Simple Thanksgiving Dinner

This one is a very simple for me, I let someone else cook it.  Can’t get any simpler than that.  So I won’t be sharing my recipes in this post but am sharing turkey carving tips and directing you to some really simple recipes I have discovered from fellow bloggers.

Actually, I have lived away from my family for the last 20 years, so we always travel on the holidays.  It’s very nice to go and visit and let someone else do the meal.  I’m not totally worthless though, I do help with the preparation and getting it ready for the table.  One of my primary duties for the last few years is carving the turkey.  If you have always been intimidated by this task don’t be.  It’s really not that hard.  Here is a video to help you out.  And to see the carving products that are used, well, they are all Pampered Chef knives that I love using.

Now for Thanksgiving 2009.  We decided to stay home this year so I was having a bit of anxiety about actually cooking this meal.  That lasted about a week or so when some great friends invited us to their house for the day.  I breathed a sigh of relief.  And I am VERY THANKFUL!  And all I have to do is bring beverages and help cleanup.  I can handle that!

I have been cruising the web in search of simple recipes for all of you though and you might find these helpful for your Simple Thanksgiving Dinner.

Praying all of you have a blessed Thanksgiving.  I am so thankful to all of you, my readers.


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Key Lime Cheese Pie

No Bake Key Lime Pie Cheesecake

I’m not a real big baker but I do love dessert like this easy no bake key lime pie. Cookies are probably my downfall, gotta have them. Fortunately, my daughter loves to bake cookies so I don’t have to do it quite so often.

Key Lime Cheese PieI also love the cool, fruity and citrusy (is that a word?) desserts of summer. So when I saw the key limes in the store I knew I had to make this pie. And, I knew I had this easy no bake key lime pie recipe.

I thought key lime pie cheesecake was a fail after I made it. Very runny and impossible to cut. But after chilling overnight it cut perfectly the next day. Not sure if maybe I used too much lime juice, but I like mine tart. So the recipe below is how I prepared it.

If you like it a little less tart cut back to 1/2 cup lime juice and it will probably set up faster too.

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
3/4 cup fresh key lime juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 9-inch deep-dish graham cracker crust
1 (8 ounce) container whipped topping, thawed

In a medium mixing bowl beat sweetened condensed mild and cream cheese with mixer until smooth and no lumps remain.

Zest limes to measure 1 teaspoon of zest. Set aside. (I neglected to do this step, thus no lime zest in pics)

Juice the key limes to measure 3/4 cup. If you want to make juicing effortless, especially these small key limes, invest in a citrus press. Add lime juice and vanilla and mix well.

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Pour into prepared graham cracker crust. If you want it to be really good, make your own crust. I tend to be lazy and just buy the pre-made ones.

Cover filling completely with whipped topping and sprinkle with lime zest.

Almost done with this no bake key lime pie with cream cheese!

Refrigerate at least 8 hours before serving. Just to note again, mine took about 24 hours and I think the extra lime juice may have thinned it too much. But I like it tart.

Slice and serve as is, or top with fresh raspberries or strawberries. The strawberries seem to be a perfect match with the tart keylime flavors.
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I hope you try this quick key lime pie recipe and post your comments below. Let others know what you think and share this no bake key lime pie cheesecake or a slice of pie with your friends.

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