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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Time Table to Thanksgiving. . .

Hard to realize that it's time, once again, for our Festive Thanksgiving Feast On Crooked Creek!!!

Thanksgiving On Crooked Creek November 2009!

We are so fortunate to alternate Thanksgiving and Christmas with our son and daughter~in~law. So~o~o... this year "Mr. Ed" and I have created a Time Table to Thanksgiving. . .

What's On The Menu? 14

Oven Roasted Cornbread Stuffed Turkey
Mashed Potatoes &  Gravy
Green Beans
Waldorf Salad
Iced Tea

Pecan Pie with Whipped Cream
Chocolate Cake with Butter Cream Frosting

Sunday ~ November 20. . .
#Take Turkey out of freezer and place on a cookie sheet in refrigerator to begin slow defrosting!
#Make MoMa's Never ~ Fail Pie Crust.

Never ~ Fail Pie Crust:

3 cups self ~ rising flour **
1 1/4 cups Crisco shortening
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup cold water

Mix dry ingredients. Cut in the shortening until dough resembles lumpy texture.
Mix wet ingredients. Slowly pour into the dough and mix with a wooden spoon.
Do NOT over mix or dough will be tough!

Wrap tightly in Saran Wrap and refrigerate unit ready to roll out for pies!
Yields 3 pie shells.

** For all~purpose flour, add 1 teaspoon baking soda to 2 1/2 cups flour.

Monday ~ November 21. . .
# Grocery Shopping for fresh produce and last minute  dairy items!

Tuesday ~ November 22. . .
#Set ~up lower living table for desserts!
# Bake "Mr. Ed's" Easy Cornbread for the Cornbread Dressing!

"Mr. Ed" has been published in his
High School Alumni Cook Book in 2003!

"Mr. Ed's" Easy Corn Bread 50!

"Mr. Ed's" Easy Corn Bread:

1 1/4 cup all ~purpose flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg, beaten

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease 8 or 9 inch pan.

Combine dry ingredients.
Stir in the milk, eggs and oil mixing until just the dry ingredients are moistened.
Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes.
Serves 8.

!!Reserve 1/2 (or 4 servings) for the cornbread dressing!!
Crumble and leave in an uncovered bowl on the counter until ready to prepare Cornbread Dressing!

Wednesday ~ November 23. . .
#Iron table linens and set the dining room table.
#Bake Pecan Pie.
#Bake Chocolate Cake ~ 
            Frost cake with Butter Cream Frosting when cool.
#Take Turkey out of wrapper and wash thoroughly.
            Return to refrigerator until time to stuff on Thursday morning!

Thanksgiving On Crooked Creek 2011!
(Table setting Sneak Peek )
Thursday ~ November 24. . .
#Prepare Cornbread Dressing. (Recipe follows.)
#Stuff Turkey with Cornbread Dressing
              and into oven to roast...early!!!
#Make Waldorf Salad.
#Wash and peel Potatoes. Set in cool water until time to cook.
#Prepare Green Beans.
#Prepare "extra" Cornbread Dressing for baking.
#Warm Croissants &  Gravy.
#Brew Tea &  Coffee.

Semi ~ Homemade Cornbread Dressing:

1 onion, chopped
2 ~ 3 stalks celery, chopped
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cans Swanson's Chicken Broth
1 bag Herb Seasoned Pepperidge Farm Stuffing Mix
1 pkg. Stove ~ Top Stuffing / Chicken flavor
4 servings "Mr. Ed's" Easy Cornbread
2 teaspoons Poultry Seasoning
1 tablespoon Parsley,chopped 
2 cans Creamed~Style Corn
1 can Water Chestnuts, drained and sliced or chopped
1 stick butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten

Chop onion and celery and saute in 2 tablespoons melted butter until transparent.
Add the Swanson's Chicken Broth, the dry packet of Stove ~ Top Stuffing with amount of water listed on the package and the stick of butter. Heat until combined. Remove from heat.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
Stir in eggs, creamed ~ style corn, and the water chestnuts.
Pour liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
Stuff into the cavity of the prepared Turkey and into the oven immediately!

