Here are suggestions on ways to split your time among family. 1. Make a holiday … Be mindful of their schedules when planning your travel schedule.
In it’s 27th year, Dallas favorite diner, Norma’s Cafe will be serving Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday, Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for its 27th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner. The original Oak Cliff location at 1123 W. Davis Street will be the only one that will offer this free meal.
“The Norma’s Cafe family enjoys sharing Thanksgiving with the community, and each year we look forward to opening our doors and providing a home-cooked, holiday meal to those who otherwise might not have one,” said Ed Murph, owner of Norma’s Cafe. “After 27 years of coming together for Thanksgiving Dinner, it is a true testimony of the special partners we’ve made through this holiday and the impact it has on our community.”
Guests taking part in the Free Thanksgiving Dinner will be served a feast of holiday favorites, including turkey and dressing with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce; mashed potatoes; English peas; salad; rolls; fruit and dessert. This year’s event is made possible in part by several generous sponsors, including Ben E. Keith, Classic Caps and Embroidery, Centennial Radiator Service, Community Coffee, Evan’s Engraving, Admiral Linen and Uniform Service, Freedman Meats, Hill Country Dairy, Mrs. Baird’s, and Varidoc Printing.
For more information about the Norma’s Cafe on W. Davis Street, Dallas Parkway or Frisco, having Norma’s Cafe cater your next meal or ordering its famous Mile-High Pies™, call (972) 820-5871 or visit www.NormasCafe.com.
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For many single parents the coming holiday season of Thanksgiving, Las Posadas, Christmas and New Year’s Eve is not just a joyful time but it can also be very stressful and overwhelming. Sometimes it can be sad because we may not have our children with us on a major holiday because they are the other parent’s house. This year is extra special because we are celebrating Christmas a whole week early with my family so that we can focus on midnight mass come Christmas even. When you have to deal with custody, visitation and sometimes dating someone new – it can be a real challenge getting food on the table so single parents want to make dinner fun, fast but also tasty.
Firsts for the Holidays – Meeting Extended Family
There will be a lot of firsts for me this year since my children and I had a change in custody and visitation recently. I have also been dating Ironman for over 6 months now and being from large Latino families, it’s the added anxiety of where are we celebrating the holidays? Where will the kids be on each holiday? (there are 6 children between us from our previous marriages). As for family members, I have 4 siblings and around 40 cousins. On Ironman’s side he is the oldest son of 7 kids and so it can make your head spin on how many people we are cooking for.
Meeting extended family for the first time during the holiday season is giving me anxiety because I know that people are going to have a lot of questions and wonder how serious of a couple we are. We are in our late 30’s, have our own families from previous marriages so we are not young kids anymore. Meeting family also means that my cooking skills better be up to par. I enjoy cooking and I enjoy cooking for others in my own large family. It’s that one holiday tradition I enjoy the most as everyone brings their own creation to the table and I like it when one of my dishes is better than my moms. It’s also a way to incorporate my traditions with another family and see how they like it. If it works, then it works, if not then there is always next year right?
I am very glad that my local Fiesta in Dallas has exactly what I need for my holiday groceries all at the prices I like. Many hard to find ingredients are here to make extra special dishes such as the homemade roasted salsas I enjoy so much along with ingredients for mole, tamales, pasteles and more. I truly enjoy the produce selection but I also love the canned and pickled chiles and vegetables that they have here such as the La Morena Chipotle peppers and the La Morena pickled jalapenos. I used them in a few dishes I was experimenting with this past Halloween weekend and they create an authentic Latino flavor in many dishes. For Thanksgiving I have posted my super secret Chipotle Style Mashed Potatoes below. It is easy to experiment, be creative and make quick and easy meals using La Morena chiles, beans and salsas along with a crockpot, pressure cooker, cast iron skillet and a comal. As always make sure you have fresh tortillas along with Coca-Cola to make eating in at home much more enjoyable than eating out.
