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Tag Archives: Thanksgiving

♬ Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart… ♬

24 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving from the Simply Studded Family

I realize that Thanksgiving is a day when family and friends gather together to celebrate and break bread.  But it is my hope that we do not forget the main purpose for the day…It is to give thanks to God for His blessings in our lives, for waking us up every morning and carrying us on our way.  For being there for us even when we don’t feel Him near. We have a lot to thank God for whether we are thanking Him for the modest blessings or the more grandiose blessings in our lives, He deserves thanks for them all. God is my everything, and I never cease to give Him thanks.

What are you thankful for today?

One thing that I am thankful for is LEFTOVERS! 🙂  The following days after Thanksgiving most people do not even want to think about cooking.  So my lovely people, I took it upon myself to find some gobble sandwich recipes for you to enjoy.  These all sound very delicious to me.  Try them out and tell me how your leftover experience went.

Turkey, Cranberry and Fontina Panini...Turkey, Fontina cheese, Cranberry Relish, Arugula Leaves, Olive Oil, and Whole-Grain Bread

Bistro Turkey Sandwich...Turkey Breast, Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese, Pear, Basil Leaves, Red Onion, Boston Lettuce, Apple Cider, Cayenne Pepper, Dijon Mustard

Turkey with Salsa Verde and Rembrandt Cheese Sandwich… Turkey, Italian Salsa Verde, Chili Sauce, Yellow Bell Pepper, Onion, Rembrandt Cheese, Oregano Leaves, Olive Rosemary Bread

Hot Italian Turkey Sandwich… Turkey, Roasted Red Peppers, Sautéed Mushrooms and Onions, and Creamy Pesto Mayonnaise

Mmm take a bite out of that! 

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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A Touch of Sweet for Thanksgiving

17 Nov

Every once in a while my sweet tooth starts gnawing at me, and I get into my dessert mood. I figure I should be because Thanksgiving is just one week away and I haven’t even thought of a dessert yet. So what are the common Thanksgiving desserts? Hmm… pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, blueberry pie, apple crumb pie… this list is actually boring me. Everything ends with the word “pie”. I do love some pie, but I need something a little different, something packed with mega flavor. Now I know I may sound a little greedy, but after eating all of the turkey, stuffing, baked macaroni and cheese, potato salad, fresh garden salad; the list can go on and on, my sweet tooth starts kicking in.

So this week I am planning ahead of time. I decide to look to my favorite culinary power couple, the all famous Neely’s. In their new cookbook “The Neely’s Celebration Cookbook” there are tons of delicious ideas to choose from.  I think that I have found the perfect one for this festive occasion.

Ice Cream Cupcakes

12                 Oreo cookies, finely crushed
3 tbl             Melted butter
2 pt              Rocky Road ice cream, softened
½ cup        Caramel ice cream topping
1 ½ cups   Whipped topping, thawed
¼ cup         Rainbow sprinkles
12                 Maraschino cherries

Line a twelve-cup muffin tin with decorative liners.  Combine the crushed cookie pieces and butter in a large bowl.  Divide the cookie mixture among the twelve cupcake liners, and press down to form a crust.  Add a large scoop of ice cream to each cupcake, and carefully spread to cover the crust and fill the cup.  Drizzle each cupcake with caramel, and then pipe the whipped topping on the cupcakes, using a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip.  Top each cupcake with sprinkles and a cherry, Freeze for 3 hours, or until firm.

When it’s time to serve your dessert, it will look like you slaved in the kitchen all day to achieve such perfection. You will impress your holiday guests not only with your perfect little cupcakes, but with the blast of taste.

For more dessert ideas, you can check out these past articles…

Cupcakes…The “Little Black Dress” of desserts?

Hawaiian Stay-cation

Keeping Your Cool…

Brownie Choco-Attack!

Mmm take a bite out of that!

“Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God” – Psalm 147:7

Thank God for Deep Fried Turkey!

10 Nov

Thanksgiving to many is a day where family, friends, and loved ones gather together to celebrate God’s favor in their lives. This festive occasion is celebrated with a spread of traditional cuisine from the family’s culture.  The most common co-star of the party is the Thanksgiving Turkey (I would say that God is the Star).

When I was younger, I honestly did not care for the turkey, mainly because the meat was just too dry for me.  However a few years ago, I had a life changing experience. Deep fried turkey found its way into my family’s traditional Thanksgiving spread.  This aside from my favorite meat; pork that it, has quickly become a favorite of mine. I know that I am not sharing anything new with you.  Deep frying turkey has been around for quite some time now, but it is still something worth acknowledging.  I have found that because the turkey is fried as opposed to baked, it holds the natural juices. This makes the meat very succulent and tasty.  Over drying makes you feel like you are eating seasoned cardboard.  Now don’t get me wrong, baked turkey can be done well (I’ve done it myself), but if I had to choose I would go with fried all the time.

Safety is a big issue when it comes to frying turkey.  If done wrong, it can turn out to be a disaster. Until now, I have never seen a fried turkey done indoors without it being a major catastrophe.  Butterball has a line of turkey deep fryers that can do the job.  Let’s watch Paula Deen as she uses the Butterball Professional Series Turkey Deep Fryer right in her kitchen. A recipe is also provided in the video.

Mmm Take a bite out of that!

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.- Psalm 100:4