A Thanksgiving Feast on the Farm
This weekend my hubby, Big D parked the combine in the machine shed, put the grain auger up and we all breathed a little sigh of relief as grain harvest was a wrap for 2011.
All I can say is FINALLY!
Since we farm in two states (here at home in Indiana and my family's farm in Ohio), it felt like it drug out an extra long time this fall. I don't know who is more relieved me or Big D. It's just so nice to have him home and get to spend a little bit more time with him! RayRay just loves her cuddle time with Big D!
And thank goodness the weather cooperated with my plans and allowed Big D and the crew to take a break during the Thanksgiving holiday last week. I've hosted holiday dinners plenty before, but this was my first turkey roasting experience. I was so excited! And I think in the end, everything turned out perfect. I even made my first pumpkin pie!
|The family on Thanksgiving at our home. Ray Ray, Uncle Mikey, Grandma Debbie, Grandpa John, Grammy Susie and Big D!|
|My Thanksgiving table|
|My fall-themed centerpiece filled with pumpkins, gourds, pine cones, berries and apples.|
I thought I'd share a couple recipes from our Thankgsiving feast with you today (my friend Betty Crocker helped me out a bunch) ...
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie
Pecan Shortbread Cookie Crust
1 1/2 cups crushed shortbread cookies with pecans (16 cookies)
3 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
1 tablespoon milk
Meanwhile, in another larger saucepan, mix potatoes and garlic; add enough water to cover. Cover and heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer covered 20 to 25 minutes or until tender; drain. Mash potatoes and garlic until no lumps remain.
Add remaining milk mixture in small amounts to potatoes, mashing until potatoes are light and fluffy.