Need Thanksgiving Recipes?

Let’s get things straight: Food is important, people.

And so, since I’m coming back to the blogging world during this most important food week of the year, I’m going to share all our favorite Thanksgiving recipes all in one place! Ready? Here we go!!!

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Recipe: Our Favorite Snowball Cookies!

It may be living in Florida.

It may be the five years I spent in snowy, picturesque New England.

It may be childhood memories of winter days with drifts that piled up past our doorway … snow days with no school … building snowmen in the front yard with my little sister.

Whatever the cause, I love snow!

And when this time of year rolls around, the very first batch of official “Christmas cookies” is inevitably these–Snowballs!

Having used several recipes over the years, I’ve discovered there’s a definite variety of results possible! Some come out too dry, others too bland. I’ve done lots of hunting and a little tweaking and now I’ve got my favorite to share with you! It’s buttery and sweet and just the perfect cookie to have with a pot of tea … or hot chocolate.

Family Favorite Snowball Cookies

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp maple flavoring
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add flour, maple, vanilla and nuts and stir or beat to combine well.

Scoop teaspoonfuls and use your fingers to press together and shape into a ball … it’s just like making a real snowball, right? Note: unlike other cookies, where in most cases bigger is better, snowballs are perfect when just about bite-sized. In fact, if you do try to bite *into* one, you’ll find yourself dusted in powdered sugar so … I suggest little snowballs rather than giant ones!

Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes or until just barely golden. Let cool about 5 minutes, then roll gently in powdered sugar while warm. Then, allow to cool completely–perhaps 20 minutes more–and roll in powdered sugar a second time for a perfect finish!



Thanksgiving Recipe: Celebration Turkey

Wonderful and wonderfully simple; family favorite Thanksgiving turkey recipe that bastes itself and makes marvelous gravy!

One of my favorite things about blogging is interacting with so many sweet mamas round the world. Last year I had a few ladies write and let me know they were making my recipe for potatoes, or muffins, or whatever and it just made me smile big to think of all of us sharing a bit of family even long distance! So here’s our family’s favorite turkey recipe. This year our Thanksgiving table will be blessed with 12 visitors, most friends of our second son, fellow students at Youth With a Mission Denver. So I will be making TWO turkeys! Hope yours turns out just fabulous–let me know here or on Facebook! :-)

Celebration Turkey

  • 1 16 pound whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 apples, cored and halved
  • one or two whole sprigs of rosemary and thyme
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle champagne
  • 1 turkey bag
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2. Rinse turkey, and pat dry. Gently loosen turkey breast skin, and insert pieces of butter between the skin and breast. Place apples and herbs inside the turkey’s cavity. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place turkey in a roasting bag, and pour champagne over the inside and outside of the bird. Close bag, and place turkey in a roasting pan.
    3. Bake turkey 31/2 to 4 hours in the preheated oven, or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees F (85 degrees C) when measured in the meatiest part of the thigh. Remove turkey from bag, and let stand for at least 20 minutes before carving.


Recipe originally adapted (barely!) from this one:

I’ve used this recipe with larger turkeys–up to 24 lbs since we generally have guests, and it’s always wonderful–just add a touch more of everything! Your measurements needn’t be exact. This is quite easily the simplest turkey recipe I’ve ever used. The gravy is absolutely divine. I didn’t get a great picture, but here’s Nicholas eating his Thanksgiving meal a long, long time ago … sniff … note how happy he looks about the wonderful turkey … he’s soooo much bigger now!