Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Buttermilk Creamsicle Salad & A Butterball Turkey Giveaway {Closed}

Happy Friday everyone!!! Today I want to share a yummy recipe with y'all along with a fun giveaway. First let's start with the recipe. Have you ever heard of a Congealed Salad? If you're from the South not only have you heard of it, but I am sure you have consumed a couple varieties in your lifetime.

If you're not sure what a congealed salad is well let me tell you it's a little bit of heaven if you ask me. Congealed salads are quite popular in the south and are know as potluck or church food. It's a salad consisting of
flavored gelatin, fruit and sometimes vegetables. Other ingredients can include cottage cheese, mayonnaise, marshmallows, whipped topping, nuts and pretzels. 

By far the whipped topping version is my favorite. A holiday just wouldn't be a holiday if a Jell-O Salad wasn't gracing the table. My favorite it Strawberry, but I love this Buttermilk Creamsicle Salad just as much. I will actually be serving this salad over the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

I found this recipe years back in a old (1970's) church cookbook and I've been making it ever since. Some recipes call for crushed pineapple, but I love using mandarin oranges instead. During Christmas and Easter I make a Pineapple Pretzel Salad that pairs perfectly with Ham. It's a new favorite I found last year and its so delicious. 

If you're looking for a salad to make over Thanksgiving any of the ones I mentioned above will be perfect. Let the kids get involved in the preparation, because this is really simple to make. I usually let my daughter handle this one. 

This Giveaway is Now Closed! The 2 Winners of the $20 Butterball Gift Checks are Comment #128 Hatlebersherri{at}johndeere.{com} & Comment #140 Peggy F. 

Now onto the Giveaway. To help make Thanksgiving a little easier on your budget, I am partnering with my friends at Butterball to give two lucky Mommy's Kitchen readers a $20.00 gift check towards a turkey! I know these checks will come in handy for two very lucky families.

This is my 5th year partnering with Butterball, and it's always one of my favorite giveaways! This year Butterball is embracing everyone at the Thanksgiving Table and wants to know how you and I get our family involved in the holiday meal planning? Well that's easy for me, because I have a lot of helpers (my kids).

I always have family members or friends attending to contribute a dish or dessert. This is not only helpful for me, but it makes them feel special knowing they're contributing towards the big feast. My daughter usually goes grocery shopping with me which helps in case I forget something (like her favorite cranberry sauce). I always make homemade sauce, but she loves the canned jellied cranberry sauce.

Family meal planning is important, because I want to make sure I make every one's favorite dish. For my husband it's Ma Maw's Country Cornbread Dressing, my daughter loves Broccoli Rice Casserole, my oldest son's favorite is Hash brown Casserole and my little guy loves my Homemade Rolls. Getting everyone involved in the menu insures a meal everyone will love. 

See below to find out how to enter the Butterball Turkey Giveaway!!! This will be a quick 3 day giveaway, because I want to make sure the winners receive their turkey checks in time for purchase.

How to Enter:
  • Mandatory Entry:
    Please leave a comment on this post letting me know how you get your family involved in your holiday meal planning? If your family doesn't help, let me know your absolute favorite Thanksgiving dish?
  • Bonus Entry: (leave a separate comment for bonus entry)
    Tweet the following to earn a bonus entry: Enter for your chance to win a @butterball Turkey Check @mommyskitchen
    http://tinyurl.com/pawdn8l #Thanksgiving #giveaway 

    Giveaway starts today November 8th, 2013 and you have until 11:59 p.m. CST on November 10th, 2013, to leave a comment. I'll notify the (random) winners shortly after (please make sure I have some way to contact you or I will need to choose another winner). If you post Anonymously please leave your email in your comment. Winners will have 24 hours to reply with their mailing address or a new winner will be chosen. Contest open to US and Canadian Residents only.

    Disclosure: Butterball provided me with (3) free butterball turkey checks. One for myself and two to use in a reader giveaway.  I would like to thank Butterball for their continued relationship with Mommy's Kitchen.

    Before I go I want to share the recipe for the Buttermilk Creamsicle Salad.

Buttermilk Creamsicle Salad

1 - (15 oz) can mandarin orange segments, separated (reserve juice)
2 - (3 oz) boxes or 1 (6oz) orange gelatin (Jell-O)
2 - tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 - cups low fat buttermilk or heavy cream 
1 - (8 oz) container lite whipped topping (cool whip)  
In a small sauce pan heat the mandarin orange juice along with the sugar. Bring to a low boil until the sugar dissolves.

Add jell-o and mix well. Remove from heat and let the mixture come to room temperature. Chop the mandarin oranges and add to the jell-o mixture (set aside 6-7 segments for garnish).

