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The Turkey Trot Blog Hop is a great time to thank the real heroes – READERS. If you comment here between 6am CST on 11/22 and 11:59pm CST on 11/24 (or already did on my Common Christmas giveaway post between 6am CST and now) you are entered in the giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card! If you participate in the Common Christmas giveaway there are even MORE prizes.

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My favorite memories of Thanksgiving are playing football in the front yard, my mom’s angel rolls (sooooo fluffy and buttery), and dozing during the football game on TV because of all that turkey. And is there anything better than the turkey and cranberry sauce sandwiches the next day? Yum.

Let’s share some favorite food and/or recipes! Here’s the salad that hubs and I take to all the family events, like Thanksgiving. You’ve probably seen a million variations on it, but this one is ours (adapted from one given to my mom from her friend Carol). In the comments mention a favorite food or give us a favorite recipe. Thanks for playing!

Seven Layer Salad

We always make it in a large plastic container so it is super portable. If you make the night ahead and put in the fridge it also gives all the flavors a chance to mix and mellow. As a typical old married couple we each make it a little differently…

  1. Layer of iceberg lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces
  2. Layer of sliced celery – this is a layer of controversy, as hubs prefers to slice it super thin and I prefer a chunkier slice
  3. Layer of peas – in our household that means one small can of Le Seur, THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE
  4. Layer of purple onion – another controversy as I like onion and hubs thinks a very light scattering is preferable (also, I like rings and he chops)
  5. Another layer of lettuce
  6. Even coat of mayonnaise – you can sprinkle with a bit of sugar if you like
  7. A layer of grated cheddar cheese – we prefer sharp
  8. Garnish with crumbled bacon (or, if hubs, A LOT OF CRUMBLED BACON)

This makes a nice savory and sweet salad. Yes, there are 8 lines there, but you can either not count the second layer of lettuce or consider the bacon a garnish, right? I have no idea. ANYWAY, this is always a winner in our families.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win! And maybe next time I can tell you how to make Broccoli Garbage.

18 thoughts on “An Author’s ThanksGIVING”

  1. Everyone goes wild for my turkey. Nothing too complicated. Take a turkey breast, rub the skin all over with a nice chunk of butter. Mix the herb rub that goes on top of it: 2 tsp each sage and thyme, 2 small bay leaves, crumbled, a scant dash of garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp onion powder. Mix well and sprinkle over the buttered skin of the meat. This is for a 10-15 lb bird. Roast covered at 350F for 4 1/2 hours if your oven runs hot. If it runs cool, turn up the temperature to 375F. Carve and eat that juicy bird! blueirishmoon at hotmail dot com


  2. I love salad. This recipe looks like a good one! I’m going to print it out.

    My recipe? I think I’ll share my recipe for homemade chili. It requires a crockpot.

    1. Cut up an onion and garlic. (I like using a real onion and garlic because it brings more flavor to the chili.) Put into a skillet.
    2. Add two pounds of ground beef to the skillet.
    3. Brown the meat, occasionally stirring it.
    4. Add a 6 ounce can of tomato paste. (Any kind)
    5. Add a jar of spaghetti sauce. (Any flavor)
    6. Beans are optional.
    7. Mix it all together and put into crockpot.
    8. You can heat this on high for 5-6 hours or low for 10-12 hours.
    9. I like to put the chili on hot dogs, so you can do that. Or you can eat it in a bowl. 🙂

    No need to add me to the giveaway. I was just stopping by to read your post and say hi!


  3. Our must have food at Thanksgiving is actually store bought cranberry sauce. Yes, the stuff in the can, complete with lines 🙂 We are not gourmet cooks, but we stick with what we have done for years.

    emmasmom69 AT gmail DOT com


  4. well i made 90 apple turn overe and then devil egg and then 4 dox of the peanut
    butter cookie and then then pie that what i did and the gf made turkey and then ham pot veggie and jello and then other goodies


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