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Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Highlights

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  1. Pumpkin and pecan pies. Wednesday I dropped my 9 inch deep dish glass pie pan with the crust in it and it broke. It was for the pecan pie and since that is my favorite, I was determined to finish the project. I did, after all, have the filling mixed and waiting! The crust was salvageable and I managed to piece it back together and slide it into my springform pan with removable sides. It did just fine, thankfully. It looked like a deep dish tart!
  2. My version of the salad I saw in the coupon flier. I used pomegranate seeds instead of dried cranberries. The feta, praline pecans and balsamic vinaigrette were the perfect touches. I'll certainly be making this again.
  3. My Light and Fluffy Rolls. I made them smaller but of course they were just as yummy. I had a few turkey and cranberry 'sliders' on these as a late night snack last night.
  4. Putting the finishing touches on the table. I got to mix my auction treasure white dishes, including the little butter pats, with my blue china. Fun!
  5. A Thanksgiving sunset, clouds with pink linings. A lovely ending.

I did roast the turkey upside down. The white meat was super juicy!

One of the best parts was Alex sitting down and eating with us.

He couldn't get enough of the cornbread and sausage stuffing.

He even requested it for breakfast today. ha.

Hope you had a lovely day and counted your blessings.

No Black Friday shopping for me.

I slept in and had pumpkin pie for breakfast!

51 comments:

  1. Wow... what a feast! I'm so happy you posted the link to your dinner rolls, I was hoping to try them out for Christmas. Aren't pomegranates the best? What a dinner... my mouth is watering at this post.

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  2. All look nice and delicious Betsy:)
    I love pomegranates, are beautiful,
    we dont have black fridays Betsy:)

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  3. It sounds lovely, Betsy. Glad you managed to salvage the pie. It's so annoying when you drop a dish. My daughter still remembers the day my mum dropped a dish of sauce on our (new) dining room carpet. It seems to have been the highlight of her Christmas that year!

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  4. Happy post gobble day! ha ha Lovely pictures too. Hmmm, perhaps Santa knows what to buy you this year in replacement dishes. That is wonderful about Alex joining you at the table too.

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  5. BPG ~ hope you love the rolls!

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  6. Gloria ~ you aren't missing anything with Black Friday. I don't do it! ha.

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  7. jenny ~ yes, some times it's the catastrophes that we remember...at least we can laugh about them. Sauce on the carpet. Oh dear.

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  8. I know that Betsy I never go to malls also I think I dont need black fridays but I heard about it, I saw it at News:)

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  9. Happy Thanksgiving a day late, Betsy! All of your food looks wonderful!

    I had pie troubles too. I could not find my second pie pan so we had a square pie instead. ;)

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  10. sounds perfect to me, I think I will try upside down turkey roasting again this year, I did it once but don't remember theoutcome, I like you style for breakfast!

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  11. Hi Betsy .. that's great and the party looks a success - with the extra special addition of Alex at the table and enjoying the food - so pleased - must have made you all so happy .. cheers and enjoy the left-overs ... mind you with your five hungry men - can't be much left!! - Hilary

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  12. Sorry I missed it. Maybe my sister and I can sneak in next year, as we discussed, haha!

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  13. Gloria ~ I'm sure it does make international news...stupid greedy americans trampling each other for a deal. Oh dear. hahaha.

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  14. Silver ~ you and kathy would be most welcome to join us...no sneaking necessary.

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  15. jill ~ I'm sure a square pie would be delish! :)

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  16. oo i bet the pomegranite and feta was good...we so one with raspberries...well it looks like you ate well...smiles.

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  17. I love the blue dish betsy You know I take pictures of food and plates is my work(lol) lovely dishes:)

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  18. I saw your light and Fluffy rolls recipe, look amazing betsy!

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  19. thanks, gloria....you do take gorgeous photos of food...and on lovely dishes, too! :)

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  20. I love the way you tell us about your days, thank you
    Sharon

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  21. I'm so glad you had a happy holiday. Other than the pie dish breaking, it all sounds wonderful. And the salad sounds delish...can you post the recipe?

    XO,
    Jane

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  22. Blondie ~ there really isn't a recipe...

    lay half a pear, seeded on a lettuce leaf.
    sprinkle with pomegranate seeds (or craisins), praline pecans, and feta cheese.
    drizzle with balsamic viniagrette.

    Yum. :)

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  23. Question #1: does roasting the turkey upside down on its breast cause the skin to stick to the rack?

    Question #2: is the breast skin not crispy when roasted upside down?

    I've wanted to try it but these two issues hold me back every time.

    I did try one thing new. I read cooking your stuffing in a crock pot keeps it moist and boy, did it ever! It was awesome and I will definitely do that again.

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  24. CaliGirl ~ yep...and I hesitated for those reasons, too. I used a turkey roasting bag. I oiled and spiced up the breast and then put it in upside down. It did not stick but it does not brown. So, it isn't a pretty presentation of the bird. That was the only bad part. If I was having company and really wanted to impress, I would not turn it upside down. This time it was just family and a small crowd...the perfect time to experiment.