The Way to a Man’s Stomach Menu
Last weekend’s dinner menu I called “The Way to a Man’s Stomach” included:
- Main Dish – A Coca-Cola braised brisket that I cooked in the slow cooker using fresh jalapenos, onions, and La Morena Chipotle pepper. Instead of broth I used Coca-Cola and set it on low for about 8 hours. It was so tender and flavorful. Put the brisket in tacos with the cooked onions and it is so good. Great for football tailgating and pot lucks. You can also make this for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I ended up buying about 20 pounds of brisket so we will definitely be eating a lot of brisket this Christmas.
- Salad Starter #1 – Shaved Brussel Sprout slaw with La Morena pickled jalapenos. This was so easy, I just made a regular coleslaw recipe but instead used Brussel sprouts, onions, cilantro, garlic and bacon. Added a cole slaw dressing and sliced the La Morena jalapenos into very thin slices. I do this with all of my cole slaw adding pickled jalapenos and it is so good. You can also use this slaw in the brisket tacos. I have to stop myself from just eating it right out of the can.
- Soup Starter #2 – Roasted butternut squash soup with La Morena Chipotle Pepper. I just followed a basic roasted butternut squash and added the chipotle pepper, garlic, nutmeg, pepper and chicken broth. The chipotle adds that subtle smoky and spicy flavor to the squash soup. This is a great way to easily add a latin flair to any fall dish.
- Side Dish – Chipotle Mashed Potatoes – see below
Recipe: Chipotle Mashed Potatoes
2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into large pieces – You can use any potatoes you want but I like russet potatoes since they mash so much easier and they are larger so making large batches becomes easy.
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 bunch of cilantro chopped
1 cup grated Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons chopped canned Chipotle chilies in adobo sauce – (use 1.5 Chilies because a little goes a long way)
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper
Peel potatoes and add to the pot.
Chop the La Morena Chipotle Pepper into small pieces.
Boil potatoes first in large pot with salted water and garlic cloves for about 20 minutes. Drain and remove the garlic cloves. Return potatoes to the pot. In a separate container, heat the butter and cream in the microwave until the butter is softened.
This is an important step to make the potatoes creamy. While still steaming, add cheese, cream, chilies, cilantro and butter and mash with Potato Masher until smooth and cheese is melted.
With salt and pepper you can season to taste. Before a big meal, you can make this 3 to 4 hours ahead and keep in a slow cooker until ready to serve.
These are not only great with brisket, but a great way to give your mashed potatoes some zip for Thanksgiving and the holidays. I would also use this same recipe with sweet potatoes but just remove the garlic and add some brown sugar and cinnamon to the mix to make a smoky but sweet style sweet potato rather than the boring candied yams or sweet potato mash you are used to.
What’s the verdict? For experimenting I made everything too spicy but that’s how I like it so you may need to use a little less of the chilies. As I said, a little goes a long way so a lighter hand may do you good.
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What recipe ideas do you have with La Morena chipotle peppers? What recipes have you done that use Coca-Cola?
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Football is as much of a tradition on Thanksgiving Day as the turkey is. While everyone is rushing around at the grocery story and trading pecan pie recipes, the residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex along with fans all over the world are engrossed in the Thanksgiving tradition of the Dallas Cowboys. If you have ever been to a Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving Day you will see fans tailgating in the parking lot making their Thanksgiving meal amongst deep fryers, Tongs and paper plates. Of course you can’t have a real Thanksgiving tailgate without all the fixings of Thanksgiving Day. There is a lot more excitement on Thanksgiving Day when the Dallas Cowboys are playing. In their old stadium it was open air so feeling the cool November air on your skin was always a part of the thrill. Now that that the Boys play in AT&T Stadium you are in air conditioned comfort but you still have the same excitement. This year they are playing the Oakland Raiders.
The Dallas Cowboys are currently in a tie for the lead in their division. Plagued by some injuries and just downright bad timing for the past cough! too many years, Cowboys pride is still alive under owner Jerry Jones and Head coach, Jason Garrett. Every year the Dallas Cowboys also help kick off the Salvation Army’s red kettle drive at the Thanksgiving Day games. Families still flock around their television sets or shoppers on Thanksgiving Day will be hanging around the televisions to watch the Dallas Cowboys play. Some restaurants and bars will also be open and showing the game. If you are looking for some great eBay deals on televisions and home theater systems that are the perfect fit for watching the game, check out and Follow my collection on Exploring Movie Nights at Home. This collection includes all the options for great HD televisions, Blu Ray Players and movies. So find the right television to watch the Cowboys.
