just a little preface...
This blog consist of meals that are practically all purchased with the help of my footstamp budget, I work full time, but as a single mom with two children at home I am classified as "poverty level". I thank God everyday that my children get good homecooked meals, because there are so many kids in the USA that go hungry every day. I just wanted to add this so if you think you cannot purchase good food and create good meals on a tight budget I hope my blog makes you think of food in a different way. noturtypicalgma

the only thing i ask in sharing these recipes with you, is that you must really love the person you serve them to....cooking is how i show my love to the special people in my life.....

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Simple Easy Thanksgiving Recipes

Time got away from I was supposed to post this last weekend and then some stuff called life came up...so I am sorry I did not get back to it. So here we go... late is better than never. Just some simple basic recipes, unfortunately some of my video was deleted, my rolls and gravy. I will add those at a later date. I hope you and your family and friends enjoy the day with good food, good drink and good company. From my Family to yours Happiest Thanksgiving Wishes!

This green bean recipe came about because I wanted something fresh...no canned, no frozen, fresh greenbeans, the kind that when you bite into them they still have that snap! If you want a cleaner version omit the bacon altogether.

Mushroom, Onion, Garlic and Bacon Greenbeans
1lb of Fresh green beans ends snapped
6-8 fresh white or crimini mushrooms sliced
1 small white onion sliced
3 cloves of garlic minced
6 slices of bacon fried and crumbled
1-2tsp of olive oil
pepper and salt to taste

These are simple garlic mashers, I use both white and russet to balance out the waxiness of the white and the starch of the russet, the garlic adds a nice taste to these simple potatoes, if you have sour cream use dollops of that intsead of milk!

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
3 russet potatoes peeled and cut into equal size pieces
3 white potatoespeeled and cut into equal size pieces
3 cloves of garlic peeled
2 tsp salt added to water when boiling
splash of milk or 2tbsp of sour cream
2 tbsp butter or margarine
Boil till soft, drain water leaving garlic in and add milk, and butter and mash away, add salt to taste if needed

Wanted something different but my daughter wanted her good ole marshmallows so the video has two toppings on it, the grown up and the kid friendly version of  Sweet Potatoes
Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Pecans, Brown Sugar and Honey
4 med size yams boiled
2 tbsp margarine or butter
2tbsp of milk
1/3 c. of brown sugar
2-3 tbsp honey
1/3 cup of pecans


This stuffing is a recipe my Grandma Katie used to make, hers was a lot moister.. I prefer mine stuffed in the turkey. From the pan or in the turkey it is a hit at my house.

Grandma Katies Sage Sausage and Olive stuffing
2 packages of bread cubes
2 cups of chopped celery
2cups of chopped onion
2 cans of  black olives, sliced
2 packages of Farmer John Sausages
2tbsp of poultry seasoning
1stick of margarine or butter
2 cans of chicken broth

Turkey is basically like a big chicken! Just make sure you have the right times for your stuffed or unstuffed turkey and follow the guidelines in the link I provide. If you are worried about your turkey being dry cook it in a Reynolds Oven bag...guaranteed moist turkey!

Roasted Sage Turkey
1 turkey
1 bunch of fresh Sage
1tsp of poultry seasoning
1 to 2 tsp Paprika
1/2 to 1 tsp of Garlic powder
1/2 to 1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
2-3 tbsp of canola oil or olive oil
Mix all of your dry powdered spices and salt together

Before roasting your turkey go to this link to get the correct roasting time time for your size turkey
visit this link to learn how to use your meat thermometer correctly


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