Monday, December 6, 2010

giving thanks

 So, we were in Hilton Head for Thanksgiving with the Shinglers.  It was a great trip!  The weather, company and food were fabulous!  We got there Thursday after dinner at Calvert's with my family for my brother's 30th and the VanSant Thanksgiving on Wednesday. 

View from our porch.  We were right on the beach (obviously) and got to enjoy all the sights and sounds.  We had a bocce tourney on Saturday that was so much fun.  We also played a lot of games - Battle of the Sexes and Wits and Wagers were two favorites.  I have to say, Brad and I held our own.  :)

But, of course, the food was central to the weekend.  Everyone did an amazing job with their meals.  Here are my recipes for treats and brunch:

2 lb frozen hash browns (thawed until loose and not one big chunk.  thanks Ali!)
1/2 c diced onions
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 c sour cream
1 stick melted butter
8 oz grated cheddar
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and bake at 375 for one hour. 
*Elizabeth, I didn't use the stick of butter and used onion flake instead of diced onions. 

RUSSIAN TEA MIX (for you non-coffee drinkers)
1 c lemonade mix
2 c Tang
1 c instant tea
1 c sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves

Mix a couple spoonfuls in hot water.  Yum!

24 oz oyster crackers
1.5 c oil
2 tsp dill weed
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 package ranch dressing powder mix
garlic powder to taste

Stir all together until oil is absorbed. 

8 oz bag of shredded 4-cheese Mexican (I use about half and half cheddar)
8 oz cream cheese, softened
8 ox sour cream
1 can of Rotel (I use the lime and cilantro)
1/2 packet if taco seasoning

Mix all and chill.  Serve with Tostitos Scoops - needs a hearty chip to cut down on breakage.

1/4 c sugar
3/4 c margarine
1 tbs water
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
1 3/4 c plain flour
1 c semisweet chocolate chips
1 c chopped pecans

Mix together first 5 ingredients.  Slowly add flour.  Once mixed thoroughly, add chips and nuts.  Form 1" balls and cook at 325 for 15-20 until firm.  Let cool.  Dip cookie in mixture of OJ with a splash of orange extract or zest.  Then dip in white granulated sugar.  This are so good after a quick hit in the microwave to melt the chocolate.  *I double this recipe as it doesn't make many!

This one is a pain to retype so...

Your choice of fruit mixed in plain yogurt, with a touch of vanilla extract, coconut and pecans.
I use bananas, kiwis, apples and strawberries. 

4.5-5 lbs of cooked, cut bite-size chicken breast
2 lbs seedless grapes, cut in half
10 oz almonds (salted and toasted)
2 c mayonnaise (add 2 tbs lemon juice if not hamemade)
1 tbs curry powder
2 tbs soy sauce
1 c sliced celery
10 oz sliced water chestnuts, drained
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all together and serve with Wheat Thins or pita pockets.  A fork works nicely too! :)
I hate celery so that gets left out.  We usually serve with alfafa sprouts as well. 
Melt 9 oz of white chocolate chips.  Mix quickly with 6 cups of Rice Chex, 2 cups of pretzel sticks and one large bag of peanut M&Ms.  Spread out on wax paper to let it dry and break apart large clusters. 

On Sunday, I came back to enjoy the Nutcracker with Mom.  I haven't been to see it since I was in it!  I was an angel in middle school (I think).  You can see the new angels on the left.  On the right is the famous pas de deux of the Sugar Plum Fairy.  My teacher played this role when I was in it.  Such fun!

1 comment:

Fannie Bradley's Mommy said...

you use to give us russian tea mix for christmas. i always loved it.