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Look above & you will see that I posted how my 1 sister always makes the pumpkin pie & another sister always makes the mashed potatoes...Well...I took the plunge & sent out the email inviting my family over for Thanksgiving! 41 people & it sounds like even the ones who normally can't make it, can make it this year! YIKES - awesome! The emails are flying in. My sil offered to bring pumpkin pie. My oldest sister ALWAYS makes the completely from scratch pumpkin pie. So my oldest sis said she would make mashed potatoes...my next oldest sister ALWAYS makes the mashed potatoes. Oh, it's all messed up this year! Ha ha ha! (kidding - it will be fine! Just kinda funny...) My oldest niece is bringing mac & cheese & a chip dip. Another niece is bringing buffalo chicken dip, I'll be making sweet potato souffle & whatever else we "need" - still waiting on lots of respnses. I love, love, love hosting Thanksgiving but the only downfall is not being able to put up my tree the Friday before Thanksgiving - which means I will put it up the Friday after Thanksgiving & that cuts into my black Friday shopping time. Ah well...it is what it is! :> Let the fun begin!
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I live here in South FL and am not familiar with your strange northern ways what on earth is burn n serves? and I always use my giblets to make my turkey stock while the turkey is roasting as they turn up the flavor volume. After the stock has cooled I cut them up and feed them to my cats Sugar and Beta. This is their Thanksgiving treat.
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I am excited only one more month! I made 2 sweet potato pies yesterday....and my kids and husband were like can we eat one?, and I said no, not until Thanksgiving...I know, I'm so mean. LOL
How do you make pie and keep it a month ahead of time?!? I need to learn some tricks from you guys. Do you freeze it?

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41 people & it sounds like even the ones who normally can't make it, can make it this year! YIKES - awesome!
I have to tell you, that would excite and scare the crap out of me. That's a lot of help though! I bet it will be super fun, albeit slightly stressful.
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Gingermel I just bake it, let it cool completely( so no to much condensation will form...put foil on it, wrap it up in freezer bags, and it works for me everytime! Some pies though you shouldn't do it on like ones with any kind of cream cheese, sour cream, etc.
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Can you fit the pie in a freezer bag? Do you cut it up?

You guys are so interesting.

I do all this stuff within a day of Thanksgiving and apparently I need to get more into canning and freezing!
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Yes I can fit it into a freezer bag usually. But if you can't just get some larger bags, that should work fine too. Any bags will do..main thing I find is to make sure that the pie is sealed well with foil.
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I live here in South FL and am not familiar with your strange northern ways what on earth is burn n serves?
I'm not sure, but to me "burn n serves" would be the rolls that you find in the bread section of the grocery store that you just heat & serve. If you aren't watching your time, they will be "burn n serves"!
If I ever have to be in charge on a holiday meal plan, we'll have turkey sandwiches for Thanksgiving with canned cranberry sauce! I do not cook. Not because I can't, but because I never learned. After being married for two weeks, I realized that I couldn't even heat up a can of soup to please my picky DH, so I decided to not even try. If I did, he wasn't hungry or that wasn't what he wanted.

I can make a mean grilled cheese sandwich & some chili, so that's usually what I serve to the rare guests that we have over. If it's warm weather, DH will grill a hot dog for them!

For DH's family: his mom cooks breakfast on Thanksgiving morning: ham, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy, bacon. DH makes pumpkin pie & we eat it after breakfast! He only makes pies for Thanksgiving so it's a treat.

For my family: Mom usually cooks the meal, my sister & SIL bring desserts, & I am put in charge of bringing soft drinks---see how much faith they have in me? I have brought green bean casserole the last few years; I can make that! BIL is great at smoking a turkey, so my sister can be in charge when she needs to. They have the largest house & we all gathered there last year & might do that again this year since Mom is still recovering from her knee surgery.

We had Thanksgiving dinner at our first house the first year we lived there. My mom brought the turkey. I did the veggies & rolls. My grandmother brought her pumpkin roll. We already had the house decorated for Christmas because we knew none of them would be back before Christmas. We had a small house, so the older adults sat at the dining room table, & the rest of us sat at a card table in the living room. Good times!
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My family goes to my mom and dad's every year and my parents cook the same thing every year by tradition - turkey, filling, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry salad, rolls, and corn. We will also have pumpkin pie and a pumpkin roll. It's always delicious!
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Thanks for the explanation -- I must confess years ago as a new cook I did not set the timer burned the rolls just a few times (cough cough). Today I make up the frozen dough ahead of time freeze it, thaw it out and bake them off last minute. They are now legendary in my family.
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Well, it's definitely time to get the menu planning kicked into high gear as it's just over two weeks away.

Anyone with a Kroger nearby...I found something called "Culinary Stock" instead of chicken broth (Kroger brand so not very expensive) and it's actually got a decent flavor. It's a lot thicker than regular chicken broth. You should check it out if you're not going to be making your own stock for gravy and whatnot.

Uuugh...I gotta get to planning. I had all these grand plans for mapping things out and knowing early what I would need to buy and make ahead of time but it seems that time is running out for me! Yikes!!!
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