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Thanksgiving Recipes

This week, I will share with you some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes while we go through the holiday season of being grateful for what we have. It is exciting that Thanksgiving is this week. I love this holiday. I just don't love all the work that I have to put into it on my feet in the kitchen.

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Sunrise is always a beautiful time of day here on the farm!Sunrise is always a beautiful time of day here on the farm!

November 22-November 28, 2021
Thanksgiving Recipes


Monday, November 22, 2021

This was a delicious turkey that David cooked on Saturday, November 27, 2021.This was a delicious turkey that David cooked on Saturday, November 27, 2021.

Good Monday morning and Happy Thanksgiving week! Our turkey is thawing for a Saturday meal! Yes, it will be turkey and dressing for Svengoolie on Saturday evening! We are having company on Thanksgiving Day and we will be taking them out to eat. Yay! I got the day off for the first time in years.

Today, the housekeeper is here taking care of business for company. Nacho is here with more dirt for the raised garden bed. We found a ton more outdoor Christmas decorations for the guys to put up.

This morning, Matthew led a team to dismantle the sectional in the living room. It is now in many pieces sitting on my front porch. My stepson, Jeremy, will be taking it home with him when he comes this week. Our new furniture is supposed to arrive this afternoon. Then we can put up the tree. There was just no room in the living room with that huge sectional and after Molly ate up one of the seats, we decided to get something a bit smaller.

The new furniture showed up around 4pm and is so much smaller than the sectional. There is plenty of room for the Christmas tree and presents.

We got a new two tone couch and loveseat. I am covering them in blankets just in case Molly wants to take a bite...We got a new two tone couch and loveseat. I am covering them in blankets just in case Molly wants to take a bite...

Thanksgiving Recipes

Today, I will share with you a couple of good Thanksgiving recipes for bread. I have made these bread Thanksgiving recipes for years, especially in the fall and winter when it is a bit cooler. I have been baking the banana bread since I was a young girl. It is delicious with some butter or cream cheese as a wonderful breakfast with coffee.


Thanksgiving Recipes - Banana Bread

You will need:

  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 and 3/4 cups sifted flour
  • 2 and 3/4 teaspoon double acting baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 bananas starting to turn brown)
  • A loaf pan and Pam or Crisco to grease pan

Optional: You can add 1 cup of raisins, chocolate chips, pecans, or walnuts to make your bread extra special.

Preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, beat the shortening with a mixer until it turns creamy and glossy, about two minutes at medium speed. Gradually add the sugar, beating until light and fluffy after each addition. Add the eggs and beat until thick and pale lemon in color.

Sift dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add a bit of the flour mixture alternately with a bit of the banana mixture into the large bowl with the butter, sugar, and eggs. Blend thoroughly after each addition. If you are adding in any of the optionals, do so now and stir it in well with a wooden spoon.

Grease or spray the bottom of your loaf pan. Do not grease or spray the sides of the pan. Pour the batter into the pan, using a rubber spatula to help you get all of it out of the bowl. Bake your loaf in a 350° oven for 60 to 70 minutes, until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the pan for 20 to 30 minutes and then turn over and let it come out on a plate. This recipe makes one loaf.


Thanksgiving Recipes - Pumpkin Bread

I got this recipe for pumpkin bread from a friend named Mildred Smith many years ago, in 1992 when I was a young mother. We went to church with Mildred in El Paso, Texas. She was known by many there as the tin can lady because she got recycling going in El Paso.

My pumpkin bread was delicious and moist. It was so good with butter and with cream cheese.My pumpkin bread was delicious and moist. It was so good with butter and with cream cheese.

You will need:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs (Add one egg at a time.)
  • 2 cups pumpkin
  • 3 and 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt

Optional: You can add 1 cup of raisins, chocolate chips, pecans, or walnuts to make your bread extra special.

Preheat your oven to 375° Fahrenheit.

Cream together your butter and sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add in the pumpkin and beat well.

Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a separate bowl. Stir together and then add to the wet ingredients. Beat well.

If you are going to add optionals, do so now and combine with a wooden spoon.

Spray the bottom of the pans with Pam or use Crisco shortening to grease the bottom of the pans. Pour the batter into the loaf pans. Bake for about 60 to 70 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the pan for 20 to 30 minutes and then turn over and let it come out on a plate. This recipe makes two loaves. You can cut the recipe in half or freeze one of the loafs to eat at a later date.


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Look at this beautiful sunrise blazing over the farm. Spectacular!Look at this beautiful sunrise blazing over the farm. Spectacular!

Good morning! It got down to 41° Fahrenheit and it is cold out there. I went out at 6:30am and fed the fish and all of the outdoor animals. Got a gorgeous sunrise while I was out there, too.

