Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Just A Few Of My Easy Thanksgiving Recipes


Let me join in on the  recipe fun!   Here are some of my family's favorites.
They are simple and simply delicious.   

The night before or Thanksgiving Eve 
I have to make this.... 

Ambrosia Salad
2 14oz cans of  Dole Pineapple Tidbits - drained
1  14oz can of  Dole crushed pineapple - drained
I save the juice for Jacob to drink later.....
1  11oz can of Geisha mandarin oranges - drained
1  package of mini marshmallows
1/2 package of angel flake coconut - more or less to taste
Maraschino cherries  sliced in half  about half the jar 
         if you use more than that it will overpower the salad
3/4 of a 16 oz container of sour cream  - you don't want it
to be too loose or too dry -   if it gets to loose add more 
coconut - too dry more sour cream - see it's easy! 
     Refrigerate Overnight. 

Sweet Potatoes with my Secret Ingredient
2 29oz cans of sweet potatoes in their own syrup - drained
1/2 cup brown sugar sprinkled over sweet potatoes
1 stick of butter cut into pats and dotted over sugar
Peeps - yes I said Peeps.   Shaped like pumpkins (face down)  
or snowman.   I did this for the kids when they were young 
and my niece and nephews would have a fit if I didn't continue this tradition (they are now 26, 24, and 22).
I used to make this in my corningware loaf pan - however the other day I opened my cupboard and found it cracked in half!
I don't know if my sweet potatoes will ever taste the same:(  

I tried making them with baked and mashed sweet potatoes
but the kids had a fit.  So back to canned - I know, so gourmet....



Smilingsal said...

I've always like Ambrosia Salad, but I've never heard of using Peeps for sweet potatoes. I guess marshmallows are the same thing. Clever of you.

Bridget said...

Ambrosia was always my favorite part of Thanksgiving! Peeps are brilliant!!!!

onlymehere said...

Next year I'm saving some of those pumpkin Peeps for Thanksgiving!! It looks so yummy and unique! Cindy

salmagundi said...

I wonder if using Peeps will make my grand kids try sweet potatoes. Have to give it a try. Sally

Bo said...

Hi Robyn...hey thanks for the "secret" ingredient fun! ;-) Bo

PlantBuddy said...

Yummy, those recipes sound delicious. Must get off the computer and get into the kitchen. But, before I do. . .I've tagged you on my blog. Please visit and get in on the fun.

g said...

Hi, Robyn! I love ambrosia - what a great traditional treat!

I always wait till the last minute to plan my Thanksgiving menu, but what a good reminder you've given me.

Cyndy said...

That is such a smart idea using peeps! I usually return the casserole and brown my marshmallows. Do you do the same with the peeps?

Rue said...

Hi Robyn :)

Peeps?! Oh I have to try that. Rich LOVES peeps LOL

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that your tooth gets better!


Chrissy said...

Hi, your recipes sound great.No turkey for us till Christmas, our Thanksgiving is long past. Been busy decorating though and it is alot of fun!!Hope all is well!

Lynne said...

I can't wait to try the Ambrosia Salad.. I'm sure the family will love it. Thanks so much for sharing..hugs ~lynne~

nikkicrumpet said...

I love the peeps idea...hey they are just marshmallow after very clever!

Buffie said...

That's one of the cutest things ever, the Peeps! haha! I love it, how cool for kids too!

Buffie :)

Shelia said...

My mother used to always make Ambrosia for my daddy during the holidays. Since he's passed away, we can't bring ourselves to make it again. Oh, you brought back some sweet memories.
Be a sweetie,

Ma'dame French said...

Don't know when or how or who but I know something will be cooking with oil for Brooke;) French
Thanks for all your kind words and support;)

Happy To Be said...

Girl I could eat that salad and nothing me its the best part of the meal..Yum now I just made myself hungry again..I know all of us are going to be so stuffed by this time next week..I am so looking forward to Christmas this year..I did't put up a tree last year because of my mama dying so now I am so ready for it..Girl I have my DR table just loaded with Christmas stuff already..all I need to do is start puttin it all together..great post today..Oh before I forget thanks for coming by dear friend..I get so excited I forget why I came here..hugs and smiles Gloria

Mama said...

Ambrosia salad and peeps are new to me but sound yummy, I will try these for sure, thanks Robyn, have a wonderful weekend, hugs, Kathy.

haha kids are kids no matter how old when it comes to fave food.

Sandra Evertson said...

Thank you for sharing that recipe!
Sandra Evertson

Lynne said...

Hey ya cutie.. thanks for swinging by the "mans collection" .. guess I'm pretty fortunate he doesn't have alot of
hugs ~lynne~

Fifi Flowers said...

Happy Pink Saturday! ENJOY your day! Fifi

ksarra said...

Thanks for the recipes. Hope your Thanksgiving Day is filled with abundant, overflowing blessings!

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Peeps! I am ROFLOL! how cool is that! You rock, how awesome!


Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Gabriela ~