Monday, November 24, 2008

How did I spend the weekend?.....I was getting ready for my big day!

Oh yes ladies, I have been glued to The Food Network, I LOVE The Food Network. I love to cook and bake and the holidays are my hayday. I don't get stressed, I get all excited to find new recipes and try new things.
Last year I was disappointed with my turkey. It didn't brown the way I wanted it to, so I am going to try something new this year. I asked Tim to find a turkey fryer for me and he did. So, for the first time we are going to fry a turkey. (Hopefully we won't burn the house down :) I'm pretty excited about it. I saw a turkey rub for a fried turkey that looks great on Paula Dean's Thanksgiving special.
Oh yes....I LOVE PAULA DEAN! She's by far my favorite on the network. I have several of her cookbooks.
I did some shopping and picked up my sweet potatoes but forgot I need more brown sugar. I got the celery for my stuffing but I'm having a hard time finding fresh sage for it. We know where we want to get the turkey, but we still need to pick it up. I can't seem to find a large butternut squash, just tiny ones. And I haven't decided on dessert yet. Any good suggestions?


Kim Kenward said...

This is my mother in law's favorite cookie (Powered Sugar Pecan Balls) and I bring it every year that we celebrate our Thanksgiving in Detroit.

1 c. soft butter (do not substitute butter for margarine - it has to be butter)
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1-2 c. powdered sugar for rolling

Cream butter and gradually add powdered sugar. Add vanilla, creaming well. Gradually add flour and nuts. Mix thoroughly. Shape into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for 35 minutes. Bottoms should be slightly brown. Tops will probably still be white.

While still warm, roll in sifted powdered sugar. Then immediately roll in powdered sugar again. Sift some more powdered sugar on top. Cool.

OH MY #6 said...


My all time fav. Raspberry Tiramisu Trifle.


Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Did I send you the Pumpkin Roll recipe last year..???
I will be posting it on my blog tomorrow..
I want to see the cute little doll..
Have a Great Day..

Gail said...

I don't have a turkey fryer but have had turkey made in one and it's yummy! Also love Paula Deen. I'm making a pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving dessert. Have a great week and time cooking and baking this week!

Somewhere In The Sun said...

We deep fry our turkey every year and it is fabulous! I'm not a huge fan of turkey but I love this. I also use Paula's rub.
You will love it!


Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

My BIL made a deep fried turkey one year and it was fantastic...good luck and hope you can find your missing items for those recipes!!

I love Paula too....she is so much fun to watch!!

Take Care,


Marla said...

Yummmmm! Don't you just love this week?!?! I got all my groceries this morning and am about to get started. Paula Dean rocks, I love her too, any woman who puts butter and sour cream in EVERYTHING is good people in my book. :)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

3D said...

Deep fried turkey is AWESOME! Google it as there is some prep work. But it is easy and simple and quick. Enjoy!

Keep smilin!

3D said...

Deep fried turkey is AWESOME! Google it as there is some prep work. But it is easy and simple and quick. Enjoy!

Keep smilin!

Christy said...

Im doing Thanksgiving tomorrow night for my hubbys side of the family and I cant wait. I get to cook all day and I love that!!! They dont want turkey so I am doing a pork loin-- not sure yet how im going to do it but some yummy way and then Im doing my awesome stuffing with lots of candied walnuts and apples with a brandy glaze and then mashed sweet potatoes and garlic broccoli and my mother in law is bringins a few things then Im doing chocolate pumpkin cheesecake pie for dessert-- I cant wait to start cooking tomorrow night!! Let me know how it goes with your dinner!!!

Christy :)

Kelley said...

You'll love the fried turkey...mmmmm!!! (Just be careful!) I like traditional desserts...gotta have pumpkin and pecan pies!

I really need to get my act together and start cooking, too. I have a terrific sweet potato recipe. I'll post it to the blog sure to check it out!

Holly said...

Wow. You are amazing. I am still waiting to grow up before I make an entire Thanksgiving dinner on my own. I'm only 34- ha ha ha.
(who is bringing Sam's pumpkin pies to our gathering!!!)

Lisa said...

We love deep fried turkey here! I think I like it best this way! Sounds like you are going to have a great Thanksgiving.

Truly Blessed! said...

My friends do the turkey fryer and LOVE it. Hope you're as happy as they are.

As for large b-nut squash, have you tried FH Foods? I was there Saturday and they've got some pretty big ones.

Wishing you a fantastic Thanksgiving...!

Patricia/NYC said...

Can we come to YOUR house?! LOL!!
In all my 25 years of being married, I have NEVER cooked a turkey! Shameful, isn't it? Or am I just lucky? lol!

Well, this year, I am STILL NOT cooking on T-Day, lol, but I did buy a 6 lb. turkey breast & plan on having our very first Thanksgiving dinner on Friday...just the 3 of us... I want to make sure I start making memories for Kiara! :) Now, if only I knew what the heck to do with said turkey breast! lol!

And as far as dessert goes...did you check out Lisa's "Half Gaelic Half Garlic" site? She had an amazing recipe for bananas & sweet potatoes that I am DEFINITELY making on Friday too! Sounds SCRUMPTIOUS!!!

Have a WONDERFUL holiday!!

Linda said...

I'm going to my daughter-in-law & son's for thanksgiving. I do bring the stuffing(my son said lot's of it) There will be about 20-25 people..3 families... I don't like pie!!, but I do like cake..I'm trying an new from scratch spice cake, that has great reviews..I love spice cakes!!! Happy Thanksgiving to your family.. Linda

Oatsvall Team said...

i think i love everything about you ... i read each post and can hear your voice (even though i have only meet you once) .. i love how passionate and excited you are about everything ... wish we lived next door !!!!

Made in China said...

Can't go wrong with apple pie!!!

Mr.Brian said...

For how many????
I've got a great butter brickel desert I make and also a hershey pie thet is to die for,however if you need to make it for a lot of people it gets very spendy.

Nancy said... do alot of scratch cooking. I'm impressed. I thought I did a fair amount, but it sounds like you put me to shame:)
Have a great day!!!

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

We were at Paula Deen's buffet restaurant in Tunica, Mississippi - it was excellent...
Have a happy thanksgiving... take care

Debz said...

I'm with Lea on this one. Raspberry Trifle all the way!!!!
Sounds like it's going to be quite a wonderful spread.

Just read about your sweet that he wanted to marry you. ;O)

day by day said...

Hey Kim!

I am right there with Patricia....I have been married for 20 years and have never cooked a turkey..not a one! One year I will have to and will be I know who I can turn to for advice. : )

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving day and lots of fun preparing!!