In a large bowl  pour in the jell-o mixture and add the buttermilk; stir to combine. Refrigerate the mixture for one hour. Remove and stir. Fold in the whipped topping; mix well and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight. 

Add the remaining orange segments just before serving. You can make this recipe up to 24 hours in advance.

Cook's Note: If you do not like buttermilk, heavy cream can be substituted. You cannot taste the buttermilk in this recipe (trust me). You can also add one cup of mini marshmallows, but that is optional.

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Birdie Skolfield said... #

Ny family each have specific jobs in cooking the meal now that the kids are old enough ...works real well & im not over burdened with the prep of the whole meal

Anonymous said... #

Ever since I married, I have Thanksgiving at my house. I grew up watching my grandmother year after year make homemade stuffing, baste a turkey, cook, peel potatoes, make squash and cream onions (which is not a favorite of mine). I have since carried on this tradition, and now my children watch me prepare Thanksgiving. ? This Thanksgiving is a special one, because this may be the last year our 4 generations will be together...so im going to try my hardest to make it exactly like my grams... even if I have to cream the onions and make turnip!!!

cathykountze@yahoo.com said... #

My sister comes to help with the main meal and the other 3 sisters bring desserts, rolls and anything else they want! Your recipes will be incorporated in some way this year! They sound too good not to!! THANK YOU!

Unknown said... #

Hi those recipes look simply delish!!! We have a big family I have 7 brothers and sisters and the inlaws for each plus the children and grand children, we love this time of year we have my great grandson and a grand daughter first timers and my grand daughters husband.all in all I love it about 75 people.I usually spend two days baking so deserts and salads are my thing.each of us girls brings something,The turkey is always a surprise only Mom and Dad know who is making it.:)
The rest of us take care of everything else.the next generation and we intend on keeping tradition.With our parents getting on in years now they sit and enjoy it all.Though I have caught mom figetting lol sort of,we tell them they have to pass the reigns over for us to follow.They still manage to do something can't seem to be able to stop them,He just had a triple bypass a few months ago my dad and mom has a little trouble with her kidneys,so we just make sure they stay healthy as best they could approaching their 80s God bless them.Any way family is what its all about,and staying together for as long the Lord lets us,right? My name is Elsa Rodriguez,email is chameleongirl316@yahoo.com Happy Holidays to all you guys,I so enjoyed reading your posts.Thank you for sharing.

Unknown said... #

At my house this year we will be having the whole family over,usually we go to my family's and they do all the cooking for everyone. Now with them aging I feel it is their turn to sit back and put the feet up and enjoy while the rest of do the cooking!

Anonymous said... #

I always try to get the family ivolved in selecting the menu. then we decide who wants to make each dish. that way everyone helps out and no one has to do the whole meal. donnalj53@yahoo.com

Anonymous said... #

I love your recies and postings. I really like the blogs you do. thank you for fun recipes and fun contests

Lisa said... #

I usually let everyone know what I plan to prepare and ask that they bring something too! My daughter helps with the cooking so we discuss what we will cook ahead of time.

Mami2jcn said... #

I make the turkey, rolls and pie while my husband is in charge of the mashed potatoes. My favorite holiday meal item is pumpkin pie!

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Anonymous said... #

Dressing is my favorite dish(not stuffing)and gotta have jellied cranberry sauce!(bremen509@aol.com)

Allison Petty said... #

My mother in law always helps me in the kitchen!!

Anonymous said... #

My family all bring a dish and a dessert my grandkids come over before and we bake cookies my favorite dish is pecan pie
I really like you page and Im gonna try the cassorle dish with the hashbrowns

Unknown said... #

I have always enjoyed Thanksgiving as one of my favorite holidays. Now that my kids are grown and have families of their own and live far away from me, I just have my hubby, my dad and what ever other family who live in the area for dinner. We decide ahead what all we want to include in the menu and then we divide up the items so it's not too much work for any of us.

My favorite and traditional dish is my homemade green tomato mincemeat pie. I've made that for many years and so I make sure I have the ingredients far in advance to make pies for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The turkey giveaway is very generious of you. God Bless

Anonymous said... #

Our favorite Thanksgiving items are all of the desserts we make....pumpkin pie, 3 layer delight, pumpkin crunch, and brownie cheesecake! My family loves to get involved when it comes to taste testing. Have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving

sue said... #

We have a small family but I have dinner at my house with my mom, sister, brother-n-law, niece, nephew, daughter, granddaughter and we all decide whats going to be on the menu and we then decide who is going to bring what. I do the main dish, usually a turkey and a ham

Susan H.

d.schwettman@yahoo.com said... #

My daughter's favorite dish is mashed potatoes. My son's favorite is our special green beans and mine is the dressing.

