Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Quiet Thanksgiving

Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving.

We puttered around here Thanksgiving morning. (I had already made the pecan pie with struesel topping the day before.) I got the turkey giblets, and heart simmering along with the neck so that I could make gravy later. Then got the turkey in the oven, and made the green bean casserole. That was such a yummy casserole. I will definitely make it and the pecan pie again.

While I was puttering inside, DH moved a heavy bit of concrete that had been in the ground and had had a 4x4 post embedded for a fence post. The post had rotted and broken off, so the cement was dug up and just sitting around until we could figure out what to do with it. I thought of using it as a mushroom next to our huge frog out front, so that's where DH dug a hole to for the 'mushroom'. This morning I found a piece to put atop the square hole in the cement and like the look. Click on picture for a larger view.

~ Back to food preparation ~

For something to snack on to keep us from starving before dinner was ready, I cooked up the turkey liver in a bit of butter, mashed it all, added a tad of dry sherry, onion and garlic powders, and 4 oz of cream cheese. Mixed all together and refrigerated it until time. I served it with a little sherry and that was nice before the meal.

The spread was served on homemade garlic/onion bread that was cut into squares and triangles and toasted.

This was the best green bean casserole I've ever had. To the recipe I also added sliced water chestnuts and diced celery. I think I'm going to do up a batch of onion rings like in the recipe to have with wine before dinner some evening, as it's much less fattening than battered and fried onion rings. These were delicious.

The pie was made using 2 c. of processed fresh pumpkin, that I'd made up from a pumpkin we bought at the veggie market for $1 the day after Halloween. It was so good and then that struesel with the bits of candied ginger in it. Oh my. The recipes can be found here.

May we all have thankful hearts each and every day,
for our many blessings.


There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude,

a quiet joy.

Ralph H. Blum

Zone 10 ~ s.e. FL


Sandy said...

Sounds lovely. Going to go check out
those recipes. I keep seeing that
Ralph Blum quote everywhere lately!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I forgot to say I love the photo of your kitty in the most recent post.

I enlarged the photo to see what you had on the mushroom. It does look great there, and you found the perfect place for them, next to the frog.

Your snack and other food looked yummy. I made a gluten free green bean casserole, which had a white sauce with onions and mushrooms in it. For the topping, it called for sliced onions to be sauteed with a gluten free flour blend, and I'm forgetting what else. It was good, too.

I roasted another turkey Friday, because we didn't have many leftovers on Thanksgiving, and I gave most of them to other family members. I was going to make something with the gizzards and stuff, but ended up throwing them away while cleaning out the fridge this afternoon, figuring I wouldn't get anything made with them at this point, and I'd rather get them out before they get slimy and stinky.

God bless your week!

the Goodwife said...

It looks like a lovely day and delicious food!