Floridian Thanksgiving

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…. takes place outside.


My aunt and uncle hosted a lovely Thanksgiving lunch, and we got to eat on the patio in the bright sunlight.  There was about 10 of us at lunch, but I missed Future Husband so much (he stayed with his mom and dad on the coast because he has to work at the clinic tomorrow).  🙁


When I arrived, the crescent rolls were just about to go into the oven.


This is my grandma’s recipe (she passed away in 2001).  I remember her making them for every family meal.  We also make three-ball rolls with the same dough.  When they come out of the oven, I immediately popped on in my mouth.


While chatting away with my aunts and cousins, I picked at the appetizer tray, which was filled with raw veggies and grapes.  The wedding was definitely the HOT topic of conversation! It’s so soon! 🙂


We do a buffet-style Thanksgiving.  I love my family’s casual approach to stuff like this.


My goal was to have ONE plate of normal-sized portions.  I never realized this until today, but my family always has the exact same spread every year.  People have their ‘signature’ dishes that they bring over and over again, so we always end up with the same stuff.  I like it that way! 🙂


Clockwise from the left:  mashed potatoes and gravy, two slices of white meat turkey, cornbread stuffing, a-ma-zing cranberry relish, my green bean casserole, and sweet yams. 


In the middle is my aunt’s famous cornbread casserole.  It’s famous because its ridiculously yummy AND so easy to make — there are only four ingredients!   I’ve made it a few times for parties and whatnot, and people just love it.

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Cornbread Casserole




  • 1 large can corn (drained)
  • 1 large can creamed corn
  • 1 small tub of sour cream
  • 1 box Jif Corn Mix




  • Mix ingredients together.
  • Pour into greased casserole dish.
  • Bake at 350 for 35 – 45 minutes, or until golden brown and firm to the touch.
  • Enjoy! (Isn’t that ridiculously easy?)


OH — I should mention I had two crescent rolls with dinner, and one of those three-ball rolls hopped into my mouth on the drive home. :)  They’re tiny.


For dessert, I had my aunt’s chocolate pudding pie, which I look forward to every year, and a slice of homemade cinnamon roll.


(That’s a 6-inch plate).  This pretty much put me over the edge in terms of fullness, but it was worth it! I love this pie.


All in all, I think I did pretty well at Thanksgiving.  The 9.0 miler this AM definitely gave me some ‘wiggle room’ with the extra calories, and I’m feeling happy and full right now!  Yay for the best foodie holiday all year!




My other aunt had a SURPRISE for me!  She is baking our wedding cake (she also baked my parent’s wedding cake), and she made mini-cakes for Future Husband and I to try out!


I haven’t tried to cakes yet (I’m waiting until tomorrow), but I know they are:  chocolate with chocolate pudding separating the layers; chocolate with raspberry pudding; coconut with white icing; and coconut with orange creme pudding


If I wasn’t so uncomfortably full, I would definitely DIG IN!  🙂 I’ll give a full report tomorrow.


Slow Your Roll


Check out this advertisement on a toll booth I saw on the way home…. it’s for the Florida Fruits & Veggie Farmer’s League or something.




I’m going to go park my roll on the couch.  Goodnight! (I doubt I’ll be eating dinner…. too full!).


Happy Thanksgiving!



  • Thankful Paul November 27, 2008, 4:14 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • VeggieGirl November 27, 2008, 4:33 pm

    WOWZA what a celebration – yum and gorgeous 🙂

    HAHA!! Love that sign – too funny.

    Glad you’re enjoying yourself!!

  • ksgoodeats November 27, 2008, 5:21 pm

    That’s a funny sign, haha!

    All of your Thanksgiving eats look incredible! Especially my number one fav, green bean casserole 😀

    Can’t wait to hear the report on the cakes – they sound great!

  • Mrs. LC November 27, 2008, 5:34 pm

    That sign is too funny and that pie looks delicious! Hubs is sitting here beside me and saw the picture and goes, “ooh, that looks goooood”. 🙂

  • Oh She Glows November 27, 2008, 5:42 pm

    Wow looks like a lovely and delicious meal with loved ones! 🙂 I’m glad you were able to indulge without going too far. You have such a great approach to moderation!


  • Meg November 27, 2008, 7:08 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! Looks like a delicious dinner! I can’t wait to hear more about those cake samples!

  • lauren November 27, 2008, 7:16 pm

    glad you had a nice thanksgiving! love how it was outside! Oh and that corn casserole is like Paula Deen’s recipe, but without the butter and cheese! I will have to try that – looks healthier!

  • Erin of Care to Eat November 27, 2008, 8:18 pm

    I love the traditions! Those are the best. It looks like you did awesome Caitlin! I’m so excited for your wedding! YAYAYAYAYAY!

  • just me November 27, 2008, 8:22 pm

    great spread!!! what a great bunch of dishes and holy surprise w/ those cakes to try! i can’t wait to hear what you pick!

  • Aggie November 27, 2008, 8:58 pm

    My roll is parked right now too…lol! Sounds like a great day with the fam! Have a great week!

  • BOBBI McCORMICK November 27, 2008, 9:01 pm

    WOW what a spread!!! Your plate looked a lot like mine, wish we were in CALI then we could have eaten outside!!! GREAT RUN by the way:)

  • Justine November 27, 2008, 9:09 pm

    Looks like a great Thanksgiving! 🙂

    I’d never had corn casserole until my Thanksgiving dinner tonight. I got together with some friends (since I didn’t go home this year) and one of the girls that’s from Florida made corn casserole! It was pretty tasty!

  • imadedinner November 27, 2008, 10:09 pm

    Happy thanksgiving!!
    Love the sign, and thats awesome about the wedding cake! Ours will be from a bakery, but I hope our flavor choices sound as good!

  • carolinebee November 27, 2008, 10:15 pm

    My family does buffet style too! So casual, i love it…that yogurt pie looks dangerously awesome! Have a good night and enjoy the cake tomorrow 😀

  • Melissa November 27, 2008, 10:19 pm

    Glad you had a happy thanksgiving. We have thanksgiving “lunch” also, so if you think your weird…your not the only ones!! 🙂

  • Katie November 27, 2008, 10:55 pm

    We do the same kind of “casual” Thanksgiving, and everyone always brings the same stuff here too! I love it that way 🙂

    Have fun with the cakes! Dorky trivia: In “When Harry Met Sally,” they had a coconut cake for their wedding! Can’t wait to hear what you think of them.

    Have a lovely weekend Caitlin!

  • carla November 28, 2008, 4:26 am

    we were outdoors a lot here as well.

    I love TX 🙂

  • Erica November 28, 2008, 4:41 pm

    Wow! Everything looks great! That is so cool that a family member is making your cake! Can’t wait to hear which one you choose!

  • eatingbender November 28, 2008, 11:15 pm

    Looks like a WONDERFUL day of good food! How incredibly nice of your aunt to make those cakes for you! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

  • runningwithfood.com November 29, 2008, 9:18 am

    How fun to dine al fresco! Sounds like you had a fabulous day!!

  • Laura November 29, 2008, 11:00 am

    Yum! Everything looks great, especially that chocolate pudding pie. Do you think you could give us the recipe?

  • Elina January 8, 2009, 6:25 pm

    Caitlin, I just made the corn bread casserole and it was delicious!!
    Hope you’re having a blast on your honeymoon! Actually I’m sure you are.. congrats again on getting hitched!!

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