Thursday, November 18, 2010

Don't forget the apples mom.....

The holiday season is here and with that brings family, friends and FOOD!  When I look back on past Thanksgiving meals I find myself remembering who we shared the day with, where we were, what we were doing and naturally what we ate. All Thanksgivings are memorable in their own way.  We have been to Oklahoma, Texas or Arkansas to be with family, Portland to be with friends, stayed home and shared the day here with friends and family.  Always something different.  Last year we were in Costa Rica  trying to escape the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes etc and eating rice and beans instead.  One year, and this is the one the kids still laugh about, the four of us were on a great road trip.  One of those Watson style trips with very little planning, just see where we end up.  On Thanksgiving Day we went to the Grand Canyon, saw the sights, had a great picnic lunch and traveled on.  That night we ended up in Las Vegas.  We got ourselves a room and decided we should get some dinner.  None of us were in the mood for a big Thanksgiving meal so we looked around the area and found a Sonic Burger Drive up.  The kids went crazy.  Let's go there for dinner. please, please, please!!!  What the heck, why not? We aren't fast food people and had never been to Sonic before.  So we pulled up and ordered up.  Yep, we had fast food for Thanksgiving dinner.  A real treat.  But I must admit, it is the one we will always remember. We pigged out on burgers, tots, fries (had to get the potatoes in) and other delicious items off the menu.  Then we topped it off with some sort of special Sonic dessert.  The best clean up.  The left overs.  We piled back into the car all full,  happy and laughing at what we had just done.  We drove back to the hotel, went for an evening swim then headed back to our room for some t.v. with endless stations to choose from.  Another treat for us because we don't have endless stations at home, we get no stations at all.  We went to bed that night happy and thankful.  Happy that the four of us were together sharing this day and thankful for all the wonderful experiences we have shared as a family.
A few days after we got home Titus approached me and brought up our Thanksgiving meal.  Said it was the best but he missed his cheesy apples.  So, the next day I made them.  I made this dish for the first Thanksgiving dinner we had here on the ranch.  My mother-in-law from Arkansas brought the recipe with her and shared it with me.  It is now a family favorite and a must with any holiday meal. 
3/4 c sugar, 1/2 c flour, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/3 c water, 1/4 c butter, 1 c sharp cheddar cheese, 6 peeled, diced Granny Smith apples, t tsp. lemon juice
*Combine sugar, flour & slat, cut in butter untill crumbly.  Stir in cheese and set aside
*Combine sliced apples with lemon juice and put into a greased casserole dish.
*Sprinkle chhese mixture over apples.  Bake uncovered about 40 min. @ 350.

This year the four of us are finding ourselves on our own with no real plans for the big feasting day.  Last night we were tossing out ideas of what to do, where to go etc... Some real whoppers came up.  One thing I know for sure is that cheesy apples will be there with us.

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