Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Visual Thanksgiving Feast

Hi All!

Well, the family Thanksgiving feast with my parents, my brother and his family, Hubby, and Me is now over. I am exhausted. That didn't keep me from going with Mom and Dad to meet my brother and his family at the mall for lunch and a little shopping. I got a nifty little pink iPod speaker which I can throw in my purse. Fun!

I finally downloaded the pictures of our feast and thought I would share a couple with you.

This is the turkey. Isn't it a beauty? Of course, this is before Hubby and I attacked it. As it was only the second turkey I had ever made and Hubby had even carved, it was "interesting" to witness the carving process. I didn't take any pictures. It was too scary! The turkey did taste very yummy though! Nice and moist and tender.

These lovely looking things are my two-toned, twice baked potatoes. Mom found the recipe somewhere and emailed it to me. Very simple but excellent! I think everyone who tasted these liked them - even my brother who doesn't normally like sweet potatoes! I could eat these every day if I would take the time to make them.

What Thanksgiving feast would be complete without dessert? I made this scrumptious pumpkin pie and cake balls. The pie made it for a picture - the cake balls . . . well, not so much!

For those of you who have never heard of cake balls, they are cake (I used pumpkin bread this time in honor of the season) crumbled into small crumbs and then mixed with canned frosting (sure - you could use home made but . . . the recipe SAID canned frosting so . . . I used cream cheese frosting.). Refrigerate to make firm and then form into bite sized balls. Freeze for a while to ease the dipping process and then dip the balls into lovely melted chocolate. Chill to set chocolate and then drizzle melted white chocolate over the top. Chill to set and then serve. The balls I made didn't last too long after the first taste. They are good and a little addictive too, apparently!

As a note - the recipe for the cake balls was in my local paper and you can use any cake/frosting combo you want. You can also use white chocolate or white almond bark (****Hey foodies out there - what is the difference between white chocolate and white almond bark anyway?) and then you can use food coloring (I think they recommended oil based or gel colors, I can't remember) to tint the coating to neat colors. I liked the confetti cake and frosting with the turquoise colored topping. It was a visual treat!

There you have my dinner in a nutshell. I didn't take pictures of the cake balls or the homemade rolls I made so just picture them in your minds for a minute. Done? Good! It was a good meal and good company.


Voice Update: I am not saying. I am a bit frustrated. Draw your own conclusions (if you listen to my newest podcast I am on my way down the hill!).


imbeingheldhostage said...

Your meal looks wonderful! It made me a little sad because I didn't take ANY pictures of anything... I don't know what happened to me.
Podcast? I am so technologically inept, it's almost frightening.

Thanks for your thoughts on the music thing-- I knew I was singing to the choir. :-)

Chris H said...

That turkey sure looks delicious! You sure did well!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pictures! That pie looks perfect!

noble pig said...

I'm reaaly upset about the missing cake balls pic...I hope I can get over it.