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Thanksgiving Dinner - Ham, Corn, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, and more!

Updated on October 26, 2012
The Cornish Hens and the Ham in the oven
The Cornish Hens and the Ham in the oven
Honey and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
Honey and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
Cornish Hens
Cornish Hens
Deviled Eggs
Deviled Eggs
Rolls (only thing not homemade)
Rolls (only thing not homemade)
A full plate
A full plate
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Apple Crisp
Apple Crisp

Thanksgiving Dinner at our house is never the same! This year I am really hoping that I am able to recreate our best food we have had. What does that consist of? Well, I'm not a big fan of cooking. I'm not real good at doing the seasonings and knowing what goes with what. I do, however, know how to read a recipe and make a meal come together in the end. My favorite Thanksgiving dinner since I have been married, would have to have been in 2009 in Italy. We invited over one other family and made a HUGE Thanksgiving dinner. It consisted of Honey/Brown Sugar Ham, Cornish Hens, corn on the cob, deviled eggs, baked beans, mashed potatoes and brown gravy, rolls, chocolate chip cookie bars and even an apple crisp. Below are the recipes for most of the stuff I made. They came right out of our Family Cook Book that my Mom had made for everyone in our family. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I have!


1 fully cooked spiral-sliced ham

1/2 Cup Pear Nectar

1/2 Cup Honey

1/2 Cup Orange Juice

1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar

Line a roasting pan with heavy-duty foil. Place ham on a rack in the pan. Combine pear nectar and orange juice. Brush 1/3 cup over the ham. Bake, uncovered at 325 for 30 minutes, brushing twice with remaining juice mixture. Combine the brown sugar and honey. Spread over ham. Bake 45-55 minutes longer or until ham is heated through, basting occasionally with pan drippings. (We added the pineapple to the top as a request from a friend)


12 Hard-Boiled Eggs

2 teaspoons Prepared Mustard

4 Tablespoons Mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Salt

2 teaspoons Sugar

2 teaspoons White Vinegar


Slice eggs in half lenghtwise and remove yolks and set whites aside. In a small bowl mash the yolks with a fork. Add the mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, mustard and salt. Mix well. Spoon into the egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika. Refrigerate until serving.


1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup Butter

3/4 Cup Flour

1/2 Cup Oatmeal

4 Cups of Sliced Apples

2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

1/4 Cup Water


Mix brown sugar, butter, flour and oatmeal together. Set Aside. Spread 4 cups sliced apples in greased pan. Combine 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1/4 cup water and pour mixture over apples in the greased pan. Put the brown sugar mixture on top and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes.

My family is not real big on Turkey that is why we make the Ham. I can't wait to get started again this year. Hard to believe it is right around the corner.

During Thanksgiving Dinner we say what we are thankful for. This year I don't think all mine will fit in one dinner sitting. The main thing I am thankful for this year is that my husband is able to be here with us. He is normally deployed, he has missed so many more holidays then he has been here, so I am very thankful that we will get to celebrate Thanksgiving AND Christmas with him this year! It will be a GREAT change for sure.

So do you have special things you do during this wonderful holiday? What are your favorite Thanksgiving Day dishes?


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