Giving Thanks

We hosted Mike’s family for Thanksgiving dinner this year. With family members needing to be in more than 1 place for the holiday, it was requested that we host on the Friday AFTER Thanksgiving. It ended up working out well giving us more time to figure out how to brine the turkey, prepare some dishes ahead of time (including the delicious little acorn treats that Audrey ate about 20 of) and, of course, clean, clean, clean! This was our first year using a brine to soak the turkey in and everyone said they LOVED it! I used a turkey brine seasoning mix from Galassi Foods, a company located about 10 minutes from our house) and substituted the chicken broth they suggested for the liquid with apple cider. It did turn out especially juicy. Who knew? I have a little of the seasoning left over and can’t wait to use it for a chicken or maybe pork roast!

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Homemade Turkey Soup

Photo from Taste of Home

Just when it seems things at our house are going to settle down they get even crazier! This soup was the perfect answer for a throw-it-together dinner (even though I had to throw everything together and then let it simmer for an hour-and-a-half): leftover turkey carcass, water, onion, carrots, celery, rice and a can of cream of chicken soup! It filled our tummies with something yummy and warm before driving to Moline with Audrey’s Brownie troop for an evening with Mickey & Minnie Mouse in a Disney on Ice show!

Roasted Tomato Soup

Photo by Taste of Home magazine

Mmmm, mmmm good. It actually would’ve been a lot better with summer-ripe tomatoes. Here’s the recipe in case you want to get it so you’re ready when tomato season comes back around! By the way, mine looked a lot like the picture here…except I had about 20 croutons in mine.

Crunchy Apple Salad

photo by Taste of Home

It’s apple season and that means I’m on the search for as many new apple-containing recipes as I can find! A follower of Taste of Home magazine on Twitter, this recipe was posted last week. They boasted it was a healthy and delicious apple dish. With an upcoming “shared lunch” at work, I knew I would have the perfect audience to test it out on! Everyone said they really liked it (whether they meant it or not, I’ll never know) but I thought it was pretty good, too! Each 3/4 cup servings contains 109 calories which isn’t too bad for a dessert, don’t you agree? Crunchy, creamy, sweet and tart all in the same dish…I’ll definitely make it again!