Then I came back inside and paid all of the bills for the business and home so once again we are square and the checkbook is balanced.

Now it is 8:15am and time for me to change and head over to our farm store. I have a hair appointment this morning and will probably be gone for a few hours.

One of the guys set my Christmas tree up in the house so one less thing for me to do. They are setting up decorations all over outside.

David and Matt went out to a resort that has hydroponics. It has over 74,000 acres with hunting and other things.

I got my hair done this morning. Now I look good for Thanksgiving.

It has warmed up some but the breeze has picked up.

Thanksgiving Recipes - Pie

Thanksgiving Recipes - Pecan Pie

You will need:

  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 and 1/2 cups pecans, whole or broken
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell (Homemade, refrigerated premade, or frozen, thawed)

Preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Make your pie crust and place it in a pie pan. If you are using refrigerated dough, that is fine. Place it in pie pan, ready to bake. If you are using a frozen pie crust from the store, thaw it. It usually is already in a pan.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the 3 eggs, corn syrup, sugar, melted butter, and vanilla until they are well blended. Stir in the pecans. Pour the mixture into the pie crust. Bake at 350° for 50 to 55 minutes or until a knife inserted halfway between the center and the edge comes out clean. Cool the pie before serving. Serves 8.


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Today, I got the house ready for company. It is now 4:54pm and they are still not here. They were supposed t arrive at noon and eat the catered lunch we got for our team members and them, but they missed it. We got the tree lights in the living room working and I covered the couches with blankets. They look good. I cleaned up quite a bit and I just took two loaves of pumpkin bread out of the oven.

David had planned to take the company out to dinner and then spend some time with the grandchildren tonight but by the time we go out to eat and get them checked into their hotel, it will be too late for that. What a shame.

We had company today. Sam had a stroke back in May, I believe and he and his sister and a friend came by just in time for lunch so we had a good visit. Sam wants to start coming back on a part time basis. Also, our production manager should be back on Monday. Rock is doing pretty well after surgery.

We got a lot of the business decorated for Christmas this week. We put up more lights and more blow ups as well as more Nativity sets. I still need to put up my light projectors.

Well, the grandchildren showed up about 5:15pm and we hightailed it to IHOP for dinner.


Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving! The grandchildren stayed up until after 10pm last night and still got up before 7am. Molly was barking at them this morning and that woke me up. The kids and I went out to feed all of the animals at 7:30am and it was warm and humid. Now it is 10am and it is windy, chilly, and raining off and on. It was 72° and now it is 64° with a low of 41° this evening according to the forecast.

I hope we eat some good Thanksgiving recipes today at Salt Grass. Yes, I am getting the day off this year and we are going to Salt Grass for Thanksgiving! We are waiting for some of our party to get here so we can leave for San Antonio.

This is my Salt Grass plate before I touched it. The mashed potatoes were good. Turkey dry, stuffing dry, gravy weird, green bean casserole mushy and no rolls or pie. Next year, I will cook.This is my Salt Grass plate before I touched it. The mashed potatoes were good. Turkey dry, stuffing dry, gravy weird, green bean casserole mushy and no rolls or pie. Next year, I will cook.

Half of us had the Thanksgiving meal at Salt Grass and the other half had the regular menu. I had the Thanksgiving meal but I wish I had ordered off of the menu. The stuffing had a nice flavor but most of it was burned and crisp. The green bean casserole was too liquidy. The turkey was a bit dry. There was no pie that came with the meal which I thought was strange. I thought there would at least be pumpkin pie. On a good note, the mashed potatoes were delicious once I added salt and pepper. There were no rolls, just the typical loaf of beer batter bread which is good.

In the evening, we started a fire and made s'mores out on the back deck with the grandchildren. It was a good day.

Thanksgiving Recipes - Bourbon Pecan Pie

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 9 inch pie shell, unbaked, in a pie pan (I made my own.)

First, preheat your oven to 375° Fahrenheit.

Mix the white and brown sugar in a bowl with the melted butter. Stir in the corn syrup, eggs, and bourbon. (Don't worry; the alcohol cooks out.) Fold in the pecans. Pour the mixture into the pie shell.

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350°. Continue to bake until the pie is set, about 25 minutes. Allow the pie to cool completely. You will find this pie has a really good flavor. I think it is the best pecan pie I have ever had.


Friday, November 26, 2021

This morning, our company loaded up our sectional, in many pieces. As that was happening, a helicopter flew very close to our farm. By the time I opened the camera on my phone, it was a bit farther away.

Then we took our company out to lunch up in Devine. Las Palmas was packed and we had to wait for a table. They must have been having a Black Friday sale because it is really not all that good.

