Gobble Gobble…Win a Butterball Turkey! *Giveaway*

This very quick giveaway is now closed!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The winners are Kristie, Jessica M., Amanda S., and Nancy M. Congrats and Happy Thanksgiving!

In one week, we’ll head over to my parent’s house to sit down as a family for a Thanksgiving meal.  This year, we were unable to visit my husband’s family because I’m about to have a baby!  Thanksgiving at each of our respective families’ homes is very different.  My husband’s familial celebration is large and traditionally Southern in all aspects (think green bean casserole and football).  My familial celebration is intimate with foods that are mostly representative of a traditional Thanksgiving meal.  Both are casual and involve a lot of discussion and lounging around (I prefer it that way these days).  And in each of our homes, food is abundant.


Frozen_turkey_This year (and every year before for as long as I can remember), we’ll have a turkey from Butterball.  I’ve had many a Butterball turkey in years past.  And this year, my father will do a majority of the cooking (just like he’s always done).  I enjoy a variety of traditional Thanksgiving foods…cranberries…stuffing…rice pilaf…potatoes.  But everyone knows to leave dessert up to me!  While it varies from year to year, pumpkin pie MUST be one of the desserts at our meal.  So, in light of the fact that we’ll be celebrating in one week, I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite pumpkin pie recipes:

Spiced Pumpkin Pie (courtesy of Williams-Sonoma):


1 small pumpkin, 2 1/2 lb.

Pastry for a 9-inch pie

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

3 eggs, beaten

3/4 cup half-and-half

Sweetened whipped cream for serving


Preheat an oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a baking sheet.

Cut the pumpkin in half through the stem end and place, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Bake until easily pierced with a knife, about 1 hour. Let cool. Scoop out the seeds and fibers and discard. Puree the flesh in a food processor fitted with a metal blade until smooth. Measure out 1 1/2 cups; set aside. Increase the oven temperature to 375°F.

On a well-floured work surface, roll out the pastry into a 12-inch round. Transfer to a 9-inch pie dish and gently press into the bottom and sides of the dish. Trim the edges, leaving a 1 1/2-inch overhang, then fold under the overhang and crimp to form an attractive rim. Prick the bottom and sides of the pastry with a fork. Freeze for 10 minutes. Line the pastry with aluminum foil and fill with pie weights. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the weights and foil and continue to bake until lightly golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Leave the oven set at 375°F.

In a bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, eggs and half-and-half until well mixed. Pour into the baked pie shell. Bake until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Let cool for at least 30 minutes. Serve the pie with the whipped cream on the side. Serves 10.

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326 Responses to “Gobble Gobble…Win a Butterball Turkey! *Giveaway*”

  1. Sondra — November 20, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving is the year that half-asleep I put the turkey in upside down. I couldn’t figure out why it looked so off while it was cooking. When we were getting ready to carve it we figured out what had happened. It was so moist and so good that the next year I did it like that on purpose!!

  2. Judith Greenberg — November 20, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I have so many wonderful thanksgiving memories over the years, but oddly the one that just came to mind was one year when my husband (then my boyfriend) was living in AZ and I was still in Los Angeles. He was headed back to LA on his motorcycle when the chain went through the engine. He had to park his bike on I-10 and hitch several hundred miles to LA. We then spent Thanksgiving Day driving back to get his bike and put in on a trailer we rented. So we missed dinner with family and ate in a coffee shop. And got stopped by California Highway Patrol on our way to get the bike for exceedng the speed limit with a trailer. It is still a very vivid memory for me and all ended well.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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  4. Barbara M — November 20, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    I remember when I was 10, my mom let me help make the dinner.
    It took a bit longer but it sure was fun!

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  7. Nancy M. — November 21, 2009 at 12:08 am

    One of my favorite memories was watching the Carousel Parade after eating Thanksgiving Dinner.

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  11. shelly aka allysmama — November 21, 2009 at 5:55 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is spending it with my grandparents and entire family. My grandma cooks for us and we have about 35 people there. Laughter and love fill the air!!

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  16. CMC — November 21, 2009 at 6:40 am

    My fondest Thanksgiving memory is of the year my mom decided to invite pretty much every immediate family member to our tiny apartment. We ate in the living room and some of us were in the kitchen, but it was a great holiday full of family and love. I don’t think I ever had a nicer Thanksgiving.

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  19. Nancy — November 21, 2009 at 6:46 am

    I remember my grandmother’s cornbread dressing at Thanksgiving! It was the best part of a delicious meal!

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  23. lilshuga2001 — November 21, 2009 at 7:45 am

    My fave Thanksgiving memory is the year before my Gramma died…1998. It was the last BIG gettogether we had before she left us… Everything was perfect, the food, the company, the laughs and what not.if i would have known that was going to be the last Thanksgiving id share w/her, i wouldve paid more attm to her secret ingrediants…but then again I was only 15…its been more than a decade…
    Now Im sad, 🙁

  24. clenna — November 21, 2009 at 7:47 am

    One Thanksgiving when my husband and I had been married two years, we decided to cook the turkey using a different recipe. My mother-in-law was visiting and said she’d love to try something new. We found a recipe in the microwave cookbook for cooking the turkey in a brown shopping bag! The bag was supposed to keep the moisture in and capture all the juices. Half way through cooking, you had to roll the turkey over. Talk about a mess. The juices soaked the bag, the paper pulled apart, it was too hot to handle, and it took longer to cook than the book said. We laughed so hard we nearly peed our pants. My MIL still talks about the turkey in the bag.

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  28. Kristie — November 21, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Last year my sister and I spent Thanksgiving traveling to Germany to see our parents. Even though it wasn’t a typical Thanksgiving-it made for a great memory!

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  30. Stephanie Jackson — November 21, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I have a Thanksgiving Memory. I remember once when I was a little girl, My father was out of work, and we didn’t have any money for a turkey. Some people from our church arrived around lunch time, with a turkey and the works for us. It was such a moment for me. How kind people can be. I try to share that kindness with others less fortunate , especially at this time of it. That memory made an impact on me.
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  32. Sharon R — November 21, 2009 at 8:53 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is one that is repeated every year. We have Thanksgiving dinner with family and then Thanksgiving evening all of our friends come over. for dessert and turkey sandwiches.
    Lots of love and Fun had by all.


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  35. Farrah — November 21, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Sweet Potato Casserole


    * 4 cups sweet potato, cubed
    * 1/2 cup white sugar
    * 2 eggs, beaten
    * 1/2 teaspoon salt
    * 4 tablespoons butter, softened
    * 1/2 cup milk
    * 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    * 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    * 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    * 3 tablespoons butter, softened
    * 1/2 cup chopped pecans


    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Put sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan with water to cover. Cook over medium high heat until tender; drain and mash.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together the sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish.
    3. In medium bowl, mix the sugar and flour. Cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse. Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potato mixture.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly brown.

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  38. Amanda Starr — November 21, 2009 at 9:31 am

    The first year my mom cooked the turkey in a brown bag. Oh man it was so tender and moist. It was one of the best turkeys I’ve ever had, yum!

  39. Charity L. — November 21, 2009 at 9:31 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving recipe is Green Bean Casserole.
    1 can of green beans, canned, drained
    10 3/4 ounces Cream of Mushroom Soup
    3/4 cup milk
    2 3/4 ounces French-fried onions
    1/8 teaspoon pepper
    Combine green beans, soup, milk, pepper and 1/2 of the onions. Stir together to mix well. Spread mixture in a 1 1/2 to 2 quart ovenproof casserole dish.
    Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Top with remaining onions. Bake 5 minutes more
    Comes out delicious!! I also sometimes add shredded cheese to it. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks!!

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  44. Jackee — November 21, 2009 at 9:41 am

    This is a great recipe I found online from Cathy at http://allrecipes.com we have it every year!

    Sweet Potato Pie

    2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
    1/4 pound butter, softened
    2 eggs, separated
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/2 cup evaporated milk
    1/4 cup white sugar
    1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
    In a mixing bowl, combine the sweet potatoes, butter, egg yolks, brown sugar, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and evaporated milk. Mix together well.
    Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; add 1/4 cup sugar and fold into sweet potato mixture.
    Pour into pie shell and bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 10 minutes. Reduce heat and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes or until firm.

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  48. kc — November 21, 2009 at 9:45 am

    I know I am not te first to have done this…I cooked my first turkey with all the giblets inside, still in the bag! Now, I know better , but I stuff the turkey at both ends with dressing,

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  50. Linda K — November 21, 2009 at 10:01 am

    My mom used to make the best cranberry relish.. It was just cranberries, apples and sugar. So tasty.

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  51. jennifer — November 21, 2009 at 10:02 am

    I don’t follow any recipes, I usually just pull everything together… but, last year, my mom was over to help with all the food, and actually tripped over the dog while putting the turkey in the oven, and the turkey flew across the kitchen floor! Of course we didn’t tell anyone until AFTER we had eaten!

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  55. Kim — November 21, 2009 at 10:23 am

    my memory is of my Papaw always saying an EXTRA long blessing. 🙂

  56. Angie (Losing It and Loving It) — November 21, 2009 at 10:25 am

    This Thanksgiving hubs and I will be spending time with my family and mom didn’t have enough veggies on the menu so we will grill some yummy veggies like zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus, mushrooms and brussel sprouts. Yum!

  57. andrea estes — November 21, 2009 at 10:55 am

    have made several variations on this cake! I think this is the best. The only thing is trying to resist eating the whole cake! Go ahead because it is super easy to make and has vegetables in it!
    1 spice cake mix
    1 cup milk (I use skim!)
    1 tablespoon vanilla
    1 grated zucchini
    1 can Glory sweet potato casserole product
    3 eggs
    1 tablespoon cinnamon
    Mix zucchini,eggs, vanilla,sweet potatoes, and milk together. Add the cake mix and blend as usual. You may need to add more milk if your mix is tight. Fill a sprayed and floured bundt cake pan. Bake on 300 degrees until a knife comes out clean. This takes me around an hour.
    1 block of Nuefchatel cream cheese (just low fat!)
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    powder sugar (enough to get the icing as thick or thin as you want it)

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  59. angie — November 21, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I used to love going to my grandmothers for thanksgiving dinner as a child

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  62. Jessie C. — November 21, 2009 at 11:24 am

    My first Thanksgiving memory with cooking my own turkey was a disaster! My family is still laughing about this Chef Special “DARK” turkey.

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  69. Danielle E. — November 21, 2009 at 11:35 am

    My memories of thanksgiving are my Mom getting up at 4am to put the turkey in the oven. But the funniest is one year my Mom trying to defrost a still partially frozen Turkey. Her we were with this huge Turkey pouring warm water inside it trying to thaw it. Needless to say dinner was late that year.

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  74. Jo — November 21, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Sauteed Green Beans
    Boil 2lbs of french style greens beans. Fry 6 slices of bacon in a skillet. Remove bacon. Fry 1 chopped onion in the bacon grease. Add crumbled bacon and chopped onion to drained green beans.

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  76. cher — November 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    This year we are hosting Thanksgiving for the 1st time and our memory so far is making hand turkeys to decorate the table!


  77. sonya — November 21, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    my fav memory is my first try at cooking a turkey. When it was carved a nasty bag of parts was found inside. I didn’t know I was supposed to take it out! 🙁

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  79. Matt — November 21, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving has always been when we used to get together every year with my cousin and play the Pay Day board game before Thanksgiving dinner. It was so much fun.

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  81. Maureen — November 21, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I have always loved Thanksgiving.. I grew up in a large family, I have 5 younger siblings. I remember on Thanksgiving morning mom would make us cinnamon rolls, then we would all sit around tearing up loaves of bread as we “helped” mom make her homemade stuffing. After that straight in the Living Room to watch the Macy Day’s Parade.
    Lots of fun, Great memories.
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  83. Rhonda Martin — November 21, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    My mother always cooked the Thanksgiving Turkey and all us kids would bring a dish so she wouldn’t have to do it all. Well my sister decided that she wanted to put on the Thanksgiving dinner and cook the Turkey so we did the same as in the past we all made a dish and headed for my sisters house. The Turkey looked great and we all started to eat and my father started carving the Turkey to discover that she had left the giblet bag inside~!!! lol She had no idea that you were suppose to take out the giblet bag and we all laughed so hard ,of course not at her but with her. I don’t think she will forget her first experience at cooking the Turkey dinner nor the rest of us.
    Thanks for Sharing & for Caring. 🙂

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  86. Nancy S — November 21, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving was last year. I had my 2 week old baby girl that I was SO thankful for. I got to introduce her to my whole family. It was so GREAT. Holidays became so much more special after having her!

  87. Cheryl — November 21, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Four years ago the entire family was at parents house. My dad was bed riden due to diabetes and we had Hospice helping us. His hospital bed was in the den. We were all over the house having a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner that we knew would be our last with Dad. My niece was 5 years old. No one had told her to, but she had gotten Dad a piece of cake and was standing on a stool beside him. He was unable to use his arms, so she was feeding him his cake. I got every ones attention and it brought teas to our eyes. Some of us had to go outside for a good cry. (even have tears now). My Dad loved this little granddaughter and boy she did him. We realized we were all caught up with talking and eating, but she was unselfish and tending to her PAPA.

    Love you dad, look forward to seeing you again!

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  91. maureen — November 21, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I got married on the 14 of November in 1998. We came home from our honeymoon on Thanksgiving. My husband’s family and my family live about 25-30 minutes from each other. While we were dating we used to split the holidays. This was our first holiday married. My family was out of town at one of my siblings. So while I was thrilled to be able to spend it with my in-laws I still missed my family. I was also told on that day that I was going to be an aunt for the first time. Since then I have 6 more nephews and 3 more nieces on my side. This is just a memory that stuck out in my head.

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  93. Julie L — November 21, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    One of my Thanksgiving memories is the last Thanksgiving I spent with my dad before he passed away the following Janurary

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  95. Lauralee Hensley — November 21, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    My best thanksgiving memory was the year my Dad got ahold of the Salvation Army in our area and asked them if somehow they knew of someone who had a need for something other than food or money. They told him about a woman with small children who needed a new set of tires for her car, so she could get back and forth to work safely. My Dad bought that woman a new set of tires for her car and the Salvation Army passed them on to her. He didn’t want the woman to know who he was, he just wanted a gift to go to someone really in need that year. So on that Thanksgiving Day, the Salvation Army called our home, they said the lady who had received the tires wanted to say thank you, and could they put her on the phone. She got on the phone and thanked my Dad, though he still never let her know who he was. She told him, she was a single mom raising her children by herself. That she didn’t have enough money after all the other bills to buy the much needed tires and she was so grateful because now she felt safer on the roads. Seems some of the people working at the Salvation Army in our location, put the tires on for her, so she didn’t have to pay anyone for that service.
    The phone call made my Dad’s day, and he knew that she had something to be grateful for that year, and my Dad knew he had something to be grateful for too, that he had done well that year and was in a position to help someone else, because for many years there wasn’t the money in our family to help others in any aspect.

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  97. Cathy B — November 21, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    its funny, after having having a stroke a few yrs ago, i don’t have some of my past memories… but I absolutely remember one Thanksgiving I think I was about 12 or 13. After 3 days of preparations with my cousins and aunts, and everyone, as Thanksgiving was going to be at our house that year, the girls and ladies were all pretty tired from all the cooking. Everyone arrived, we all ate, spreading out between 3 rooms. As soon as the meal was done, the men and boys suddenly disappeared! I got up and went into the living room… there they all were, finding comfy spots and some had already snoozed off!!….poor boys… so tired …. from all their eating!..

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  101. judy brittle — November 21, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory was my first one as a newlywed. I invited my entire family over and made everything myself. The trouble was I was asking my mom how she would get so much stuffing in her turkey yet I only was able to stuff just a little. I stuffed the neck section only. oops! Plus it didn’t turn out too well since I also failed to take out that bag of gizzards and stuff. No one wanted turkey that day. I learned that day I can laugh at myself. Thank you!

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  104. Birdie S. — November 21, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    My best memory of Thanksgiving was when my fiancee gave me my engagement ring after dinner when I was helping his mother do dishes in the kitchen..on Thankgiving Day …..well all worked out well we’ve been married for 37 years…… !!!!!

  105. Amy — November 21, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    I remember our first Thanksgiving together, my family and I came to this country from England when I was 12 and it was a while before we adjusted to celebrating Thanksgiving but our neighbors invited us to share theirs the first year we were here and it was such a warm celebration that the following year we decided to host our own Thanksgiving dinner.

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  112. Steph — November 21, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    I remember going to a nursing home to put on a Thanksgiving play for the residents when I was in third grade. It was great to brighten their day!

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  114. Wendy — November 21, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    My favorite memory is sharing Thanksgiving with just my husband and my 2 boys. Hearing my 3 year old tell what he is thankful for is priceless.

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  116. Jennette — November 21, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    My only time cooking was burnt turkey~everything else was great;)

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  118. Nicole (SAHM Reviews) — November 21, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    When we moved to California, we were alone. Seldom did family come to visit. One of the best memories is when the neighbors invited us to join their family. True meaning of sharing, I tell you.

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  121. Clarissa Neiding — November 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    growing up my mom always made a chocolate pudding pie for thanksgiving. It was the only time of the year she made it and my sister and I loved it so much. Grown up now I know there is no secret recipe, nothing special about it. All you do is follow the directions for pie on the jello pudding box. But for some reason I still love it. I certainly have had fancier desserts but there is something comforting and homey about this that makes me recall my childhood!

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  126. Noreen — November 21, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    one year my mom dropped the turkey when taking it out of the oven, she never told anyone and served it to our guests.

  127. Angel S. — November 22, 2009 at 2:31 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory was when I was in high school and mom invited some of my friends over. They proceeded to get into a “roll” fight tossing the rolls at each other. We didn’t find one of them until two weeks later behind the couch. I guess why that is so special to me is it is a gerat example of how laid back my folks are and how comfortable my friends were around my folks. For the record though – don’t throw any rolls at my house!

  128. Mom24 — November 22, 2009 at 6:51 am

    My most vivid Thanksgiving memory is of two years ago when my daughter woke up vomiting and spent Thanksgiving laying on the couch and throwing up–it was awful. She was MISERABLE.

    Hopefully this one will be much better.

  129. julie cutshaw — November 22, 2009 at 7:02 am

    main entry: One of my most memorable thanksgivings was 23 years ago when we were in the Navy and lived in Elberta, Alabama a very small country like farming town which at the time had one country store/one sherriffs office/a small post office and an elementary school and in the center of it all a small but pretty park with big old trees covered in spanish moss and right in the middle was a wooden park gazebo in which on thanksgiving day the sherriff of the small town dressed up like santa and handed out bagged treats that he paid for his self for the kids. Each one was filled with lots of healthy fruit/nuts/a few candies and a small toy. He announced this giveaway each year way ahead of time so all would know that on thanksgiving day for about 2-3 hours he sat there playing loud christmas hems on the speakers from his sherriffs car near by that you could hear. Most of the kids who lived there were poor so this was a true treat for them to recieve. The reason this memory is so vivid and speacial to me is because that thanksgiving my daughter was 5 years old and her dad was on a navel cruise and could not be home to share thanksgiving with us. So it was just her & I no family which all lived hundreds of miles away and she was sad that day as I were too knowing he could not be home. So hearing about the generous giveaway that kind sherriff offered made me curious and we walked across the street to the park to see and I remember my daughter asking could I get one and I said yes dear so as she and all the other kids recieved there bagged treats there little faces just lighted up with joy to get them. It’s the kind hearted generousity that someone like him brings to others for no other selfish reason other than to put a smile on a face or shine a light in there heart, which did the same for me that day to see my little girl’s sadden day become brighter. So that day, that person,that memory made me want to be a better person because of the blessing he gave to others to pay it forward. For it’s those people that you met or know in your lifetime that shows you the true meaning of giving. Happy Holidays

  130. Helen S — November 22, 2009 at 7:17 am

    My favorite memories of Thanksgiving are when we would have Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents every year when I was a child.We still have Thanksgiving dinner the Sunday before Thanksgiving with my Grandmother. I am thankful for the time that I get to spend with her and the rest of my family.

  131. Helen S — November 22, 2009 at 7:18 am

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  132. Ashley — November 22, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Last year my grandma and I got into a little “squabble” about the gravy. But I just agreed with her and all turned out well. I’m already thinking ahead to leftovers: http://www.world-of-crepes.com/crepes-recipe-turkey.html

  133. Christine Jensen — November 22, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Best Pumpkin Bread Ever!
    3 c sugar
    1 c oil
    2/3 c water, milk or orange juice
    4 eggs
    2 c pumpkin, mashed
    3 ½ c flour
    2 tsp soda
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1 tsp nutmeg
    ½ tsp cloves
    ½ c chopped nuts
    ½ c raisins

    Streusel topping:
    ¼ c firmly packed brown sugar
    ¼ c finely chopped nuts
    2 Tbsp flour
    ½ tsp cinnamon
    2 Tbsp margarine or butter softened

    Heat oven to 350º. Grease and flour bottoms only of 2 (9X5inch) or 3 (8X4 inch) loaf pans. In large bowl, combine sugar, oil, water, eggs and pumpkin; beat 1 minute at low speed. In another bowl combine dry ingredients then combine with wet until moistened then beat for 1 min at med speed. Stir in nuts and raisins. Pour into prepared pans.

    Topping: In a small bowl, combine all ingredients until crumbly; sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350º for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean (although it tastes great to leave it just shy of clean!) Cool 5 min; remove from pans. Cool completely on wire racks

  134. jerrica puckett — November 22, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Cherry Cheesecake Tarts :
    1 package (10 ounces) frozen puff pastry shells
    2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
    1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
    1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
    Additional confectioners’ sugar
    Bake pastry shells according to package directions. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and extract. With a fork, carefully remove the circular top of each baked shell and set aside. Remove any soft layers of pastry inside shells and discard.
    Spoon the cream cheese filling into shells; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 5 minutes. Cool for 1 hour. Refrigerate until serving.
    Just before serving, spoon pie filling into shells. Top with reserved pastry circles. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 6 servings.

  135. jerrica puckett — November 22, 2009 at 8:44 am
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  137. Elizabeth N. — November 22, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Since I don’t cook on Thanksgiving, I will share a memory. We always went to my aunt and uncle’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. One year, when I was about 11, I was playing on the patio with one of my cousins. We were throwing a ball back and forth over the in-ground pool. You guessed it – one time, I leaned too far in and ended up falling headfirst into the pool! I was soaked and of course, had no change of clothes. My parents weren’t much help because they were too busy laughing at me! Let’s just say I didn’t even go on the patio the next year!

  138. Amber G — November 22, 2009 at 9:38 am

    My best Thanksgiving memory is making homemade mashed potatos with my great aunt!

  139. DeeAnn S — November 22, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Superb Sprouts
    1 lb. brussel sprouts cooked till done.
    Over medium heat, melt 1/2 stick butter, browning slightly.
    add 1 tbsp breadcrumbs and salt and pepper to taste, stir till well blended.
    Pour over drained sprouts and serve.


  140. Pat — November 22, 2009 at 9:52 am

    We always have the pumpkin pie recipe that’s on the back of the Libby’s pumpkin can.

  141. Mel W — November 22, 2009 at 10:10 am

    A thanksgiving memory I have is putting the marshemllows on the sweet potato pie, yum!

  142. Dddiva — November 22, 2009 at 10:22 am

    One of my fave memories- the first time I brought a pumpkin roll to Thanksgiving as part of our contribution (we go up the road to Ken’s moms – whoever is in the states comes so it is a huge gathering with TONS of food) and my sister in law Bonnie who doesn’t like pumpkin finally took a bite because everyone was raving how good it was- now I have to bring two so she and Ralph can fight over the last pieces. 😉

    I’ll be posting the recipe on my blog this week if you want it- it is really good!

  143. Dddiva — November 22, 2009 at 10:23 am

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  144. Adele — November 22, 2009 at 10:38 am

    One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories was the time that our whole family was together in Vermont. We were all invited to a wedding in the area, then rented a ski lodge, and had a real New England celebration. Thanks for this offer.

  145. Jill L — November 22, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I remember the year I was pregnant with my daughter. My son has some virus and he wasn’t supposed to be around any pregnant women. We had to cancel plans to go to my in-laws with pregnant SILs. I was spotting and scared I would miscarry and I had to buy a frozen turkey so it wasn’t even thawed out in time. I wound being isolated to my bed and eating a frozen pizza. Looking back, I can laugh, it seemed so huge at the time, but at least we were together (even if I wasn’t in the same room).

  146. Linda @ My Trendy Tykes — November 22, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I also remember cooking the turkey upside down one year! That is probably one of the memories that sticks out the most.

    Of course, that ended up being the best tasting turkey we had ever made!

  147. Angela — November 22, 2009 at 9:53 am

    One year after the meal and nap, we decided to go to the Nature in Lights in Belton on Ft. Hood (Texas). It was our first time so we were armed with cameras. It was so beautiful and so much fun, we did it the next year a few days after our birthday! But the funniest part of that night was when we were heading down an extremely dark road. My sister has a vivid imagination so she started saying “Let’s hope a guy with a chain saw doesn’t jump out at us!”. My imagination went into overtime and as I peeked behind us, I saw nothing but inky blackness. I imagined a guy with a chainsaw hitting the window and I got spooked. My sister never said another word about it!

  148. Darcie K — November 22, 2009 at 10:54 am

    My favorite memory is as a kid going down to watch the parade with the whole family!

  149. Darcie K — November 22, 2009 at 10:55 am

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  150. Robin — November 22, 2009 at 10:55 am

    One year I wasn’t able to make it home for Thanksgiving, so I had to settle for a TV dinner which isn’t the same

  151. McKim — November 22, 2009 at 11:39 am

    My Thanksgsiving memory happened several years ago when I was only 16. My father is in the hospital 150 miles away and my mother, who didn’t drive, was down there with him. Having no relatives within 1500 miles, my older brother and I were alone for Thanksgiving. My boyfriend came over and he and I fixed a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Even though we didn’t really know what we were doing, everything apparently turned out good because when my parents ate some leftovers a few days later my mother declared that I was now in charge of Thanksgiving dinners at our house!

  152. Shelly the Chic Crafty Chick — November 22, 2009 at 11:47 am

    My Thanksgiving memory is from when I was a little girl. My birthday is Nov 27th and so every couple of years it falls on Thanksgiving. I remember one year when it fell on Thanksgiving I was so excited. And, I told my mom instead of having birthday cake I wanted to put my candles in the pumpkin pie so we did. It is much better to have pumpkin pie with turkey than birthday cake.

    That was also the birthday my paw paw got me a jewelry box that played music and had a ballerina that went around. I loved that birthday.

  153. Rhonda Mason — November 22, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    My favorite memories are of the day before. From when I was small my Grandma always had her grandkids come the day before and help make things like clolslaw, puddings and pies. There was a job for everyone no matter the age. It was such fun to have Grams attention and be with cousins that we didn’t see much otherwise. And on the big day our accomplishments were praised by all! Now I have 14 grandkids and I do the same. The little ones shake instant puddings and on up to ham/cream cheese roll ups and deviled eggs. When their times come to do a dinner they will know how- and how to have fun doing it! Thanks
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  154. Rhonda Mason — November 22, 2009 at 12:11 pm

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  156. Terri K — November 22, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Let’s see, I have many Thanksgiving memories but one milestone for me was the year I was moved from the kid’s table to the big table to eat with the grown ups. I think I was eleven that year and thought I was so grown up.

  157. Terri K — November 22, 2009 at 12:34 pm

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  158. Chris N — November 22, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I make a killer cranberry sauce that has fresh cranberries, orange juice and zest , some sugar and walnuts. It just pops with flavor.

  159. nicole — November 22, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is making apple cider and pumpkin cinnamon muffins for breakfast and then putting up the Christmas tree right after lunch.

  160. Vicky H. — November 22, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I remember the first Thanksgiving where I did all of the cooking – just me and my sister. I was so worried that the turkey wouldn’t turn out right because it was my first attempt, but my sister enjoyed it and everything else so much that she randomly said “thank you” after tasting it. It made me laugh, but I was glad everything turned out great. My first Black Friday, the next day, was also a great experience. LoL.

  161. Vickie Couturier — November 22, 2009 at 11:53 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory would be the ones when my dad was alive,he was always the first to he table an the last to leave,he ate slowly an enjoyed his food,he died 10 yrs ago at age 62 an I didnt realize then how much I cherished him,now we have granchildren that he never met ,but we know to cherish the moment!

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  165. Candie L — November 22, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I remember when I was 19, I had my first Thanksgiving with my mother (raised by a single father) in over 15 years. Was pleasant enough. Thank you

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  167. Sarah C — November 22, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    This is what I am planning to bring to my side of the family’s Thanksgiving –

    It’s a Better Homes and Gardens recipe.

    Carmelized carrots with cayenne cream sauce

    2 Tbsp. olive oil
    2 lb. whole small carrots, peeled, tops on, and halved lengthwise
    1/4 tsp. salt
    4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
    2/3 cup whipping cream
    1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
    Snipped Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
    1. In an extra-large skillet cook carrots, cut sides down, in hot oil. Sprinkle with salt. Cook, covered, for 10 minutes. Uncover. Turn carrots, add garlic. Cover and continue cooking for 10 minutes more or until carrots are tender and both sides are golden brown. During cooking, gently shake skillet occasionally to prevent carrots from sticking. Transfer carrots to serving plate, cover and keep warm.

    2. Add cream and cayenne pepper to skillet. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat; boil gently, uncovered, for 2 to 4 minutes until cream is slightly thickened. Pour over carrots. Serve immediately. Makes 8 (1/2-cup) servings.

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  169. Valerie — November 22, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I have wonderful memories of Thanksgiving dinner at my aunt’s house. She was a great cook! Not only was the dining room table filled with delights…she had a huge buffet too, a dessert table etc… I miss that 🙂

  170. Valerie — November 22, 2009 at 1:06 pm

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  171. Pamela S — November 22, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving is the first I took my (now)husband to my family’s. His family were all out of town and he had no where to go, so he traveled with me to my family’s. They welcomed him with open arms and he loved it!!


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  173. ky2here — November 22, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    My favorite memory was our first T-giving together. Nothing culinary just the feeling of having established a family and the opportunity for new traditions. I remember feeling extremely content.

