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7 Days of Thanks 2018: Day 5

Thanksgiving Day Movie Lineup!

Aside from watching the Thanksgiving Day parade, I normally have a Thanksgiving Day movie lineup! So here is the lineup for 2018:

Home For The Holidays

Addams Family Values

Son In Law

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Home Alone

Jingle All The Way

Santa Clause 1-3

This is just for this year, but you know some like Home For The Holidays, Addams Family Values, Son in Law and the Santa Clause (1-3) have been pretty consistent on making my Thanksgiving movie list! Do you have a favorite movie to watch during Thanksgiving?

-Dezi

7 Days of Thanks 2018: Day 4



Pawsgiving Recipe!

Here are the recipes for this years pawsgiving incase you wanted to make something for that fury friend of yours!

Puppy pancakes and scrambled eggs-

Pancakes:

  • 1/2 c pumpkin purée
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1/4 c oats
  • 1/2 tbsp. Water
  • 1 tsp. Honey
  • Pinch of cinnamon

*In a bowl combine your all your ingredients and mix until well combined and place in a pipping bag and cook like a regular pancake.

Scrambled egg:

  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of cheese

Turkey Dinner-

Turkey Meatballs:

  • Lean ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp. rice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 c beef broth
  • 1 c water

*In a large bowl mash up your ground turkey and add your rice and egg and mix. Once combined roll into meatballs and set aside. In a medium sauce pan pour in your liquids and let it come to a simmer before adding your meatballs. Once added cover and cook for about 20-30 minutes depending on the size. Constantly checking to make sure there are liquids still in the pan.

Gravy:

  • 1 C beef broth
  • 3 punches of flour

*In a small sauce pan add in your beef broth and let it come to a simmer, while stirring sprinkle in some flour and mix until thickens. 

Sweet Potato Mash:

  • 1 Sweet potato
  • 1/2 Tsp. Honey
  • 1 Tbsp. Beef broth
  • 1/2 c water

*Clean, peel and dice sweet potato and place into a sauce pan with  water and let it cook for 30-40 minutes or until it gets soft. Once it has softened to your liking drain the excess water. Placing the sweet potato in a bowl mash it until the chunks are completely gone, and add in honey and broth and mix well.

Cooked Carrots:

  • 1/2 Bag of baby carrots
  • 1 beef broth
  • 1/2 c water

*In a small sauce pan add your liquids and carrots on medium heat for about 30 minutes or until they get soft. Keep checking to make sure there are liquids still in the sauce pan.

Puppy Pumpkin Pie-

Crust:

  • 1 C flour
  • 1/2 c oats
  • 1/2 Tsp. honey
  • 1/2 Tbsp.water

Filling:

  • 1/2 can pumpkin puree
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp. honey

Whipped Cream:

  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Pinch of cinnamon

*Combing your crust in a bowl and set aside in fridge to get cold. In another bowl mix your filling together, place in a pipping bag. With your cold crust dough fill in your cupcake tray and pipe in your filling. Place in the oven for about 10-15 minutes depending on size. In a mixer beat your heavy whipping cream until peak, place in bag and pipe on cool pies and sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on top for decoration.

To make life just a bit easier on Thanksgiving Day I meal prep there food two days before and put it in the freezer until Wednesday when I put it in the fridge to defrost. This helps take A LOT of stress off of Thanksgiving Day because there is always a lot of food we have to prepare for the day.

-Dezi

7 Days of Thanks 2018: Day 3

Pawsgiving!

So not only do I prepare a menu for the family but I also prepare a menu for the four-legged fur babies as well. This year there are only three fur babies running around, my two littles and then my uncles pupper Coco. Here is what the menu looks like for the little ones:

Pawgiving Breakfast Menu:

  • Puppy Pancakes

Pawsgiving Dinner Menu:

  • Carrots
  • Sweet potato
  • Rice
  • Lean ground turkey meatballs

Pawsgiving Dessert:

  • Puppy Pumpkin pie

 So the pups get a special treat on Thanksgiving because they are part of the family and deserve to be little chunks with us. So yummy warm pupcakes for breakfast and a nice lean ground turkey dinner with a side of sweet potatoes, carrots and rice and for dessert a nice slice of puppy pumpkin pie! 

If you have a fur baby do you include them in your Thanksgiving tradition? If so what do you make them?

-Dezi 

7 Days of Thanks 2018: Day 2

Family Traditions.

Every Thanksgiving for the family we gather around the dinner table and say a prayer every year a different person from the family would say the prayer and we would go around the table saying one thing we were grateful for. This one started with my grandma and grandpa with their kids my aunts and uncles. Honestly, this one is special because it involves all the generations in our family under the same roof saying what we are thankful for.

