Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying your holiday with good food, family and fun.

Jimmy and I got up early this morning to put our turkey on to cook. I'm really happy how it turned out. We made some garlic, thyme, orange butter and put under the skin of the turkey along with some orange slices. Then we covered the outside with more butter. I got the idea from something I saw on Curtis Stone's website. Didn't it come out gorgeous?

Here is the garlic, thyme, orange butter. We 
didn't use a recipe but just threw in the ingredients 
until it looked right.

Jimmy had fun with this part.  He loosened all the 
skin from the breasts so we could cram all the goodies 
in there.

We stuffed the cavity with fresh thyme and oranges.

How cool is that? We usually just stick the turkey in the roaster and forget about it. Not anymore! Going to a little extra work really paid off. The turkey was moist and juicy was infused with orange essence.

Macaroni and Cheese

(printable copy) 

4 cups elbow macaroni, cooked (about 8 oz. dry)
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup fat free sour cream
1 cup low fat cottage cheese
8 ounces reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup skim milk
2 tablespoons onions, grated
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons stick low-fat margarine, melted
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon stick low-fat margarine
1/4 teaspoon paprika
While noodles are cooking, mix together next 9 ingredients.
Mix in cooked pasta, and pour into a 2 quart casserole dish sprayed with Pam.
Mix bread crumbs, paprika and 1 TBSP melted margarine and sprinkle over top of casserole.
Cover and bake for 45 minutes @ 350 degrees.
Remove tin foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole

(printable copy) 

3 cups sweet potatoes, fresh, cooked and mashed
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mash potatoes in a large mixing bowl. While still warm, fold in sugar, milk, beaten eggs, vanilla and 1/2 cup melted butter. Stir with wooden spoon until well combined. Put mixture in a 2-quart casserole dish.
In a small bowl, combine light brown sugar, flour, 1/3 cup melted butter and chopped pecans. Spoon this topping evenly over sweet potato mixture.
Bake about 40 minutes or until topping is crisp, pecans have toasted and sweet potato mixture is bubbling.

To download a copy of this recipe click here.

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

(printable copy)

1 bunch broccoli
1 small cauliflower
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup red onion, diced
3 teaspoons white vinegar
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup shredded cheddar (more if desired)
7-8 slices of cooked crispy bacon (crumbled)

Chop broccoli and cauliflower up into bite sized pieces.

Stir together sugar, vinegar and mayo.

Pour over the broccoli and cauliflower and toss in cheese and bacon and onion.

Mix together and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Now..........On to Christmas!!!!!


  1. that all looks sooooo yummy.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am following back.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving. I'm following you back.

  3. Thank you for following me. I am glad to follow you too. Your turkey is gorgous, very nice. I also amd going to have to try the broccoli/cauliflower salad sounds yummy. Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. That turkey looks lovely Mika. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Thank you so much for following. I am following you back
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  6. Hi! I am your newest follower! Thanks for following!

  7. thanks for following i'm following you back!!

  8. omg !
    wow ! thts amazing !! it looks so Delicious .... No wonder it came out so well ... jus mouthwatering!
    M pooja dropping by from
    Thxs for following ! m following u back

  9. Looks like a super spread - I especially like the butter for the turkey. Glad you had a great day.

  10. Happy Thanksgiving - that bird looks delicious! Hope you and your family had a wonderful day!


  11. Thanks for the follow. I'm following you back. Your turkey looks amazing!! Hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving.


  12. Hello Mika, I am your newest follower from Over 40 Blog Hop. I am loving your recipes, everything looks divine.

    Lisa xx

  13. Your Turkey could be featured a magazine cover!! Loved the idea of the thyme and orange and will have to give it a try.
    I am a new follower and will be back often to get your recipes.

  14. Following you back. I am looking forward to your blog as I am a Rachael Ray wanna be...

  15. I can tell I'll be enjoying your blog! I just ate my fill of Thanksgiving leftovers, and my mouth is watering again! Your turkey looks awesome!
    Jamie from Georgia

  16. I love how you placed the orange under the skin !
    I only placed the oranges in the cavity only :)
    We have Thanksgiving tomorrow because hubby is in Mexico working...
    Great blog !
    Happy blog hop too ! Come see my blog and follow me back !

  17. Wow, that all looks delicious! Thanks for following me. :-) I'm your newest follower now too. I know I'll find some great recipes here!

  18. Thanks for following me, I'm following you back! :)

    Amber at

  19. I love all the yummy recipes from your Thanksgiving day! I will have to bookmark this as well as being your newest follower from the Blog Hops! Have a great day!

  20. Hi Mika! Thanks so much for stopping by our blog hop this week. My friend Dara has a wonderful food blog that you'd probably love! It's called CookinCanuck. You should check it out sometime!

  21. Thanks for following me! I'm now following you back.

  22. Orange butter in the turkey, you say? This is a concept that interests me and I want to try this on a chicken (turkey is large and intimidating, not to mention way too many leftovers).

    Hi Mika, waving back at you from the Eccentric Delirium's blog hop.

