Friday, November 28, 2008


We were so glad family and friends joined our Thanksgiving table this year. Our weather was so pleasant today that I set up the kids table outside. I decorated their table with a pumpkin and the fall crafts they brought home from school, and Emma and Christian donned their headdresses for the meal. Below are some of today's recipes.

Joe's Orange-Sage Turkey

This mouthwatering turkey is so good, I tell Joe we should have it once a week. Joe doesn't follow specific recipes, so the amounts listed here are rough estimates.

Turkey, thawed
1/2 cup fresh sage, chopped
1/2 cup orange zest
Orange juice

Combine sage, orange zest, and generous amounts of salt and pepper. Clean turkey. Loosen skin from the bird, and rub the herb mixture under the skin. Place the turkey into a roasting pan. Drizzle a little honey onto the turkey, and pour orange juice into the bottom of the pan. Cover the turkey with an aluminum-foil tent, and bake at 350 degrees for 3 hours. Then remove the aluminum foil and bake for another 45 minutes. Remove the turkey from the oven, and allow the meat to rest. Place pan drippings into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil to make gravy. Add orange juice and about half a bottle of honey to drippings. Mix a little cornstarch into cold water, and add this mixture to drippings. Boil for several minutes until gravy thickens. Slice turkey, and serve with gravy.

Sweet Potato Casserole

This casserole freezes well and stretches to feed a crowd.

4 large sweet potatoes, baked and peeled
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 stick melted margarine
1/2 cup orange juice

1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup margarine
1 cup chopped pecans

Mash sweet potatoes in a large bowl. With a hand mixer, mix in sugar, eggs, vanilla, butter and orange juice. Pour into a buttered casserole dish. Mix brown sugar, flour, margarine and pecans with a fork. Sprinkle crumb topping onto the casserole, and bake 35 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees.

Cranberry-Apple Bake

My sister-in-law, Shannon, is a fabulous cook. This holiday recipe of hers is met with rave reviews.

2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
6 cups diced apples with peeling
3/4 cups sugar
1 stick margarine, melted
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup plain flour
1 1/2 cups oatmeal, regular or quick-cooking
1/2 cup nuts, chopped
Mix casserole ingredients and pour into greased 8-inch baking dish. Mix topping ingredients well and spread over first three ingredients in baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. May be used as a side dish or a dessert with ice cream. Serves 6.

Fudge Pie
Joe requests this recipe every Thanksgiving. This pie is so rich, I usually cut the slices thin and serve them a la mode.
2 cups sugar
2 sticks butter, melted
1 cup cocoa
1/2 cup sifted flour
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
9-inch unbaked frozen deep dish pie crust, thawed according to package directions
Combine all ingredients through vanilla, and pour the mixture into pie crust. Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes.


Suzy said...

Mmmmmm Yummy. It sure sounds delicious and your photos are adorable. I am so glad you had a wonderful day with nice weather, a Thanksgiving outside, great idea.

Enjoy your weekend. Suzy

Heidi said...

Looks and sounds like you all had a grand time. I made the exact sweet potato recipe sans the orange J. it it was wonderful....Lily was sick and missed most of the day. Poor baby girl. Your cranberry recipe sure sounded good. I may have to try that one for Christmas.

Graham Shenanigans said...

Melissa, you are such an inspiration. Your children are beautiful, your are a child of God, your recipes sound delicious, your home is always gorgeously decorated!!!

Carly Winborne said...

Just lovely. I hope you and your family are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

sweeter and the bubbas said...

Happy T'giving!! :-)

Laura said...

Yum! Hope you and your family had an awesome Thanksgiving!

Jo said...

Oh my, it looks like you and your family had a fabulous Thanksgiving!What great recipes.


Sandy Toes said...

Those recipes sound just yummy!
-sandy toes

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Melissa, looks like you had a wonderful day! I have a recipe for chocolate chess pie that sounds similar to yours, and we love it. Sending warm wishes to you and yours.



Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

these recipes ALL sounds divine, as usual! And the photos below are gorgeous!

Welcome to Christmas!!!

Chitown Meg said...

Thank you for the recipes! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Renee said...

Melissa, thank you so much for writing back to me. I didn't see an email link on your blog, hope you don't mind this note. :-) Thank you so much for the how-to on the collage photos. Being a scrapbooker at heart, I was drawn immediately to yours, so exceptional for story telling within a blog post.

I see you have several speaking engagements coming up. Do you have these recorded, or will they be available at all to the public? I would love to hear your talks! :-) My mother is from VA, and I can't imagine how your sweet vocal drawl would be just like hers.

This was another lovely post!Blessings to you and yours;

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

I know that you had an amazing weekend filled with Thanksgiving for all that our Savior has gifted us with...we are blessed ladies, aren't we?
P.S. Reading the above comment, I would love to find out how you do the collages. Maybe a little, teenny, tiny copy/paste from work. :)

Live.Love.Eat said...

Sounds and looks like a very special day. Everything looks and sounds delicious, as always!!!!!

Laural Out Loud said...

Once I read Fudge Pie I was a lost cause. I'll be trying that VERY soon.

I want in on the photo collage making, too! Is it Piknic?

Anonymous said...

everything looks so perfect!
you are one busy and creative mom!


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