Another tradition with my immediate family is getting up at 8am making breakfast and bring it to the front room in our jammies with our blankets and the puppies and we sit and watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade while we eat. This is my favorite because we don’t have to dress up and I am cuddled up with my littles watching all the floats. What are some of your family traditions?

-Dezi

7 Days of Thanks 2018: Day 1

Preparing for Thanksgiving!

It’s time for 7 Days of Thanks 2018! This is my countdown to Thanksgiving, and I am ready to start preparing for this holiday. So, November 1 I preorder my ham at Honey Baked Ham, but this year I decided to pre-order my Turkey here and not at Safeway like I normally do. Once I place my order, my gears instantly change into Thanksgiving mode, and I have to write out my menu:

Menu:

  • Honey Baked Ham
  • Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Rolls (homemade)
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Potatoes au gratin
  • Salad
  • Pumpkin Pie

Our traditional menu is above, that is what we have every Thanksgiving. The Menu below is what we like to change every year, we try new recipes to mix it up a bit. So here are our new dishes:

  • Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese with Bacon
  • Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Cheese
  • Broccoli Hashbrown Casserole

Now I am so excited to make the Jalapeno Mac and Cheese because it is from the new Disney Festival Cookbook and this was one of my mom and I’s favorite dish from the Food and Wine Festival in Disney California Adventure. What are some of your preparation traditions?

-Dezi

7 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 7

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving day is a day of family, a day of giving and to be thankful. At least that is what I believe when I think of Thanksgiving. Of course, there are benefits like food, but my memories of Thanksgiving is all about my family and all of us gathered in one place with our tradition of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade while cooking to food and putting the last minute touches on the house. Today I am thankful for all the opportunities that are presented in my life. I’m thankful I have the opportunity to give back to those who need it even the little furry friends who need some extra love on the street. Thank you for joining this year 7 Days of thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving, from my family to yours!

-Dezi

7 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 6

Another fur favorite is the Pumpkin Sweet Potatoe bites! So here is how you make them!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1 C mashed sweet potato
  • 1/2 C pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tablespoon

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl mix flour, sweet potato, pumpkin, water, egg, and honey until thoroughly combined.
  3. Pinch off a small amount of the mixture and roll it into little balls. then place them on the baking sheet about an inch apart.
  4. Take a fork and flatten. Place them in the oven for 20 minutes.
  5. Flip them over and place them back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
  6. Let them cool and serve!

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These delicious treats can be stored in the fridge for a week and in the freezer for a month, but trust me these things go so fast! We hope you like them just as much as my littles do. Today, I am thankful for the opportunity to go to college. Yes like my job it can get annoying and I want to quit, but it allows me to grow as a person and opens a lot more doors.

-Dezi

7 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 5

For a nice hot drink that will warm up your hands and your tummy, is my all-time favorite drink, Carmel White Hot Chocolate. This drink screams holiday for me, so let’s get started!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 C milk
  • White hot chocolate mix
  • Caramel sauce
  • Whipped Cream

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • In a 16oz microwave safe mug, warm the milk to your liking.
  • Once the milk is warm add in the white hot chocolate mix and a big spoon of caramel and mix until combined.
  • Top it off with whipped cream and drizzle caramel sauce and enjoy!

This is my all-time favorite holiday drink and I hope you enjoy it like I do. Today, I am thankful for my friends, I have a small group of friends who push me to be a better me every day.

-Dezi

7 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 4

Cranberry BBQ meatballs are my all time favorite because they are sweet and tangy and easy to pop in your mouth. They go so fast in my household that I couldn’t help but share, so here is how you make my favorite Cranberry BBQ meatballs.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • Meatballs
  • 14 oz can cranberry sauce
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 C water
  • 1 C BBQ sauce
  • 12 oz cocktail sauce
  • Finely chopped onions for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Spray the bottom of the slow cooker lightly with cooking spray and add the meatballs.
  2. In a large bowl combine cranberry sauce, brown sugar, water, cocktail sauce, BBQ sauce. Once combined pour over the meatballs.
  3. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours.
  4. Sprinkle the finely chopped green onions if desired and serve!

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Sometimes I put toothpicks because I like to grab and go. One thing I am grateful for is being brought up in the family that I did. I am lucky to have two strong women in my family: my mom and my grandma. I’ve learned so much from them, how to cook, bake, be independent and live my life. I have two incredible women I can call up and talk for hours about anything and everything.

-Dezi

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