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Thanksgiving 2014 is about to go down in the history books. We had a rather low key immediate family turkey dinner on Saturday here at home, and then on Sunday evening we celebrated with my sister and her family, my brother, and my parents. This year we have so much to be thankful for, my Dad has been battling cancer since being diagnosed last December. It's been a tough road at times enduring the treatments and just last week we was in the hospital for surgery to remove the prostate. He came home earlier in the week with two catheters and he isn't quite comfortable yet to get dressed. So, when he mentioned that he would have to wear pajamas to Thanksgiving dinner, we all said we could wear our p.j.s too. Dare I say, that wearing pajamas to a big meal is kind of brilliant!
Since we were having our turkey dinner on Saturday, my daughter and I headed off to Walmart Friday afternoon to pick up our sundries and grocery supplies. It was a great time to visit too, the store wasn't overcrowded since it was early afternoon, and we had the opportunity to check out the Fall Market Place Demonstrations which were taking place in store on Friday and Saturday afternoon.
I have to admit that I am not a very creative chef, I have my repertoire of meals and stick to those few recipes. I love using meal helpers such as pre-made appetizers, or easy meal solutions like Hamburger Helper. I have a freezer full of beef courtesy of my beef farmer in-laws, so hamburger helper is a staple in my pantry. It is so quick to whip up in a frying pan and then throw in some fresh or frozen veggies, and cheese. I feel good about serving hamburger helper to my family on a busy weeknight, as I know that the sodium content has recently been lowered, and the possibilities can be endless.
Hamburger Helper using deli rotisserie chicken and thought it would be great way to use our leftover turkey.
|Our Finest Cheese Puff Pastries as our starter|
- 1.5 cups of shredded cooked turkey
- 2 cups of milk
- 1 cup of water
- 1 box of Hamburger Helper Cheesy Italian
- 1 cup of frozen corn
- Grated parmesan cheese
2. Add the turkey to the mixture in the frying pan and stir to combine.
3. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
4. Add frozen corn and cover again.
5. Let the mixture simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
6. Remove from heat and serve, topped with grated parmesan cheese.
|Turkey casserole with left over stuffing and cranberry sauce, along with a fresh salad for dinner|
The turkey casserole turned out excellent! You would never guess it was made with a box of Hamburger Helper - it was the perfect comfort meal to end Thanksgiving weekend. In fact, my children had noticed the box of Hamburger Helper on the counter and were wondering why I hadn't made it.
To finish off our meal we enjoyed a slice of Market Fresh Pumpkin pie and Strawberry Rhubarb pie. You can never get too much pie, yet, we opted for the smaller 350g size of pie. The smaller size pies are ideal for smaller groups or when you just want a small treat.
|Market Fresh 350g Pumpkin Pie for dessert|
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. For the most part the weather was gorgeous and the trees are in full splendor. We had great food, and spent the weekend in the company of the people we love.
We have so much to be thankful!