Thanksgiving Family Traditions

As you probably know by now, I LOVE Thanksgiving especially the traditions. Most of my family is from North Carolina and they make the 14 hour trek to Tennessee to enjoy Thanksgiving with us. Since we typically only see our family once a year, we have a great time catching up. Over the years we have developed quite a few Thanksgiving traditions.

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Sprinkle of Glam Thanksgiving Apple Cider Bar Cart

Preparing for Thanksgiving

My dad is a Whole Foods fanatic. It is rather funny to see my very country dad sipping on a green juice looking at quinoa and organic turkeys. When I was in college, he would pick me up from the airport in Nashville (about an hour away from my parent’s home) and we would take a detour to pick up organic goodies for Thanksgiving. We have kept this tradition alive and normally shop for groceries the Monday of Thanksgiving week. The night before Thanksgiving, my cousins and I enjoy a pre celebration at the family farm, which typically leads to mischief!

Thanksgiving Morning

On the morning of Thanksgiving, we have coffee and breakfast early in the morning with yummy treats such as pumpkin roll, ham & cheese breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, and breakfast casserole. I am considering baking these pumpkin biscuits this year! No Thanksgiving morning is complete without mimosas of course, even my grandmother will get in on the action.

Thanksgiving

My mom and I usually cook Thanksgiving dinner together. I love this time to bond with her and do one of my favorite activities, cooking! If our timing works out we enjoy our meal in the early afternoon, giving the men of the family plenty of time to watch football. When we were younger to keep us occupied while dinner was being cooked, we made turkey cookies (similar recipe here). However, even though we are all in college or post college now we still ask to make these cookies every year.

We invite anyone in our neighborhood that does not have family close by to also join in. For a couple of years our neighbors, who are British, joined in on what they referred to as “traitor’s day”. My family hosts dinner at our family farm and the scenery is just perfect for the occasion. Before we dive into the delicious meal, we take a moment to go around the table and say what we are thankful for. Each year I find this part of the day to be difficult. It is hard to narrow down just one thing I am thankful for when there are so many reasons to be thankful.

After Thanksgiving

All my family members usually dress up for Thanksgiving dinner and then immediately change into sweatpants. Once the food coma sets in, its nap time city! My mom and I will start putting up Christmas decorations, which can be quite a feat since she has four full size Christmas trees. I have never met anyone who loves the holidays more!

I would love to hear from you, what are your family’s Thanksgiving traditions?

Pumpkin Patch Biscuits

I saw this Pumpkin Patch Biscuit recipe online and knew I had to try it. These fluffy biscuits are perfect for brunch or the holidays. I served these warm with Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter and apple cider, perfect for chilly fall mornings. These will be sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Ingredients 

  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cold butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk

Directions

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt

and baking soda. Cut in 1/2 cup butter until mixture resembles

coarse crumbs. Combine pumpkin and buttermilk; stir into crumb

mixture just until moistened.

Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 8-10 times. Roll

out to 1-in. thickness; cut with a biscuit cutter. Place on a greased baking sheet.

Bake at 425° for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Melt

remaining butter; brush over biscuits. Enjoy!

*Recipe from Taste of Home

Cookie Sandwiches

I have always enjoyed baking even from a young age. Most of my fond childhood memories were made in the kitchen. Normally I prefer to make everything from scratch and I feel I am cheating if I buy the boxed cake mix. Maybe it is because my mom hated cooking and never took the time to make things from scratch. However, these funfetti cookie sandwiches (even though they are from the box) are worth sharing! These friend tested cookies were gone within a few days of making them, I even had friends begging me to make more–I’m looking at you Erin! IMG_0388

For the Cookies:
1 Package of Funfetti Cake Mix
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
2 Eggs

For the Frosting:
2 Sticks Unsalted Butter
4 Cups Powdered Sugar
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Heavy Cream
Additional Sprinkles
*Frosting Recipe From Beyond Frosting
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Directions: 
For cookies: Heat oven to 375 degrees. Combine cake mix, oil and eggs in a large bowl. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
For frosting: Soften butter in microwave for 10-15 seconds. Whip butter using a paddle attachment. Slowly add powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add heavy cream and vanilla extract. Whip until smooth.
Frost one cookie and then place another on top to assemble sandwiches. Add extra sprinkles if desired.2014-10-09_0004
                                                                                     Enjoy!