Posts Tagged Thanksgiving

One More Time

Time for one last Thanksgiving post! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I had lots of fun visiting my family and cooking up all sorts of yummy food.

I don’t really know what else to say about Thanksgiving so I will just show some pictures.

The pretty awesome centerpiece my Mom put together:

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This is the 4th Thanksgiving weekend Jim has spent with my family. The first time he met my family was the day after Thanksgiving 2008!

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Some stuffing cooking:

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More food:

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My families puppy always wants to be in the middle of everything:

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Pies! Pumpkin, Chocolate Pecan and Chocolate Chip!

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

~Caitlin

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It All About the Pie

I want to share another one of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes. I just found this mini chocolate pecan pie recipe last year, and it s really super delicious. I made a slight modification and didn’t make my own pie crust. I bought these little mini graham cracker crusts that you can find in the baking aisle. This cuts down on the prep time a little which is always helpful when it comes to Thanksgiving. Plus I am not really a huge fan of regular pie crust, so its a win win.

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans

What to do:

  1. Mix brown sugar, chocolate chips, egg, melted butter, vanilla and salt in bowl
  2. Divide half the pecans up among the mini-pie crusts
  3. Top with the brown sugar/chocolate mixture
  4. Add the rest of the pecans.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes at 325°F

There you have it! A super simple and beyond delicious chocolate pecan pie recipe. Do yourself a favor and try making these this Thanksgiving!

~Caitlin

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Thanksgiving Time!

In honor of the fact that Thanksgiving is one week away I thought I would share some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes. I have made Thanksgiving dinner for my family the past couple of years and it is one of my favorite things. I love trying out a bunch of new recipes and giving my Mom a little break from cooking (although my Mom and Dad make the turkey together).

The first recipe I want to share is one of my favorite mashed potato recipes. I originally got it from Vegetarian Times Magazine.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large onion, diced (2 cups)
  • 5 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup unflavored rice milk (I use skim milk)
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh thyme (I usually end up using dried thyme)

Directions:

1. Boil potatoes in enough water to cover 25 minutes, or until soft.

2. Meanwhile, sautè onion, oil, cumin, salt, and cayenne in skillet over low heat 30 minutes, or until browned. Stir in milk and thyme.

3. Drain potatoes, and mash. Whisk onion mixture into potatoes. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

I like this recipe a lot because it tastes so different than normal mashed potatoes. If anyone tries it out let me know if you liked it!

~Caitlin

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Wonderful Wednesday

I am super excited to do a Wonderful Wednesday post again! Sometimes it is so nice to stop and think about all the happy things that are going on.

1. Its still in the mid-50s to mid-60s and its mid- November. Its nice givenw the snow at the end of October.

2. I finally have my engagement ring back (I had to send it in for resizing).

3. Only 1 month left in my last Fall semester of college!

4. Only 1 week and 1 day until Thanksgiving (I bought some of my baking supplies today)!

5. We started a wedding registry!

6. We have a wedding date!

7. I am back to blogging! I don’t think I realized how much I missed it.

8. Only 2 days of classes next week!

Sorry for all the wedding related items. I had to throw them in there because I am just so happy about getting married to my awesome fiancé but I’ll try and limit them other weeks.

Why was your Wednesday wonderful?

~Caitlin

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