrapper.

  17. My favorite Thanksgiving “memory” had to be when I was five and my mother took on the daunting task of hosting about 50 people for Thanksgiving dinner. My mother, along with a few of my uncles, decided it would be fun to try and smoke a turkey (as well as have a roasted one), so they set up the smoker in our backyard and let it go all night long. My bedroom faced our backyard, so I smelled roasting turkey all night long! Well the smoker got WAY TOO HOT and the bird in the morning was burnt to a crisp. Thank goodness we had a backup bird for the oven, but the kids got the option of eating pizza for dinner! There were no complaints there!

  18. My favorite Thanksgiving memory is of my Grandfather who would always steal my bun while we were eating. It was such a tradition around our Thanksgiving table.

  19. My favorite memory is when our family would join our youth group at our church and prepare homemade sweet potatoes for a Thanksgiving Feast outreach in Gary, IN. One year our small youth group (30 or so) bought, peeled, cooked and delivered 220# of homemade sweet pototoes.

  20. My favorite Thanksgiving memory was when our family was playing the game “spoons” after out big feast. My Dad (being slightly competitive) lunged for a spoon and practically sprawled across the table. Well….the table cracked and totally collapsed with my dad in the middle. We all laughed until we were crying.

  21. I loved Thanksgiving the year I got engaged (20+ years ago) although all are special. My dad cooked the whole meal himself. Some of the specific things I remember my father doing is: he scooped out the inside of orange peels and cooked the yams in them. He bar-b-qued the turkey and made the stuffing from “scratch”. My best friend from high school flew in to meet my fiance and both were in awe at my Dad’s talents and willingness to give my mom a “day off”.

  22. Definitely my mom’s rolls are the best part of Thanksgiving for me! I love them. I still haven’t mastered them, but I am working on it!

  23. My favorite memory is a talent show we have every Thanksgiving when we get together with family. Family members come up with some silly stuff. I love Thanksgiving!

  24. I remember when I was young and my parents oven went out the day before Thanksgiving. They bought one of the first ever microwaves to cook the turkey. I remember them being so surprised when the turkey didn’t brown! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

  25. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the left-overs! Me and several friends get up at 3am Friday morning meet at 4am and hit the Black Friday Sales. By lunch time we meet at one of ours house, unload the gifts and heat-up left-overs and then wrap the gifts we bought and watch football! I love this tradition. These are the only presents that usually get wrapped BEFORE christmas eve!

  26. I love Thanksgiving. My dad always prepares the entire meal by himself, but doesn’t do pies. However, he insists on picking up 3 from a little Amish restaurant each year, rather than have have someone else bake them and bring them to dinner. About 3 years ago, he almost got into a fight with 2 little old ladies over the restaurant’s last pumpkin pie! He still goes each year to get his pies, he just doesn’t wait until the last minute any longer.

  27. I love Thanksgiving…! Well, except one year when I was cooking for 12 people and my boyfriend took the dressing out of the oven and set the pyrex pax on top of a hot burner. The pan exploded, and dressing and glass went flying all over the kitchen. *eep*

  28. My mom always makes the most delicious dinner rolls for Thanksgiving. Some plain with homemade jam and some with orange. Mmm, it’s something to look forward to every year. I’m not going home this year so I’m trying to talk myself into making these but I don’t do yeast so I’m scared.

  29. Thanksgiving Rocks!!–and so does your site!!–the preparation of the meal–which appetizers,sides,desserts to choose–we always have an extended group of family and friends–I like to include old family favorites and inject some new ones each year–we always have my special Cranberry-Strawberry Sauce and lots of great pies –some for us and others to give to special friends and neighbors–a truly special day!!

  30. My favorite blooper is the year my sis in law hosted turkey day for the family. She asked my mother in law to carve the turkey and low and behold she found the bags inside with the neck and gizzards in it! She still hasn’t lived it down.

  31. I remember a few years ago my SIL cooked the turkey, only she cooked it upside down. It tasted great, I think having the dark meat ontop helped keep it moist. But it sure did look funny seeing it come out of the oven with the legs sticking straight up!

  32. thanksgiving is one of my FAVORITE holidays!..i love cooking and baking and spending time with my family, so this holiday pretty much rolls all of those things into one day!..my favorite thanksgiving memories include spending the day at my grandparents’ house..my grandma was a fabulous cook and always made the most amazing thanksgiving meals..the smell of wonderfulness cooking in her kitchen as we walked in the front door is something that i will never forget..my grandma passed away this past august and this will be our first thanksgiving without her, but the memories that she created for me will last a lifetime. 🙂

  33. I just discovered your website and have it bookmarked! I’m going to try to get it into my Google Reader so I don’t miss anything!
    Anyway, my favorite memories of Thanksgiving involve my grandmother. She came for Thanksgiving every year so that the day after Thanksgiving we could make Dutch cookies. Grandma Antoinette’s father had been a baker in Holland. When they came to the U.S. and my grandmother married a farmer she worked on getting the cookie recipe down to a size small enough for a family. I can’t imagine how large the original recipe was as the one we use now requires clearing off a kitchen counter so we can mix the dough there. I don’t have the recipe but remember it starts with 12 pounds of flour and 6 pounds of butter. My sister and mom still make the cookies every year. Those of us that live close enough get rolls of dough to roll out and cut out to bake. Those further away get the cookies all ready baked. My aunt got the cookie boards when my grandmother died 9 years ago so we just use cookie cutters now. But it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving or Christma without those wonderful cookies!

