Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving, Birthdays and the Such – Part 1

My, oh, my. It’s been a busy and exciting time around here lately! Christmas is fast approaching and I’m gearing up to make a few presents, but Thanksgiving and birthday celebrations took center stage last week. My daughter Traci and her husband Zak celebrate their birthdays within 3 days of each other. So in addition to eating our Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday evening, we also celebrated the first of the birthdays, Traci’s!

I had a blast preparing dinner on Wednesday. My parents brought me a turkey breast they had fried and I used my Mom’s dressing recipe. The only twist was that I cooked the dressing in large muffin tins. It turned out fabulous! Thanks Mother!






Other accompaniments to the turkey and dressing were:
Glazed Sweet Potatoes (courtesy of The Neelys)
Fresh Green Beans (thanks to my parent’s garden and canning abilities)
Baked Macaroni and Cheese (courtesy of Alton Brown)
Deviled Eggs
Chicken and Dumplings
Banana Pudding

Traci requested apple pie for her “birthday cake” and I found a great recipe for making mini-apple pies in muffin tins. Not only was it fun to make, it was pretty good! Now, it would have been better IF I hadn’t forgotten to take it out of the oven on time. I actually overcooked it by about 10 minutes. I didn’t burn it, but you could certainly taste the over-doneness in the crust. I plan on a do-over soon!















This little pie made a great substitution, don’t you think?





























After dinner we had a little photo time. Here are a few of the funny ones! Someone was really getting into the piano playing mode!
















And now some cute ones!























Guess you could say she was done, over and out!

Stay tuned for part 2 tomorrow!

No comments: