A Day of Thanksgiving

9:00 am – The pies are in the oven and the sweet potatoes are in the crock pot (please let these work).

Apple Pie – bake 425° for 45 minutes

  • 8 apples: peeled, cored and sliced thin
  • 3/4 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 3 T flour
  • 3/4 sugar
  • 1 T lemon juice

Pumpkin Pie – bake  425° for 15 minutes then 350° for 30-40 minutes

  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 stick cream cheese (room temp)
  • 1/4 t nutmeg

10:00 am – The pies are done and the stuffing ingredients are ready to start. The sweet potatoes are turned down to low in the crock pot

Sweet Potatoes

  • 4 pound sweet potatoes – peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 t  grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground cardamom
  • 1 t kosher salt
  • Combine the liquid ingredients in the crock pot and heat until the honey melts
  • Add the potatoes and cook 6-8 hours on low

11:00 am – The stuffing is in the crock pot


  • 16 oz bread – cubed and dried overnight
  • 2 T butter
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 pound Crimini mushrooms – sliced
  • 2 bunches green onions – chopped
  • 2 stalks celery – chopped
  • 2/3 cup fresh Italian parsley – chopped
  • 1 T fresh oregano – chopped
  • 1 T fresh sage – chopped
  • 1 T fresh thyme – chopped
  • 1.5 t kosher salt
  • 3/4 t ground black pepper
  • 1 3/4 c chicken broth
  • 1 egg – beaten
    • Melt the butter and olive oil in a large skillet add the mushrooms and cook about 8 minutes or until soft.
    • Add the green onions, celery, parsley, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper and saute about 10 minutes.
    • Add the mixture, broth and egg to the bread and combine.
    • Cook in a crock pot for 45 minutes on high followed by 4-8 hours on low

1:30  The turkey’s in the oven.  I just put onion, herbs, carrots and celery into the cavity of the turkey and roasting it with butter, salt and pepper.  It should be done in about 3 hours.

The turducken is up at the in-law’s house roasting away as well.  I sent Noah up to get a quick picture.  It’s been roasting for six hours – and should have 3 to go.  OOPS, My Mother-in-law just called and the turducken is done; three hours early.  Luckily her oven has a “keep warm” feature so it will just take a little nap until we’re ready.

2:30  –   Now I’m just basting the turkey and finishing the table.  I peeled seven pounds of potatoes for the mashed potatoes and have them soaking in some water.  Next I think I’ll prep the broccoli and make the turducken gravy after Joe brings the pan back from his mom’s house.

3:00  –  The first batch of gravy is made (turducken) and the potatoes and broccoli are just hanging out.

4:00 to 10;30 pm  –  First guests arrived…. Everything went well.  Great company, good food, the dishes are done; all-in-all, a lovely holiday.


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