  34. First of all let me say I love your website. My memories of thanksgiving always include my grandma’s fruit salad with real whip cream.

  35. One year when I still lived at home, we had a Thanksgiving disaster! Mom got up and put the turkey in early and about 11 am, she realized the house didn’t smell like turkey…our oven had died! We were supposed to eat about 1pm and she was panicked! Luckily she called our neighbor and we were able to finish cooking the turkey and bake the rolls and casseroles in her oven. We laugh about it now, but poor Mom was in tears that morning!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  36. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers. In my opinion the leftovers are often better than the first meal itself. For this reason we often cook a bigger than needed turkey just so we have plenty of leftovers.

  37. For Thanksgiving last year I used red potatoes for our mashed potatoes! UGH! They were like glue!!! Definitely not the mashed potatoes of choice……..

  38. My favorite recipe is my Grandma’s stuffing. If there is no stuffing, than there is no Thanksgiving in my book…lol.

  39. I have a blooper to share. I have been cooking Thanksgiving dinner for many years, so I have no excuse, but 2 years ago, we had a group of 29 people for our Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone was arriving for dinner when I realized that I hadn’t started the mashed potatoes! I flew into gear and several people helped peel 20 pounds of potatoes. I made the mistake of starting to boil them before they were all peeled and cut up, so in the final analysis, in the pot, the potatoes were in various stages of cooking and some were overcooked and soggy and some were undercooked. When I mashed them, they were just a soggy mess, and turned out horrible. I was the most disappointed of all, because mashed potatoes are my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner! You can bet that will NEVER happen again!

  40. my favorite recipe is cornbread dressing which I learned to make from my grandmother..a close second would be her chicken and dumplings

  41. We spent a year living in Pennsylvania in 1984, and I was able to buy pewter dinnerware at the Wilton Armetale factory in Columbia PA. We have eaten off of that dinnerware every Thanksgiving since. It brings back wonderful memories of our time in PA!

  42. Here is a pretty good recipe for the sweet potato lovers out there. Sweet Potato Casserole.
    3 c. sweet potato (4 big ones-orange not yellow)
    1/2 c. sugar
    1/3 c. milk
    1/2 c. butter
    1 tsp. vanilla
    2 eggs beaten
    1/3 c. melted butter
    1/2 c. flour
    1 c. light brown sugar
    1 c. chopped pecans
    Boil and mash potatoes. Mix in sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and milk. Put in 13/9 baking dish. For topping, melt butter and mix in remaining ingredients. Sprinkle on top of potato mixture. Bake 25 min, @ 350 degrees. Serves 10-12.

  43. When I was growing up, our family never had pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving because my Dad doesn’t like it. So our tradition was to have apple pie and mince meat pie. Now Thanksgiving just doesn’t seem the same unless those two pies are included. (Personally, I could do without pumpkin pie as well. I can’t blame it all on my Dad!)

  44. My very favorite memory is of the cousins making up a skit about the pilgrams and indians for the adults. We would work on our costumes and lines all day. While all the adults where enjoying their pumpkin pies we would put on our show. Oh, those where the days!

  45. I love Thanksgiving. It’s all about family, food and fun. I’m heading to Utah to share the holiday with my daughters and families. Just give me family and I’m happy, you can also throw in some dark meat turkey and stuffing, why not.

  46. I love stuffing!!! Growing up, the only time we had stuffing was on Thanksgiving and Grandams. She made the BEST stuffing!! I was SO excited when Stove Top started making stuffing (or when Mom started buying it). The first time I tried it, I about gagged! That is NOT stuffing.

  47. The first Thanksgiving my husband and I shared was with my Grandmother. We had been married a whole month and were excited to start our own traditions, but went down to see her with a few other of my cousins for my grandmothers’ dinner. Grandma was a wonderful cook. Imagine our surprise when we all sat down at the table for ham, potatoes, and green beans. No turkey!! How can you have Thanksgiving dinner without turkey?! I had never seen a more disappointed husband. We still laugh about it to this day.

  48. I love Thanksgiving. My husband was actually born on a Thanksgiving day, and I am so grateful to have him in my life. I also love all the food and family that gathers at Thanksgiving.

  49. It was my daughters first attempt at doing Thankgiving..and she wanted to do most of it herself! She was trying to be so organized and had made herself a time schedule for every little item she was making (well almost everything). Imagine her surprize when she realized about an hour before dinner..that she had forgot to take the turkey out of the frdge that was downstairs and put it in the oven. She called me in a panic!! I told her not to worry, that I had a turkey in the oven and would be glad to trade her for her uncooked one. We all had a good laugh around the dinner table, imagining what Thankgiving would be like without a turkey.

  50. I love Thanksgiving. My favorite dish is stuffing. We make it with seasoned bread cubes like Mrs. Cubinson. Saute onion and garlic and then cover bread with broth and melted butter until moist. Unlike the recipe given above, though, I like mine crispy. I cook it until crispy and then put lots of gravy on it. That is my favorite dish.

  51. I love to host Thanksgiving at our house! 2 years ago we moved 400 miles away from my family. It has become a tradition that my family comes to visit us now, which is amazing, considering that they (california natives) come to Utah from California to brave the cold weather we usually have here in November. We love spending time together!

