Thursday, November 26, 2009

Oh, happy day

As you read this, I am most likely roaming the web, trying to decide on side dishes to make for Thanksgiving. My main criteria: Which one I won't mess up. My mom, sister, husband and baby Margo are going to be coming over; my dad wasn't up for traveling, but he's content to be at home and will surely be giving thanks for his special hat.

The turkey, I buy from Whole Foods—it comes prepared, you just shove it into the oven. I see NO glory in cooking a turkey. When's the last time someone said to you, "What an absolutely amazing turkey!" Never, right? But if you can whip up some amazing stuffing or sweet potato and marshmallow something, people will think you are a cooking goddess, even if in reality you are actually a takeout goddess.

I found this yummy recipe for Marshmallow Sweet Potato Casserole from Cook's that I'm going to make. Max will probably eat most of it; since he was a baby, he's loved sweet potatoes. When he was about nine months old, I took him to the pediatrician for a visit. He pointed out Max had an orange tint; I hadn't even noticed. Anyway, if any of you have recipes of your own to share—or links to ones—that are impossible to mess up and won't turn us funny colors, let me know.

Oh, and here's something fun for T-Day morning: Want to hear your kids expressing their thanks on TV? The Sunny Side Up Show on Sprout is featuring a thanks-a-thon. Sproutlets (with help from you) can call in, speak live with the show host, and say what they're grateful for. The phone number is is 877-91CHICA, and it's open from 8:45am today till 12.

Tomorrow is Fuchsia Friday on my blog (Black Friday just sounds so bleak), and I'm giving away a $250 gift card to Toys "R" Us, so come on by.

And, one mo' thing, thanks to whoever nominated this blog for Divine Caroline's "Love This Site" Award. If you'd care to vote for To The Max, you can do it here. If you don't care to vote, Max and I will still like you anyway, but Sabrina might be miffed.

Happy, happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!



  1. I may be too late for this year, but I'm making this sweet potato dish:

    Not sure about the coconut on the outside, so I'm leaving it off (just going to roll them in the cinnamon/sugar mixture).

    However you prepare them, Max will be grateful I'm sure!

  2. No, I am still up and looking for recipes and now you have made me VERY hungry!!!! I happen to love coconut anything, I think I'd eat it on cardboard, so these could be very dangerous to have around. But they are pretty darn irresistible. Thanks, Jennifer!

  3. no recipe- just saying happy thanksgiving and since it will be Friday while you're having Turkey- happy birthday too!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving Ellen! AND...HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ON FRIDAY!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Sweet potato casserole - thanks for reminding me of yet another reason to spend the day with my in - laws - and no, I'm not being sarcastic. My sister - in - law makes the best sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and pecans. I think I could live off of it for the rest of my life and be happy. Very fat, but happy.
    Sabrina's Thanksgiving craft is so sweet. I hope you guys have a great day!

  6. I love making the turkey. Not doing it this year since we are going to a family members house, but I figured out a way to actually take a syringe and inject key areas with Olive Oil and some spices and the turkey turns out awesome every time.

    OK, now I'm officially hungry.

  7. Happy Thanksgiving!

    A great recipe I found this year is a punpkin dip that is great with nilla wafers --

    1 jar pumpkin butter (Dickinson's 8oz)
    8 oz of cream cheese -- soft
    1 jar of marshmallow cream -- 7 - 8 oz

    mix together and dip in the cookies :-)

  8. Happy Thanksgiving Max and Family!

  9. Thinking of you today and hoping your Thanksgiving went well! We both have a lot to be thankful for this year, don't you think?
    We had a wonderful day. We stayed in our pajamas, entertained no one and peeled the crispy skin right off the turkey with our our pj's. It was a blissful day.
    xoxoxo to you and your family!

  10. I voted! Our turkey was from Whole Foods this year as well. No shame in short cuts!


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