Thanksgiving isn't my favorite holiday. I admit it - even if that makes me a bad person. Honestly I'd like to go from Halloween straight into Christmas, but apparently that's only acceptable for the retail industry. It's not that I don't love the idea of being grateful for things, I try to do that every day; I guess I'm just not a huge Turkey/cranberry sauce/football fan. Or maybe it's how depressingly dowdy pilgrim clothes are... But, in the spirit of being grateful and all that, here are some things that make me smile a little bit brighter.
Pumpkin Pie - one of my top 5 favorite desserts/sweet treats of all time:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 large eggs
1 can (15 oz.) Pumpkin
1 can (12 fl. oz.) Evaporated Milk
1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
MIX sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
POUR into pie shell.
BAKE in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.
FOR 2 SHALLOW PIES: substitute two 9-inch (2-cup volume) pie shells. Bake in preheated 425° F. oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F.; bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until pies test done.
FOR HIGH ALTITUDE BAKING (3,500 to 6,000 ft.): Deep-dish pie- extend second bake time to 55 to 60 minutes. Shallow pies- no change.
Raspberry Pretzel Salad - because it can't be Thanksgiving in my world without it:
1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels
1/2 cup sugar
1 cube butter, melted
Mix and press into a 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Let cool. Cream:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
8 oz. Cool Whip
Blend together. Spread on top of pretzel crust. Refrigerate until cool.
6 oz. raspberry jello
2 cups boiling water
1 bag unsweetened raspberries
Dissolve jello in water. Add raspberries, stir. Pour over cream mixture. Refrigerate until set.
I like to top it with another layer of Cool Whip and garnish with whole raspberries.
Thanksgiving Game Night (no, I don't mean the football game) - given the choice, I'd probably vote for skipping dinner just to get to the game playing:
Chocolate Frosting or Peanut Butter
Frost a third or so of a plain or glazed doughnut hole with chocolate frosting or peanut butter.
Roll the frosted top in crumbled toffee (look for it in the baking section of grocery stores), then add a small piece of a pretzel for the stem.
1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookies
1 container (16 oz) chocolate creamy frosting
Orange decorating icing
Black decorating gel
Miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits DIRECTIONS:
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Bake cookies as directed on roll. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
2. Spoon chocolate frosting into resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag. Cut small hole in bottom corner of bag. On each cookie, pipe frosting on outer edge of half of cookie. Arrange candy corn over frosting for feathers.
3. Pipe orange icing onto each cookie to resemble turkey face and feet. Use orange icing to attach baking bits to turkey face for eyes. Pipe black gel on baking bits for centers of eyes.
Tessa and I have been busy getting ready for our First Annual Hallween Costume Party. If you can make it, let me know and I'll get you the address and directions. We're super excited and can't wait to see everyone there in their finest costumed attire!!!
Additionally, I'm thinking about having a few people over to carve pumpkins this weekend. I went searching for ideas for some festive Halloween fare. As usual, I was inspired (and overwhelmed) by all the creative people out there. Here are some of my favorites:
Spaghetti is cheap and easy and can feed a huge crowd. I really like this idea from Jeane Benedict:
I read the FUNNIEST post today on one of my favorite blogs, My Sweet Savannah. It is titled: ~random thoughts from people our age~. I don't know how old she is, but I laughed and laughed and laughed. Here are a few of my favorites. You can find the entire post here.
1} More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can think about is that I can’t wait for them to finish so that I can tell my own story that’s not only better, but also more directly involves me.
2} I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.
4} There is a great need for sarcasm font.
6} I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
7} The only time I look forward to a red light is when I want to text.
8} Lol has gone from meaning, “laugh out loud” to “I have nothing else to say”.
9} I wonder if cops ever get pissed off at the fact that everyone they drive behind obeys the speed limit.
12} How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear what they said or really care?
13} What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each other?
18} Whenever I’m Facebook checking someone out and I find out that their profile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Barbie Doll Dream House that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don’t mind if I do!
21} I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.
At the first hint of fall, my thoughts immediately jump to my second favorite day of the year, HALLOWEEN. I've been planning and scheming for weeks, but I've done my best to hold out until today. (Five weeks out is socially acceptable, right?)
So without further adieu, let's get this party started!
Up today are these adorable candy topiary trees I first spotted at Gordon Gossip, and which then sparked a ridiculously lengthy search for other sweet arrangements. After all this searching, I think I should give some thought to hosting an onlineFestival of Halloween Topiaries!
Of course, when called upon, Martha never disappoints:
Here's one from Curbly especially for candy corn lovers (you know you're out there):