Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Thanksgiving Everyday

We had our first Thanksgiving in our house this year.  My parents-in-law, sister, brother-in-law and parents came over for a late lunch. It was great. We had cranberries, potato salad, acorn squash, corn casserole, two kinds of stuffing and a fried turkey. I tell you what--that fried turkey was so good that I don't think I'll ever eat turkey the other way again. I like the dark meat with crispy skin. It's like a layer of turkey jerky with juicy goodness underneath!

Here's "my" famous corn casserole recipe that one of my favorite friends, Jennifer, shared with me. It's really her mom's recipe:

Carolyn's Corn Casserole

2- 6 oz. pkgs cornbread mix
1 stick butter
2 eggs
2- 15 oz. cans kernel corn, drained
2 - 15 oz. cans cream-style corn
2 cups sour cream
1 tablespoon sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Melt butter in 9"x13" pan. (I use Pyrex)
3. In a big bowl, beat eggs
4. Add in corn, sour cream, sugar, cornbread mix and melted butter (from the Pyrex pan) and mix well.
5. Pour batter back into pan
6. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes until brown on top and around edges.

I spent the night before Thanksgiving decorating the table and dessert table which is the console that I usually have in the living room. I bought a brown table cloth and pumpkin place mats. They matched my amber and fig Pottery Barn plates perfectly! And, I was very excited to be able to use my Grandma's amber drink glasses. Since I only have four, I just alternated them with clear glasses. (I'm going to start searching for more amber glasses to match Grandma's on Ebay.)

Instead of using place cards, I decided to make place decorations that would serve as a Thanksgiving activity. So, I cut leaves out of sturdy paper then used a couple beaded picks which I wrapped together with floral tape and tied them all together with a brown satin ribbon. Before we ate, I asked everyone to write things they were thankful for on their leaf and to take it home and put it somewhere they would see it everyday, like on their mirror or in their wallet. That way, whenever they see it, they can stop and thank God for their blessings and have Thanksgiving everyday throughout the year. I think everyone appreciated it. Yay for Thanksgiving!

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  1. Yum sounds good. I love different things to try.Love the pic too.

  2. You are so dang crafty! I love it!