    That's a great tip on the dressing..I'll have to try that!

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  25. Ooooh!!! What a feast of utter yumminess!!

    Glad you had a brilliant Thanksgiving! Enjoy your rest and pumpkin pie - you deserve it!! Take care
    x

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  26. Whaaaaat!? That looks so delicious, you must be quite the chef, Betsy. When's dinner? Haha.

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  27. Bummer about your pie pan! Good job on pie recovery though. :-) That salad sounds delicious and my mouth is watering over the leftover sliders. LOVE eating pie for breakfast!!

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  28. Tracy Jo ~ you're my kind of girl! :) I'll be sad when the pie is gone. ha. And back on the treadmill, too!

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  29. I bet it was nuggets fault you dropped it right?
    Everyone has to blame the bunny for such a sight
    Couldn't be just you
    That wouldn't do..haha
    Tons of food indeed
    Of course you had four men to feed
    Plus tons of other creatures about your zoo
    And good to know you aren't nutty like all those others in the black friday crew..haha

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  30. Pat ~ have nobody to blame but myself
    I knocked it right off the refrigerator shelf
    Was all alone in the kitchen, too
    Nobody else to blame at the zoo.

    Crazy Black Friday people
    The world now knows we have some greedy creatures.

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  31. And you have so many to point a finger at too
    Geez, but I gues that's a reason to get one that's new..haha

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  32. Thank you for the beautiful Thanksgiving wishes on my blog! Don't do Black Friday either--don't like all the crowds. Your dinner looks yummy! The pie didn't make it to the next morning at my house. LOL

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  33. Sounds just marvelous Betsy.

    So glad you could salvage that pecan pie....

    Our dinner was mouthwatering too, but the best part was watching all the teenage grandkids, laughing, joking, and just loving on each other. Nothing better than cousins at that age..

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  34. Happy day after Thanksgiving!! Thanks so much for your well wishes yesterday!! That meant alot!! We survived our first thanksgiving away from home..gonna post pics on blog soon! made grandmas homemade rolls for the first time with abbys help:) we had a nice cozy fire going and glasses of wine...very relaxing day! skyped over to moms and it was rather loud!! lol too many grandkids!!

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  35. It looks like a feast. I'm glad you were able to salvage the pecan pie! No Black Friday shopping for me either!

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  36. It looks so very good! And, I confess, that I love pie (or anything else quirky) for breakfast too! No Black Friday for me either.

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  37. Everything looks delicious and the table looked beautiful, Betsy! I'm glad you were able to rescue your pecan pie!

    I do all my shopping on the internet, as I have to have most of my gifts shipped out of state to my children and grandchildren. I make sure the boxes are labeled "Do not open" and I wrap everything when I visit for Christmas! :)

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  38. Thanks for sharing your lovely day. Great idea to 'recover' the pecan pie - atleast the crust wasn't full when you dropped it huh? Thanks for your sweet comment at my blog. I've thought about you a lot this week and am thankful for the gift of you in my life. Our big meal is tomorrow with all our kids here - I'm pooped already. =) Enjoy your weekend and those yummy leftovers.

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  39. Your pies look so delicious!! Beautiful too!
    Glad you had a great day and that Alex enjoyed the stuffing!!
    Me...I did some Black Friday shopping and we had a blast. Not too crowded...went at 8AM!
    Then went home with my bargains and took a nice long nap! Ahhh! Bliss!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  40. Oh, that salad looks sooooooo good, Betsy!! I'd have loved to have been sitting at your table. ;) blessings ~ tanna

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  41. looks delicious.
    i am with you - i stayed in on black friday, too! i would rather be in my pjs all day than wait in line for ANYTHING ( except maybe a starbucks) LOL!
    happy thanksgiving to you my friend!xo

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  42. I had bread pudding for breakfast .. we had devoured all the pumpkin and key lime!!!

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  43. Yum, Helen!~ I may have to make bread pudding with any leftover rolls!

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  44. Betsy hope you have a lovely days with kids, I wanna try soon your light and Fluffy rolls look amazing:)

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  45. I'm rather late to your party (but with a good excuse).
    How so very "Betsy" of you to save your pie. I think I would of given up.

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  46. Christine ~ you know you're always welcome...even when late. :) The kitchen is always open here!

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  47. Gloria ~ I hope you like them! They always turn out nice. We made leftover turkey sandwiches with them, too. yum.

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  48. When I make betsy I will tell you:)

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  49. I've heard this year about people cooking their turkeys upside down on purpose to make the meat juicier. Remember I made mine upside down last year on accident and the meat didn't get cooked! Of course, I guess if you're doing it on purpose you know to check the temp of the meat on the underside, not the upperside...

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  50. Betsy, i came over and read through all your November posts :-) they are all lovely & warms my soul, thank you! your list is beautiful!!

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