Unknown said... #

weused to have at least 60 or more when we were home now it my bf and the gay neighbors andthenthe older lady upstair and thenand then one in the fornt they will bring side dish ad i get the turnkey if get one and pie andthen the other goodies

Unknown said... #

i tweeted it on desitheblonde

SharonF said... #

I usually prepare the main part of the meal and the other guests fill in with their favorite dishes. Lots of food for leftovers. mommafox1943 at msn dot com

Jackie Reid said... #

My husband always helps me by getting up early and putting the turkey in the oven and he cuts up the veggies and turkey giblets for my cornbread dressing. Been doing this now for almost 47 years. Happy Thanksgiving!

Jessie said... #

Our Thanksgiving is potluck, so everyone participates!

Amy said... #

Thanksgiving is still at my mom's (she turned 73 this year and is still as fit as ever). Each year we talk about the menu, but decide to do the same thing! She has started to pass some of the side dishes and drinks to other family members (I have been making the candied sweet potatoes for 3 o4 4 years now - but they were very nervous the 1st year!!). My mom is an excellent cook and her stuffing is the best stuffing on earth! Amy @ southpawx3@verizon.net

Anonymous said... #

I've been preparing Thanksgiving dinner at my home ever since 1977. By now, my children are grown and gone. One has spent Thanksgiving with her in-laws for several years and the other always seems to have to work on Thanksgiving. That leaves our family/extended family a little smaller than before, but we still enjoy each other, the meal and we certainly have a great deal to be thankful for. The Lord has taken great care of all of us. Thank you for the yummy sounding recipe. I think I'm going to try it this year in place of the 5-cup salad we've had for so many years!

Cloud 9 said... #

My husband is the early bird in the family so if we are having turkey he gets it in the oven. But mostly the kids want ham on holidays.

Unknown said... #

I get my family involved in my holiday meal planning by letting them each choose one favorite dish they'd like to have and let them help make it if they want to!

Unknown said... #

I tweeted about the giveaway! https://twitter.com/PJGurganus/status/399039823127646208

Anonymous said... #

I love the sound of this recipe. I have always loved these kind of salads. I don't cook any more because of my disabilities ~ so my husband does all the cooking and it good at it. My favorite Thanksgiving recipes are the green bean casserole. I recently saw a recipe using all fresh ingredients including making your own fried onions. I am looking forward to trying that recipe this year.
I can be better contacted at jeulrich1958@juno.com if my own email shows up.

Unknown said... #

We all love to cook so we help each other.Me and my mama cooked the Thanksgiving meals ever since I can remember.I cherish those times we share.I love turkey,ham,dirty rice,baked macaroni,seafood dressing,potato salad ans sweet peas.Also gumbo.I am from New Orleans so its cajun all the way.I pray I win.God bless you.I am Danielle Williams.

Unknown said... #

I love to cook and so does my family.I love dirty rice,seafood dressing,potato salad,gumbo,baked macaroni and sweet peas..Yummy..

Unknown said... #

Me and my family cook together.I live dirty rice and potato salad and sweet peas..

Susie Yarbrough said... #

I have also tweeted about the turkeys! Gobble, gobble. Susieyarb@yahoo.com

jopfoh said... #

In our house the kids always make the desert and put together a centerpiece for the table.

jopfoh said... #

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jopfoh said... #

my id is jopfoh jopfoh@hotmail.com or FB Jo-Anne Pfoh thanks for this chance

♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said... #

My busband helps by cleaning up the mess afterwards! My favorite Thanksgiving food (besides the turkey itself) is the stuffing!
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♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said... #

I tweeted
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Heather B said... #

My hubby helps by fixin the mashed potatoes and gravy and also carving the turkey. My boys help with the pumpkin pies and the jiggly red stuff(cranberry sauce).

Heather B said... #

Tweet Tweet! https://twitter.com/MissHeather522/status/399074679702298624

Anonymous said... #

Everybody has to help make some of their favorite desserts. libby,smokisno@yahoo.com

Trucker Kelvin said... #

A couple of days prior, we sit down and divvy up the cooking, decorations, and ideas for new dishes. (If feasible, the kids come up with some doozies!) We then set a game plan so everyone knows what to do when. Works out great. The hardest part is trying to figure out where to out everything. BTW I tweeted under spaceseed1, about thus.

keshakeke said... #

My family and I all bring dishes to my Mema's house. We all share the cooking so that no one person has the responsibility to do it all!

keshakeke said... #

I tweeted https://twitter.com/keshakeke/status/399080113188253696

Jaime said... #

I have an 12 year old boy, a 10 year old girl and a 3 year old boy and they all want to help mom in the kitchen until the cleaning comes. my babie likes to dump the stuff in the recipe when it's time,my girl likes to stir things up and my older boy likes to help measure and they all like to help serve. This way every one gets to have part of the fun and it makes them feel important and productive. And gives us qulity time together. My husband always had everything done for him so he never learned how to do anyting in the kitchen so I wanted to make sure my kids enjoyed cooking and could take care of themselves.