  52. I was pregnant Thanksgiving Day 2 years ago and just wanted that baby out! She came 2 days after the big feast. I guess she just wanted to eat some turkey first! This year her birthday is on Thanksgiving Day.

  53. I love your blog. I actually don’t cook anything for Thanksgiving. My husband does the turkey and stuffing and we go to his brother’s house. I guess I’m pretty lucky not to cook that day!

  54. My funniest Thanksgiving memory happened a couple of years ago. My husband generally smokes our turkey in an outdoor smoker and makes a great rub for it as well. A few years ago, he forgot to put the drip pan under the turkey (the one that catches dripping fat). I guess he forgot that fat is highly flammable. When he went out to check on the turkey, he noticed a lot of extra smoke coming out of the smoker. He took the lid off to discover the whole bird was in flames! Luckily, though it only burned off the rub and the skin and the rest of the turkey was saved and still delicious.

  55. I enjoy inviting people we know of different ethnic backgrounds to a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, and asking them to bring a dish to share. It is always so much fun.

  56. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is being able to spend time with both my family and my husband’s family. Because we live about 300 miles away from them, we don’t get to see them often… so the Holidays are a great time to catch up! One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories is playing games! FUN and COMPETETIVE games! Never a dull moment. Thanks for the opportunity to win a Thanksgiving Turkey!! YUMMY!

  57. One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories is from a few years ago. Do to work schedules me, my husband and son were unable to share the holiday with my family, which I look forward to each year. We decided at the last minute to make a full meal for the three of us. It was the first time I attempted to make my Grandmother’s Cornbread dressing and I was so excited that it actually came out correctly that I took photos to send to my Mom to show her. Even though we were unable to share the holiday with my extended family, we had a nice day with just us. A huge meal of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, acorn squash, green beans, rolls and three different pies. We had so many leftovers that we have to now laugh at how much food we cook that day.

  58. The first time I ever made a turkey I worked so hard on it but I never even tasted it! I was 6 weeks pregnant and so nauseous and rubbing that nasty raw bird was so gross I couldn’t touch it once it was done!

  59. I really miss Thanksgiving with my Mamaw. She was the best cook and a wonderful hostess. This year will be my first year doing Thanksgiving here at home. Wish me luck!!!

  60. I was given the job to make some dressing. I searched and searched and found a really great recipe. Now you have to understand that my in-laws don’t “allow” me to do much. I am rarely asked to bring items, or help out with activities. I should be grateful for no extra responsibilities, but I am actually very capable to do all those things and would love to help out. I thought this is my chance to make something really great to show them I can cook. I made Awesome Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing from allrecipes.com with some modifications. Thanksgiving day it was a hit! They loved it, in fact were drooling over it, said it was the best thing. This made me feel so great. Surely I was going to be able to make it again next year and be “allowed” to bring more food items. Christmas came and went, no change. Then the following year, nope I wasn’t asked to make it again for Thanksgiving. I’ll just assume they had memory problems and forgot how wonderful they ALL thought it was. Unfortunately even a great recipe can’t get my foot in the door. Maybe I should shove it though this year and demand to help?! At least I have learned to have my own immediate family Thanksgiving meal another time so I can make the great recipes I have found to be treasures.

  61. My favorite Thanksgiving memory as a child was going to DisneyLand. Who wouldn’t love eating Thanksgiving dinner with Mickey and Goofy? As a kid I didn’t enjoy eating turkey,so I thought it was the greatest thing to order a big old hamburger at the restaurant we ate at!!

  62. When I think of Thanksgiving I think of going to my Great Gradmother’s house. And there were lots of relatives there. There were two or three big tables loaded with yummy food and lots of fun times sitting on the porch talking and visiting. My favorite Thanksgiving recipe has to be my Grandmother’s Corn Bread Dressing. The recipe follows. 1 pan of cornbread, 6 slices of white bread, 3-4 boiled eggs, 1 Tbsp. sage, salt to taste, 2 cans cream of mushroom soup, chopped up pieces of chicken or turkey, chicken broth, black pepper. Crumble corn bread and white bread in a pan, add all other ingredient and a chopped onion, Add enough chicken broth to make moist and a little soupy, but not too soupy. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 min or until browned on top. Yummy!!!

  63. I bring green bean casserole every year. I put a little extra worcestershire and fried onions and it is sooo good. Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without my mom’s gravy that none of us can replicate.

  64. Shortly after my husband and I were first married he took a new job in Florida. It was so far away; too far for family to come for Thanksgiving. So I was determined to make it a great one with the just the two of us. A sweet lady that I was working with told me how to cook the turkey in a paper bag. My husband thought I was crazy and was worried our dinner would be ruined. It turned out fantastic!

  65. I just want to share a favorite and super easy pumpkin cheesecake recipe. I found it in a Halloween Favorite Brand Name Recipe Book years ago and we look forward to it every Thanksgiving.
    Philadelphia 3-Step Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake
    2 packages (8 ounces each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 tsp vanilla
    2 eggs
    1/2 cup canned pumpkin
    1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    Dash each ground cloves and nutmeg
    1 ready-to-use graham cracker crumb crust (6 ounce or 9 inches)
    1. Mix cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs; mix until blended. Mix pumpkin and spices. Stir in 1 cup of the cream cheese batter.
    2. Pour remaining cream cheese batter into crust. Top with pumpkin batter.
    3. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.

