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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving Traditions with Amanda

Well here is to another week!  only 3 days left till Turkey day, I can hardly wait (way excited for my little sister to get home Tuesday)!   Today  I have my wonderful friend Amanda of Life In Every Word here to share some of her Thanksgiving Traditions, and a Yummy recipe!  Amanda and I have known each other for years, she is my college roommate, sorority sister and partner in crime (we have lots of great college memories)!  You really need to go check out her blog if you haven't already! She talks about life as a recent graduate from pharmacy school, fashion and all things girly.   So take it away Amanda!

Hey everyone!
 First of all thanks to Hilliary for asking me to do this guest post! What a great idea! I've always considered Thanksgiving one of my favorite holidays. My family has done the same thing for Thanksgiving since I can remember. We all wake up early to start watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We have cinnamon rolls for breakfast while enjoying the parade. Our favorite part has always been when the Radio City Rockettes perform!
We always have all our extended family over for Thanksgiving and my mom starts cooking well in advance. We usually get a huge 24 pound or bigger turkey! Now since Hilliary’s blog is all about food, I thought I should add a recipe that we always have at Thanksgiving to this post. Although I’m not sure how healthy this recipe is, I’m sure Thanksgiving is an exception to eating healthy ;-)

One dish my mom always makes is Peas With Bacon
You’ll need:
8 slices bacon
3 cans of peas
3 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 tablespoon Vegeta seasoning
½ teaspoon of pepper

You may be wondering what Vegeta is. It’s a great all-purpose seasoning that has been a family tradition forever. My grandmother, great aunts, mom, etc. use it as seasoning usually in place of salt in almost everything from soups to sauces to meats, poultry and fish. You can find it in most grocery stores.

Back to the recipe! First you chop the bacon into small pieces and cook in a saucepan until crispy. Then drain the fat out. Next add the cans of peas along with the water that’s in the can. Bring this to a boil. Add the tomato paste, vegeta, and pepper. Turn down to a simmer. Simmer for about 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Now you’ll have yummy peas to add to your Thanksgiving feast!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Yours Truly,