Counting our blessings

As we speed towards Thanksgiving at 80 mph, it’s easy to lose sight of the important things in life. Things like deadlines and all that is wrong in the world fog our minds as we race to the next commitment on our to-do list. After that, we start fretting about coordinating family Thanksgiving – who’s coming, who’s making what, etc. But you know what, in the big picture, it doesn’t really matter because today we are blessed. Truly blessed.

We have a family who loves us through anything, friends who know when you need a heaping pile of cheesy fries, and farmers who produced that heaping pile of cheesy fries. So as we speed towards another Thanksgiving, lets all count our blessings instead of comparing apples to apples. I bet you’ll have a much more enjoyable day!

And what’s a Thanksgiving post without some of our favorite recipes? I mean talk about getting in the spirit! What do you do with all your leftover turkey? Make turkey pie of course!

Turkey Pie

Turkey Pie

Turkey Pie

INGREDIENTS
For the crust
– 5 c flour
– 2 c shortening
– 2 tsp salt
– 1 c water
For the pie
– 3 c cooked turkey, diced small
– 1 big can and 1 small can of chicken broth about 60 oz or more to make into gravy
– 4 c carrots, cooked
– 2 can peas, heated
– Potatoes diced and/or celery diced optional (cooked)
– Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS
For the crust: Mix shortening, flour, and salt until crumbly. Add water using mixer with dough beaters. Roll out for 9 x 13 pan on floured board, put in bottom of pan. Any extra dough store in ziplock in refrigerator. Good for a few days or make into a pie for dessert.
For the pie: Put ingredients evenly spread out not the crust that is on bottom of the baking dish. Heat and thickness the chicken broth to gravy consistency with flour. Pour over ingredients. Put on top crust adhere sides and corners to the bottom crust with a little water if necessary. Cut several small slits in top of crust to prevent dough from bubbling up. Sprinkle top crust with salt, pepper, and onion salt. Bake at 350 until crust is done.

And one more for all you sweet-tooths out there. Caramel-Coconut Pie comes highly recommended.

Caramel-Coconut Pie

INGREDIENTS
– 1/4 c butter or margarine
– 1 (7 oz) package flaked coconut
– 1/2 c chopped pecans
– 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
– 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
– 1 (16 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
– 2 baked 9-in pie crusts
– 1 (12 oz) jar caramel ice cream topping

Caramel-Coconut Pie

Caramel-Coconut Pie

DIRECTIONS
Melt butter in large skillet. Add coconut and 1/2 c pecans; cook until golden, stirring frequently. Set mixture aside and let cool slightly. Combine cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk; beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Layer 1/4 of cream cheese mixture in each pastry shell. Drizzle 1/4 of caramel topping over each pie. Sprinkle 1/4 coconut mixture evenly over each pie. Repeat layers with remaining cream cheese mixture, caramel topping, and coconut mixture. Cover and freeze pies at least 8 hours. Let frozen pies stand at room temperature 5 minutes before slicing. Garnish with pecan halves, if desired.

So what’s your favorite Thanksgiving recipe? Leave it in the comments!

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