  23. Thanks for the follow! I dislike cooking but maybe your blog can inspire me, so I'll follow you back!

  24. Everything looks amazing! Thanks so much for coming to visit me -- returning the follow ... :)

  25. I am following you right back girl! love the yummy recipes :)


  26. Thanks for linking up to It's Freakin' Friday!! Your Turkey looks absolutely delicious!

    Anestazia <3

  27. Wow, what interesting ideas and recipes!! =)

    Thanks so much for stopping by, we are now following you back! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  28. Wow! You are such a creative cook. I love the idea for the turkey. I think I will try it with a Chicken and see how it works. Did the sweet potato casserole come out of the pan like a cake? I couldn't tell from the photo. YUM! The cauliflower and broccoli looked awesome too! Thanks for following my the way.

  29. That Mac and Cheese looks so yummy!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog...I'm now your newest follower.

    Have a GREAT weekend!

  30. Thanks so much for stopping by The House on the Corner ~ I'm following back!!!

  31. I'm following you back. What a wonderful blog Mika. One of my dearest friends name is also Mika ... so I had to follow you too =) Have a special day new friend!

  32. Hi Mika, your turkey looks amazing. Can I come to yours for thanksgiving next year?

    Thanks for following me. Now following you too. Great to meet you.


  33. Wow...looks great! I made a similar butter using thyme, parsley, and lemon. Thanks for the follow...I'm following back.

  34. Wow! That looks yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipes. Will have to try them out. I'm following from Saturday Stalk blog hop.

  35. This looks delicious!!!!

    Thanks for following Carrigan's Joy, I'm following back!

  36. Your turkey looks gorgeous! So does everything else for that matter! Happy Thanksgiving!

  37. What a delicious spread!! I'm going to have to try that butter recipe of yours - sounds heavenly! Thank you for following my blog, I am here to follow back! Have a great weekend!

    Aimee @

  38. Thanks for following my blog! I like anyone that loves to be in the kitchen as much as me!

    PS- I'm now your follower!

  39. Hi
    Thanks for the follow..Following you back..Looks delicious!!! You are quite the cook! Nice to meet ya new friend!

  40. Hi there .. thank you so much for your visit.. OH MY what a scrumptious feast you prepared ... I'm now following you too!!! I certainly do not wish to miss any more... can't wait to see what you prepare next... HHL

  41. That is a gorgeous turkey! I have a tip for next time though. After you pack all that tastiness under the skin, "scald" the turkey by pouring boiling water over it. The skin tightens up and seals all the juices inside! I tried this for the first time last year and was so happy that I did :)

  42. Thank you so much for following me, I'm now following you too and that food looks SO good!


  43. YUM! That turkey looked delicious! Hello! Following you from Saturday Stalk blog hop!

    Coupon Mamacita

    (**ignore Mamacita la Cuponera, that is my other blog and I don't know why it is popping up**!)

  44. Thanks so much for coming over and following me! Returning the favor :)

    Your turkey looks delicious!

    Jen @ My Secret Home

  45. yummy.following back from the hop.
    thanks for following me

  46. Wow! That all looks good! Thanks for the visit! I'm your latest follower and I'm looking forward to what you cook next :)

  47. Wow looks so good! Thanks for following Mommy Time Out

  48. wow...that turkey looks amazingly delish and yet a little freaky all at the same time! haha. I bet it was super yummy! Thanks for following I'm returing the favor :)


  49. Hi,

    It looks like you had a wonderful yummy Thanksgiving Day. Thanks for coming by and being part of Pacifiers, Pumps & The World 3rd Weekend Blog Hop. Im following you back.

  50. Hi Mika!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and visiting the Follow Friday 40 and Over Blog Hop!

    I am now following you too!

    I would also like to invite you to join the Over 40 Bloggers Club!! Take a look and join in the fun!

  51. thanks for the follow! following back!

  52. and I am the 100th follower! how cool is that?!

  53. I like 101! That made me so hungry I am going to go have a turkey sandwich!
    I am a new visitor and follower via Java :)

  54. Happy Thanksgiving! I make roasted chicken like you made your chicken, except I use lemons or sour oranges and use rosemary (I can never get enough of rosemary).

    Thanks for following my blog . . . I'm following you back!

    Have an awesome weekend . . . Gina

  55. Hi, Mika.....thanks for stopping by my place....following you back. Your turkey looks absolutely amazing and I'm definitely going to use that Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole recipe! :)

  56. Wow! You CAN cook! I am looking forward to all of your posts..yummmmm!

    Hello! I am a new follower and found you on the blog hop. I would love a follow back at this link:

    In My Opinion...

    I do have several blogs, but this one is where I would really like followers! Thanks so much! :)

  57. Hi! I am a new follower from the weekend's blog hop. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog. Blessings...
    Saved By Love Creations

  58. Hi there! I am a new follower from the over 40 hop. I am Canadian so I have already had my Thanksgiving but I will definately use your site for Christmas cooking! Happy holidays! Come and visit me at

  59. Following you back..everything looks yummmmmy!!

  60. I am going to try the sweet potato casserole, looks delish. Thanks for dropping by my blog, I am now following you and look forward to some yummy recipes! Have an awesome week!

  61. I'm your newest follower from the Sunday Blog Hops! Come check out my blog at:

    Have a great day!

  62. Following from the blog hop. Hope you can follow back.
    God Bless,
    < a href="">Finding My Life in Faith< /a>

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