Thanksgiving Recap

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving – and that you fell into the same food coma I did come Thursday evening.   I had a great time visiting with my family and counting all of my many blessings.

There are a lot of us so we do Thanksgiving “family-style” with all the food set up in one spot…or, as you can see, on every available inch of my mom’s counter.  Covered in copious amounts of tin foil.  Underneath was a turkey, a spiral ham, a pork roast, a tray of stuffed shells, and a tray of veggie lasagna.  Plus sides. 

We are Italian.  The phrase “too much food” doesn’t exist.

My mom and Arthur had me as their guest for 2 nights and took great care of me.  They are terrific.

Arthur used to wake us up on Thanksgiving morning by “making the turkey dance” before it went in the oven.  This consisted of coming into our bedrooms with the turkey like a hand puppet and waving it over our heads while we hid under the covers, shrieking.

Thankfully, he now just sticks to basting and carving.

Our Community Servings pecan and pumpkin pies were both delicious…especially the pecan.  I could have eaten it with just a spoon.  Dangerous.

 

Sadly, one thing I was not thankful for was the batch of Italian Meatball cookies I ruined when I forgot to add the baking powder.  Not a proud moment, but it happens…and I will admit it!

In need of dessert one way or another, I grabbed a lemon cake mix and a brownie mix and doctored them up with the help of some trusty Bundts.

Lemon Pound Cake Bundt:

The side of the cake mix box told me I could turn it into a pound cake by adding a box of instant pudding mix and tweaking the egg, water, and oil extras.  My mom didn’t have lemon pudding so I used vanilla.  I also added vanilla oomph by poking 2 dozen holes in the baked cake with a toothpick and then pouring a vanilla glaze of powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract over the top to drain down into the cake.  A dusting of powdered sugar added class.  I love how powdered sugar accentuates the lines of a good Bundt.

This pan is my mom’s, one of the few styles I don’t have, so it was fun to try it out.

Also on the menu was a Thanksgiving edition of Brownie Bundts – this time with sprinkles:

I used a Ghiradelli brownie mix (the best of the mixes) and made a quick glaze using a little melted butter, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and milk.  Some autumn sprinkles made them holiday-ready!

And of course, I couldn’t forget to include these 3 boys from my visit.  They are very clean.

My favorite Thanksgiving Day treat was a new appetizer my sister Courtney made.  I will be sharing that recipe next, so stay tuned!

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7 Comments on “Thanksgiving Recap”

  1. Courtney
    November 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    how did he never drop the turkey?? :)

  2. November 29, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    Looks like an amazing spread! I sometimes make a pistachio bundt cake with a box of yellow cake mix and a box of pistachio pudding mix. We all go there sometimes. :) The cake looks beautiful and the minis are adorable!

  3. November 30, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    I can’t resist a cat-laden blog post. DAMN ADORABLE!

  4. Aimee
    November 30, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    court – i don’t know but i am glad he never did.

    megan – we certainly do! i will add a box of pistachio pudding to my “kid kit” of backup baking helpers!

    leashieloo – I KNOW, RIGHT? they are the best cats. they will lie in a pile like that and groom each other for hours. also, they will eat anything so it’s appropriate to have them on here. :)

  5. November 30, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    Hi Aimee!!

    Wow, what a spread for Thanksgiving!!! Your bundt cake is beautiful and I am sure it was quickly devoured!!

    One of my son’s favorite cakes is a lemon bundt cake with lemon pudding – a truly tasty combination!!

    Beautiful cats as well – I love how they snuggle together – so cute!!!

  6. December 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    That bundt tin is fabulous! I definately need to get some fancy bundt tins! x

  7. December 3, 2010 at 12:01 am #

    aimee, everything here is lovely, but i need to tell you how happy i am to see those sleek, lovely boys. how i miss them. and you. xo

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