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    David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.[6] When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2.[6] In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol.[7] In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

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Happy Thanksgiving from The Voice ~ David Archuleta

Posted by djafan on Monday, November 25, 2013


pil•grim (ˈpɪl grɪm, -grəm) n.

1. a person who journeys, esp. a long distance, to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion.
2. a traveler or wanderer, esp. in a foreign place.

3. (cap.) one of the band of Puritans who founded the colony of Plymouth, Mass., in 1620

The little Mayflower held ninety-nine and of that number, fifty-seven survived the first year. Not only survived, but thrived. And when the bountiful harvest was gathered, they too gathered together and three days did not seem too long to celebrate.

How far away this week seemed to us last year or the year before!  But we are still standing and that makes us survivors too. There is so much to celebrate.  Family, friends, good food and the certain knowledge that the bustling holiday season will bring us close to the day we celebrate him home.


The iconic painting above by Norman Rockewell is titled “Freedom from Want.”  I am not entirely free in this regard.  I want him home.  Now don’t go getting your knickers in a wad because I disrespected the intent of the painting or one of Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” or more to the point, any of the people who don’t enjoy this basic freedom from lack in a world filled with abundance.  Doesn’t change the fact.  I want him back.  Yesterday.

Happy Thanksgiving.  Our pilgrim is almost home.

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79 Responses to “Happy Thanksgiving from The Voice ~ David Archuleta”

  1. mspoohbear said

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!


  2. Suzy-Q said

    Thank you Angelica for giving us that video. That was fun to listen to again. He sounds soooo good singing in Spanish, as we all know. I want him home too. Maybe with all of the Holidays coming up, the time will go faster.


  3. MT said

    “Doesn’t change the fact. I want him back. Yesterday.”

    Absolutely with you on that one! He can’t come home soon enough to suit me. 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!! In keeping with the holiday, I want to say how thankful I am to the Admins for keeping things going here. It makes all the difference. ♥


  4. poof said

    Whenever you write, I get so excited to read it. It is like you put my thoughts (sometimes before I have put those thoughts together) into words that Always race right to my heart. Happy Thanksgiving to you and to all the lovely people who visit here. (You will never wad up my knickers.)


  5. What is the name of the Spanish Song?


  6. bebereader said

    #5 Betty

    The name of the song is “No Me Queda Mas”. David sang it as a special tribute to the singer, Selena at the Tejano Music Awards held on July 11, 2010


  7. TXNancy said

    ♥ the top picture, Angelica! You are a creative genius in all the pictures you’ve done on The Voice writings! With David still in Chile for his 2nd Thanksgiving, the music you chose for the Smilebox is perfect. To this day, I still very much regret not being able to go to those Tejano Awards, which were held only a few miles from our home.

    GIVING THANKS this holiday to all here at The Voice, especially to the mods and writers and for everyone who comments….but, most especially, for David, who is the reason ‘we gather together’ every day.


  8. betsy said

    Angelica ❤
    First thing I did was go find Kenny Loggins' song Celebrate Me Home.
    Turns out I still love it.

    So thankful for everyone here.


  9. Angelica said

    Betsy, I thought of that song too. Kenny Loggins and I go way back. Great memories of listening to him every chance I could. His songs had so much depth and heart. Like someone else….speaking of David, lol, it always comes back to that, doesn’t it? I know I listened to that performance of “No Me Queda Mas” at the Tejano Music Awards before, but it never hit me how amazing it was until I put it in the Smilebox. It’s a beautiful song but the way he sings it makes my heart ache with joy.

    Thank you all for your sweet comments. Don’t forget what the Smilebox invitation says. Dinner at The Voice all this week and we want to see you post any recipes you have that you want to share related to the holiday feasting this week. Are you cooking or just showing up? Traveling or staying home? I’m traveling down to the coast for Thanksgiving where my grandkids are going to cook dinner for us.  photo fear21.gif They only ask that I bring the same thing they always ask for when they visit or I go to them. They want my “Out of This World Dessert.” I will post the recipe for you all here anon.

    TXNancy you flatter me. But, hey, I’ll take it! Thank you and poof too. ♥ And all y’all who gather here to praise me. Bahhahaaaaa! Seriously, I am kidding. <<lol, David would say that was an oxymoron. He so loved that word.


  10. rooster said

    get this the oldest one in the fam.will cook dinner for ten,thats me ,go figure


  11. tawna21 said

    Angelica….. yesterday…. bring him home…. but when I stop myself from my want, I’m thankful David has had, and has taken, this opportunity to grow and become the person he is looking for.

    My hubby and I are going, with my sis and her hubby, to the assisted living center where my parents live and having dinner with them. It will definitely be an interesting time.