Dallas Cowboys Tradition at My home
Whenever there is a football game on, all of us, kids and all will wear our Dallas Cowboys jersey as an entire family. It doesn’t matter which team is playing or if we are watching high school football, pop warner football or an NFL game. It’s all about the Dallas Cowboys. My daughter Cameron loved all of her jerseys and many of her jerseys were handed down to her little sister and eventually to her little brother Cody. When Cody was born, I bought all of his Dallas Cowboys onesies from eBay. We are such avid fans that I was amazed to see how much Dallas Cowboys memorabilia, souvenirs and fan items are available on eBay. When Thanksgiving Day comes around the family and I are having Thanksgiving dinner but we also have the Cowboys game on. The Cowboys are as much of a Thanksgiving tradition as turkey. The kids have on their jerseys and we are cheering on our team.
How Bout Them Cowboys? on eBay Collections
Due to the popularity of the Dallas Cowboys and my fandom of the Boys’ I scoured eBay for all of the latest, greatest and best items available on eBay for all of my Dallas Cowboys fans. Whether you are looking for jerseys, stickers, autographed memorabilia or even baby onesies you can find an array of Dallas Cowboys items on my board. Follow the “How Bout Them Cowboys” collection by clicking on the Green Follow button at the top. You must have an eBay user ID to follow my boards. Remember by sharing my collection on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest you could win big from eBay. Share my collections and you could be entered to win weekly $1,000 prizes and be entered to win the Grand Prize of $25,000. The sweepstakes is valid until December 31, 2013. The official rules are here: Official Rules: www.ebay.com/
So what’s in the collection for you? Well just about everything so let me give you a quick tour. However, it would be best to follow me since I add items every week of the top Cowboys items that up for auction or sale on eBay.
When you find my collection you will see an array of items that are for auction or sale on eBay. These items are hot buys so they sell out fast and some of them may no longer be available for auction. However, some sellers have multiple items or will relist something else. These items are also linked to other similar items.
When you click on an item you will also see even more of a description of the item.
There is such an array of Dallas Cowboys merchandise that it’s hard to keep up. I’m sure you will find something that you like. Here are a few of the current favorites.
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CHICAGO, Nov 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Thanksgiving is a holiday based on people coming together to give thanks. If you are a divorced dad, this aspect of the holiday can get immensely complicated and stressful – but it does not have to be.
The nuclear family is no longer the majority. Instead, the American family is made up of half siblings and step-moms, in-laws and cousins. Forty percent of children now grow up in fatherless homes. The shift in family structure creates a change in the holiday arrangement: we are no longer a culture that expects one-house-one-meal Thanksgivings.
There are bound to be scheduling conflicts. Your ex-mother-in-law’s dinner might overlap with your plans, but that doesn’t mean there is no solution. Bearing that in mind, here are strategies to make certain your family-centered Thanksgiving goes smoothly for you and your children.
Start New Traditions : Start a new tradition by hosting brunch in the morning or a “leftovers only” meal at your house on the Saturday or Sunday after Thanksgiving. Divorce and separation often reshape holiday traditions – don’t be afraid to create a new one to build on for years to come.
Stay at Home Base : Staying in one location, when possible, can alleviate a lot of stress. Invite early and give guests the chance to stop by throughout the day. This may be the best option with younger children who need naps or child-friendly spaces to play.
Chicago Family Law Attorney Maureen A. Gorman stated, “this open house format leaves a lot of flexibility for your friends and family”.
Holidays that encourage the collection of family members in one locale does not need to be as painful as it sounds. I have compiled critical research on the negative effects of father absence on children. It is crucial to children that their fathers participate in this important holiday with them.
The structure of the family unit is ever changing, but the important role of a father always remains the same. Let your children know you are thankful for the time you have with them this Thanksgiving. They need you.
For more advice on building on your father-child relationship around the holidays, go to www.dadsrights.com or follow Fathers’ Rights Attorney Jeffery Leving on Twitter @fathersmatter.
