Wednesday, November 24, 2010

May You Be Blessed-Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, if not the favorite.  This year is a little odd because I will be spending it alone.  Not because I have no family to spend it with, but my husband is out of the country and I am sick with the flu and do not want to pass that along to all my kids.  I was hoping that by now I would be better, but I had to make the difficult call to my son this morning not to make the trip over here since I didn't want him catching this. Thankfully his girlfriend is also stranded there so they will be together for their first Thanksgiving!

So Christmas will be extra special this year as then we will all be together, at least most of us.

I decided instead of feeling sorry for myself, I would look at all the past Thanksgivings and wonderful memories I have.  As far back as I can remember my mom prepared the Thanksgiving meal like clockwork.  I in turn continued with that tradition.

On Wednesday we would bake the apple pie and pumpkin pies.  My mom always had Christmas music on while baking. Here are some of her Wednesday before Thanksgiving recipes!

 Pumpkin pieAPPLE PIE
My Mom's Famous Pumpkin Pie
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon of allspice
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
4 large eggs
1 can 29 oz of Libby's Pure Pumpkin
2 cans 12 oz each  evaporated milk
2 unbaked 9 inch pie crusts

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.  Beat eggs in a large bowl.  Stir in pumpkin and sugar and spice mixture, gradually stirring in the evaporated milk.  Mix well.  Pour into the pie shells, cover crust edge with foil.

Bake in pre-heated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350 degrees, bake for an additional 40-50 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool for 2 hours and serve or refrigerate.

Perfect Apple Pie
6-8 tart apples, pared, cored and thinly sliced (6 cups)
3/4 to 1 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon allspice
pinch of ginger
2 tablespoons of butter
dash of salt

If apples lack tartness sprinkle with about 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.  Combine sugar, flour, spices, salt and mix with apples.

Line a 9 inch pie plate with pastry, fill with apple mixture, dot with butter.  Adjust top crust, cutting slits for escape of steam, seal.  Sprinkle top with cinnamon sugar mixture.  Cover crust edge with foil and bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 50 minutes until done.

Soft Rolls

Thanksgiving Bread
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups of water
2 teaspoons of salt
2 packages of act. dry yeast
6 cups of all purpose flour pre-sifted 
1 egg
salad oil

In large bowl combine sugar, salt, yeast and 2 1/4 cups of flour.
In 1 quart saucepan 1/2 cup margarine and warm water, on low heat, warm only, not HOT.

With a low speed mixer, mix in warm liquid to dry mixture, blend together, increasing speed to medium for 2 minutes.  Beat in egg with 3/4 cup more flour, beat 2 minutes more, adding additional flour slowly and mixing with hands until smooth.  Knead for 10 minutes.  Place in a large greased bowl, cover with damp towel and let rise for 1 1/2 hours.  Punch down, turn over and brush top with salad oil and cover bowl with saran wrap, place in refrigerator.

Thanksgiving Day, 2 hours before the meal, grease a squared or round cookie sheets.  Makes 30 small balls, placing them with a small space in between.  Cover with towel and let rise in a warm spot for 1 - 1 1/2 hours.  Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven, melt butter and with pastry brush, brush over golden brown rolls.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy the movie below!

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  1. I was just looking for a pumpkin pie recipe today! I think I am going to try yours. Baker I am not but what the heck right? Live a little!

    Feel better soon and you are more then welcome to pop on over to Jersey and spend it with us. We don't mind germs.

  2. I think you are exactly right; your Christmas will be even more special than ever this year! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. So sorry you weren't able to be with fam for Thanksgiving. Hope you are feeling better now and surely Christmas will be even more special. Thanks for the great pumpkin pie recipe!
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  4. Thank you my dear friend SenoraG! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!~Lisa

  5. Dear Veronica Lee! Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving and are enjoying all those leftovers!! Thanks for poppin' in to say hello!

  6. Yes, Julie it will for sure! Have a great weekend!~Lisa

  7. Hi Helena,
    I curled up in bed and had a most needed sleep! My stepson brought me a plate of food, he said he was bringing it with a respirator! I have great kids!~Lisa

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Not what we give,
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