Thanksgiving Traditions & Recipes Plus Black Friday Sales


This was me in ’09, all preggers, making my first Thanksgiving turkey. This year I will make my second.

Happy almost-Thanksgiving!

This morning I asked my friends on Facebook if they’d share with me their favorite Thanksgiving traditions and recipes (I have yet to have a Thanksgiving tradition, so this year I’m going to steal from you all!). You can read all the responses here. My two favorites are these…

From Meghan Fravel:

We hand out gallon Ziploc bags to the homeless full of essentials. Since Justin traveled A LOT this whole year he literally filled up a small Backpack full of hotel shampoo’s conditioners, soaps etc and we added that to the bag plus toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, granola bars, small bottle of water, bible track and a pair of socks or gloves. We go to a neighborhood that has a lot of homeless men, women and kids and give them bags and usually bring some of our thanksgiving food to them as well.

From Krystle Bowen:

We decorate a tree on the side of the freeway with Christmas decorations! A little Christmas cheer for those travelers and especially truckers!

And here are three recipes, one from my family, and two from my readers…

Sweet Potato Casserole, a dish I make every year:

Ingredients: 2 large cans of yams, 1 c. sugar, 2 tsp. vanilla, 2 eggs, 1/2 stick of butter, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk. Topping: 1 c. brown sugar, 1/2 stick butter, 1/2 c. four, 1 c. pecans.

Directions: Mash sweet yams well. Stir together filling ingredients and yams and put in buttered 8 x 8 pan. Stir topping together and put on top of potato mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until bubbly.

Fancy Potatoes (Submitted by Meghan Fravel):

Make regular mashed potatoes but add 16 oz of cream cheese and 1 cup of sour cream. Mix it all together, put it in a baking dish, top with cheddar cheese, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. YUMM!

Awesome & Easy Creamy Corn Casserole (Submitted by Chandra Hadfield)

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Love, Sarah Mae

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