I think it's a toss up on our favorite dish between the crusty stuffing and the pumpkin pie.

My son really loves the leftovers the next day when he gets turkey and gravy over toast for breakfast.

carolc101 said... #

My family is smaller, just 5 adult kids and 3 grandkids. My family helps me the most with the clean up and putting everything back to normal. appy Thanksgiving everyone!

carolc101 said... #

Thanks for the recipes! I love your ideas.

Marcie Redford said... #

My daughter, 12 yr. old grandson and I recently moved to Oregon after being around lots of family for 11 years. We are now quite alone except for my son that lives nearby. This will be the first Thanksgiving we will be spending in our home with just the four of us and it is made special by the attendance of my son. We like cornbread dressing and I like to put mushrooms, water chestnuts and sometimes oysters in the dressing. My personal favorite, though, is pecan pie. I'm from the South and that has always been a family favorite.

Colleen said... #

I love my sausage dressing.
Your salad looks wonderful and will be making that soon.
Invited out for Thanksgiving so I will be taking the pies; pumpkin tart, apple and pecan pie
Thank U 4 this giveaway opportunity.

jan said... #

My husband and I do all the cooking . We laugh more than cook and its a very special time for the 2 of us.we cook Turkey,dressing,ham,Mac and cheese,a veg. and salad plus lots of desserts.

Anonymous said... #

I do the Turkey, Gravy, Dressing, Praline Sweet potato souffle,cranberry relish, my daughter does the mashed potatoes, my sister the relish tray & rolls.
And, I do the pumpkin pies & mince pies. My sons set the table & my husband & sons clean up the kitchen after, ;-) We always have an extra plate on the table for an unexpected guest, who can be a friend, or, someone we've just met who is alone. My daughter has been known to bring a homeless person, or 2 or 3, home for both Thanksgiving & Christmas, and, I encourage her to do so, as, I feel no one should be alone, especially at the holidays, ;-) God bless all

jderouin55 said... #

My favorite food is the pumpkin pie

Betty S. said... #

Our daughter and family come to our house and she brings the green bean casserole. We always have that. She may make a pecan pie. I make the turkey and every thing else. We always have a pumpkin pie too. It is good to get together and be thankful for all the blessings we have.

Anonymous said... #

This will be a strange year for me, usually we go to my Uncle's side for Thanksgiving, but my Grandma & Dad have both passed away. Last year my Mom for the first time had a new boyfriend and chose to spend the holiday with his family. I am an only child and went with the family route. Dinner with my family, supper with my Hubby's. This year my Uncle just had Quintuple, yes 5 bypass heart surgeries, we are very very fortunate to have him and have many blessings to count but will be postponing our traditional Thanksgiving get togther to give him more time to heal...so just going to my Hubby's folks and spending the day there. Mom-in-;aw is very old school or else she thinks I can't cool so she is making all the food. So I get to just eat and enjoy the day. Looking forward to the green bean casserole that she makes especially for me, I just love it. Have a happy turkey day!!! Candycane@aol.com
Candy Cain Severson

JMD said... #

We will be be having the turkey with all the fixings but since we are alone this year my husband requested a different dessert. I will be making him a Honey Bun Cake. Tastes like a cinnamon roll just to make sure he is extra happy!

grandma b said... #

every year we say we gonna keep it simple but me and my 76 year old mom live together and we love cooking for people so we always cook a ton of food and everyone else's brings something too, they always complain and say I thought you weren't gonna cook much but they sure seem to enjoy it haha and we have the best time eating and talking together and my favorite part is each one tells what they are thankful for. we cry and laugh together. thanking God for the good things and for getting us through the bad.

jezinthekitchen said... #

My son and I do all the cooking together, but for several weeks before everyone in the family makes suggestions about the meal and we vote on what dishes we want. I love having a different meal every year :)

Bill dotson said... #

My favorite dish is the dressing and cranberry sauce.

Anonymous said... #

My husband and I get input from the kids and then he and I shop and cook together. He makes an incredible fried turkey.melaniejohnson22@msn.com

annemarie said... #

My son in law fries the turkey but I do the rest - cleanup is shared by all - thank goodness!!