Thanksgiving and the holiday season are right around the corner, and parents everywhere are looking forward to this special bonding time with the kiddos. Many mamas and papas know the best way to bond with their little ones is through fun holiday traditions, but they are stumped on which seasonal family rituals to start. Not to worry! Parenting expert Daddy Nickell, a.k.a. Robert Nickell, is here with tips on festive holiday family traditions that will ensure special familial bonding.
Being a father to six kids over 20-years, “Daddy Nickell” certainly has had his share of Thanksgiving and holiday experiences. Below are his suggestions for new holiday traditions that will help families bond this season.
Suggestions for Fun New Holiday Family Rituals
1. Fill a “Thankful Jar”. Starting each November 1st, have family members add a note to the jar with something they are thankful for each day of the month. This small gesture reminds us all how much we have to be grateful for.
2. Take a ride on the Holiday Lights Express. Dress the kids in their PJ’s and slippers and make some popcorn and hot apple cider “to go.” Then have the family hop in the van, turn up the holiday music and take them for a ride to view Christmas lights. It’s an unplugged activity enjoyed by the entire family.
3. Surprise residents at a retirement home, local fire station, or police department with holiday treats. Elderly people always appreciate the sentiment, and those serving the police or fire department will be working through the holidays. This is one family activity you’ll never regret.
4. Slumber party under the tree. Each Christmas spend one night sleeping on the living room floor under the lighted tree, listening to holiday music. This will be a memorable event for years to come.
5. Help the needy. Volunteer your time as a family at a soup kitchen or a food bank that hands out food to families in need or help collect winter coats to donate to those in need. This act of kindness teaches giving back and is good for the soul.
6. Share a Hanukkah movie together. There are many great books and movies about Hanukkah, find one your family would all enjoy like Chanuka at Bubbe’s for younger children and for all ages, the PBS Special, A Taste of Chanuka.
7. Go to a tree farm to find the perfect Christmas tree. Slip on your warm boots, pack the hot cocoa, and get ready for a wonderful family tradition. After you do this one year, you’ll want to go back year after year. Once home, put on the holiday music and deck the halls!
8. Start an ornament collection. Each year let your child pick out his/her favorite ornament. Don’t forget to label and date it. When your children leave home they will have an entire collection of ornaments for their own tree.
9. Go caroling! Revive an old tradition by getting your family and some friends together to go caroling. You’ll be surprised by how well received your singing group is, even if you’re out of tune!
10. Go sledding, ice skating or other outdoor winter activity with your family. Channel your inner child and surprise your kids with a fun trip outdoors (this is especially good after a big holiday meal!). The cold, fresh air and exercise will be invigorating and your kids will be thrilled!
About the Author: Robert Nickell, a.k.a. Daddy Nickell, father of 6, offers his “5 cents” worth of advice to expectant and new parents. Daddy Nickell is the founder of Daddyscrubs.com, delivery room duds, gifts and apparel for dads, and the Daddyscrubs.com blog where he covers topics about parenting and the latest baby and kids gear, all from a Dad’s perspective.
For his blog, Nickell writes from a father’s perspective on topics such as bonding with your child and what the father should expect during pregnancy and infancy. Daddy Nickell also contributes his parenting expertise to national talk shows and daytime television shows. He has been featured on “Good Morning L.A.,” “Good Morning Texas,” “Daytime TV,” WZZM 13 and KSBI TV, and as a syndicated columnist for national newspapers, parenting magazines and websites including Baby Couture Magazine, Oh Baby! Magazine, City Parent Magazine and Homeschooling Parent.
Nickell is also available for on-air segments to discuss ways to bond with your family this holiday season.
When I first moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area over ten years ago, there were a few things I needed to learn about Thanksgiving. One of the first things was that Thanksgiving meant Deep Fried turkeys AND Dallas Cowboys tailgate parties. Both of which I had never done before. However, who needs the hassle of deep frying a turkey on Thanksgiving game day when you can have your Thanksgiving meal already prepared for you by the folks at HoneyBaked Ham. Football tailgating and Thanksgiving go together in Big D and if you are watching the Dallas Cowboys live with a tailgate party or having the game on fat home for Thanksgiving dinner, then you will definitely score a touchdown with HoneyBaked Ham’s new recipe turkey that has been reformulated to provide a more tender and flavorful turkey.
