10 November 2008

Thankful

When I finally went grocery shopping yesterday (yay!) I noticed that the frozen turkeys were in place, and pumpkin pie makings were set up in a nice display at the front of the store. At home I have noticed a flurry of family e-mails about the biggest event in the year (as far we are concerned ;)- Thanksgiving. Christmas may be big for some, but Thanksgiving is the big winner here. It is a multiple day event and we take it quite seriously! Our business is pretty good on perks, and one perk that we have honored is a two day Thanksgiving holiday.
On Wednesday as we get out of work we head over to Art's sister's house for spaghetti night to kick off the festivities. Thursday we all get up early (early gets a little later some years depending on weather...) and the whole clan- cousins, uncles and aunts, sisters, brothers, neices, nephews... head out to Plum Island. This is a great little nature preserve on the coast of Mass that is packed all summer long. At Thanksgiving we often have the beach to ourselves, not that we wouldn't offer some cider to a passerby! Then off to Art's oldest sister's home for Turkey dinner. Friday, the grown ups all get up early (depending on weather, etc...) and head off to the mall's. This is the way to take advantage of the kid's parents knowledge while shopping for them :)
Anyhoo, this has me thinking about the goodies we will see and or bring to the festivities. Apple and pumpkin pie are the honorary staples of the holiday. However, I think we all have a dozen recipes that everyone in our family already loves.
Here are some of my additional favorites:
Whoopie Pies- A distinctly New England treat if I do say so myself. I first heard of them in Greeley, CO while in college when Art's sister sent him a care package full of these little cake sandwiches with white fluffy goo in the middle... Wow! those were tasty! Art's youngest sister went a step beyond and makes Pumpkin Whoopie Pies for the beach!
This one is easy, inexpensive, and if you only try one this is what I recommend.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
1 box spice cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1 small can pumpkin

Mix above ingredients, and drop onto parchment paper. Bake at 375F for 15 minutes.

Filling-
1/2 cup butter
8 oz. cream cheese
2 cup powdered sugar
3.5 oz. Fluff
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Mix above and use as filling between two of the above cookie-cakes.

Another is a favorite growing up. Pecan pie. My Mother would make this every holiday for us.
Deluxe Pecan Pie
Pie crust
2 Tbsp. chopped pecans
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. melted butter
1/2 cup dark brown corn syrup
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup brandy
1 cup (plus) pecan halves
Heat oven to 375F. Prepare your favorite pie crust recipe and add the chopped pecans. In mixer beat eggs, sugar, salt, butter, syrup and cream. Stir in vanilla, brandy, and pecans. Pour into pie crust (I like to put more pecan halves on top of the pie, too) and bake for 40-45 minutes or until filling is set and pastry is golden brown. Cool and enjoy.
This last one is by far the easiest. The trick is that it takes a week to ten days to go from beginning to end. Kringle. A Danish favorite. My family is from Wisconsin and my grandparents would always send us Kringle for the holidays. What a treat. I have never tried to make it because I know I could not do as well as O&H bakery in my family's home town. My classic favorites are the chocolate pecan, cream cheese, almond, and pecan. Oh, then there's Blueberry, and Apple. O.k. I haven't had a bad one yet! All I do is go to their web site O&H Bakery Web Site and put my order in. Tip- always order an extra one or three for the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That stuff evaporates faster than anything known to man! Especially the chocolate ;)
Last bit is to start hopping on the treadmill for an extra hour a day starting now, so you don't have any holiday snack guilt!

7 comments:

sandy said...

Oh dear, my mouth is watering! I can't wait for Thanksgiving!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

EXSENO said...

Your recipes always look so good I always have to copy them.

Farm Chick Paula said...

I'm not much of a pecan pie person, but Hubby loves them. If I had to chose, those whoopie pies would be all mine!!
I love the new blog look, too!!

nikkicrumpet said...

I think I just gained 5 pounds reading this post!!!!

Princess S said...

Whoopie!!!!! Give me some Pies!!!! One of my favorite things about fall is the many uses for pumpkin....pumpkin pie, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin dump cake and know a new delectable treat to try!!! I can't wait to make them!! Thanks for the recipe.....I really enjoy your blog can't wait to stop back!!

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Those little sandwiches look heavenly. :)

Renna said...

Omigosh, you've made me hungry! I wanna come to you guys' Thanksgiving! ;-)