4 Moms plan for Thanksgiving: 3 recipes

OK.  I’m late, but I’m awake now.  I’m showered, and my decaf cocoa-mocha is gone.  If you were here earlier, you probably visited the other 3 moms, and came back to see if I got my act together.  If you saw my earlier post, you can laugh at me.  If you didn’t see it, you’re probably wondering what in the world I’m talking about.  Maybe you should get up earlier.  😉  That’s a joke, my friends, and only those who were up earlier will see the full irony in it.

At any rate, Cocoa Mocha is a nice way to start any crisp fall morning, including Thanksgiving.

Cocoa Mocha

  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee (regular or decaf)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbs. water
  • milk

Combine dry ingredients in a coffee mug.  Stir in water and microwave for 20 seconds.  Fill mug with milk, stirring again to combine.  Microwave to desired drinking temperature.

This year we will be guests in the homes of Perry’s extended family.  We’ll be the out-of-towners, so I don’t know exactly what will be on the menu though I’ve been in the family long enough to be reasonably sure we’ll see all the regulars: turkey, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, corn, rolls, mashed potatoes, gravy, fruit salad.  We will probably try to provide a few dishes that can be made ahead or prepared easily without presuming upon someone else’s kitchen facilities.

Lately we’ve been canning our own apple pie filling, so I’m thinking we might bring that and use  store-bought crusts to make apple-cranberry pies.  We could also make our homemade cranberry sauce, which has become a tradition over the last few years.  We’ll never go back to the wiggly stuff.   We could do brown-and-serve rolls, though I suspect the road trip would leave them badly smushed.

We really enjoy trying one or two new recipes each Thanksgiving, and although we won’t necessarily be able to serve them on Thanksgiving Day this year I really want to keep doing so.  Here are the first two on my list of new recipes to try.

Pecan Raisin Pie – My sister’s mother-in-law made this for a family gathering, and it was surprisingly delicous: sweet like a pecan pie, but with a subtle fruity flavor and a heavy richness.  Not what you would expect.

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 Tbs. butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Combine all ingredients and pour into a 9″ unbaked pie shell.  Bake 40-45 minutes at 350.

Cranberry Orange Relish – I had this once when I was about 14 and have planned to make it myself ever since.  The recipe looks very simple.  I’d say it’s time to quit procrastinating and really do it this year.  I’ll bet we could make it ahead of time and take with us. What do you think?

  • 12 oz. cranberries
  • 1 whole orange
  • 3/4 – 1 cup sugar

Rinse and sort cranberries, culling the bad ones.  Wash orange.  Cut in quarters and remove seeds but do not peel.  Grind or finely chop orange and cranberries.  (A food processor is usually recommended, though it can be done with a hand chopper.  I’ll be using my tiny little electric chopper and doing it in several small batches.)  Add sugar, adjusting to taste if desired.  Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Do you have a favorite recipe you’d like to suggest for us?

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  1. I know this comment is late. 🙂
    The Raisin Pecan pie sounds like the “butter tarts” you can get in Canada. These are just about the best little pies I’ve ever had, so I’ll bet this recipe was a huge hit! I’ll have to try yours and see if it turns out the same.
    I don’t think I’ve posted here before, but I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now and have so enjoyed all the funny and helpful posts. I’m expecting my first child in July and hope to have many more! It’s wonderful to have access to blogs of people who are like-minded, and yours is an inspiration every time I read. Thank you for letting your ideas and inspirations be used by God to touch others.
    ~Alice Williams, College Place, WA

  2. ShellySinWI says:

    We make that cranberry relish too!

    I leave the peel on the orange… it adds a little something to have the peel in there. We also use honey usually instead of the sugar. It’s super fast and delicious! You can make it ahead of time. In fact, it’s easiest to run through the food processor when everything is at room temp, then just chill it until you’re ready to eat it.

  3. I made an almost identical cranberry relish last year, although I added a 2 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger and used 2 clementines instead of an orange. It was delicious!

  4. Use navel oranges and you don’t have to worry about seeds. Just a hint. And in response to kimc above, absolutely do NOT peel the oranges!!! The peel is what gives this salad oomph!
    I just made a huge batch of cran-orange salad for our church’s turkey dinner. It is super-simple, super-fast, and super-good. After a big, starchy, rich Thanksgiving meal, I can’t handle rich desserts…I much prefer this tart-sweet salad w/ a small dollop of Cool Whip.
    I also add apples (unpeeled) if I have plenty on hand.
    DEFINITELY worth making!

  5. We make a similar cranberry salad.
    * 2 – 4 cups fresh cranberries
    * 2-3 stalks of celery
    * 1 cup walnuts (or more if you like them)
    * 1 orange, cut into slices, de-seeded
    * 1 cup sugar (or more depending on your tastes)
    * 2 large packages of jello (usually strawberry or cherry, but orange would be nice too), optional
    ~ Place everything in the food processor and pulse until ground fine,almost a paste.
    ~ Make jello according to the directions. Mix in the salad and place in the fridge until set.

    The funny thing about this salad is that both my mother and MIL have made it every Thanksgiving. The only difference is that my MIL sets the salad in jello and my mother does not. Either way, it was a tradition growing up and still a tradition even though I’m away from my own mother.

  6. Even though my family is what I would consider small compared to yours. We only have 4 kids. I get a huge kick out of reading these 4 Moms posts.
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. LOL 🙂 I did learn something vital and helpful from your post today! It’s that you are human!!

    And this mom (we “only” have 7 kids) does not feel on top of things either. We are in the midst of a 1000 mile move to TX and life is a bit chaotic.

    However, I’m learning to make times for the highest priority items – sitting down and reading with my kids, training in character, quality time with the love of my life, and precious time in the Word. Everything else can wait!!!

    Including time on the computer….I’m logging off 🙂

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