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Count on getting stuffed and corn casserole

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The one thing you can always count on when it comes to getting together for Thanksgiving (or any gathering) with my family is that the turkey is not the only thing that will end up getting stuffed.

My mom’s side of the family loves to get together for the holidays, and it always means a full buffet of all the fixings and lots more. When you walk into the designated house for the gathering, you can count on every counter being covered with pans, crockpots and dishes full of food.

We always have the traditional Thanksgiving goodies like turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie. Then we have lots of extras. If I remember correctly, last year for meat alone we had a huge turkey, a couple hams and two kinds of polish sausage.

We’ve always had a huge selection of sides covering a couple tables. There are relish trays, dips and homemade dinner rolls. Some bring the salads we count on like macaroni and potato salad, and others take the opportunity to try out new recipes for us all to try.

The counters and stove tops are covered with hot sides like sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, corn casserole and macaroni and cheese. At this point we’re usually all trying to figure out how to squeeze more onto our plates or giving up and deciding to hit these goodies on our return trip for seconds (or thirds).

Of course, the best are the dessert tables, which are full of temptations. We can always count on pumpkin pie, apple pie, chocolate pudding pie, cherry pie, pecan pie, coconut cream pie, smores bars, brownies and ice cream.

With all these goodies to choose from, we always end up stuffed at the end of the day, but we’ve decided it’s okay since we only get together a few times a year.

One of my favorite recipes for the holidays is corn casserole. It’s really easy to throw together. The only downfall is that it’s not exactly low-cal, but that’s probably why it’s so good. Enjoy!

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