Thanksgiving Is Definitely Different This Year
Yes, indeed Thanksgiving in 2020 is going to look, and feel, very different. But let us not forget about the real meaning of this very special holiday, the gift of being thankful for all we have been so very blessed with. This year more than ever at The Mauldin Group we are so very thankful.
As a small business, we continue to work and serve our community, helping other businesses to market themselves in new innovative ways. December 1, we will launch our new learning division called, The Sales And Marketing Academy (TSAMA). TSAMA will allow business professionals to grow and continue their education and help to open many new doors of opportunity.
For The Mauldin Group team, we are very blessed to have our TMG family still in place, even if it is virtually for the most part. And, we are very grateful to be growing as we have added a new team member, Cameron Loi, who is the TSAMA Program Coordinator Intern.
So as we all contemplate this new way of coming together by Zoom meeting, Facebook Portal, outdoor dining (social distancing with no large crowds of course), through picture windows at our loved one’s senior living home or simply through prayer, let us all remember we are all blessed.
Here are few tips from the CDC on having a safe and healthy Thankgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving…Stay Safe!
What Does Thanksgiving Mean To You?
By Lizelia Augusta Jenkins Moorer
Thankful for all things let us be,
Though there be woes and misery;
Lessons they bring us for our good
Later ’twill all be understood.
Thankful for peace o’er land and sea,
Thankful for signs of liberty,
Thankful for homes, for life and health,
Pleasure and plenty, fame and wealth.
Thankful for friends and loved ones too,
Thankful for all things, good and true,
Thankful for harvest in the fall,
Thankful to Him who gave it all.
It’s Just Not Thanksgiving Without A Great Pecan Pie!
Pecan Pie Recipe
Courtesy of Southern Living Magazine
Let’s face it, even with a pandemic, there are just some traditions you CANNOT give up in Thanksgiving 2020! And, a great southern pecan pie for dessert is at the top of the list. So, strap on that mask, here is your grocery list for an amazing pecan pie.
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup plus 1 to 2 Tbsp. ice water, if needed
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
10 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 large egg, lightly beaten
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
4 extra-large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped pecans
Prepare the Piecrust: Place salt and 1⁄4 cup of the water in a glass measuring cup. Stir to dissolve salt; chill 30 minutes.
Place flour in a large bowl. Cut in shortening, using a pastry blender, until crumbly. Drizzle cold salted water over flour mixture. Toss lightly with a fork until dough comes together, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons ice water, if needed.
Form dough into a disk. Wrap with plastic wrap, and chill 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425°F. Roll dough disk into a 14-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Carefully transfer to a 9 1⁄2-inch deep-dish pie plate, and press into bottom and up sides of pie plate. Trim Piecrust, leaving about 1 inch around edges; reserve dough scraps. Fold edges under and crimp. Bake in preheated oven just until crust is set, about 4 minutes. Let cool 2 to 3 minutes on a wire rack, and fill in any cracks with leftover dough scraps so there are no openings in any of the crust. Cool 30 minutes. Brush lightly with beaten egg. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
Prepare the Filling: Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium. Add sugar, and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture starts bubbling, 3 to 4 minutes. Add corn syrup, and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture starts bubbling, 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove from heat, and cool 5 minutes. Slowly whisk about 1 cup hot mixture into beaten eggs; slowly whisk beaten egg mixture back into hot sugar mixture, and whisk until thoroughly incorporated. Whisk in vanilla and salt. Stir in pecans.
Pour Filling into cooled crust. Bake at 350°F until pie is cooked through and set in the middle, 40 to 45 minutes. Cover edges with aluminum foil after 30 to 35 minutes to prevent overbrowning. (The center will rise a little at the end but will settle when cooled.) Let cool completely (about 2 hours) before slicing.