Friday, November 26, 2010

Blessings and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the time of year for families to gather and be thankful for the many the blessings from above. This year my family stayed in town and was joined by my sweet Memaw having one big bloated baptist bash. With "Pretty" Paula Dean in the kitchen, we had more food sitting around than any of us could ever wanted. Thanksgiving tends to be a little more casual at my house. This year, I hate to admit it but we were all in our elastic sweats and no make up.

For the second year in a row we attempted to be the black Friday crazy shoppers. We do it Dunham style going into the madness blindly. No plans, no ads, just make a run for it! We started at 3:30 am and shopped till we dropped at 10:00.

I wanted to share a few new recipes that we LOVED this Thanksgiving:

The first was an AMAZING appetizer and the second was of course my favorite..dessert!

Chrissie's Cheese Ball:
2 -8 ounce packages of cream cheese softened
1- 8 ounces can of crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
2 Tablespoons of finely chopped green onion
1 Tablespoon of salt
1 1/2 cups of chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients together using half of chopped pecans. Shape into a pretty ball and roll the remaining amount of pecans. Refrigerate to regain firmness of cream cheese. Serve with favorite crackers.

Chocolate Pecan Pie:
1 (9 inch pie shell)
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of light corn syrup
1/2 butter
4 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon of salt
6 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup of chopped pecans

Preheat over to 325 degrees. In a small saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until butter and sugar dissolves. Let cool slightly.
In a large bowl combine eggs, vanilla, and salt. Mix well. Slowly pour sugar mixture into egg mixture, whisking constantly. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans. Pour mixture into pie shell. Bake in Over for 50 to 55 minutes until golden.

One of my favorite times of year are the holidays. There is nothing better than cuddling up with my family playing games, eating food, and thanking the Lord for all his blessings and his faithfulness.

 One interesting piece of history that I read this year was dated back to honest Abe. I had never read the Thanksgiving declaration that Abe Lincoln made in 1863. Shortly after Lincoln committed his life to Christ and celebrated while America was still in the midst of its Civil War. It was this proclamation which eventually led to the establishment of our national Thanksgiving holiday.
"No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows,orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.
In testimony wherof I have herunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed."

Sorry SOO LONG and NO pictures!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It's time to deck the halls and hang the stocking with care!


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