  66. I love the left over turkey sand on homemade rolls with cranberry. My husband has always thought I was weird because I look forward to the food after the meal.

  67. My favorite recipe for Thanksgiving is Pumpkin Pie Cake. My Mom makes it every year and now I make it when I go to my in-laws. It is virtually pumpkin pie with a cake crust and topping.
    Pumpkin Pie Cake
    1 box yellow cake mix (reserve 1 cup for topping)
    1/2 cup butter melted
    1 egg beaten
    mix together and press in bottom of 9×13 cake pan
    Make filling for 2 pumpkin pies using recipe on back of Libby canned pumpkin. Pour over crust.
    1 cup of reserved cake mix
    1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    1 tsp. ground cinnamon
    1/4 cup butter
    Mix cake mix, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in butter to make a crumble. Spread on top of pumpkin pie mix. Bake at 350 for 60 to 70 minutes or until center has set.

  68. My favorite Thanksgiving memory is the first time my husband and I did our own Thanksgiving. It was fun to do it on our own even though it probably didn’t taste as good as previous Thanksgivings.

  69. My greatest memory is going to my Grandparent’s home and seeing all of my family. And my Grandmother’s Buttered Rum Pound Cake.

  70. My favorite Thanksgiving memories would be the ones while I was growing up! We would always start the day by watching the parade and then eat a huge meal all lovingly prepared by my dad and then play games and relax the rest of the day. Now, my dad has passed away and everything seems to be non-traditional 🙁 For example my mom wants to do a brunch and have pumpkin pancakes this year?! Either way it is just nice to be with family and loved ones!

  71. My favorite memories of Thanksgiving are growing up in Seattle and always having the power go out. We’d eat our holiday dinner surrounded by candles.
    My own mother swears by Butterball turkeys. She always says they are the best!

  72. One of my fondest memories of Thanksgiving was when I was in college. My brother and I drove down to meet our parents halfway, which ended up being in Mesquite, Nevada. We had Thanksgiving dinner in a buffet at a Casino, which ended up being terrible, but I remember how much fun we had just being together and being able to laugh at it all. That was the first Thanksgiving that really taught me to be grateful for family and that the important part of the holidays is just being together. But I have to admit I really missed the home-made pumpkin pie!

  73. Several years ago we were all looking forward to topping off off that wonderful Turkey dinner with a big piece of pumpkin pie piled high with whipped cream. Ahhh-the best part of Thanksgiving. It happened all at once it seemed- as everyone took that first huge bite! Yuck! Gross! This tastes terrible! Well-it turns out that I had accidently used CHILI POWDER instead of cinnamon in those pies. Since my Husband reminds every year of this Huge mistake I decided to share!

  74. I love Thanksgiving!! One of my favorites was the Thanksgiving I had my first baby. I had her Thanksgiving morning. I ate turkey in the hospital that day. I was so starving, everything tasted delicious!

  75. On my post from yesterday morning, it should be “couldn’t wait to tell everyone”. Believe me, we told everyone that we were going to have a baby on that Thanksgiving. If I would have waited, I think that I would have exploded from all the excitement!

  76. My sister-in-law made chocolate pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting. They are just the same as pumpkin bars but with chocolate pudding in them. So good and moist. Her son hates pumpkin pie but loves those!

  77. My favorite memory of Thanksgiving is when I was about 19 and just had a new baby, my husband and I had just split and I had no family. I went to a church the Sunday before Thanksgiving. After church a lady came up to me, whom I did not know, and asked me if I wanted to join her and her family for Thanksgiving Dinner. I just started to cry because I was in a mental place that day feeling that no one really cared for me. I do think God sent her to me that day to let me know everything would be ok. I went to her house and ate with some of the sweetest people I had ever met and they made me “feel” part of the family. I am going to turn 41 this year and that love has stayed with me for years. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes you deliver with this site.

  78. Before Thanksgiving dinner, my extended family always goes around the table and says what we are thankful for. A few years ago my husband and I said, “We are thankful for the power of procreation!” We then unbuttoned our shirts and we had shirts that said “Daddy” and “Mommy” with an arrow to “baby”. That is how we announced the pregnancy of our first child to the family! It was great!

  79. My favorite memory had to be a potluck at work. One of my co-workers brought in a cooked turkey from the Honeybaked ham store. At lunch time, she realized it was frozen! She and another coworker ended up slicing the turkey into pieces and heating it in the little toaster oven in our lounge. The two of them sat there cooking turkey pieces the whole time. It was the best Thanksgiving ever!

  80. My new favorite Thanksgiving recipe is After Thanksgiving Turkey Soup. I just made last week after I cooked a turkey that had been in the freezer since last Thanksgiving. I think that I would cook a turkey just for this delicious soup!

  81. After my children were born, I wanted to learn to make Thanksgiving Dinner so that I could pass the recipes on to my daughter. Now, twelve years later, my daughter and I make the dinner together. I think we all like the cornbread dressing best. My kids also have always liked that I serve yellow, orange, and red Jello cubes. It’s the only time of year we have Jello with a meal, and the fall colors look pretty in glass parfait dishes. We also have a special Thanksgiving punch. And every year I tell my daughter to be sure and marry a man who will take the “insides” out of the turkey before she cooks it — like her wonderful father always does for me!

  82. Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin bars are my favorite part of Thanksgiving. I grew up on a farm, the Thanksgiving feast with all my mom’s family was always at our farm. I remembered the tables of food and especially pies.

