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YUM! That sounds perfect!! They love pumpkin-y (I know it's not a word) desserts. It sounds very impressive! Thank you.

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no prob!

And don't worry about "pumpkin-y"... I'm pretty sure "Thanksgiving-ish" isn't one either..
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We'll make up our own language as we go along! LOL
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I recommend that you do anything you can ahead of time. A lot of the preparations for things can be done ahead of time and put in the referigerator. Then all you have to do is cook the item. Don't try to do it all on Thanksgiving. You will run yourself ragged.
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I recommend that you do anything you can ahead of time. A lot of the preparations for things can be done ahead of time and put in the referigerator. Then all you have to do is cook the item. Don't try to do it all on Thanksgiving. You will run yourself ragged.
Thank you for that bit of advice! GREAT IDEA!! I know I will run myself ragged.

There are not a lot of things that can be prepared ahead of time, right? I mean, mashed potatoes taste better fresh. Rolls are best when fresh out of the oven. Turkey has to be cooked that day. I guess stuffing can be made ahead of time. I don't put it in the bird anyway.

Any other ideas of stuff that can be made ahead of time?
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You'll do great! Here's a few of our favorites! (I like the crock pot mashed potatoes better than regular homemade mashed potatoes.)

Pumpkin Roll

Beat 3 eggs at high speed for 5 minutes. Gradually add 1 C. sugar. Stir in 2/3 C. pumpkin & 1 tsp. Lemon Juice. – set aside
Stir Together:
¾ C. flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Ginger
½ tsp. Nutmeg
½ tsp. Salt
(fold into pumpkin mixture)
Spread into greased & floured 15 X 10 X 1” pan. Top with 1 C. walnut pieces (optional.) Bake at 375º for 15 mins.

Turn out on towel sprinkled with confectioners sugar & roll towel & cake. Cool 15-20 minutes.

Mix together & spread on cake:
1 C. Sugar
8 oz. Cream cheese
4 T. Margarine
½ tsp. Vanilla
Reroll & chill.



Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

(from allrecipes - delicious! - http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Slow-Co...es/Detail.aspx )

INGREDIENTS
5 pounds red potatoes, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon minced garlic, or to taste
3 cubes chicken bouillon
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter
salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS
In a large pot of lightly salted boiling water, cook the potatoes, garlic, and bouillon until potatoes are tender but firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, reserving water. In a bowl, mash potatoes with sour cream and cream cheese, adding reserved water as needed to attain desired consistency.
Transfer the potato mixture to a slow cooker, cover, and cook on Low for 2 to 3 hours. Just before serving, stir in butter and season with salt and pepper to taste.



Pumpkin Cookies

1 C. Brown Sugar
1 C. Sugar
¾ C. Shortening

Cream together & add:
2 eggs
3 T. Pumpkin Spice
2 C. Pumpkin

Mix Well
Stir in:
3 ½ C. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. baking powder
pinch of salt

Bake @ 400º 8-10 minutes

Icing
10 Tbsp. Brown Sugar (1/2 C. + 2 T.)
4 Tbsp. Milk (1/4 C.)
4 Tbsp. Margarine (1/4 C.)
½ tsp. vanilla

Combine & heat to boil. Remove from heat & add powdered sugar to desired consistency. Spread (while warm) over cookies.
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Thank you SO much Holiday!!!!! Those are great ideas! I especially LOVE the mashed potato recipe!
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I am not a cook. I can cook from any recipe, I just can't come up with things. I am not creative in the kitchen. Maybe I can hire JanaBanana to come down and cook for me. LOL!


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HEHEHE I just seen this post....let me tell you my friend, I too have a MIL that is the BEST cook I know. For years and years we had it at their home, and now in the last few it was handed down to me... it still can get a little nerve racking at times, but try not to stress I have my MIL help me out... Im sure you will do just fine and you can have your MIL in the kitchen supervising? Also ask her from some of her recipes.
Good luck and let me know how it goes. I bet it turns out delicious!
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HEHEHE I just seen this post....let me tell you my friend, I too have a MIL that is the BEST cook I know. For years and years we had it at their home, and now in the last few it was handed down to me... it still can get a little nerve racking at times, but try not to stress I have my MIL help me out... Im sure you will do just fine and you can have your MIL in the kitchen supervising? Also ask her from some of her recipes.
Good luck and let me know how it goes. I bet it turns out delicious!
Thank you for your vote of confidence!! I am so nervous!! I have a pretty good game plan, so I think it will go okay. I will definitely let you know how it goes!! Thanks
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