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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Note

Happy Thanksgiving!

We have soooo much to be thankful for.  Family, friends and a good life.  We are so fortunate to live in the United States where we are free to choose our own lifestyle and beliefs.  Thanks as always, to our military that protect us and allow us to enjoy our freedoms.  Thanks to all the first responders, too.  I'm thankful for all my internet followers and friends.  You keep me inspired and entertained.

Our Thanksgiving will be a bit different this year.  Gene and I will eat out at Baxters on Main, just the two of us and the other diners.  This is a first for us.

We will have our traditional dinner on Saturday with friends and family.  I am excited about that.  Thanksgiving is a favorite for me.  Lots of good food and fun.  My Mom and Dad always invited people over and we have always tried to have people over especially when we were in South America.  Just fantastic!

It is also the celebration of Jennie's birthday.  Her actual birthday was Sunday but she is a Denver football fanatic so chose to do her thing on her birthday and leave our celebration for Saturday. It also drags out or extends her birthday for several days.   It will be fun. Will there be presents?

Happy Birthday, Jennie!

Jennie in Albuquerque a few years ago.

Thanksgiving last year.

You can check out past Thanksgiving posts here and read about what Thanksgiving means to me:  http://jocastilloartblog.blogspot.com/search?q=Thanksgiving  There are a couple of recipes for dressing/stuffing on this post:  http://jocastilloartblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/happy-thanksgiving.html

For this year I will give you my Crunchy Pecan Pie.  I got the recipe off a box of graham crackers many years ago and it is always a big hit. No crust to worry about and less calories, right?   It is too late for your Thanksgiving but you might use it at Christmas time.  Gluten free note at the bottom.

Crunchy Pecan Pie 
(or Walnut Pie,Contributor Nabisco Graham Cracker Box 1994 or so 
3 egg whites1 cup granulated sugar12 square graham crackers, finely rolled (about 1 cup crumbs)1 cup finely chopped pecans1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
1 cup heavy cream, whipped  for topping
DirectionsBeat egg whites until soft peaks form; gradually add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. 
Combine next three ingredients and fold into egg whites. 
Spread in a greased 9-inch pie plate. Bake in the center of preheated moderate oven (350 degrees)30 minutes. Cool thoroughly. 
Spread with whipped cream. Chill 6 hours or overnight. Makes about 8 3-3/4 inch wedges.    
To whip the cream, put 1/2 cup whipping cream into a glass or metal bowl. Whip on high until peaks form, add 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or to taste.  Using powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar keeps the cream whipped (holding the air) for a longer period.
With the savings on calories and fat from the original pecan pie recipes, I use real cream. I just like it. 
You can use a substitute like Cool-Whip or ReddiWhip.You can also use walnuts.  Now we have Smorables, gluten free graham crackers, so I can also eat this pie.


Bag Blog said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Jo and Gene. Happy Birthday Jennie.

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, hope your Thanksgiving was super, too. It is going to be a beautiful day here.

Joanna said...

Love that photo of Jennie.

Jo Castillo said...

Joanna, it is a great photo. We had fun that day, then dinner with Grandma Frances.

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