  83. My most favorite part of Thanksgiving is the sweet potatoes with lots of butter, brown sugar and marshmellows and nobody makes them like my mom.

  84. Love reading through everyones memories and recipes.
    My favorite memory is probably 5 years ago, I had left Texas and moved to Michigan to be with my boyfriend(now husband) whom I had met on the internet. I was very homesick and not making alot of money and he knew how much I really wanted a Thanksgiving dinner. He ended up giving me some money and I went and got everything I needed to make all my favorites from home. I cooked all day just for the 2 of us in our tiny apartment. I made a mess but it was so worth it. We didn’t even have a dining room table, we ate on a blanket in the living room floor.
    We now live in Kentucky and travel to his Dads for the day, usually. I love making some of my favorites from home and introducing them to members of his family.

  85. last thanksgiving my sister and i tackled preparing our first feast! we did great except when it came to the green jello salad that’s been a favorite for our family for years. one step requires blending cream cheese with the jello mixture. who knew that you couldn’t put hot water/jello in the blender? we had green lime jello all over the kitchen, down our shirts, in our hair and pretty much everywhere. we laughed so hard and learned our lesson!

  86. Love Thanksgiving memories and can’t wait to make both cranberry recipes.
    Last year was a very memorable Thanksgiving spending with the in-laws with some missing because they are in heaven. Very good time remembering our loved ones.

  87. My oldest’s first Thanksgiving was my most memorable one. We had just moved into a new house the previous week and our stove had not been delivered yet. Even though it was freezing out we cooked the turkey on the grill outside.

  88. My favorite food at Thanksgiving is the pumpkin pie. It just signifies fall and tradition. I like to make my own homemade pumpkin pie with lots of homemade whip cream.

  89. Our family is so large that we reserve a church to eat Thanksgiving. We always have a pinata for the kids. One time my jokester of a Uncle Got on his knees, put his shoes directly under his knees, and pretended he was a little kid. It was hilarious!

  90. Here is a great Thanksgiving recipe;
    Pumpkin Pie Bars
    1-1/3 cups flour
    3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
    1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) cold butter or margarine
    1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats, uncooked
    1/2 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans
    1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
    3 eggs
    1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
    1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
    HEAT oven to 350°F. Line 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides; grease foil. Mix flour, 1/4 granulated sugar and brown sugar in medium bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in oats and nuts.
    RESERVE 1 cup oat mixture; press remaining onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 min. Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar, eggs, pumpkin and spice with mixer until well blended. Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
    BAKE 25 min.; cool 10 min. Use foil to transfer dessert from pan to wire rack; cool completely.

  91. My favorite memory of Thanksgiving is going to my Grandmother’s as a child for dinner with our whole family. One year there was so much food that the table bowed in the middle and some of the food fell of to the floor. My Mommma and aunts loved to share our favorite foods for the dinner and that year it was just too much food!! I still remember all the adults running to get the food before it spilled and how good it all was when we ate!

  92. My favorite Thanksgiving food is left over turkey sandwiches the next day. I always cook a whole turkey for Thanksgiving Day and a turkey breast to have enough left over for sandwiches. I can almost taste it.

  93. So many “favorites” to pick from but went with our favorite cranberry sauce that has a kick to it and is also good on a block of cream cheese and served with crackers. :O)
    Cranberry Jezebel Sauce
    1 cup water
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    12 ounces cranberries
    3 tablespoons horseradish
    3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    Combine water and sugars and stir well. Bring to a boil over medium heat; add the cranberries. Return to a boil and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temp. Stir in horseradish and mustard and serve chilled. Store in an air-tight container in the frig for up to 1 week.
    p.s. love this site! You rock!!

  94. This is my first year in 36 years I have to cook a turkey. I have never made one before. We always go over to my parents or in-laws so this year will be a challenge. But I’m excited. Winning a turkey would be a great help.

  95. Thanksgiving is a special time for me (even though I don’t like most of the food served then)because my wedding anniversary is always right around then. My worst memory of it is right after I was married, trying to make a homemade peach pie, not knowing what I was doing. All we had at the time (between military moves) was plastic forks, and the crust was so hard we had to break it with our hands, it was breaking the forks! The peaches were really sour. At least I can say I learned from that experience!

  96. I have a hard time picking just one favorite food for Thanksgiving, but the one I’m looking forward to the most is feather rolls. I love to use them to get the very last bits of cranberry sauce off my plate.

  97. The first year my hubby and I were married, I had never cooked a turkey before…well….nobody every told me there is a sack of body parts in the cavity of the bird! So I stuffed the bird and baked it and it came out looking beautiful until I went to scoop out the stuffing and it was drenched in blood and slimy body parts! I have never been so embarrassed and 12 years later, I still can’t live it down!

  98. My favorite Thanksgiving recipe is just a simple sausage cornbread stuffing. So easy, but so good. I only make it for Thanksgiving so it’s special too.

  99. My favorite Thanksgiving memory: Every Thanksgiving growing up my family would watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade. We would all pile in my parents bedroom and drink eggnog- our favorite part of the parade was always the Radio City Rockettes!

  100. One of my favorite memories was playing basketball while we waited to eat. There were a lot of us that got together and we usually rented a small country school to eat at!

  101. I love the stuffing/dressing and the pies. My mom would always make so many pies and when we would have Thanksgiving dinner in the early afternoon (2ish) and then for dinner we would have pie. It was great!