  174. Diane Baum — November 22, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    My fave was always going downtown first to see the Hudson’s Thanksgiving parade in the snow!

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  176. Donna C. — November 22, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    After finding this recipe, I no long but canned cranberry sauce

    1 cup water
    1 cup sugar
    1 bag cranberries

    Wash and pick over cranberries. In a saucepan bring to a boil water and sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add cranberries, return to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 10 minutes or until cranberries burst.

    Remove from heat. Cool at room temperature and than refrigerate. Will thicken as it cools.

  177. Mya Brooks — November 22, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory… The oven went out on the day of Thanksgiving while my mom was trying to cook the turkey. Well, no stores were open, so my dad went to the attic to get my mom’s Christmas present. A brand new microwave. Yes, the turkey was a wee bit dried out, but that had to have been the sweetest, best tasting Thanksgiving ever. My mom thought Thanksgiving was ruined, but daddy saved the day!

  178. vicky — November 22, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    My best thanksgiving memory was 6 years ago. At 9:08pm on thanksgiving night my wonderful daughter was born and placed in my arms. As I get ready for another thanksgiving and her birthday I know that I am so very blessed.

  179. shirley — November 22, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    one of my favorite Thanksgiving memorys is that after my mom passed away…i just took over the cooking role…one of my brothers would come in before everyone else…and taste test the dressing to see if it tasted like my moms…after my brother passed away..it seemed odd…not to someone testing the dressing..lol

  180. Carol — November 22, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I found out I was pregnant with my daughter on Thanksgiving (and my son on Christmas the next year!). Iwas thankful, that’s for sure!

  181. Carol — November 22, 2009 at 2:37 pm

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  184. Kimberly — November 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I remember being sick with the stomach flu on Thanksgiving when I was about 11. My grandma didn’t serve dinner until about 9 that night so that I could eat with the family.

  185. Kimberly — November 22, 2009 at 3:33 pm

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  186. Jenny Gibbons — November 22, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is my grandmother’s mincemeat pie. Normally I hate mincemeat, but my grandmother’s pies are something special.

  187. Manda — November 22, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    My favorite holiday memory (which is also a tradition) is the annual brawl over board games post meal. Games always get thrown. Love it.

  188. Belinda Shaw — November 22, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I remember the Thanksgiving when my mom baked her first turkey and left the gizzard bag inside the turkey. She also made the best chocolate cake from scratch. Gee I miss her.

  189. Elke McLeroy — November 22, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I remember my first turkey (a long time ago) I tried to impress my husbands family with my first Thanksgiving Dinner. Little did I know. When I took the turkey out of the oven and we started to take the stuffing out, out came a bag with the gibblings. Everybody was just cracking up. Through today this story still comes up at the table.

  190. Barbara — November 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is my mother’s stuffing. I’ve never had any nearly as good, and no one has her recipe so I guess it has to be just a memory.

  191. Susan Ledet — November 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    When I was young and newly married, I made a Thanksgiving feast for family and friends. All was going well until I had a small fire in the kitchen. A dish towel caught on fire and the smoke alarms were all going off. No major damage and I can promise you that it’s one Thanksgiving that we’ll never forget.

  192. Susan Ledet — November 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm

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  193. Sue E — November 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    My favorite memory of Thanksgiving as a child was getting up early to watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. Thanks for the chance!

  194. Belinda — November 22, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    My late father-in-law always said that he didn’t like turkey so for every holiday, my mother-in-law would fix a bowl of dressing with chicken added to it. He would always try the turkey anyway and say that although he didn’t really like turkey that this was the best he ever had and get another piece of it. I miss him most around the holidays whenever turkey is served.

  195. Abby C. — November 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory was the one when we actually had the WHOLE family together. It was a wonderful holiday.

  196. Carla Rider — November 22, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    My favorite memory about Thanksgiving would be when we are with family and friends. It is so great spending time talking about memory lane, and all the funny things that would happen. Like when my oldest feel asleep while eating, or sledding down a hill and falling on your bum, or when you cannot stop laughing, you start crying. These are the moments that live on.

  197. Kiara — November 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Sweet Potato Casserole with Bacon

    4 large sweet potatoes, quartered
    4 slices bacon
    3 tablespoons butter
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/2 cup light cream
    1/4 cup milk
    salt and ground black pepper to taste


    Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 2-quart baking dish; set aside.
    Place the sweet potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry until cool enough to handle.
    Meanwhile, place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. Chop the bacon coarsely; set aside.
    Slip the skins off the potatoes and discard; blend the potatoes in an electric blender or food processor until smooth. Stir in the butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, cream, and milk. Mix well; season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread the potato mixture in the prepared baking dish.
    Bake in the preheated oven until heated through, about 18 minutes. Remove from the oven; sprinkle the potatoes with the bacon. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

  198. Karen Gonyea — November 22, 2009 at 4:43 pm

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  199. Christie — November 22, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    My best Thanksgiving memory is going back to my Mother’s house after I was married. I wasn’t as happy as I should have been and walking into her house, smelling all the familiar fragrances of roasting turkey and cornbread dressing made me feel that I had come home. I had.

  200. catherine copeland — November 22, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Shrimp and Roasted Sweet Potato Hash Stuffing

    6 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch chunks
    7 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    3 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, more to taste

    1 teaspoon ground black pepper

    2 medium onions, diced

    2 medium green bell peppers, diced

    2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped

    2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped

    2 teaspoons chili powder

    2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

    1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice, more to taste

    6 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro.

    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl toss potatoes with 4 tablespoons oil, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Spread potatoes on two or three large baking sheets, leaving space between chunks so they can brown. Roast, tossing occasionally and changing position of baking pans so potatoes cook evenly, until potatoes are golden, crisp around edges, and tender, about 35 minutes.

    2. In a large skillet, heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, bell peppers and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, jalapeños and chili powder and cook 2 minutes more. Add shrimp and remaining teaspoon salt. Cook, tossing occasionally, until shrimp is just opaque, about 5 minutes.

    3. Pour in lime juice and scrape up any browned bits from bottom of skillet. Combine shrimp mixture with sweet potatoes in a large bowl and stir in the cilantro. Taste and add more lime juice and salt, if necessary.

    Yield: About 12 cups, enough to stuff a 12- to 14-pound turkey.

  201. Andrea — November 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    This will be a year of not being in the hospital and being thankful for those who are there for me daily and enjoying another day with them.

  202. Patricia Treskovich — November 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    My best thanksgiving memories are about my grandparents and aunt and uncle , all of whom have passed away. We had a large family gathering when they all were alive.

  203. Debra F — November 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    This is the best Creamed Spinach recipe ever. I think it is Emeril’s

    Creamed Spinach

    2 pounds fresh spinach, washed and tough stems removed
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
    1 teaspoon minced garlic
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/2 cup heavy cream

    Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the spinach and cook for 2 minutes. Drain in a fine mesh strainer, pressing with a large spoon to release as much water as possible. Finely chop and set aside.
    Melt the butter in medium saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, just until the liquid is released. Add the cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg, and cook until the cream is reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.

    Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to win a free turkey!

  204. Patricia Treskovich — November 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm

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  205. Amy DeLong — November 22, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    when my grammy was alive she had a huge dinner with the all the family!


  206. AmandaK — November 22, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is from a few years ago. I had come down with the flu and couldn’t go to my grandmother’s for the Thanksgiving meal. So, my mom, sister and dad ended up going. When they came back, they had huge platefuls of food so I wouldn’t be left out of the meal!

  207. Deci Worland — November 22, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Layer sweet potato slices, apple slices, butter and brown sugar. Cover and bake.

