Yesterday I took a trek to the mall in Portland Maine because I had 100.00 worth of reward cards to The Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma. I went with a Thanksgiving table in mind, but I ended up coming home with some things to make a delicious Turkey, so they tell me, along with some table decorations.
This year I am going to give brining the big bird a try. This brine blend is a blend of Apple spices and the glaze is a Maple glaze. It sounded so yummy, I gave in and bought it
Thanksgiving is pretty traditional here with the same favorite dishes every year. Some times I think I would like to change out a few of the side dishes to switch it up, but I am never sure what to make, so this is were you guys come in.
I am going to share one of the favorites here with you all and hope that you will share some of your favorite side dishes with me. :)
My son would never forgive us if we excluded this particular dish, so when he comes home for Thanksgiving, which he does most years, my Mom always makes this for him. It is scrumptious!
I head of cooked broccoli
1 can of Creamed Broccoli soup (yes, I hate using canned cream soup now too)
1/2 c. of mayonnaise
diced onion or 1/2 T onion flakes
2 eggs whipped
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
Breadcrumbs mixed with melted butter
If using diced onion, saute them in a little butter first to cook them, then combine all of the ingredients together in your casserole dish of choice and cover it all with the bread crumb mixture.
Cook in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes.
Easy Peasy, but SO yummy!!
Nowadays, if I were making it instead of my mother, I would make my own cream of broccoli soup, but she makes it and it is still very yummy in spite of the canned soup.
I look forward to seeing what you make for Thanksgiving!!
On another note, today was a very emotional day for Cavalier breeders and owners.
It's a long story about a one time decent breeder gone bad which resulted in over 100 sweet Cavalier dogs being sent to a puppy mill auction today in Missouri.
Our rescue groups worked tirelessly over the last few weeks raising money to save every single one of them, which was no small feat as these were fairly well bred dogs that went for very high prices.
There were many tears shed over the course of the afternoon as more money was needed to be raised as the day went on and many of us were on pins and needles praying and giving so that not one of these dogs would end up in a Puppy mill. The wonderful news was that every single one of them escaped a life in captivity...so much to be thankful for today!
The next hurdle is getting all of these dogs vetted and spayed, then foster homes and finally forever homes where each one of these sweet babies will be loved as every dog should be. The need for donations will still be there for vet bills and care, so as we move into the holiday season with many things to be thankful for, if you can spare a little extra to help the wonderful people who worked tirelessly to rescue these dogs, you can donate here and if you are interested in giving one of these sweet babies a home you can find more information there as well.
I am so proud of the Cavalier King Charles Community that I belong to on this day...AMAZING!