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What I'm Loving: Thanksgiving Food Traditions

Ah, the food of Thanksgiving! Just thinking about it makes our mouths water. We both enjoy this holiday for the time spent with family, the delicious food and commencement of the holiday season!


This year's Thanksgiving celebrations will be smaller than past years, but the bright spot is that nothing can stop us from preparing our favorite dishes. We wanted to share some of our well-loved Thanksgiving dinner items and a few recipes that we hope you will try.

Cream Corn/Corn Bread Casserole - This is a real crowd pleaser. It's a fun spin on a corn dish.


Ingredients:

- 1 can of cream corn

- 1 can of whole corn, drained

- 1 package of cornbread mix

- 8 oz. sour cream

- 1 egg

- 1 stick of melted butter


Directions: In a large mixing bowl, add the cans of corn, cornbread mix and sour cream. In a small bowl, beat the egg. Add the egg and melted butter into the large bowl and mix it all together. Pour the mixture in a greased, shallow casserole dish.


Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. Depending on the casserole dish, it may take longer or shorter to fully cook. When the top and edges are golden and a clean knife test from the center is complete, the casserole is done.

Serves 6-8.



Pumpkin and Pecan Pies - Sometimes you just need to hit the easy button. You can find these delicious pre-made pies in Trader Joe's bakery section.


"Ants On A Log" - We use leftover celery sticks to create these kid-friendly snacks. Cut the stalks in small pieces, fill with peanut butter and then top with raisins or chocolate chips.


Antipasto Charcuterie Board - We love a tasty cheese board with dried meats, olives, grapes and so many more delicacies. See our previous post on how to create your own tray!


Easy Cranberry Sauce - Another easy button, though technically still "homemade!"


Ingredients:

- 2 (15-16 oz) cans cranberries (whole berries, not jellied)

- 1 (15-16 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained

- 1 c chopped walnuts

Directions:

Mix together and chill.


Sweet Potato Casserole - Consider this half side dish-half dessert. It's not short on sweetness!


Ingredients for Potato Mixture:

- 3 cups of cooked, cooled and peeled sweet potatoes

- 1/4 cup of milk

- 1/2 cup sugar

- 1/3 cup melted butter

- 1/3 Tsp. vanilla

- 2 beaten eggs


Ingredients for Topping:

- 1 cup of coconut flakes

- 1 cup brown sugar

- 1/3 cup of flour

- 1/3 melted butter

- 1 cup pecans


Directions:

Combine the potato mixture ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Pour into 8 x 8 greased pan. In a separate bowl, combine the topping's dry ingredients and then add the melted butter. Mix well and then spread over potato mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

Serves 6-8.


If you decide to give one of these recipes a whirl, let us know what you think.


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