  208. Andi — November 22, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I have a TON of Thanksgiving memories. The ones that stand out are from when I was a kid and we go to my grandparents house on the farm. Back then there was always snow on the ground by Thanksgiving and we bundle up for the drive. Once we’d go into Grandma’s farmhouse the smells would just envelope you. Pie smell. Turkey smell. Warmth. It was fabulous!!

  209. Nadine L — November 22, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    One of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes is

    Cranberry Pumpkin Pie

    You can use a store bought Pie Crust or make one with this recipe:

    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon allspice
    3/4 cups cold shortening
    4 tablespoons ice cold water


    1 cup fresh cranberries
    1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    3 large eggs
    1 3/4 cups pumpkin puree (1 15 ounce can)
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1 cup evaporated milk

    Sift flour, salt and allspice in a bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender, or blend with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse oatmeal.

    Sprinkle water into the dough, one tablespoon at a time. Mix well with a fork after each sprinkling. If dough can be formed into a ball after putting 4 tablespoons, , you do not need the extra tablespoon of water. If it does not form a dough, add more water one TEASPOON at a time.

    Divide dough in two equal pieces. Wrap in waxed paper and let firm in refrigerator, about 15 minutes.

    Preheat oven to 425°F.

    CRANBERRY SPREAD: Put cranberries (and walnuts if you use them) in food processor. Pulsing, chop until cranberries are very small. Remove to a small bowl and stir in brown sugar and vanilla. Set aside.

    In a large bowl, beat eggs lightly. Stir in pumpkin, sugar, salt, cinnamon and ginger. Mix well. Slowly add evaporated milk, stirring until combined.

    Roll pie dough and line pie plate, . Spread reserved cranberry mixture on bottom of pie. Pour pumpkin filling over all.

    Bake 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F and bake for another 40 – 50 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.


  210. Nadine L — November 22, 2009 at 6:29 pm

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  211. momznite — November 22, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    One year when we were young, my energetic boy cousins got mashed potatoes on the wall of the room where my grandmother had set up a “kids table.”

  212. Cindy Merrill — November 22, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    The pilgrims barely survived the first winter on little more than parched corn. To commemorate this, spread contents of 15oz of canned corn, drained, on nonstick cookie sheet, bake 3-4 hours at 200 degrees until dry, yet chewy.
    Everyone at the table gets a small sample- to be eaten before the turkey is carved.

  213. Jaque — November 22, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    I have several recipes or techniques I use for our Thanksgiving meals…I make cranberry relish from a recipe my grandmother gave me and her grandmother gave her…delicious. I also cover my turkey with strips of smoked bacon, it self bastes and creates a moist, delicious turkey.

    Thank you. 🙂

  214. Leslie Price — November 22, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    My boyfriend and I have the best Thanksgiving tradition… every year we forgo the drama-filled family celebrations and spend the day together, cooking and watching football and enjoying each others company. We also have a silly little tissue-paper turkey that we get out every year to remind us of our first Thanksgiving together.

  215. Jessica McKelvie — November 22, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    my favorite thanksgiving memories are at my grandma and grandpas house. i always looked forward to that

  216. Rosie — November 22, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I remember one Thanksgiving my daughter and I decided to make tofu stuffing for our turkey. No, it’s not as good as stuffing made with sage sausage but it wasn’t that bad either!

  217. Roger Deming — November 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    great tasting bird. hope i win

  218. Stephanie Grant — November 22, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I can remember when I was younger my whole family would get together the night before Thanksgiving and would all start cooking for the dinner the next day and most of my aunts and my mother would be up almost all night making the desserts and such.

  219. patty czechowski — November 22, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    I like black olives with squirt cheese inside.

  220. Heidi Gail — November 22, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Some of my favorite Thanksgiving memories are of working with my daughters in the kitchen as soon as they were old enough to help. More recently, I supervised my daughter-in-law as she made her first turkey ( I couldn’t help because of recent surgery.) When it came out of the oven, her smile was so big!

  221. L Knott — November 22, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    We have always shared Thanksgiving with both sides. This year No One wanted to get together so it will be just the Three of Us. Small but Thankful!!

  222. stephanie b — November 22, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    My best Thanksgiving memories are those with my Grandmother. I loved helping her cook and bake. My favorite thing to make was pie crust because I got to make mini pies with the remnants.

  223. Sandra — November 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is of the year that my eldest son came home from Desert Storm (the war) and surprised us all at dinner.
    Greatest gift a mother can get.

  224. Rachel Robertson — November 22, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is Thanksgiving two years ago. I was pregnant with our first child and was feeling pretty sad as my husband had just been extended in Afghanistan so would not be home for Thanksgiving. My family lives in Maine so I had never felt so alone as I did then. Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday but that year I just could not get into the holiday spirit. I bought a tv dinner and just as I was about to sit down and eat it, the doorbell rang.I went to the door and asked who it was when a voice said on the other side of the door, your husband sent you a Thanksgiving present. I looked out the peep hole and there are the other side was husband!! He had been given two week leaves and had been flying home for 3 days.

  225. Night Owl Mama — November 22, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    One thanksgiving my brother asked my mother to butter him bread and pass it to him. She buttered both sides and threw it his way. He caught the bread realized it was on the butter side and passed it to the other hand realizing it was still on the buttered side. WE LAUGHED FOR HOURS…Still laughing at remember WHEn…

  226. Jennifer Mc — November 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    The best Thanksgiving memory I have is of my granddaddy, he always got so excited every holiday, he helped us kids make Indian head dresses. Sometimes with construction paper and sometimes with real feathers. Some of the best times ever.

  227. Bev — November 22, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    This is my stuffing recipe I use every year,Everyone loves it. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OF YOU!!!
    1/2 cup olive oil
    8 Tbsp. unsalted butter
    4 large yellow onions , sliced thin
    6 celery stalks, chopped
    8 carrots , chopped
    2 (12-ounce) boxes corn bread stuffing
    4 cups chicken broth
    1 (10-ounce) can cream of celery soup
    1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
    1 cup scallions , chopped
    1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
    1 Tbsp. kosher salt
    1/2 cup dry white wine
    Lots of pepper
    Preheat oven to 325°.

    Pour the cornbread stuffing into a large bowl.

    In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onions, cover with a lid and lower the heat to caramelize—about 10 minutes. Add the celery, butter, and carrots. Sauté. Pour in the white wine, then add the sautéed vegetables to the stuffing.

    Add the cream of celery soup, chicken stock, orange juice, lemon juice, scallions and pepper to the stuffing. Mix well.

    Place the stuffing in a baking pan and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 45 minutes.


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  229. Storm — November 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory was last year – our first Thanksgiving in our own home!

  230. Bev — November 22, 2009 at 9:41 pm

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  232. Renee G — November 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    It seems like I’m always the designated cook for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Birthdays, etc. — anytime my family gets together. One Thanksgiving I had seen a tv news announcer talking about his mother’s famous sweet potatoes that everyone came from miles around to eat. I had always just boiled fresh sweet potatoes and then popped them in the oven for a few minutes with a little butter and a few miniature marshmallows. When he talked about his moms recipe with crushed pineapple it sounded great. When I made his recipe everyone in my family hated them. Every year someone asks as we sit down at the table if I put pineapple in the sweet potatoes. (If so, they plan on skipping them. 🙂 )

  233. Linda Lansford — November 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Memories of family meals with Turkey and all the fixings remind me of all the people I have loved over the years.

  234. john rasmussen — November 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I remember one year, being obligated to go to 4 different thanksgiving dinners, and each one insisting that I eat more. I couldn’t look at turkey for several months after that, but I still had a great time.

  235. Auriette — November 22, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    My dad was in the Navy, so for my immediate family, Thanksgiving was quite often just another day with the three of us eating at home. It was a special treat to be back in Pensacola, having a big family dinner and seeing all my cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents.

