over the river and through the woods…

…to Grandmother’s house we go!

It’s that time of year – turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes with brown sugar, LEFTOVERS…ohhhhhh the goodness of Thanksgiving!!!  And to finish off the meal, PIES!  My mom is AWESOME at baking the most delicious pies EVER!  We were soooo fortunate growing up (so sorry Addie and Hay, I do not have this same pie baking gene…).  But there are times that even Grandma is pulling her hair out busy.  So our back up is The Julian Pie Company.  GREAT pies!!  And they ship!  But don’t wait too long as they fill up for Thanksgiving.

Julian Pie Company “Order early for Thanksgiving: Pies and shipping is limited for the holiday season.  Two-day shipping dates include: 11/9, 10 &11, 11/16,17 & 18 and 11/23.  Overnight shipping may be used for any of these dates plus 11/24 to insure arrival for Thanksgiving.  We suggest ordering early and request freezing instructions so your pies are available when you need them.”

We waited too long last year and were out of luck – so sad :-(

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I highly recommend the Dutch Apple.  It has a sweet, crunchy crumb topping that is to die for.  We add a scoop (or 2 or 3) of vanilla ice cream (or Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch) and then drizzle warm caramel sauce over top – Heaven!  The Pecan Pie is pretty darn yum too.  They unfortunately can’t ship the pumpkin, but if you live in the area and can drive to Julian – you could place your order, drive out with the babies napping in the car, and then *pretty please* ask the bakery to bring your order to your car.  Look at you multitasking!  Kids sleeping, you can return phone calls AND you pick up your Thanksgiving pies!  BRILLIANT!

Here’s a few more Thanksgiving tips for you…

Such a cute place mat that you can personalize for your Littles!  I used to love stuff like this as a kid and couldn’t wait for it to come out year after year!  Can’t wait to order for Addie & Hay.

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Then of course, just to make things that much more adorable, you could do a cookie for each Little that’s coming to dinner – with my husbands family we have A LOT of *Little Turkey* Littles, and some Big Littles too!!  I love the cookies from Lori’s Place.  She’s a favorite Etsy shop for me.  Be sure to check out all her creative cookies.

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One year one of those Big Littles (not to mention the rest of the Bigs!!) were quite upset when my Genius Mom Sister-in-law (who is a FABULOUS cook, let alone mom!) decided not to make her customary Broccoli Casserole and Sweet Potatoes Casserole (they are REALLY good)….can we say ANARCHY!!!  I assure you, they were back again last year, and will be there this year too.  You know there are just certain things you don’t mess with.  My parents have always tried to branch out for Christmas Breakfast too, to try something “different”, WHY!!!??  The usual spread will do just fine thank you.  Small updates are OK.  I.e. the waffles can be replaced with my Brother-in-law’s Blueberry pancakes – THAT’S OK.

Check out these Yummy Recipes.  My sister-in-law says she has been making them for 20 years and has no idea where the original recipes came from.  We’ll just thank the food Gods for such yummy dishes and hope the word makes it back to them.

Broccoli Casserole and Sweet Potato Casserole

Happy day before Friday!  Don’t forget to enter to win the Sarah + Abraham gift card.

3 thoughts on “over the river and through the woods…”

  1. Hi Shanna–
    I was wondering about your meal planning. Do you have a schedule to it…like chicken or Mondays, Italian on Tuesdays…..you know, some sort of system to feel like you are putting in a variety that is spaced out? Or even simpler than that, but at least you know in the winter months you’ve checked the box for 3 crock pot meals got served, 1 Shepherds pie, etc….. Just wondering ……i like the idea of it as it makes me feel like i have covered the bases….but of course have not come up with that system myself.

    thanks– murphy

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