  102. The thing I enjoy most about Thanksgiving is the “dishes” that we only have one time a year. They are not fancy ones, but ones I remember most from my childhood…..a marshmallow jello salad is the main one, but as an adult I don’t even enjoy the taste anymore.

  103. My favorite part about Thanksgiving is just the plain simple fact that it’s good ol’ fashioned quality family time. I love the teamwork of preparing the meals, I love the games and relaxing atmosphere after the meal, and most of all I love that every year we go around the table and everybody names one thing they’re thankful for. So many times we get caught up in what we don’t have, that we forget to be thankful for the most important things that are right before our eyes: our family, our healthy, friends… It’s a great reminder to have a thankful heart.

  104. I love everything about Thanksgiving!! I usually cook with my Mom and daughter, and we make everything from turkey to pumpkin pie. This year we are lucky enough to have my grandmother visit us. Every year we make at least 2 different kinds of stuffing. One, very plain jane to please the picky eaters, and one “new” recipe. Still haven’t settled on one this year, but I’m leaning towards apples and pecans.

  105. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is getting up early, before anybody else, to put the turkey in the oven. I like sitting at the dining room table with my coffee and enjoying the quiet and the warm feeling of having all my family home for the holiday!

  106. My favorite Thanksgiving memories are at my Grandma’s house. She would make really good homemade rolls and homemade rasberry jam. I couldn’t get enough! I think my favorite dishes are sweet potatoes, jello and stuffing.

  107. My favorite recipe is the classic green bean casserole. I don’t know what it is about that dish, but it always makes me feel like I’m at home even though I’m far away from my family.

  108. My favorite memory was 2 years ago. My son, who was then 2 was eating turkey, along with other things. His aunt came and sat by him and started talking to him. She asked him if he was eating turkey and he said “Yeah, but it doesn’t gobble very well.” 🙂

  109. There are so many memories of Thanksgiving but the best memory I have is my dad’s last Thanksgiving before he passed. I swear I’ve never seen anyone with such a small frame eat so much–he just kept going back for seconds, thirds, fifths, etc! We all had fun joking about it, including my dad. It was also special because it was his first (and, unfortunately, his last) Thanksgiving spent with his grand-daughter. Ahhhhhh…the memories!

  110. One Thanksgiving memory that I have is when I was about 13 and we were having all the aunts, uncles and cousins at our house. We were dishing up our food, and my uncle pulled the pants on my brother. His pants didn’t come down all the way, but he was sure embarrassed, and I was glad it wasn’t me.
    The other one I have is last year when we had our 1 1/2 year old wear a shirt that announced that he was going to be a big brother. It was fun.

  111. My favorite part of thanksgiving is getting together with family and of course the homemade pies. I think the pie should be eaten first because I’m always so stuffed from the meal by the time dessert is served 🙂

  112. i LOVE thanksgiving-the smells, all the yummy food and the opportunity to remind me of all of my many blessings, both great and small. i enjoy spending the day with my family and friends and strengthening the bond that we all share!

  113. I was never a fan of sweet potatoes. In fact I thought that there wasn’t anything more disgusting than them! Why would anyone want to include them in Thanksgiving meals? And topping them with marshmallows did not make them any better. For me it was a texture thing. They were a little too fibery and stringy and I couldn’t see past that to get to the taste. However, my opinion was changed 2 years ago at Thanksgiving. My mom prepared a Sweet Potato casserole from a recipe found in Cooking Light the previous year. I believe it was a October or November 2006 issue. The potatoes are mashed and combined with yummy things like evaporated milk, brown sugar and cinnamon and topped with a brown sugar/cinnamon/pecan heaven crumble. Oh yum. Now I cannot have Thanksgiving without them! I also try to sneak them into regular meals too! This recipe is so good it’s almost like a dessert. Go check it out!

  114. I love Thanksgiving. I love getting together with family. I love the memories of when I was younger and having my Mom still here. We would get together with my aunts, uncles, and cousins and just have a good time. My Mom was the one that would cook most of the yummy food. My Mom, sister, and aunts and uncles have all passed away but the wonderful memories still linger.

  115. I tried making thanksgiving dinner for the first time last year, and of course, everything else was done and we were left waiting for the turkey. I used a meat thermometer to check the turkey, and it registered as done, so we sliced into it only to find it was completely raw! I was mortified, but we saved it by microwaving it until it was done. It wasn’t the dinner I was hoping for, but it served it’s purpose! Besides that catastrophe, my favorite part of thanksgiving dinner is candied yams! Yum!

  116. Every year my dad would slice the turkey and let my brother and I make a wish and pull apart the wishbone. Whoever got the longer piece, their wish was supposed to come true.