Anonymous said... #

I ask what everyone wants me to make...my 4 year old grandson was the most particular: mac and cheese, all melted "I don't like the cheese on top!"

Anonymous said... #

Everyone requests their favorites...I like dressing!

momof2girls said... #

My kids love to make table decorations for Thanksgiving.


Anonymous said... #

My kids each pick a favorite desert for themselves and we decide on dinner together.

momof2girls said... #

I tweeted!


Realia Mazing said... #

we have everyone bring their favorite dish and my kisd love making a dessert

daniellex at gmail dot com

Robin51 said... #
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Robin51 said... #

I am getting excited to make all my favorite Mommy's Kitchen recipes for Thanksgiving. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes. This year I will give up the making of the pies to my sons new girlfriend. She loves baking and why not let someone else lend a hand on the pumpkin pies! YUM! robinjray@gmail.com

Margie K said... #

I let my children help me cut things up and they help with the clean up.I always make things ahead of time that way on the big day I don't have as much to do and there isn't as much clean up to do.

Anonymous said... #

My favorite dish is the stuffing!

kittys gram @ lso536@att.net said... #

i brine my turkey the days before. keeps it moist . my 18yr old grandaughter says there is no where to eat but at granmas.(her other family goes OUT) made me feel good that she wants me to cook.

Anonymous said... #

My husband and I will work together on preparing the big meal. I'd love to have one of those coupons.


Anonymous said... #

Good morning everyone! Thanksgiving is ham this year for just the two of us senior citizens
(lots of leftover for sandwiches etc. Christmas is Turkey, cornbread dressing, many sides and salads. My two adult sons, their wives and my beautiful grandchildren will be here for Christmas this year. One son & family coming from Germany and my other son, wife and grandchildren driving down from Indiana. They will get all the great foods they grew up with including grilling the turkey. Hope everyone enjoys their holidays and thanks our maker. BJ Wells wellsbj@knology.net

Anonymous said... #

Good Luck to all who enters the great ButterBall Turkey Giveaway ... Thanksgiving brings the family together sharing the Love and Great Memories we all share together and most of all Giving Thanks For Sharing what Thanksgiving brings to the table, good Turkey with all the trimmings and desserts. Enjoy ... mitita30@yahoo.com

Unknown said... #

My Aunt Diane always does the cooking and that's really how she wants it. Other family members make desserts and I take a pineapple cheese ball! I hope to win the turkey voucher because I am going to sponsor a needy family this year with Thanksgiving dinner! Thank you for giving us all an opportunity to win!

mjjschramm said... #

We have a large family so everyone brings a dish and I cook the largest Turkey I can find and dressing. This year we're going to bake one and fry one in the Butterball Fryer.

Amanda Ho. said... #

I make a list of everything we are going to need and ask people what they would like to bring from the list.

KaySue said... #

My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my Mom's sage dressing.

mjjschramm said... #



Sally Dasto said... #

Basically their involvement is just telling me what dishes they would like to have! Ha!

Sally Dasto said... #


M.j. said... #

My sisters and I all get together to make the dinner. Everyone has a job to do...ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

M.j. said... #

I tweeted here.......https://twitter.com/ciaomjc/status/399184091154616321...ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

elmoryv said... #

I don't plan any of Thanksgiving dinner because we go to my mother in laws but my favorite is her deviled eggs :)

bethw said... #

Everyone in our family helps out by bringing a dish. My oldest son bakes the ham at his house, there is only so much room in my oven. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year...just family and food.

PapaRonC said... #

As large as our family is, and my wife and I can no longer be responsible for providing 'ALL' the food (as we once did for a total of 36), we make a list of every dish/dessert we are wanting to have for Thanksgiving, then call every family member and ask that they choose and share equally in what to purchase/prepare/bring. Saving out the Turkey/Gravy/Mashed Potatoes/Stuffing for my wife and I. And of course if the others 'also' have something else they might care to contribute (in addition to their chosen item, or items, then they do so. Everything is brought pre-made. May just have to do a little warming of some things.

Unknown said... #

I work every year on thankgiving so we never really ger to eat a dinner but we are going to do it on wednesday this year and a free turkey would help alot for us my favorite dish is dumplings!!! :)

shelly8806 said... #

My daughter is three and she loves helping me in the kitchen, so I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year! My favorite dish is probably the green bean casserole.


