Friday, November 27, 2009

2 Thanksgivings

Just finished Thanksgiving Dinner #2. Had planned on bringing my camera to both, but forgot both times. So, my friend Sharon took some pix from Thanksgiving Dinner #1. Picture #1 is the son, the husband, me and the daughter. Picture #2 is Sharon's daughter Linda, with her cheese and turkey ball. It actually has turkey in it. A very festive addition to the party. And picture #3 is a table of appetizers. I made a tuscany dip and holiday pecans.

I ate way too much last night. I have reached a point in my life where I can no longer eat heavy food and feel fine afterward. The company was wonderful, the table was beautiful and the food delicious.

This morning I left the house at 6:20 to pick up Sharon for our annual tradition - Black Friday shopping. We've been doing this long before they called it Black Friday. So we went to stores that weren't offering early bird specials - Gabriel Brothers, Big Lots and Ollies. All the stores were relatively quiet and well staffed. There were no long lines. We did not make much of a dent in our shopping, but I think we agreed the tradition was more important than anything. After shopping, we met Kenny for breakfast. Then we went home and went to bed.

Tonight was dinner #2, at my parents' house. I was very good. I did not go overboard.

I am looking forward to 2 more days of freedom.

On that note, the pecans were pretty good, and VERY easy, so here is the recipe:

Paula Deen's Southern Holiday Pecans

2 C pecan halves
3 T unsalted butter
1/3 t cayenne pepper (or 1/2 t hot pepper sauce)
1 t ground cinnamon
1 T sugar
1 t salt

Heat oven to 325 and place rack in center. Line a rimmed baking sheet with
foil and lightly coat with cooking spray. Place nuts in a large bowl.
In small saucepan, melt butter. Add cayenne and cinnamon and stir.
Pour over nuts and toss until coated. Toss in sugar and salt.
On prepared baking sheet, spread out pecans in a single layer and bake,
stirring once, for 14 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack and cool.


Sandy said...

Love the turkeys!

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Michelle O'Neil said...

Your pecans sound wonderful. Glad you ahd a happy Thanksgiving.

Jeanie said...

This is great! I'm glad you posted the pecan recipe -- I bought some today! Mutty told me about that turkey spread -- it's even cuter than I thought! She must have spent hours on it!

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

It's probably a good idea we celebrate in October. November is a little too close to our next turkey time! No time to loose weight in between;-)

Sharon said...

Those pecans were absolutely amazing. I ate so many that I couldn't eat that much at dinner. Your tuscany dip was also delicious and, as you saw, I had more than my share of that as well.

It was a lot of fun watching Linda "craft" her cheeseball and I thought it was delicious as well. She is already planning some kind of fun dish for the next family get-together.

I agree that the shopping is all about the tradition but I wish I would have been able to cross a few things off the list! Loved the new breakfast place, though!

Delaney said...

Looks like you had a great time this last week! I have done most of my shopping online about 3 weeks ago. I do get out to the stores a bit but never again on Black Friday.

Euri said...

Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

mama-face said...

I totally understand not being able to eat and eat without regrets. I used a serious amount of Pepto this past weekend.

Looks like you had a lovely holiday. I really want to thank you for all of your nice comments!

Thanks for the recipe!

croneandbearit said...

So happy you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and that your Black Friday experience was mild - I did my shopping Cyber Monday and was disappointed at some of the deals - didn't want any electronics. Oh well. Must try those pecans, they sound yummy. Hugs!

The Last Poas said...

Thank you for posting the recipe, I have never tried pecans but they sound lovely. I wish we had holidays like thanksgiving in the UK it is such nice celebration.

Take care Bonnie,


Carole said...

Thanks for the pecans recipe - I've always wanted to try some sort of a spiced nut and these sound great, and very easy. Glad you had such wonderful ThanksgivingS! :-)