Well, friends, another Thanksgiving is in the books. How many weeks til our waistlines recover? 😀

 

This year was the first I hosted my family and friends, and I don’t mind saying—despite the days-long preparation and exhaustion—I think we nailed it.  I’m not saying it was a five-star meal, but we got good reviews on the (acutally juicy!) turkey, the stuffing, the casserole and the décor.

 

How I can be 35 and still not have a proper turkey baking platter as well as, oh, just about every other element of decorative finery (thanks, Mom, for letting me use your chargers!), I will leave to explain another day. The point is, with the help of family, we pulled it off, and so far, no one has gotten food poisoning!  #winning

 

In the spirit of the carb-tastic days ahead of us, I’m sharing my mom’s recipe for stuffing in hopes that you’ll be able to try it. It’s pretty basic, but I promise, it’s good!

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

2 bags dried bread cubes

2 sticks butter

1 sweet onion

1 head of celery

2 boxes of fresh mushrooms

2 eggs

2 family-sized cans of cream of mushroom soup

 

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Begin by sauteeing diced onion and half a head (5-6 stalks) of celery in pan; use 1 whole stick of butter. Sautee until onions are translucent.
  • Separately sautee the two boxes of mushrooms in another pan, with the other whole stick of butter.
  • Have doctor on standby in case your arteries start to clog. (I kid.)
  • In a giant mixing bowl, pour in entire contents of 2 bread cubes.
  • When onion, celery and mushrooms are done sauteeing, pour both mixtures over the dried bread cubes. Stir gently with wooden spoon to distribute butter/veggie mix throughout.
  • Add 1/ ½ cans of cream of mushroom soup. Stir in.
  • Crack 2 eggs into bowl and mix in.
  • Put mixture into greased casserole dish. Pat gently.
  • With a spatula, lightly cover top of mixture with a little more cream of mushroom soup.
  • Cover with foil and put into oven at 350 for half hour.
  • Remove foil; bake for another 30 minutes uncovered at 350.
  • Can also be stuffed inside turkey for an extra-juicy boost! (I bake some separately and stuff the rest in the bird.)

 

Enjoy!

Anyone have any other family holiday recipes you want to share? I’d love to see them!

Chargers--Mom's. Dishes--Mom's. Flatware--Mom's. Room? Mine.

Chargers–Mom’s. Dishes–Mom’s. Flatware–Mom’s. Room? Mine.

 

Ooh. So Thanksgiving-ey.

Ooh. So Thanksgiving-ey.

 

We cook, then we nap.

We cook, then we nap.

 

Got some sweet onesies for Baby Girl 2!

Got some sweet onesies for Baby Girl 2!