After that, our company headed home. We came back and worked. I did a lot of laundry and most of it is now folded and put away. I have three more loads to fold. Right now, I am making potato soup for dinner. I am starving. It was in the 40s for most of the day and got up to 61° Fahrenheit. Now it is getting cold again. It is 6:25pm.

It was a long day and my legs are hurting. I am fixing to sit down, eat dinner and work on the computer. Today is Black Friday. Thank you to everyone who ordered seeds from us today! We appreciate it so much!

Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Recipes - Pumpkin Pie (Regular)

My pumpkin pie is ready to bake.My pumpkin pie Thanksgiving recipe is ready to bake.

This is a family recipe that I have eaten since I was a little girl.

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 slightly beaten eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 pie crust

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Thoroughly combine pumpkin, sugar, salt, and spices in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk, and evaporated milk to the pumpkin mixture. Blend together.

Pour into a nine inch pastry lined pie pan.

Bake at 450° Fahrenheit for ten minutes. Reduce temperature to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for another 45 minutes, or until mixture doesn't cling to a butter knife when inserted in the middle of the pie.


Saturday, November 27, 2021

David made our turkey in the convection oven.David made our turkey in the convection oven.

Today, I cooked all day long, making pies and side dishes for tonight's Svengoolie turkey dinner. David cooked the turkey over in the commercial kitchen using the convection oven. We both looked some Thanksgiving recipes up online. He read up on how to use the convection oven for the turkey. I found a bourbon pecan pie recipe. Somewhere, David had heard about bourbon pecan pie and he wanted to try it. It has two tablespoons of bourbon and the alcohol  cooks out leaving the flavor in the pie. It was pretty simple and it tasted good.

Clockwise starting with back left: cherry pie, pumpkin pie, and bourbon pecan pie. I made all 3 today with homemade pie crust. It was a job!Clockwise starting with back left: cherry pie, pumpkin pie, and bourbon pecan pie. I made all 3 Thanksgiving recipes today with homemade pie crust. It was a job!

After I made all of my Thanksgiving recipes, I put the angel up on the tree and set up a few decorations including my Advent table.

In addition to the pecan pie, I made a pumpkin pie and a cherry pie. I also made cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole and potatoes au gratin. It was a delicious meal.

Svengoolie was scary. It was a 1975 movie called The Devil's Rain and it was made with some real Satanic church advisers. Not one person in the movie spoke the name "Jesus" to release the power that would free them. They kept saying in the name of God, not using his name either. However, we know there is power in the name of Jesus.

Thanksgiving Recipes - Squash Casserole

You will need:

  • 2 pounds yellow squash
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • grated cheese (any kind)
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 8 ounce box of Stove Top stuffing mix
  • paprika to taste

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a large square baking dish with cooking spray. Boil squash and drain. Mix seasoning with Stove Top stuffing mix and spread on bottom of square pan. Mix squash with other ingredients, except cheese and paprika. Pour over stuffing mix. Top with cheese. Bake at 350° for about 25 minutes, until bubbly. Sprinkle with paprika.


Sunday, November 28, 2021 - Thanksgiving Recipes

My grandmother's Christmas tablecloth graces my coffee table this year for Advent.My grandmother's Christmas tablecloth graces my coffee table this year for Advent.

Good morning. It is 47° Fahrenheit and it is so cold. I had to go out earlier to feed all of the outdoor animals and I could not believe the way it feels. Everything is wet but the sun is shining. It must have rained more in the night. It should hit 72° this afternoon. We are having eggs and potatoes for breakfast.

Then we are heading off to church. Today is the first day of Advent so I have my Advent wreath and a new Advent devotional all ready on the coffee table. I still need to decorate the tree in my living room and put up some more decorations but at least I put the angel on the tree yesterday. I don't think I will put up the Christmas village this year.

Thanksgiving Recipes

There are so many Thanksgiving recipes that I am having a hard time choosing some for this page. Here is the last of the Thanksgiving recipes for this page.


No Bake Pumpkin Pie

You will need:

  • 1 prepared and baked pie crust (It can be made of pie dough, graham crackers, chocolate, or whatever type you prepare. The pie will not be baked so the crust must be cooked.
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 (16 ounce) can pumpkin or two cups pumpkin

In a heavy, medium saucepan, combine unflavored gelatin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Stir in sweetened condensed milk and eggs. Mix well. Let stand for one minute.

Over low heat, cook and stir constantly until gelatin dissolves and mixture thickens slightly, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in pumpkin and mix well. Pour into prepared crust. Chill for three hours or until set. Garnish as desired. Refrigerate.


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