Place "extra" dressing into a greased baking pan and set aside until closer to mealtime.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 ~ 30 minutes.

As we gather for a Festive Thanksgiving Feast,  
                           let us always remember to Give Thanks ~

A Thanksgiving Prayer

We cannot thank you, God, enough
For all the gifts you give,
For life and breath, for joy and song
That fill each day we live.

With gratitude this special day
Our praise goes up to you
For loved ones whom we cherish,
For all they are and do.

Lord, thank you for companionship
With those who share this meal;
The ones not gathered here with us,
Let them Thy blessing feel.

And now, oh heavenly Spirit,
Descend on us, we pray;
Teach us to share the gifts we have
Today and every day.


Doris Land Mueller

Our wish for you this Thanksgiving Day is that you receive some of the same blessings that you give to "Mr. Ed" and I here On Crooked Creek.

Until next time...

On Crooked Creek will be joining our gracious hostess, Yvonne @ StoneGable for On The Menu Monday! What a blessing Yvonne continues to be in my life here in the Land of Blog!
 Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends!


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

our menu is the same with the exception of the pie, pumpkin for us, I am allergic to pecans!


What a manu, wish I could go to your house for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the recipes, I like them all. I make Sweet Potato Bake with pecans and it's a fav of the family, actually here in Ecuador we make it with "camote", which is a sweet and delicious tuberculous, it comes out great. Thanks for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. FABBY

Marigene said...

Wonderful menu, Pat!
Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving...

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

My time table is pretty similar, however we are having out Thanksgiving dinner on Sat. The children are going to the in-laws on Thursday. Our menu is also similar, except we will have chocolate, pecan and pumpkin pie and our dressing will be made a little different. No corn or anyting else. Bread, cornbread, biscuits, celery, onions, eggs, chicken stock and seasonings. It is so good, and will be my favorite for leftovers. I pray all of the Lord's Blessing for you and your family. Hugs, Marty

Richard Cottrell said...

Sounds divine, I hope the dinner I am going to is as good as yours sounds. Best Thanksgiving wishes from my blog to yours, Richard and Sissy from My Old Historic House.

Mary Ann said...

The poem was wonderful, and so apt.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Pat, thank you for your very kind words! The feeling is mutual!
What an industrious week you are going to have!
Thanks for sharing your timeline and your wonderful menu and recipes for all of us ON THE MENU MONDAY!
Blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

Barb @ A Life in Balance said...

The cornbread stuffing sounds yummy! We usually do a traditional bread stuffing, though this year we're also making German stuffing.

CJ said...

Great time table, and thanks for commenting on mine. It is fun to compare strategies. If you have time, I would love to read your Waldorf Salad recipe. That sounds like just what my lineup needs, apples and nuts, oh my! Happy Thanksgiving. ~CJ

podso said...

Wonderful menu! And thanks for the reminder to take my turkey out of the frig-seriously! it's coming quickly! Have a blessed thanksgiving!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Your menu sounds wonderful Pat!

Happy Thanksgiving!

bj said...

My Wed. sounds about like yours. Baking this evening...turkey is thawed (in the fridge), dressing is made (in freezer), waiting for turkey juice..table is set..Grandgirl here to help with the baking..Early to bed tonight so we can get that turkey into the over EARLY and YAY....all my family will be here plus 3 friends. I am so very blessed. GOD IS GOOD...ALL THE TIME.
Have a blessed and fun Thanksgiving.
xo bj

Shelia said...

Your menu sounds so wonderful! I wish you a most blessed Thanksgiving.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Pondside said...

It all sounds delicious - just different enough from our October Thanksgiving to make me think a little tweak to next year's menu might not be a bad thing.