Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

Every year at Thanksgiving we all gather at my Mom's.
Aunts, Uncles, Cousins come from all over for the big feast.
This year we won't be able to make the trip and neither will alot of Aunts, Uncles
and cousins so I am cooking at home for my family.
There were so many of our traditional favorites that
I love, but with a small family it just was not possible to make it all so I had to
decide which ones made it to my Thanksgiving menu!
I asked for every ones favorites and started planning.
My sons requested turkey with legs, so the turkey breast was replaced with
a turkey big enough to feed 12! My husband requested sweet potato casserole,
my oldest requested broccoli , cauliflower and chocolate cake! I was hoping for broccoli casserole, but I will make caraway cheese sauce to pour over my cauliflower & broccoli! My youngest son asked for mashed potatoes instead of our usual rice.
One dish that has been my favorite since I was a little girl is my Mom's fruit salad and it just wouldn't be the holidays for me without it!
I also love it for breakfast too!
Here is the recipe for the fruit salad, hope it becomes one of your favorites too!
Mom's Fruit Salad
3 apples diced
1 16 oz can pineapple tidbits (save the juice)
1 can Mandarin oranges drained
1/2 cup raisins
2 bananas sliced
1/2 bag mini marshmallows
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 small pack instant banana cream pudding
Mix apples, raisins, oranges, pineapple and marshmallows in bowl.
In a measuring cup mix mayonnaise, pudding and juice from pineapple
til smooth. Pour mayonnaise mixture over fruit and stir.
Before serving, add sliced bananas and mix.
Hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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