  12. tawna21 said

    Oh yeah! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!! Thank you, again, Admins for your kindness and caring for not only the greatest Voice in the world, but for us who love him as much as you do. A happy place to be hanging around at. ♥♥


  13. emmegirl14 said

    Angelica, really love the picture at the top of thread!
    And this, “There is so much to celebrate. Family, friends, good food and the certain knowledge that the bustling holiday season will bring us close to the day we celebrate him home” …..him home, him home, him home, man that sounds good!

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

    (has anyone else tried to sing one of his songs along with him exactly the way he does, the emotion, the nuances, the runs….. it hurts your neck, it hurts your throat, it hurts your jaw, and it is exhausting! I don’t know how he gets through one song, let alone an entire set!)


  14. bluesky said

    Ahh. Angelica! The word/name “pilgrim”. I can’t think of it without thinking of one of my favorite people/actors, John Wayne. He never apologized for what he stood for, he just stood – and made no bones about it. So here is a collection of clips (23 times!) where he calls James Stewart “pilgrim” in the movie: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

    Thinking of DA.. I like the one here at .41 where he says: “Thanks for saving my life, pilgrim!” ^_^

    Emmegirl: no, I have not! Wow. I would like to listen to you singing along with him. Really! You know, I love to hear people sing. I think it is such a great way to share and to enliven each other. I think I will think of you singing along next time I listen to him.


  15. Angelica said

    Rooster, haha! You must be a wonderful cook. And a real keeper! Most husbands will be anchoring down the couch that day.

    Tawna, I know. I know, but the truth is, I would not take this time away from him for anything in the world. Hope you and your sis have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your parents. You can’t get those times back.


  16. bluesky4home said

    “Now don’t go getting your knickers in a wad because I disrespected the intent of the painting or one of Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” or more to the point, any of the people who don’t enjoy this basic freedom from lack in a world filled with abundance. Doesn’t change the fact. I want him back. Yesterday.”

    Ha, ha… talk about “knickers”! I can’t seem to stay on point even when you paint a wide ribbon down the middle of the road!!

    On the other hand, I am thankful for all those helping in the Phils, those that are giving of their time, etc right now to lift others who have lost so much. And also for those who were affected by these last tornados. Go ahead and “want” what you want. I was listening to a radio personality today who offered the opinion that what we should be focusing on these days is to be the kind of person who “lifts” up the arms of those who are struggling.

    Seeing as how DA is always such a good example of this, it is no wonder that we miss him. He has a way of inspiring and lifting souls – not just for a moment – but seems to spark a desire in the hearts of others to offer their own light in return.

    Happy Thanksgiving, one and all!!!



  17. Angelica said

    Bluesky, I can’t see or hear the word pilgrim without thinking of John Wayne in that movie either. Great film.

    Emmegirl, I have sung along with him to a song but NEVER tried to match his vocals. gasp!

    “…it hurts your neck, it hurts your throat, it hurts your jaw, and it is exhausting! I don’t know how he gets through one song, let alone an entire set!”

    I don’t know how he does anything anymore. After all these years of studying him, he still mystifies me. Sometimes he does it while sick! I guess he has extremely strong neck muscles from so much use. Have you ever noticed that he sings the first half of a song and you think, that’s it, it doesn’t get any better than that. Then he pauses for a bit and releases the kraken! Turns up the volume to the max, ratchets up the passion to a hot almighty degree and well, you know how it ends.  photo surrender.gif Always.

    Listen to “No Me Queda Mas” again. Total control.


  18. jans11 said

    I never ever thought of the correlation of David and pilgram, but he is the very same! 🙂 I watch the “No Me Queda Mas” video quite often as it’s one of my favorites. And it’s so perfect for the Smilebox! Good job, Angelica! As always, you know how to put the words together right! Thanks to all the moderators that work hard all year to keep us going!

    Emmegirl, I catch myself singing with David and I know what you mean. I am not a singer and no way can I ever come close to what he does and how he sounds (no one can 🙂 ), but I can sure “throw my hand” when he sings “don’t throw your hand” in “Everybody Hurts”! I just love that part. haha

    I am not a turkey lover and I had turkey dinner in Branson, and a Thanksgiving dinner at the nursing home where I work. Would have had one at church yesterday but I came down with a virus and missed it. On Thanksgiving, most of my kids and grandkids will be here. I know what you mean, Rooster, I’m the oldest and everyone comes here and I do most of the cooking! 🙂 Not complaining though, I am so thankful that I have a great family to enjoy it with.

