Saturday, November 19, 2016

Thanksgiving Prep!

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Thanksgiving is just 5 days away!

You know what that means. Lots and lots of cooking yummy food!
Our personal menu is consisting of my husband's yummy turkey, pumpkin pies and my deviled eggs.
We of course will have more yummy goods, but this is the three favorites that everyone devours.
Well that and the yeast rolls. My family loves their bread products during the holidays. 
So if you are cooking your own holiday meal for your family or even yourself you understand prep.

My prepping starts today pretty much. That is right 5 days before Thanksgiving.
What could I possibly be prepping 5 days before? My turkey is frozen!
Today is the day I will take it out of the freezer and start the thawing process.
Remember if you have a large turkey to give it more than just 3 days.
Our turkeys always end up still being frozen if we only allow it to thaw for 3 days.
Also place your turkey in the refrigerator to thaw. They need to thaw slowly so the meat won't ruin.
Last thing we want during the holidays is to give our family food poisoning.
Yes even that annoying family member who really gets under your skin.

When there are 4 days left till Thanksgiving go over your menu.
Make sure you have everything needed and if you don't make a mad dash to the grocery store.
Do not wait until the night before T-Day or the day of to get what you need.
Stores are a mad house and you take a chance of them being out of the product.
So sit down with your dinner menu written out or printed out.
Include a list of ingredients under the names of each dish.
Go through your kitchen checking off the items you have.
Whatever is not checked off place on a grocery list and make your grocery trip.

When it is 3 days and counting you can start preparing some of the things that need to be served cold.
This is also the day to focus on your housework.
You do not want to have to focus on major cleaning the day before.
So go through and start pulling out the cookware you will need.
Make sure you didn't loan out the roast pan or anything else.
The worst thing is when you go to pull out the roast pan and it's not there.
Then you are stuck with a turkey to cook and no pan to cook it in.
So make sure you have everything you will need in one easy find place.

Day before T-Day you will want to start baking your pies.
If you are going to have anything with boiled eggs you can also cook those.
If you also do more homemade stuff versus out of a can or box get all of your ingredients prepped.
I know my grandmother always made homemade cornbread stuffing.
She would bake her cornbread the day before so it was already done and dried out.
Oh and a little tip I learned one year.
Do not cover peeled boiled eggs with foil. Use plastic wrap!
The sulfur in the eggs reacts with the aluminum causing black marks on your eggs.
It also eats holes into the foil. We do not need metal poisoning happening.
This is also a good day to start setting your dinner table.
That way you have one less thing to worry about the next day.
Do everything you can on this day!
Remember to get you a good night's rest, because if you are like many you will be up early. 

When Turkey day arrives remember one thing!
Enjoy yourself and family!
This is a day of giving thanks, it is not completely about the food.
Get your turkey cooking and throw together everything you prepped prior to Thanksgiving.
When we have everything prepared ahead of time it makes it so much easier.
Everything will be ready to devour by lunch time and your day will be less stressed.

So enjoy! Create many memories and traditions this coming holiday!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Hello Again!

Hello again!

I am giving Heritage Kitchen a revamp. I have a business idea that has been swimming around in my head for years. I want to bring the name Heritage Kitchen alive. I want it to be much more than just a blog. So stay tuned to follow the growth of this name from being a blog to so much more.

Many blessings,
L Caldwell

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Back in the Heart of the Home!

Hello Readers!

I am coming back to Heritage Kitchen!
I have been doing some soul searching. I have decided to revive this blog.
I want to build Heritage Home and create a brand.
So keep an eye  out for new stuff to come.
Along with this change and growth I will have to decide on something big.
Should Blogger continue to be the home of Heritage Kitchen...
So many things to think over, but in the end Heritage Kitchen will be awesome.
I want to be able to come into your homes and help you build memories.

Remember make memories and start traditions!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Many Blessings This Holiday Season!

I promise I have not abandoned Heritage Kitchen! It has been a Roller Coaster year for me. The year literally has gotten away from me! I swear it was January just yesterday and here we are already about to be ringing in 2014.

I am planning on making some changes to my other blog "Momma Talks" due to my personal growth over this year. Also myself and my family will hopefully be making a big move within the beginning of the new year. With this move my mom will be joining our family home. She will be there to help me out with my home and kiddos homeschooling. This means more time for myself so a big yay to that. More time to myself means I will finally have the time to work on my blogs and recipes! I have a dream to put together my very own cookbook of all my favorites. So keep your fingers crossed for me on this!

I also wanted to wish all of you a blessed holiday season. Make sure you make lots of memories with your family!

Till Next Time,


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Countdown!

There is 4 days 5 hours and 30 minutes left till Christmas! Yes I broke it down. I have the NORAD Santa Tracker application on my phone which might I add I really love. Me and my kiddos have been counting down the days since Thanksgiving. We have this Christmas tradition we have done every year since my middle son was a baby. We track Santa online with NORAD (and I annoyingly frequently post where he is at on Facebook) and now this year if we have to run to the store we will be able to track him via my smartphone!

A few other traditions we have is cookies. I bake cookies every year and gift them usually. Or I should say gift the cookies we don't eat first. I also bake my grandfather a sweet potato pie every year since the local stores have stopped selling them. This Christmas we will be bringing back some old traditions from when I was a child. I am happy to get to share them with my children this year even if my grandmother is not around to share in the memories being made. 

So to help kick off some Christmas Traditions here is a Sugar Cookie recipe for you and yours to enjoy!

Christmas Cookies
1 1/2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
5 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 400 F. 
In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar.
Beat in eggs and vanilla. 
In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt. 
Mix your dry ingredients into your butter,sugar,eggs and vanilla mix.
Cover and chill for an hour (or overnight).
When it has chilled roll out on to a floured surface and cut with cookie cutters. 
Place 2 inches apart and bake for 6 to 8 minutes. 

When finished decorate as you wish or just eat them up with a glass of milk while they are still hot!

Many Blessings and Keep Making Traditions In Your Heritage Kitchen!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Will be back soon...

My youngest is getting ready for dental surgery tomorrow so I have been away from the blog this week getting everything situated. We have been a busy busy household that is for sure. But don't worry, because I will be back soon. :) I have pictures from Thanksgiving Dinner to share and my husband's Turkey recipe! So as soon as I find a moment to sit for a longer period of time to edit my pictures and type out the recipe so it can be understood I will get that posted up.

Till later my friends and remember to make traditions. :)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pumpkin Muffins = Thanksgiving Morning Breakfast!

I decided I will start a new tradition this year. I will make something fast and simple that can be easily warmed up for our Thanksgiving Day Breakfast. What better item to make than Pumpkin Muffins. These aren't just your everyday run of the mill pumpkin muffins though. These have a streusel top like you see on coffee cake. Yes very yummy! So I thought for a quick Thanksgiving Day post I would share these great muffins.

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 to 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Streusel Topping:
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons cold butter
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the pumpkin, buttermilk, eggs, molasses and orange peel. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture just until blended. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
For topping, combine flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the muffin comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

*Recipe found on Taste of Home*

Enjoy and have a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!