PD said... #

My favorite dish for Thanksgiving is my Mother's recipe for Cornbread Stuffing! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Unknown said... #

stuffing is my favorite

Unknown said... #

Tweeted https://twitter.com/aawhitehead/status/399202188469100544

Sonya H said... #

When I start planning for the holidays, I always ask is there anything my family has been really wanting to eat lately. Almost always, my daughter says sweet potato souffle and my husband says red velvet cake. Now that my daughter is older, she helps me with the meal, which I love. I have become the feast maker since my mom is getting older but she will assist with smaller prep items, like onions or boiled eggs for the dressing. I love this time of year because we all come around the table with anticipation of a good meal amd fellowship with each other as well. Email address is maestra4him@yahoo.com.

Unknown said... #

My husband and i have a turkey contest each year, he fries one and a roast one! I love to bake the pies and have other family bring the other side dishes!

Anonymous said... #

Every year we try out new recipes. I have Thanksgiving dinner with my friend and her daughter. This year my father and aunt are included. The turkey is prepared a different way each year and I am the one who is in charge of "the bird." My son and I go over different recipes about how to make our turkey more special. My son and I go over side dishes that we would like to try and create new ones each year. A new creation is important to me every year so that holiday cooking is more fun and more fun to eat. My friend has a very raw and organic minded daughter so I leave that up to her. She bakes the biscuits and makes the desserts too. We all love turkey and are happy to try out a new way to prepare it each year. My friend also donates a couple of frozen turkeys each year to our local charity to make others have a nice turkey for their Thanksgiving Dinner. Happy Thanksgiving!

Unknown said... #

My husband and i always have a turkey cookoff, i roast one and fries one! I bake the pies and sweet potatoes and have the rest of the family bring their fav dishes!

vickiamorgan@yahoo.com said... #

My parents are deceased and it is just my brother and his family and me and my family. We have had our family reunion every year at thanksgiving rotating between states. (Colorado and Texas). Our children are now married and have their own families. The three oldest girls start planning the thanksgiving meal around Halloween. Tickets for the purchased food are kept and everyone contributes monetarily. Fifteen adults and twelve children and never any arguments. I am thankful for the most wonderful family in the world! Praise the Lord!

Cathy said... #

I spend Thanksgiving alone so I usually just have a turkey sandwich or a turkey TV dinner.

My favorite is cornbread dressing!!! I could make a meal on just this!! Thanks for the giveaway.

Patricia A. Hoffmeister said... #

My favorite is the stuffing and gravy. I could eat all of it.


Patricia A. Hoffmeister said... #

I tweeted at https://twitter.com/


NorasGranddaughter said... #

My daughter demands the green bean casserole - traditional version and she also likes Stove Top cornbread stuffing mix. I love corn pudding, the turkey and cranberry sauce. We don't do collard or turnip greens at Thanksgiving because they take so much work and with everything else going on...well...I also love the stuffed rolls I make stuffed with spinach, feta and parmesan cheese, minced onions, garlic, etc. YUM!

Nancy said... #

The only help I get is in the eating category. My favorite is dressing. I don't fix dressing much during the year but have to have it at Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said... #

My mom and I do everything as far as is cooking and setting things up. Everyone helps with the clean up afterwards. My favorite thing we do is the Sweet Potato Souffle.


Anonymous said... #



Unknown said... #

Each family member brings a dish to my mother's house, I help my mom out getting the turkey ready,stuffing. I make homemade pumpkin pie and cornbread. I do plan on letting my daughter gelp me out this year with all the baking. Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said... #

Cranberry orange relish for sure! angboz00@yahoo.com

Unknown said... #

Our home chops all the veggies as a team. My husband makes the Turkey every year. I make some dessert recipes, my two sons are responsible for the vegetables cooked, and tray version. The dressing or stuffing as we call it is a team effort. All this assistance makes it easy and way more enjoyable for all involved. I used to attempt at being the hero by doing all alone, it was never as wonderful as doing all as a team effort. The food is tastier having all the help. Karletta Herrera 619 717-0032 karletta9@gmail.com

Unknown said... #

We do all as a team effort. Hubby does Turkey, son's do vegetable plates and prep work for the veg dishes. We all help with the stuffing, it's a Greek version with raisins and pecans, celery, onions, thyme, pepper, giblets or ground pork meat, chicken flavor boulion and stuffing bread mix,oh yeah don't forget butter! Creamed cauliflower, creamed turnips, Brussels sprouts, veg trays with dips, pumpkin pie, butter Cookies, stuffed mushrooms, cranberry sauce, apple cider. And family is the most important part, Thanksgiving gratitude.

Lois Altmix said... #

I love the turkey and dressing at Thanksgiving!


Unknown said... #

Family is the most important part of the day. We all help with the stuffing and desserts. Hubby makes the Turkey every year, I make vegetables. Happy Thanksgiving all and God bless you all.

Andrea said... #

I try to have them get things out of the fridge and use kid's knife to cut small things up. Thanks for the chance to enter.

