November 14, 2020
Christmas Movies in November ?!
Enjoying a beautiful autumn day in November.
Which Christmas Movie “Camp” describes you?
A. I never watch Christmas movies before Thanksgiving dinner has been
“gobbled” up. (Yes, that was my lame attempt at a pun.)
B. As soon as the last strains of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown have played out on Halloween night, I have those Christmas flicks playing on my TV.
If you have followed my blog over the past seven years, you know that I have rigidly adhered to the “creed” of Camp A, never allowing a Christmas film to play on my TV until Thanksgiving night. That is, until this year!
My dear readers, 2020 has changed my outlook on the Christmas movie viewing debate!!!
I need some Christmas movies in my life, and NOW!
In fact, as I type this, I have my White Christmas dvd playing in the background. :o)
If you, too, wish to begin your Christmas movie viewing a bit earlier this year, check out the following blog posts for some fun holiday movie suggestions.
It’s Christmas Time! Enjoy These Often-Missed Yuletide Movies,
December 2017, here.
Thanksgiving Meal Favorites
It has pleased God in some comfortable measure to bless us
with the fruits of the earth.
It is tradition for this pair of pilgrims to grace my table each Thanksgiving season. :o)
Photo from my November 2017 blog post.
You can view this blog post, here.
Thanksgiving is almost upon us. I generally serve a similar menu each year. Below are the recipes for two of my family’s favorite sides.
To see my complete Thanksgiving menu, go here.
Green Bean Casserole
Green Bean Casserole is a staple of many a Thanksgiving dinner each year, and mine is no exception. It has become tradition to use my commemorative Green Bean Casserole dish from 2005 (put out by Campbell’s soup) to prepare this dish.
Although, the recipe is printed on the inside of this dish, my recipe varies just a bit from the original. You can find my recipe below.
To read about the history of the Green Bean Casserole, go here.
This Green Bean Casserole dish comes out at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Classic Green Bean Casserole
2 cans (10 ¾ can) Cream of Mushroom Soup)
½ cup milk
scant 1 teaspoon soy sauce-optional
Dash of pepper
4 cups cooked green beans (I use frozen green beans.)
1 (2.8 ounce) can French fried onion rings
PAM cooking spray
Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
In small casserole, spray with PAM.
Combine soup, milk, soy sauce, and pepper.
Stir in green beans.
Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees, until hot.
Top with can of onions, and bake 5 more minutes.
Makes 6-8 servings
Note-If preparing this the day ahead, do not put the onions on top until the next day (during the final 5 minutes of baking), and place in the refrigerator. Due to being cold from being in the refrigerator, this might require additional baking time.
Sweet Potato Pie
This Sweet Potato Pie (It is actually made with yams.) is another tasty side dish that my family enjoys each year. In fact, for a couple family members, this dish is their favorite item on the Thanksgiving menu! The recipe is below.
Sweet Potato Pie
3 cups/ 1 large can of Yams in light syrup, drained
½ cup white sugar
½ cup butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
½ cup flour
1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mash yams.Mix in next five ingredients: sugar, melted butter, beaten eggs, vanilla, and milk.
Put in greased 13 x 9 casserole.
Mix together topping ingredients of butter, brown sugar, flour, and pecans.
Sprinkle evenly on top of sweet potato mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Note-This can be prepared and baked the day before. Reheat on Thanksgiving Day in the oven until hot.
To view my complete Thanksgiving menu, go here.
Cooking with Gammy
My grandchildren enjoyed making AND eating these turkey “bellybuttons” that we made in honor of Thanksgiving. They are simple to make and yummy to eat.
Find the “bellybutton” recipe, here.
These turkey cookies were a favorite of my four kiddos, and now I enjoy making them with my grandchildren!
I love the simplicity of these Donut Mayflowers, and besides, they taste good! I/Gammy forgot to buy the fruit roll-ups/fruit by the foot for the flags, so we improvised by using construction paper.
For a photo of Donut Mayflowers with edible flags and instructions on how to make them, go here.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
It was a rainy day. The grands (grandchildren) were disappointed that they could not go outside and play, so…when all else fails, bake chocolate chip cookies! :o). We had a lot of baking fun!
Find the recipe for these, my favorite chocolate chip cookies, here.
Made Me Smile :o)
Sharing things that put a smile on my face.
On My Walks
This cute pilgrim turkey decorates a neighbor’s front yard.
Even more turkeys grace this front yard.
(You could say that there are a few turkeys in my neighborhood. :o))
Vivid blue skies are dotted with cotton candy clouds.
A picturesque view of the countryside is a feast for the eyes.
Enjoy These Previous Thanksgiving/November posts.
My newest Thanksgiving decoration that I picked up last year. :o)
Photo taken November 2020
Cookbook love and Loving that Thanksgiving Dressing!, 2017, here.
(Recipe for Thanksgiving Dressing/stuffing, and another photo of
A Fun, Day After Thanksgiving, Visit to the National Air and Space Museum, 2016, here.
(Recipe for Turkey Casserole)
May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!
Thank you for reading, and
I’m Annette Stuff
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