Well it is that time of year again when we stuff our face with turkey, stuffing, rolls, pie and many other fixings. But most of the time we over look what Thanksgiving is really about, being thankful. This year we asked everyone in our office to tell us what they are thankful for and to provide some yummy recipes to share.


Diana is thankful for her faith, family and Mitchell, Reed & Schmitten Insurance/ Elliott.

Mandi is thankful for her friends, family, health and her network of amazing people that truly do so much to support one another. She is also thankful for the many opportunities that have allowed her to be in the place she is today.

Larissa is in the Thanksgiving spirit and is thankful for FOOD, family and friends.

Penny is thankful for a loving family and a great work family!

Debbie is thankful for her family! Her mom is spending her first Thanksgiving with Jesus.

 “Time together is precious. So, this Thanksgiving love one another” –Debbie

Samantha is thankful for her wonderful boyfriend, her family and the Yakima community.

“Without the opportunities my company and the community has provided me I wouldn’t be where I am in my career today”.

– Samantha

Jamie is thankful for her wonderful family.

Ashlee is thankful for her amazing family.

Jeannie is thankful for her large family.



Recipes from us to you!

Jamie’s favorite Thanksgiving Recipe

Classic Green Bean Casserole


1 can of (10 ½ ounces) Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

½ cup of milk

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1 dash black pepper

4 cups cooked cut green beans

1 1/3 cups French’s French Fried Onions


How to make it:

Step 1: Stir the soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and 2/3 cup onion in a 1 ½ quart casserole

Step 2: Bake at 350°F. for 25 minutes or until the bean mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir the bean mixture. Sprinkle the remaining onions.

Step 3: Bake for 5 minutes or until the onions are golden brown.



Debbie’s favorite Thanksgiving recipe

Cheesy Potatoes


2 pounds frozen hash browns, thawed (southern style)

½ cup melted better

2T dried onion flakes

1t. salt

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 pint sour cream

2 cups grated cheese (cheddar)


¼ cup melted butter

Mixed with 2 cups crushed corn flakes

How to make it:

Step 1: Combine all ingredients except topping. Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2: Spread mixture evenly into a 13” by 9” baking dish. Sprinkle topping

Step 3: Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes to an hour (until bubbly and lightly browned).



Samantha’s Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe

Grandma’s Apple Pie


1 Betty Crocker Pie Crust

8 Granny Smith Apples

1 Cup of Sugar

2-3 Tablespoons of Flour

1-2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon

How  to make it:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400°F. Using the Betty Crocker pie crust mix, make crust and roll out one crust and place on the bottom of the pie pan. Setting the other layer to the side.

Step 2: Peel the granny smith apples and slice them thinly. In a small bowl mix together sugar, flour and cinnamon, toss apples in this mixture.

Step 3: Place apples into the pie pan over the bottom crust, then place the second crust on top of the apples.

Step 4: Make thin slices on the top crust. Crimp the bottom and the top crust together. Bake on the lower self of the oven at 400°F for an hour.


Mandi’s Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe

Ham Glaze


1 Jar of Maraschino Cherries

1 tsp of Maraschino Juice

1 Can of Pineapple Rings

1/2 Cup of juice apricot preserves

3 Apricot halves

1/4 cup Karo Syrup or 1/4 cup of honey

1 Cup of brown sugar

1 can mandarin oranges juice

1 tsp powdered mustard

1/2 Cup pineapple juice (mix with 1 tsp corn starch)

Box of toothpicks

How to make it:

Step 1: Mix all but pineapples, apricots and cherries in a pan, stir constant, bring to a boil, let it cook down to half. Add half of the pineapples and cherries and all 3 apricot halves.

Step 2: Follow instructions on how to cook the ham and about 1 hour before the end of baking attach remainder of pineapple rings and cherries to the ham with toothpicks, pour half the glaze evenly over the ham, cover with foil.

Step 3: About 30 minutes before the end of baking make slices in the ham and pour the rest of the glaze over the ham.


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