November 23, 2017
Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday (to 4th of July), some of my favorite things are my traditional morning run and cuddling with the kids on the couch to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Today was no exception. Finished 8 that felt really good- another day with no aches and pains so I was thrilled!
Spent my entire run praying- thanking God for many things and lifting many people, friends, family, random people, even strangers up in prayer. It was a great start to my day. Then after a quick shower I was exactly where I wanted to be – on the couch cuddling with my two kiddos, enjoying the parade. I love traditions that I grew up with and passing them on to see my children enjoy them as well.
Lastly, the day wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t discuss what I was contributing to the Thanksgiving meal at my in laws this year… 1. Green Bean casserole, the hubby’s fav. 2. Baked Corn (my mom’s recipe) 3. Homemade cranberry relish- MY fav! (recipe below) And 4. I’m always good for a dessert and this is one of my Thanksgiving favorites: ‘Chumpcan’ Pie… Cheesecake, pumpkin & pecan all in one! I cannot take credit for this beautiful thing… you can find the recipe here: http://www.parsleysagesweet.com/2011/11/15/11750/
We all love cheesecake, and then you add the fall flavor of pumpkin, and top it with what is my favorite part, the crunchy, slightly gooey pecan topping; it’s truly the best of all dessert worlds because it doesn’t make you choose between the three desserts after an over satisfying Thanksgiving meal. I chose to make mine in a spring form pan with a graham cracker crust, rather than a traditional pie crust like the recipe calls for (my hubby isn’t a big pie crust fan). Additionally, the recipe gives you two options for the pecan topping, I went with the traditional pecan pie topping over the ‘gooey’ pecan pie topping- I’m sure either would be delicious though!
To enjoy your own cranberry relish see the simple recipe below. Each time I make this I think of where the recipe came from (as I do with all handwritten recipes), and this came from a former coworker kindergarten teacher who makes this with her students at their annual kindergarten Thanksgiving feast. So simple and yummy.. if you don’t like the canned cranberry sauce, try this anyway! And if you do like canned cranberry sauce, after one taste of this, I’m sure you’ll never go back!
Combine all in the food processor:
2 (12 oz) bags of fresh cranberries
2 apples (cored) (no need to peel)
2 oranges (I peel one and leave one unpeeled)
2 cups of sugar