Thanksgiving Recap.

If you are like me, you critique the meals you cook the minute you eat them, or maybe a few minutes later.  This Thanksgiving dinner was no exception.  I was so unhappy with this meal it stinks.  The turkey came out well.  The stuffing was dry to me but tasted okay. The green bean casserole and broccoli casserole both came out good too.  The mashed potatoes were boring.  The canned cranberry sauce was completely uninspired.  I don’t like the noodles with rice soup so I can’t say if they were okay or not.

Borrowed from myspicesage.com both recipe and picture

The star for me was the sweet potatoes.  They rarely seem to come out right for me.  Sometimes they are to sweet.  Other times they are not sweet enough.  This recipe was on the my spice sage’s facebook page.  I attempted this recipe and since my camera is broken I can’s show it to you.  Mine is not so pretty.  I spread marshmallows evenly over the casserole.  The nuts in the topping and the perfectly toasted marshmallows gave the topping a slight crunch which was delightfully fun.

Sweet Potato casserole by My Spice Sage
6 medium-size sweet potatoes
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup whole milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 Tablespoons flour
additional 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cold butter
1 cup chopped pecans
marshmallows

Method:
Pre-heat the oven to 350-degrees.

Wash the sweet potatoes and scrub the skins well. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 40-50 minutes, until you can stick a fork in easy to the flesh.

Peel off the skins from the hot sweet potatoes, be careful not to burn yourself!

Add the cooked sweet potatoes to a large bowl. Mash together with the 1 cup of brown sugar, eggs, and milk. Use a hand mixer to mix until creamy.

Pour in to a 9×9”, or 12” oval baking dish. Smooth out the top.

Combine the flour, last 1/2 cup brown sugar, cold butter and chopped pecans. Use a fork to break up the butter, until it is crumbly. Sprinkle over the entire casserole.

Bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and add the marshmallows to the top in “strips”, Add back to the oven and cook an additional 10-15 minutes until the marshmallows are golden.


The gravy was too thick, but very tasty.  The pumpkin pies came out awesome. The crust was burnt and it just wasn’t very good, but the filling is a never fail.  The apple crumble pie didn’t cook correctly and came out too sweet too late.  My sex in a pan was okay.  I messed up and added the first layer before cooking the crust.  Not to smart on my behalf.  

Our daughter in law brought her wonderful deviled eggs and she made her very first pecan pie from scratch.  She did a great job on both.

My mistake this year was planning or lack there of.  I planned out what to buy, but didn’t bake the desserts the day before. I didn’t assemble the ingredients on the counter the night before and I did not assemble the casserole’s the night before.  

To be perfectly honest no matter how well the meal went, it wasn’t the most important part of the day.  We had our son and daughter in law and their kids as our guests.  We have so much to be thankful for. We have a roof over our head, plenty of food to eat, great friends and family, we have a strong and happy marriage, our health, and pets that we love.  We have a savior who died for us because he loved us.  We are so blessed.  We don’t have lots of money, but we do have lots of love and joy.  That is what I am most thankful for.


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