  117. Well, I hate to have to confess to this Thanksgiving blunder, but here goes:
    Every year since I have been married, my mother-in-law has made Thanksgiving dinner for the whole family. Last year, my in-laws took a trip back east over the Thanksgiving holiday and I was eager to make my own little family feast with all the trimmings! I bought a frozen turkey the week before and dutifully took it out of the freezer the day before and left it in the refrigerator to unthaw.
    Thanksgiving day, I got up early and started preparing our ‘feast’. Everything went so smoothly. I put the turkey in a cooking bag; made sure the little pop-up was visable and put it in the oven. Well, I was so excited to have my first Thanksgiving dinner at home that I had invited my oldest son and his wife over as well. They arrived and everything looked wonderful. The table was ready with all of the food and decorations on it except for the turkey. One look in the oven told me that I had totally ‘out-done’ myself. The turkey was a beautiful golden brown and juicy and the little pop-up timer was announcing that the turkey was done and going to be perfect!
    After the prayer and heartfelt thanks for all we had been given, we started to cut into the turkey.
    Oh, the juices that were flowing from that first slice smelled wonderful. However, the deeper into the turkey that my husband cut, the pinker the meat was! He even said that it was a little harder to cut into. Finally, we noticed that the inside of the turkey was still frozen!!!
    Apparently, I had not allowed the turkey to completely unthaw. Prior to cooking, the outside looked great and was tender to the touch although it might have been a LITTLE cold. Moms turkey only took overnight to thaw, so why didn’t mine. Well, come to find out – mom’s turkey didn’t weigh 20 lbs like the one ‘I’ bought did; actually more like 12lbs.
    Well, never let the turkey’s get ya down is what I always said, so we ate the top 1″ of turkey that was actually ‘done’, (it wasn’t much, so thank goodness for stuffing and mashed potatoes) defrosted the rest and used it in turkey casserole for the rest of the week!
    Needless to say, I am very thankful to have ‘MOM’ home this year for our ‘traditional’ Thanksgiving feast. After watching Julie & Julia’, I think I can safely say that it was a very ‘early Julia’ moment for me.
    (Do I have to put my name, lol. ♥)

  118. When I was a kid, I would look forward to going to my aunt’s house every year for Thanksgiving. Everyone would show up (and we have a huge family), there would be a ham and a turkey and countless side dishes. I would spend hours with my favorite cousin rollerblading outside or riding bikes. Unfortunately, childhood passes too quickly and my aunt has since moved away. I can’t remember another Thanksgiving where everyone was in the same place. That’s not to say that I haven’t had great memories since then. 🙂

  119. I absolutely love cranberry sauce, you certainly can’t have enough with your turkey. It is even fabulous on your leftover turkey sandwich the next day!! I think leftovers are my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner, that and family.

  120. A few years ago I was preparing my first ever HOMEMADE pumpkin pie, and Low and behold when we went to eat it, it tasted nasty… and its because I forgot to put the SUGAR in it lol. Now I just buy pumpkin pies, I too afraid I will mess them up

  121. One of my favorite thanksgiving memories was the first holiday my husband (then boyfriend) and I spent with my family. We had such a fun time playing with cousins and eating tasty food!

  122. One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories was when my husband and I were away from family for school and we got together with some friends on Thanksgiving and just ate pie until we couldn’t stuff another bite in. So yummy and fun.

  123. My favorite Thankgiving memories are at my grandma’s house with all the trimmings…homemade rolls, turkey and stuffing, potatoes and gravy…mmm…! And playing with my 32 cousins! My Dad had 9 brothers and sisters so it was a full, fun house!

  124. My favorite memory is the year I had all the customers from where I worked, who had no family, join our family for dinner. What a wonderful group of people who added thier thanks to ours. It was a humble Thanksgiving as we didn’t have a lot, but what we had we shared. It brought the true meaning of Thanksgiving to us

  125. I swear I had already left this comment..LOL..but, I guess, I just typed it out in a dream..haha
    My favorite memory of Thanksgiving is that my mom, who was usually in a horrible mood would always be up, cooking and cleaning in an apron…we would wake up to Christmas music and the smells of all the food. My Maw Maw would be making the cornbread for dressing and the pecan pies, my daddy would be outside smoking turkeys…we always got to see the family we never got the chance to hang around with. For one day we were a happy family with nothing in the world to worry about.

  126. One memory that makes me have that really happy feeling inside is making the apple turkeys for each place set at the table. Of course my mom says she ended up making most of them every year but I remember how cute I thought the colored marshmello’s were and actually getting to play with toothpicks and of course the praise from everyone about how nice they looked on the table and how delisious they tasted. I hope my children have such warm memories!!!

  127. Can I just say that it is SO fun to read all of these great memories. What a great idea. My recipe is for those who don’t need a whole turkey. Buy a 6lb. turkey breast, and thaw it in the fridge. Put it in your crockpot with some Lipton Onion Soup sprinkled over the top, and cook on low for 5-7 hours. Ta-Da! You have some wonderful turkey, and you can use your oven for other things. How great is that!?!

  128. One of my newest favorite recipes is Honey Butter. Yummo for rolls! I don’t know if there’s a “real recipe” for it because I just liked it from a local restaurant.
    Honey Butter
    2 sticks of butter, softened
    1/2 c. honey
    Whip the butter til light and fluffy then add the honey and blend thoroughly. So easy and so good! I’ve made this every Thanksgiving for the past 3 or 4 years now. =)

  129. I will never forget the year my mom turned off the oven in the middle of making the pumpkin pies. She went to check on them and they weren’t quite done yet, so she intended to reset the timer and let it go for a few more minutes. But without realizing it, she turned the oven off instead. She came back a few minutes later and still not done. A few more minutes later, still not getting set. What is wrong with this pie?!?!? It took her almost 30 minutes of rechecking the pie before she realized what she had done!

  130. I have used an Emeril turkey recipe for a few years that I love; you stuff the bird with all kinds of yummy-ness (celery, onion, oranges, carrots, fresh herbs) and you baste it w/ apple cider & chicken stock. I make my mother-in-law’s dressing which is basic but I love it for the extremely high quantity of butter involved!