  236. chastidy — November 22, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    I remember, I was trying to help with Thanksgiving Dinner so I put the turkey in the oven for my mom and about 3 hours later we realized I didn’t turn it on 🙁

  237. Genevieve Larson — November 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    My favorite memories are of the thankful jar we pass around. I place little slips of paper in the jar and each person has to answer the question? It is so sweet and heartwarming to hear everyone praising and thanking each other.

  238. Genevieve Larson — November 22, 2009 at 11:39 pm

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  240. Eunice C. — November 22, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    You have an amazing website.

    One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories is going to my Japanese friend’s house during my college years and they would have sushi. They also had turkey but the sushi was the main event–so good.

  241. Gianna — November 23, 2009 at 12:21 am

    I remember the first time I ever tried turkey for thanksgiving. It was wonderful and has become a yearly tradition 🙂

  242. Veronica Garrett — November 23, 2009 at 1:14 am

    My memories of Thanksgiving are of all the people my father invited over for Thanksgiving. Every year it seemed there was someome who was alone on Thanksgiving either someone at work, a student or someone down on their luck. I remember how grateful they were.

  243. Tara — November 23, 2009 at 1:35 am

    I have wonderful memories of Thanksgiving Day! I loved growing up with 7 brothers and sisters..and sitting at our very long table.. that my mom had beautifully decorated. My Dad would read from the bible and pray..and we would go around the table and say what we were thankful for. Of course.. we weren’t always being serious.. we loved to make each other laugh lol 🙂

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  248. Carolsue — November 23, 2009 at 1:37 am

    Cranberry Sauce
    * 1 cup sugar
    * 1 cup water
    * 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
    * Optional Pecans, orange peel, raisins, currants, blueberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice.
    Wash cranberries. Bring to a boil water and sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add cranberries, return to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 10 minutes or until cranberries burst. Add optional ingredients. Let cool. Refrigerate.

  249. Carolsue — November 23, 2009 at 1:37 am

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  250. Jennifer gersch — November 23, 2009 at 2:53 am

    I remember eating pizza for thanksgiving when my hubby and I lived away from my parents

  251. Jennai — November 23, 2009 at 2:18 am

    My most memorable Thanksgiving was last year. It was the last Thanksgiving that my Grandmother was with us, so it was very special.

  252. Tonya Martinez — November 23, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Here is the Pumpkin Pie I have been using for some time now… and it is wonderful every time!
    1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin (or fresh cooked equivalent)

    1 cup packed brown sugar
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    1 tablespoon cinnamon
    2 teaspoons ground ginger
    1 teaspoon salt
    4 well beaten eggs
    1 cup evaporated milk
    1 cup heavy cream
    2 unbaked 9-inch pie shells

    1Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well.
    2Combine the evaporated milk and the heavy cream in a small saucepan.
    3Heat the milks to the scalding point.
    4Add scalded milks to the other ingredients, mixing well.
    5Pour equally into the two UNBAKED pie shells.
    6Bake 350 degrees for about 1 hour.
    7Pie is done when a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
    8Top with desired topping.

  253. Tonya Martinez — November 23, 2009 at 3:35 am
  254. Kristi C — November 23, 2009 at 4:13 am

    A few years ago my husband’s brother asked us to come to his house for Thanksgiving. My husband asked what we could bring and was told not to bring anything. Luckily, I did fix 3 pies to take because we would need them. When we got there at 9:00pm on Wed. night, the turkey was still in the freezer and everyone in the house was to “sick” to fix anything. So it was all left to me. Thanksgiving meal, which my brother-in-law insisted had to be served at 12:00 consisted of a half cooked turkey, a small box of stove top stuffing, one can of corn, one can of green beans, a small box of instant mashed potatos, and a bag of rolls. This is all the food they had for 6 adults and 3 kids. We stopped for hot dogs on the way home.

  255. Linda Fish — November 23, 2009 at 4:58 am

    My grandmother and now my mom make whipped rutabagas for Thanksgiving every year, we love them!
    make just like mashed potatoes , except we add some potato to cut the strong flavor

  256. Doug — November 23, 2009 at 5:13 am

    Like to bake the turkey in a brown paper bag. usually coat the bag and turkey with a mixture of paprika and peanut oil, then put some of that on the turkey skin to get a great bronzed effect.

  257. Harriet — November 23, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Love having all of our family together. Realize that only my father in law is alive of our four parents. Each year understand that this may be his last Thanksgiving with us.

  258. Faith — November 23, 2009 at 5:21 am

    Love helping my Dad prepare Thanksgiving dinner. I’m going to make garlic cheese grits to go with the other sides that are being prepared.

  259. Denise B. — November 23, 2009 at 5:36 am

    I remember Thanksgiving at my granmother’s house where the turkey seemed to be always missing it’s legs. My grandfather preferred the legs, and made sure my grandmother cut them off for him before anyone got to them.

  260. Lia — November 23, 2009 at 5:51 am

    It was a Thanksgiving about 24 years ago when I knew that an older couple oh about 70 wouldn’t be having a Thanksgiving diner as the woman was sickly and I dont think her husband would cook a big meal like that for just the 2 of them so I sent them over some yummy food with all the fixings. I think I’ll always remember that, it made me feel good to do something for someone else.


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  262. Shalitha — November 23, 2009 at 6:13 am

    I rember the last time my dad made Thanksgiving dinner,it was in 1995 and that was the last dinner he made because he passed away shortly after,and i will never forget!!

  263. Lindsay — November 23, 2009 at 6:25 am

    Right after I got married we moved 1300 miles away from my parents for me to finish school. The first Thanksgiving I was very excited about cooking dinner on my own for the first time. I only missed one step: knowing that the turkey had giblets in it. Long story short we had pizza our first thanksgiving.

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  265. Heather S — November 23, 2009 at 6:28 am

    we always make a fruit salad with mixed fruit, walnuts and whipping cream. it is a different taste that make Thanksgiving special to us

  266. Nicole D. — November 23, 2009 at 6:49 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is of my grandfather using a platter instead of a plate for his dinner. He said the plates were too small to fit all he was going to eat. 🙂 Thanks!

  267. Becky — November 23, 2009 at 7:19 am

    We are a military family so there are a million great thanksgiving memories I can share..ones with real family, military family, german friends, one’s where we’ve burned food and ate pizza, one’s where the food turned out great…our first thanksgiving in germany where I learned halfway through cooking a turkey you havfe to turn it around because a European oven isn’t big enough for a turkey.

  268. Renski — November 23, 2009 at 7:22 am

    My most interesting Thanksgiving memory was the year we tried TOFUky or Tofu turkey. It is an everlasting memory…. We’ve used Butterball Turkeys since then.

  269. Sharon Harmon — November 23, 2009 at 7:26 am

    I have a funny Thanksgiving memory:
    My cousin was having everyone over for Thanksgiving. The day before, she had put the partially-frozen turkey on a high shelf in the garage, to
    finish thawing. The morning of Thanksgiving she opens the door to the garage and the floor is littered with plastic covering and bones! Their huge dog, who slept in the garage at night, had eaten the entire turkey!!
    Have a great day!

  270. Brandi — November 23, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Last Thanksgiving we ate Whataburger!! It was an interesting time, but we were together so that’s what mattered.

  271. Carol G — November 23, 2009 at 7:33 am

    When I was a child, Thanksgiving always meant going to my mother’s uncle’s farm (Christmas was for my dad’s side). Her parents were gone, but there was a large multigenerational family, a large house, a big yard, and loads of good food. I miss that to this day, since all of the oldest generation are gone now and we cousins have scattered to all corners of the country. We still have family get-togethers, but they are much smaller and not so inclusive.

  272. Andi — November 23, 2009 at 7:41 am

    I don’t know the exact recipe, but my mom makes a great apple salad. It has apples, celery, raisins, nuts, pineapple and marshmallows.

