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A Sweet Thanksgiving Feast


Wishing you all a very merry Thanksgiving this year!

Thanksgiving is probably my second favorite holiday behind Christmas because well, food. Every year, my Auntie Bobbie brings her candied yams and baked potatoes and I usually get chased out of the kitchen for sneaking a spoonful before dinner time.


Aside from a trip to New York over Thanksgiving break in college, this will be my first year I won’t get to go home. I wish I could be spending the evening with my family, BUT–I do have the holiday to spend with my boyfriend’s awesome family and a few of our friends! And for that I am thankful. So because I won’t be home this year, I’m taking on the responsibility of the candied yams because Roy said they don’t normally serve yams at Thanksgiving and that just will not do!

Auntie Bobbie’s Candied Yams

I N G R E D I E N T S :
3 or 4 large yams
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows

I N S T R U C T I O N S :
1. Create small holes around the surface of each yam. Wrap them in foil, place on a baking sheet and then bake at 425 degrees for 1-1:30 hours. The yams will be finished when they feel soft if squeezed.
2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt together. Cut in the butter and mix until they form coarse crumbs.
3. When the yams are done, remove the skins and mash them together with a fork. Transfer to an 8×11 baking dish, making the surface as smooth and even as possible.
4. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Pour the fresh orange juice over the layer of yams. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the yams, distributing evenly. Bake for 35 minutes.
5. Remove from the oven and let cool. Pour out the mini marshmallows over the cinnamon sugar layer. Broil in the oven until the marshmallows are slightly browned.

In addition to Candied Yams, I made Caramel Apple Pie and it was delicious and I wish I had taken home leftovers because now I’m craving it.


Dat caramel drizzle tho.


Mia and Louie looked spiffy in their xmas outfits. Everyone adored them and how could you not, look at those little faces!


The highlights of the meal for me were the mac and cheese Roy’s mama made, the turkey, and stuffing!! Stuffing is the best part about Thanksgiving, though strangely we don’t ever eat it on a day other than Thanksgiving (and the week after = lotsandlots of leftovers). This needs to change.




I haven’t taken my annual post-Thanksgiving nap yet because I’ve been busy all day, but if I’m out till morning, have fun with all your black friday shopping and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

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