Andrea D.

makeetis said... #

My children (all 3 of them) help me make homemade noodles, peel my potatoes and help with timing my dinner. My husband just loves to eat our finished products..We love turkey the most.
Amy Brewer

Melanie Backus said... #

My husband peels the sweet potatoes for the sweet potato casserole that is his absolute favorite dish of all times.

mauback55 at gmail dot com

Cheryl S. said... #

I have one daughter still left at home and she's the one really interested in cooking, so she helps with the meal cooked at home. I have two other daughters that have their own homes and we all get together to see what side they want to cook for that year's holiday. We all congregate in my kitchen and are there for most of the day cooking, talking, laughing, and making memories

Cheryl S. said... #



Thank you for this amazing giveaway!

LisaB said... #

Everyone bring their best dish for Thanksgiving but it is always utter chaos.

Linda C. Seal said... #

I love to get my whole family involved from the dishes we all would like to getting in the kitchen helping prepare the meal. Both of my sons are excellent cooks and love to cook. My husband cooks as well. So holiday dinner is a collaborative effort made with lots of love.

Darlene Epps said... #

I have two boys left at home. They are my taste testers.
My favorite dish is Sweet Potato Casserole

sandy8 said... #

I still make my turkey from the recipe you have where you put butter inside the bird and put it in a bag and cook on low for a few hours. Everyone loves it so I still make it this way.

Wendy Burns said... #

My kids usually go to an outreach while I do most of the baking. Our favorite dish is Sweet Potato Pie.

Ginger said... #

We go to my mother's house. She makes the turkey, each of us bring side dishes to compliment the mall. With seven of us kids, that makes for plenty of food!

Ginger said... #

We go to my mother's house. She makes the turkey, each of us bring side dishes to compliment the mall. With seven of us kids, that makes for plenty of food!

Natalie said... #

All my kids like to cook, so, we have a pot luck of sorts. We plan a menu together and each cook something on it. We also each bake 2 kinds of cookies each, and then divide them among us. This way, we all have an assortment. After stuffing ourselves, we all play a board game or cards.....Lots of laughs.

Unknown said... #

My family usually takes turns making the big feast.This year I will be doing to turkey and the mashies. I'm thinking of making a cheesecake pumpkin pie of some sort, just to mix it up a bit! Happy Thanksgiving!

Honey and Pappy said... #

I do the planning for our meal, but my family all lets me know what they hope to see on the table. Now My girls are grown, and I sure they will be helping out this year. My favorite is the dressing!

Honey and Pappy said... #

I tweeted about the giveaway!

Elena said... #

I usually cook the turkey and my husband cooks side dishes


Yvonne M. said... #

I do most of the work, but last year after Thanksgiving we all (the three of us - having a grown daughter) watched a special by Gordon Ramsey. My husband was particularly excited to try a few of his recipes and one thing that got all of our interest, was him cooking the turkey early and letting it sit out as long as it took to cook it. He says "warm it up with hot gravy, no one will know the difference except by how moist the turkey is".

Yvonne M. said... #

I tweeted the giveaway as well.: https://twitter.com/maxsmom77/status/399390374579294208

My email ( I forgot to include it with my other entry is: maxsmom77@aol.com)

Unknown said... #

I usually do the cooking while my husband smokes the turkey but this year we are going to my son's home in Mo. with his extended family. Don't know what to expect but I am sure it will all be good. My favorite is the turkey,dressing and gravy yum!!!

Susan B said... #

Our favorite family dishes are the fruit salad (an amborsia type with coconut & pecans) and the dressing. Many people have passed away from my family. The Thanksgiving table is different. But I am thankful for who I have left. Blessings to you and thanks for the opportunity.

Anonymous said... #

My son goes grocery shopping with me and my husband helps with the cooking!

Happy thanksgiving!

Unknown said... #

My daughter has helped me prepare our Butterball Turkey since she could stand and balance, from the age of 2. It has been our family tradition along with preparing the Cornbread Dressing and famous Pumpkin Pie. She is 31 now, and has never missed a year!

Anonymous said... #

I don't get much help. But I really rather do it myself.
Connie Pruitt

Carol Carl said... #

I come from a family of six children. My parents are both deceased now and it was important to my mother that we all get together on holidays. My siblings & I have continued that tradition by still having big meals on Thanksgiving & Christmas. Each of us brings two or three dishes from the meats to desserts. We have a huge feast and enjoy each others company. We all have children and grandchildren so we quite a crowd.
We all bring our favorite dishes and then some. We make our parents proud by continuing the tradition that was so important to them. My e-mail is carolcarl1031@yahoo.com

Best regards & Happy Holidays !!!

apple blossom said... #

my girls and I are in the kitchen together side-by-side making every part of the meal.