  131. My all time favorite thing about Thanksgiving dinner is the stuffing. I love stuffing! The rest of my family can take it or leave it, so this is the one time of year that I make it.
    My daughter loves setting the table with the “special china”, it’s a beautiful set passed on to me from my Grandmother.
    I’ve never made cranberries before, you just inspired me to give it a try. Thanks!

  132. When we were little, my mom, would start cooking our Thanksgiving turkey the night before. She had this saying-long and slow. The poor bird was always dry. As an adult, I was amazed when I found out, you could have a nice, moist, turkey in about three hours. Thanks for all the yummy things you post.

  133. My favorite Thanksgiving Memory is eating a wonderful meal and then after the clean up is done we turn on Christmas music and put up the Christmas decorations.

  134. A favorite family memory was shared by my mom and grandma. My grandma had an old oven that the door would just all-of-a-sudden fall off, without warning. So Thanksgiving came around, and my grandma, as usual, wanted everything perfect for herself and my mom and her sister. It came time to baste the turkey. Grandma pulled the turkey out to baste, and had the rack resting on the open door. Of course, the door chose that time to fall off! My mother still remembers how the turkey went rolling, rolling….across the entire kitchen floor and came to rest under the table!

  135. Oh my favorite Thanksgiving Day recipe is from Ina Garten:
    Sagaponack Corn Pudding
    1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter
    5 cups fresh yellow corn kernels cut off the cob (6 to 8 ears) – I USE FROZEN CORN
    1 cup chopped yellow onion (1 onion)
    4 extra-large eggs
    1 cup milk
    1 cup half-and-half
    1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
    1 cup ricotta cheese
    3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves (I LEAVE THIS OUT – MY KIDDOS DON’T CARE FOR IT)
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1 tablespoon kosher salt
    3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    3/4 cup (6 ounces) grated extra-sharp cheddar, plus extra to sprinkle on top
    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease the inside of an 8 to 10-cup baking dish.
    Melt the butter in a very large saute pan and saute the corn and onion over medium-high heat for 4 minutes. Cool slightly.
    Whisk together the eggs, milk, and half-and-half in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in the cornmeal and then the ricotta. Add the basil, sugar, salt, and pepper. Add the cooked corn mixture and grated cheddar, and then pour into the baking dish. Sprinkle the top with more grated cheddar.
    Place the dish in a larger pan and fill the pan 1/2 way up the sides of the dish with hot tap water. Bake the pudding for 40 to 45 minutes until the top begins to brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm.
    It’s SO, SO good!
    Monica 🙂

  136. First of all, I’ve used Alton Brown’s roasted turkey recipe for years now. It is brined and I must say that I can NEVER go back to any other means of cooking a turkey.
    Now my story isn’t mine, it is my brother and sister who are single and celebrated the holiday last year together in St. Louis. My brother was so excited because he was going to deep-fry their turkey. He had gone to all this prep work and was ready to start. Put the turkey in and then walked away for about 15 minutes. Came back to find that shortly after starting the turkey he had ran out of gas for the fryer. The next 2 hours were spent trying to find a place open that sold gas cylinders. Finally they got it back and working, but needless to say dinner was a bit late.

  137. I love the all the different smells that come with Fall and Thanksgiving, but my favorite thing about Thanksgiving is being together as a family. Like all families we have our tiffs between siblings all year round, but all of that seems to go on pause on Thanksgiving. We go around the tables and each of us say what we are thankful for, tears are shown even in the toughest of men and a spirit of absolute joy warms us all. That is what i love about Thanksgiving!

  138. My favorite memory of Thanksgiving, was when I would wake up early to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade. I was so entertained my the air floats. My personal fave, Snoopy!

  139. My favorite Thanksgiving memory happened 6 years ago. I had gotten up at 6:30 in the morning to start baking the Turkey, and I wasn’t feeling really well. I took a pregnancy test, and found out that after 9 LONG YEARS of trying my husband and I were going to have a baby! I woke up my husband and told him and then called the only other person I thought would be up at that hour on Thanksgiving, my sister. She worked the Midnight shift as a nurse at the hospital. It was an amazing Thanksgiving, since we couldn’t tell everyone. Now we have a beautiful daughter, so that was definately a Thanksgiving that I will never forget. She is a gift that I am thankful for each day!

  140. For me our favorite thing for Thanksgiving is Christmas tree hunting. Having hot chocolate made over a fire and yummy homemade chili.

  141. My favorite Thanksgiving recipe is anything with sweet potatoes or yams. I could eat an entire plate full.. go back for seconds.. and still want some for lunch and dinner the next day!

  142. One of my favorite memories: One year a very good friend of our brought his Grandfather for Thanksgiving…he happened to be a retired butcher! Here is this sweet little old man (and when I say old, I mean old) who so desperately wanted to carve our turkey. Out came the knives and the electric knife. He so very carefully worked on this turkey for sometime..and when he was done, there was not a smidgen of meat left but the bones! I had never witnessed anything in my life. You could see the joy in his face as he stood there, so diligently carving that turkey. It had been a few years since he had lost his sweet wife, and also some time since anyone had asked his to carve their turkey. What joy it brought to us that day..We have a picture that I took, and each year we bring out that picture to remind us of how grateful we are for the little things in life.