  273. Cheryl — November 23, 2009 at 7:45 am

    I remember when I was young, my grandparents would come over to our house for Thanksgiving, and afterward we would clear the table and play penny poker. It was lots of fun!

  274. SUZANNA P — November 23, 2009 at 7:49 am

    my favorite Thanksgiving memories were going to MOMs everyone helping prepare dinner laughing catching up just spending time together Mom /Dad are gone now but some of us still get together and remember while fixing dinner Happy Holidays all

  275. g. l. prnrod — November 23, 2009 at 7:54 am

    favorite memorie is when i was a child an the cooked the turkey at are house an when we went to eat are thanksgiving dinner it practicaly walked off the table an goobled. (it was that raw ) it became the family joke

  276. Dillon — November 23, 2009 at 8:09 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving recipe is the first Thanksgiving I spent with my wife’s family. I always thought that turkey was supposed to be really dry, the stuffing was always inedible, etc. I never realized that it was just the fact that my own parents really can’t cook! So when I went to my now wife’s family on Thanksgiving when I was 19 and discovered how good food tastes! I look forward to my mother in law’s cooking every year!

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  279. Joannie — November 23, 2009 at 8:13 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is that my daughter was born on Thanksgiving day! She was a week early. We couldn’t have been more thankful that she was a healthy, beautiful Thanksgiving joy!! So… we named her Joy!

  280. Lisa — November 23, 2009 at 8:34 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is playing in the surprise snow that fell the day before when I was about 10.

  281. Ronda Garnett — November 23, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Favorite Thanksgiving memory…Going to Grandma’s after dinner at home, for homemade bread pudding and then playing football with all the cousins.

  282. Susan Smith — November 23, 2009 at 8:46 am

    My best Thanksgiving memory was 6 years ago when my mother in law was in the final stages of Alzheimers. We knew this would be her last Thanksgiving and we all spent the day togather talking about family memories.

  283. Ronda Garnett — November 23, 2009 at 8:52 am

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  284. Kathy Emerick — November 23, 2009 at 8:55 am

    My most wonderful Thanksgiving was able to be with the whole family. My memories I will cherish.

  285. Charlotte Robbins — November 23, 2009 at 9:06 am

    we arent really in the holiday mindset but we will do the usual for my son whos 11, turkey, pie, stuffing, a week ago i lost my baby so there is a shadow over us but we will try to make the day happy for my kiddoe…

  286. Linda Stewart — November 23, 2009 at 9:14 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is the last one we spent with my grandparents. They both suffered from Alzheimer and something special about that day was having my grandparents remember me and both my girls, rather than not having a clue who we were. They both died before the next Thanksgiving so knowing they knew who we were for our last Thanksgiving together makes that one extra special.

  287. gloria — November 23, 2009 at 9:17 am

    A favorite Thanksgiving memory is when my dad was alive and he and my mom used to make the dinner together and we were all together.

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  289. gloria — November 23, 2009 at 9:19 am

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  290. Chelsea — November 23, 2009 at 9:50 am

    My favorite thanksgiving was last year, my first one as a mommy. Just enjoying my cute little 3 month old baby boy with his daddy.

  291. Chelsea — November 23, 2009 at 9:52 am

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  292. Heather C — November 23, 2009 at 9:55 am

    The first time we fried our turkey, we put the lid on the pot. Note: do not do this! We burned that poor turkey until the wings almost fell off! However, when we cut it open, it was cooked to perfection, and juicy, juicy, juicy! Best turkey ever!

  293. Lily Kwan — November 23, 2009 at 10:02 am

    A Thanksgiving memory is my first Thanksgiving dinner with my fiance.

  294. Dana — November 23, 2009 at 10:02 am

    My favorite thanksgiving recipe is:

    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

    2 cups brown sugar
    29 ounces canned pumpkin
    1 cup veggie oil
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    ~Mix in a bowl and set aside.

    4 cups flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    2 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp ginger
    1 tsp nutmeg
    1 cup chocolate chips
    ~Mix in a bowl and set aside.

    Combine both bowls together and place balls of cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-14 minutes.

  295. Lily Kwan — November 23, 2009 at 10:03 am

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  296. Chelsea — November 23, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Shared the link on Facebook. My profile is private though, you can add me on Facebook to see it, Chelsea Daigle in Lafayette, LA. Thanks.

  297. Monique Rizzo — November 23, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Mine is packing the ENTIRE family into my first house for the first time. I was so excited to have everyone over , but we had to eat all over the house because the kitchen and dining room were so small! Thanks for the chance.

  298. Angela J — November 23, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Thanksgiving was delightful growing up, we had a lot of traditional recipes, each holiday had their special dishes.

  299. Nanette Olson — November 23, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I love sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving, but I like a simple recipe. I bake the sweet potatoes with the skins on. When they are done, I scoop the potatows out and dice them in about 1 inch squares. I top them wiht a little melted butter with just a little cinnamon and nutmeg added. Then put them is a casserole dish and top with chopped pecans and just a few miniature marshmallows. I heat them in a 350 degree oven until they are hot and the marshmallows are toasted. Yum.

  300. Tania Edwards — November 23, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Memory it is……….My 1st Thanksgiving with my husband I cooked while he was out and about running errands. When he came home he was horrified to find that I had thrown away the giblets. I didn’t even know people ate that stuff 🙂

    Needless to say, every year since, the small saucepan has made them a home!

  301. Judith Musick — November 23, 2009 at 10:55 am

    we all used to bring a dish to my parents, after dinner we would plat fanes and look at photo albums

  302. Anne — November 23, 2009 at 11:13 am

    After my parents got divorced, the Thanksgiving holiday stopped being about the food and more about the family. Our tradition is to buy a bunch of newspapers and then flip through the ads and plan out our black Friday shopping. I love it.

  303. sara marcy — November 23, 2009 at 11:33 am

    growing up with 5 brothers and sisters we always didnt have a lot to eat, but on thanksgiving we always had plenty, turkey with all the trimmings pie, fruit, nuts, we would eat early in the afternoon, and all the family was there all day, and the best was the leftover tukey sandwiches we had for supper!!!

  304. Linda — November 23, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    A great Thnaksving was our first Thnaksgiving with our new grandson who was just a month old.

  305. Mike C — November 23, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving memories all include relatives who are no longer here sitting around the table, especially my Grandfather who used to carve the turkey for us.

  306. Deborah R — November 23, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    My fav T-day memory is of when I was about five years old. My Aunt defied my Mother and allowed me to prepare “the first course” under her supervision:

    Celery stuffed with cream cheese.

    I felt so grown up and proud! Thanks, Aunt Jean! 😀

  307. kristy — November 23, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory was the first year I tried to cook a turkey… It was dry and I forgot to take the neck bone and the giblets out

  308. Ms. T — November 23, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    My favorite turkey moment was before I moved here to PA w/ my family..

  309. Rufus Titterness — November 23, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    It seems like I can remember most Thanksgivings I spend with my family. Sadly one of my sons is serving in Iraq and the other is stationed on the West Coast so they won’t be ablt to attend.

  310. hazel hunt — November 23, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Would love to win this!!

  311. GENEVIEVE WARREN — November 23, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    MY best Thanksgiving was when I introduced my sister to Thanksgiving tradition, she is from France and of course they do not have this tradition, she called the cranberry sauce : Jam!!!!!!!!!!! but loved everything

  312. Sylvie W. — November 23, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Here’s a quick and easy hors d’oeuvre:


    ~ Ritz Crackers (original)
    ~ Cream Cheese
    ~ Green Olives

    Slice olives into thirds.

    Spread cream cheese on each cracker. Place 1-2 pieces of sliced olive on each cracker.


    The combination of these flavors is delicious.


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