What is Thanksgiving to you? Thanksgiving is a day I reflect on things I am thankful for. And there are many! God, family, friends, health, shelter, the ability to pursue my dreams and the people who help make that happen (like you!), and the list is endless.
But, with everything I am thankful for, the week of Thanksgiving often weighs heavily on my heart. My little brother (45) and Mom both have birthdays this month. The 22nd and 25th, respectfully. So this has always been a wonderful week! However, February 2016 I lost Mom and my brother, a week apart. I try hard to focus on the memories and good times. I know that’s what both of them would want. And my older brother is still with me, so I am very thankful for that!
Family and Friends are in the top of my thankful list. Without them, what is life all about? It’s nice to get together and reminisce as well as make new memories. Having our kids over when hubby and I cook a meal – LOVE IT! Especially now that Grandkids are involved! Flying out to CA to visit my son – OH YES!!! We have similar interests as we are both artsy / crafty people. He has formed a band and not only plays guitar, but also writes lyrics and composes music. Outings with my daughter – THE BEST!! No matter where we go, or what we do, it’s always fun. And I’m trying to keep her as stress-free as possible until college graduation gets here! What are some fond memories you have?
Okay – Now Let’s Talk Food! What is your Thanksgiving meal? Ours is not always the same. Most of the time it is fairly traditional for us – ham, turkey, dressings, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, and many desserts, especially pecan and pumpkin pies. This year, we are mixing it up a little. Sticking with ham, because that’s my favorite! Our other “meat” dish is Plantation Supper (recipe at the end of post). And sides of course – green bean casserole, smothered cabbage, and rice dressing. Desserts – well, my daughter is making a Cookie Dough Trifle. http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a50270/cookie-dough-trifle-recipe/ With all of that, I think we will be satisfied at the end of the day!
I’m sharing with you the recipe for Plantation Supper. It’s an easy dish to make, can be customized to your taste, and freezes well if you need to make it ahead of time. (Also makes a good 4-H competition dish.)
Please share what you are thankful for, fond memories, or holiday recipes.
1 ½ lb. ground beef
½ c. chopped onion
½ c. chopped bell pepper
½ c. milk
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
8 oz. sour cream (or cream cheese)
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
Salt, pepper, or your favorite seasoning
1 pkg. egg noodles
16 oz. shredded cheese (8 oz. works, but I love cheese!)
Brown meat, add onion, bell pepper, and seasonings and cook until tender. Drain excess fat. Stir in milk, soups, sour cream, and corn until well blended. Prepare noodles according to package directions. Combine meat mixture and noodles in pan. Top with shredded cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Serve with warm rolls.