Since 1957, HoneyBaked is a proud family tradition. I had first heard about HoneyBaked products and the HoneyBaked Ham Company from a former manager of mine. He was a single parent at the time and when it was his turn to have the kids for Thanksgiving, he always got a turkey from HoneyBaked. If you are a single parent that either has your children this year for Thanksgiving or not, turkeys from HoneyBaked are great for controlling portions and for the non chefs, an easy way to create memories with your children and get a great meal with less time in the kitchen. It’s also perfect for taking tailgating as the turkey is already sliced for you.
Why am I blogging about HoneyBaked?
This year is extra special for HoneyBaked because they just reformulated their turkey product after selling turkeys for more than 20 years. This new recipe is something to rave about AND I have a coupon for you below. The photo above shows the turkey prior to us gobbling it all up. Their new recipe includes the following:
98% fat free
100% turkey breast meat
Slow roasted for that home-cooked flavor
Moist and tender
Available roasted or smoked
Each turkey breast is sliced for convenient serving and is hand-finished with our signature sweet and crunchy HoneyBaked glaze.
Regular price $22.99 (Around DFW is may range around $22.99 to $24.99).
There are six convenient area locations to order and pick up your turkey from HoneyBaked.
Six HoneyBaked stores are located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area:
4343 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75220
1765 N. Towneast Blvd, Mesquite, TX 75150
1501 Preston Rd, Plano, TX 75093
360 E. Roundgrove Rd St. 860, Lewisville, TX 75067
4201 S. Cooper #717, Arlington, TX 76015
728 Grapevine Hwy, Hurst, TX 76045
My personal preference on the taste
The Smoked Turkey was absolutely delicious from the minute I picked up the slice from the package. They recommend that you refrigerate it right away and then eat it within 5 days. The Smoked Turkey I got was enough for 8 to ten servings and that was able to feed myself, my one child, my sister and her family of 4 and their father in law. It was a lot of food along with a few sides that we ordered. They also had their signature sweet, crunchy glaze on top which did add a bit of sweetness. The glaze and the juiciness of the turkey make it so that you don’t have to add gravy but I prefer gravy on my turkey. It was very flavorful and the best I’ve ever had.
I actually received two sides and purchased two additional side dishes with the turkey I received for this product review. I also received dessert in the form of a cheesecake sampler. So let me just reiterate that at the time of all of this, I had just started Jenny Craig but I managed to try everything and stay within my calorie count. The side dishes I got were cornbread dressing and Sweet Potato Souffle. I then sprung for Green Bean Casserole and Garlic Mashed Potatoes. My favorite was the Sweet Potato Souffle as it could have been a dessert all on its own. The Cornbread dressing was also very good but my brother in law said it was dry and could have used gravy. The sides were great and they range in price from $7.99 or more. The cheesecake sampler was very rich with different varieties of cheesecake from New York, Strawberry, chocolate and more.
The HoneyBaked Site
Their website at honeybakedfoods.com is an eye opening culinary feast for the tummy. I have found some great options as well as tips in the form of what to do with Thanksgiving leftovers. I would definitely sign up for VIP offers by becoming a subscriber to their newsletter. The site gives good descriptions of what you can order and a chance to reserve a turkey or ham online right now.
Taste: 5 out of 5 stars
Convenience: 5 out of 5 stars
Customer Service: 5 out of 5 Stars – friendly and easy transaction
Price: 3 out of 5 Stars – it can be a little expensive but when you balance out time in the kitchen versus time with your family or football than the extra bucks might be worth it. It’s about $22 to $24 for the boneless turkey, $7.99 for sides, and for a whole turkey $39 or more.
Recommendation: A must buy for busy moms whether it’s the holidays or even regular days. The convenient carrying box was a Godsend and it made things so much easier to transport from my house to my sister’s house. Also, you must reheat these items spending anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half. The Turkey I just put it in the oven for around ten minutes on 375 just to warm it up but not dry it out.
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Disclaimer: I was provided a free turkey, two free sides, and a free dessert from HoneyBaked in order to provide this product review. All opinions presented are 100% my own. For more information, please see my disclosure page.