Friday, November 16, 2012
Friday Food Fodder
Before I get too far into this post, while I was going through my recipes, planning feasts, I got to thinking that I need to state how incredibly thankful I am for being able to enjoy amazing food and make wonderful memories with my family this year during the holiday season. I normally blog about food, health, fitness and everyday life in a very lighthearted way. I definitely don't want to be a downer, but my thoughts kept going to the same place this time...there are so many out there that are less fortunate than I am and I feel the best way to pay respect to those people is to take am moment and really appreciate where I am and not take for granted one day that I have here with my amazing men. I feel incredibly fortunate this holiday season and I am so incredibly happy to be surrounded by so many wonderful people and that includes all of you ;)! I hope you all are as lucky as I am to spend your Thanksgiving surrounded by good food, friends and family.

So, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, and a house full of faces to feed, my brain is spinning with the excitement of being in the kitchen and letting everything else go! My sister-in-law, brother-in-law, 2 nephews and niece will be here on Tuesday night! With 4 boys between the ages of 11-14, I don't know if I will ever have enough food to fill them all up! Here are some of the things we are looking at having. Tony and I really need to get the menu under control, but I thought I would share some our favorites that we are considering. Let the feasting begin!

Turkey is definitely happening, but for me, the real highlight is the dressing and gravy!

Kahlua and Almond Milk 

Mini Apple Pies

Pumpkin Pancakes (now made gluten free with Bob's Red Mill GF Flour)

Sausage Balls! (I now make these with chickpea flour, Bob's of course)

Unfortunately, we will not be spending Thanksgiving with my mother-in-law or father-in law this year. They are with Tony's brother's family, but they will be missed by this side. Christmas is just around the corner though, so we will be getting together soon!

So, on the food front, what's your favorite thing to eat during the holiday season? I have to have pumpkin pie and dressing. I really don't need anything else.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you're traveling or have loved ones traveling, my thoughts are with you all for safe arrivals!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 5:30 AM  
  • At November 16, 2012 at 7:21 AM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    can i come in place of your mother in law? I promise to lick my plate and then help with dishes!



  • At November 16, 2012 at 8:25 AM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    Oh wow... you HAVE to make the bacon popcorn. YUM.

  • At November 16, 2012 at 8:32 AM, Blogger Heather said…

    Ummmmmmm........holy amazingness, lady!!!!!!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Enjoy!

  • At November 16, 2012 at 8:33 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    Wow lots of food going on. Can I have some of the cinnamon bread please? I think everyone will love you no matter what ends up on the menu!

  • At November 16, 2012 at 8:42 AM, Blogger Kristina @ spabettie said…

    Mmm, I'll have one of each, please. I would LOVE to be there with you all - how fun would that be!!

    I am definitely looking forward to the food and the family... when I was a kid we would get to stay up late on holidays, because we'd all be playing contract rummy. My Grandpa Z was so fun to play with... the huge dining table with the whole family, all playing cards. I insisted we bring this back a few years ago, and we had SO MUCH FUN!

    THAT is what I look forward to - sitting around laughing with my family - remembering and talking about Grandpa Z... :)

  • At November 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    I want to spend Thanksgiving at your house! lol

    My favorite thing is pecan pie. This year, however, the host is allergic to tree nuts, so I will be instead picking up a piece at whole foods at some point over the weekend. I can't not have it! Or stuffing... obviously. :)

  • At November 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM, Anonymous Melanie said…

    Oh my goodness, those pictures! I want to have a cooking marathon with you!! My favorite is pumpkin pie, it's not thanksgiving without it. Enjoy your thanksgiving!

  • At November 16, 2012 at 6:20 PM, Blogger Jolene said…

    drooool. I'm coming over ;-)

  • At November 16, 2012 at 7:25 PM, Blogger Stephanie Colman said…

    Love those sausage balls :) And so many of the other recipes you shared!

  • At November 17, 2012 at 9:36 AM, Anonymous purelytwins said…

    this post just made me so hungry :) in a good way!!
    can we come over for Thanksgiving with you? seriously how could we pick off that amazing list of foods!!!
    we will be right over!

  • At November 18, 2012 at 5:55 PM, Blogger Cara said…

    mmm, do you have room for one more?! For me, it's not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. And unfortunately, it's always missing from the dessert spread at Ben's aunt and uncle's house where we spend Thanksgiving. I know I should just bring my own, but there is soooo much other dessert that it would barely get a dent!

  • At November 19, 2012 at 2:01 AM, Blogger STUFT mama said…

    Um, yeah, I want to come over RIGHT NOW! All of that food looks and sounds amazing. Holy smokes. I so wish we could hang out together over the holidays. Someday....... Kitty wants to hang with Tony too! He he. SO thankful for your friendship Sarena. HUGS!!!!!!!

  • At November 19, 2012 at 6:24 AM, Anonymous Miz said…

    my fam would LOVE LOVE LOVE those Boston Creme Pie waffles!

  • At November 19, 2012 at 1:32 PM, Anonymous peeree3 said…

    I have to have the mashed potatoes, gravy and pumpkin pie! So good.
    We are thankful for all of you and hope you have a delicious and fun holiday!

  • At November 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM, Anonymous a farmer in the dell said…

    Holy AMAZEBALLS! I want one of everything!

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