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apple blossom said... #



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kellyr78 said... #

We help my parents by cooking an extra turkey and bringing it over since there are a lot of people My cousin is making a lot of desserts, so everyone helps out.

Amanda said... #

When my son was little he loved to help me in the kitchen. He's a teenager now and doesn't help like he used to. My favorite Thanksgiving dishes are cornbread dressing and sweet potatoes.

Tina said... #

On Thanksgiving, all pitch in to help with the meal. We all have our specialties and each of us is excited and look forward to the specialties of the others!

Amanda said... #


Unknown said... #

we plan the menu together and I am the dessert maker. :)

Unknown said... #

I tweeted... Check out @snklfrtz02's Tweet: https://twitter.com/snklfrtz02/status/399739837227335680

The Better Baker said... #

My family all bring a dish or two and we have quite the variety. I LOVE how yummy your buttermilk salad looks. Love your easy and simple recipes. Happy Thanks-Living! =)

Tonia Deakin said... #

Since my mothers passing 10 yrs ago Thanksgiving is shared between my sister and myself. We decide the menu and then divide the dishes. Whoever host the Thanksgiving dinner that year provides the turkey...it's my turn to host so I could use the gift certificate

Practical Parsimony said... #

My favorite dish is the homemade cornbread dressing with giblet gravy. Diced boiled eggs must be in the gravy.

I now live alone on a limited income, but when my children were little, they helped according to their age, sometimes chopping or crumbling the cornbread. They always set the table.

Unknown said... #

I do all the cooking and I love my stuffing!

Unknown said... #

Tweeted here: https://twitter.com/DistractedDebra/status/399773712062230528

Kay said... #

I always get my husband and son involved in Thanksgiving meal prep. My husband always helps me put the turkey in the bag. We're big eaters so it's usually a huge bird. 15 pounds or so. My son makes sure we're stocked up on all the ingredients, by doing the shopping. We get up early; put the bird in the oven and smell the wonderful aroma until it's time to eat! Thanksgiving is always a favorite time for me..as we sit down to enjoy the meal, we remember and give Thanks. Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said... #

I do the majority of the cooking. My Mom usually brings Sweet Potato Casserole.

My favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is the turkey! My second favorite would have to be squash bread; the recipe is similar to the squash rolls my Grandmother made every year.

I would love to win a Butterball turkey! This is one occasion where I am brand loyal - I always buy a Butterball. Call me crazy, but I think they always come out nicer.


~ Cee ~ said... #
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~ Cee ~ said... #

I forgot to post my email, and I couldn't reply to my post. Here is the original post, and here is my email address--sorry!!

We tend to make the same things year-after-year, and our favorites include: sausage apple sage stuffing, Nigella Lawson's caramel croissant pudding, a roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and green bean casserole. Cee

ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

Pamela Fergus said... #

I love cooking but I hate all the prep work, so with 7 children, I have a lot of helpers. I get my older kids to chop and dice while I have my younger ones get all the ingredients out of therefrigerator and pantry. My favorite Thanksgiving dish has to be the mandarin orange jello salad made with cream cheese. Yummy! My email is fergusflock@yahoo.com

Deb said... #

I have just moved back home after 25 years of living away so Thanksgiving has not been with my family for that long. Therefore I am soooo looking forward to spending it with family for the first time in a long time. Up until now it has been a non-event for me which was very dissappointing. My favorite dish that my Mother always made was her sweet potatoe souffle with brown sugar, butter, and pecans on top to give a sweet crunch to the potatoes. I hope she will make that again this year. I can hardly wait.

Audrey said... #

My mom, sister and I make all the dishes for our family. Stuffing and pumpkin pie are the best!

Unknown said... #

My husband and son are in charge of the turkey, we have "Fryed" turkey at out house. I take care of the sides, with Daughter-in-law handling the pies and surprise desserts. It's a wonderful day filled with family

Anonymous said... #

Hi Sharon my older kids are married too and make other Thanksgiving dinner plans. So my husband and I found a way to feed them and see them all that day.We have a family breakfast with steak and eggs and and each kid's favorite breakfast foods, like pancakes and bacon and orange cinnamon rolls. It has gotten to be so large that we now have to use our Church's activity room to be able to seat everyone. dad grills the steaks and I cook the rest with help from my girls. My husbands parents and grandmother come too so we have a 5 generation celebration. We started this when my husband came home from Iraq 4 years ago. Its notabout which meal you share that day for us its about seeing each other and being Thankful we have what family we do have.

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