I have had this recipe for years and it has become a tradition for New Year’s Day at our house! Our celebration would not be complete without it. It is so easy and it is always the hit of any party! You can’t eat just one piece, so watch out! It is yummy and you will definitely be asked for the recipe. Thank goodness it has few ingredients so it is economically friendly, as well as easy, peasy to make!! Enjoy!
35 unsalted soda crackers
1 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Cover cookie sheet with foil. Spray foil with cooking oil spray. Place crackers on foil in 5 x 7 inch rows. Microwave butter on high for 2 minutes. Add brown sugar and stir. Microwave on high for 2 more minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Pour over crackers. Bake 17 – 20 minutes (should bubble but not burn). Sprinkle chocolate chips over hot crackers. Spread after 2 minutes (chips have softened). Sprinkle nuts on top. Refrigerate 1 hour. Break into pieces. Can be frozen.
The first thing I want after gorging myself with Thanksgiving richness is something light and clean! Greens of any kind fit the bill! They are nature’s own detox for the body! Here is my recipe for all three types of “Greens”. Some may want cornbread and green onions with it, but for me just pass the “Greens” and “Pot Liquor” (the juice from the Greens)! If you have a ham bone left over that is fine to use, if not you may use bacon. Enjoy!
Prewashed/packaged greens of your choice. (I usually do mustard greens, 2-3 packages)
4-6 slices of bacon
3 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
salt to taste
Fill a large pot 1/2 full. Add bacon, vegetable oil, and salt and bring to a boil. Cover the pot and let the bacon boil for 20 minutes or until done. Add your Greens (they will cook down) and stir well into the hot water. Bring your water back to a boil and turn down the heat to a simmer. Put the lid back on the pot and cook for 30-45 minutes. Stir often and make sure your water does not evaporate. You want to make sure the Greens stay covered! Serve in a bowl when you are done…you don’t want to lose one drop of that delicious juice!! Enjoy!
It is cold folks!! When it is close to sleeting along the Gulf it is BRRRR!!!! But here is a yummy warmer for hands, tummy, and heart while you curl up near a fireplace with your sweetie, or just your favorite blankie!
2/3 cup milk, or more to taste
1 pinch ground cinnamon (optional)
whipped cream or marshmallows (optional)
peppermint stick (optional)
Place chocolate pieces in a saucepan over medium-low heat; add milk and whisk constantly until chocolate is melted and well blended, about 5 minutes. Whisk in cinnamon. Remove from heat; add more milk if desired. Serve in a mug. If you choose to microwave this recipe, start out on 1 minute and stir and then heat on 30 second increments until the chocolate is melted. Make sure to stir well inbetween each increment of time! Top with whipped cream and add a peppermint stick…yummy!!
One of my favorite side dishes with my turkey and dressing is “Cherry Delight”. I think this is the easiest recipe I have ever seen. If you are making this for Thanksgiving and you are following my “no stress” schedule you will make this on Wednesday before Thanksgiving on Thursday. Enjoy!
1 can cherry pie filling
1 can Eagle Brand Condensed Milk
1 regular Cool Whip
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Mix together Eagle Brand Milk and Cool Whip. Add cherry pie filling and pecans. Incorporate well and refrigerate until ready to serve. How easy is that?? Have a wonderful holiday!!!
I know how overwhelming cooking a Thanksgiving and Christmas feast can be! At our house, that is exactly what our dinner is…a literal feast! By the time you count my nieces, my brother and my sister-in-love, my parents, and my family we have a total of 13 hungry mouths to feed.
Momma and I start cooking 5 days in advance. The first day (which is today, Sunday) we brine the turkey and two hens. The hens are very large! We place them in their own container and cover them in vegetable oil and rub them down very well with the oil. We do this to the turkey as well. We then mix the special seasoning in a bowl and ladle it into our hands with a tablespoon. We sprinkle it on the turkey and hens and pat the seasoning on and we don’t do this sparingly! You want your bird to be super coated!! We then cover them in foil and refrigerate until the big day! We cook the hens and turkey according to the directions that comes with the birds.
Tomorrow, we will mix “Maw’s Sweet Potato Casserole” together and cook it and refrigerate it. We will not add the marshmallows and brown them and heat the casserole until the day of the dinner. We will also chop celery for salads and the dressing, and clean it to stuff with pimento cheese on the day of our dinner.
This gives you an idea of the head start you need to be taking quickly! Remember I have all the Holiday Cooking Recipes under “Holiday Recipes”. If you didn’t get to your bird today, you may season him tomorrow! Happy cooking!!