    “I want him back. Yesterday.” Love it. Wonder how many times in the last 20 months someone, somewhere has said that…..never fear, my dear, 4 more months is all we have to wait! Whoo hoo! I am missing him more right now because of the holidays, I think. Like you said Bluesky4home, he has a way of inspiring and lifting souls – not for a moment – but seems to spark a desire in the hearts of others to offer their own light in return. Sure hope he does something for Christmas and we get some videos again!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all! (trying to think of a good recipe) I have cooked so long, I throw stuff together! 🙂



  19. Angelica , love that Smilebox! “No Me Queda Mas” sounds just wonderful.Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours…haha exactly how old are the chefs, slated to cook your Thanksgiving meal? Have a wonderful time:)

    Bluesky… that clip is hilarious,sounds so funny hearing it said over and over again. I like the “Thanks for saving my life, pilgrim!” at :41 too .haha. Two of the best actors ever on screen….( I don’t know why, but that cowboy hat on John Wayne looks bigger than I remember),lol

    thought of that song immediately too.So ready to celebrate him home!

    I have a frozen turkey in the fridge.As cold as it has been, I could have saved myself some shelf space, and left it out on the patio.It’s freezing outside!
    Looked up temps for Santiago, on Thanksgiving. It will be 83 and sunny 🙂 ” Happy Thanksgiving David”

    Happy Thanksgiving to All!


  20. jans11 said

    Hmmm, this sounds interesting! The Capricorn horoscope(David’s sign) says: “Music soothes the stressed-out family. Create a playlist, push back the furniture and get a dance party started once you’ve polished off the pumpkin pie. Eight powerful months of success will soon kick off. You’ll get a fancy new title, but that will mean more responsibility. Delegate when you can.”



  21. emmegirl14 said

    Angelica, “Then he pauses for a bit and releases the kraken! Turns up the volume to the max, ratchets up the passion to a hot almighty degree and well, you know how it ends.”…..yeah, with us in a heap.
    “No Me Queda Mas”, I listened again, you are right, total control……over me ;p (I didn’t sing this time.)

    rooster, you are one spring chicken! Good luck and bless you!

    Jans, that horoscope, I liiiike it!

    bluesky, “pilgrim”, I always loved that, and them! (The word starts to sound weird when you hear it over and over like that, lol!) My dad met him before, had a beer with him, John Wayne, I mean. He was buying cattle and my dad worked in the stockyards and knew the guy he was buying from. Said he was as down-to-earth as he seems. My younger sister has a slight hitch in her walk, she is a take charge, go-to-gal who will always get the job done and always has your back…..we call her “our little John Wayne.”

    “I think I will think of you singing along next time I listen to him.”…..and I smile thinking of you thinking about me singing, because I know anything you imagine is much more complimentary than the real thing!

    * * Everytime I look at that pic of D in the cowboy hat it reminds me of Gary Cooper!


  22. gladys1961 said

    news news, I bought tickets for Chile, for days 13, 14 and 15 December, but I have more dates to confirm. It’s official, the devotional will begin in December.
    Ahhhhhhhhhhh’m looking chocolates.


  23. bluesky4home said

    Annngeelllicccaaa…….. (she says sneakily). You do realize do you not, that the (dearly beloved) Kraken has been in “Here I am just twiddling my thumbs” mode (more or less) for the last two years? Are you ready for the explosion when he is finally let out again?

    Are. You. Ready. ??????


  24. bluesky4home said

    (bluesky is already collecting pillows to cover the floor. preparation is everything)


  25. djafan said


    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and it has only gotten better since becoming a David fan.

    I remember seeing that painting in my youth and wondered who are those people? And who sits and eats like that? hahaha Never happened in my neck of the woulds so my knickers are free and loose! I want him back toooooo!

    Looking at the definitions of pilgrim was an aha moment for me. Never would have put our Elder and pilgrim in the same sentence but it is spot on.

    “Happy Thanksgiving. Our pilgrim is almost home.”

    He’s almost home, yes he is. He’ll be back sharing his voice and thoughts with us 🙂

     photo ATHOUGHT_zps90fdfa29.jpg


  26. djafan said

    Thanksgiving meals are always potluck style in our family. There is just way to many of us lol.

    And my wonderful daughter is an expert funeral potato maker thanks to me via David! This is the recipe I found and made. My grandkids loved it so much it’s become a regular dish for them

    32 oz bag of frozen shredded hash browns
    2 (10 3/4 oz) cans cream of chicken soup
    2 cups sour cream
    1 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese (I like to use sharp cheddar cheese)
    1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
    1/2 c. chopped onion
    2 cups finely crushed corn flakes
    2 Tbs butter or margarine melted

    How to make it
    Grease 9×13 baking dish and preheat oven to 350
    In large bowl combine soups, sour cream, cheese, onions, and the 1/2 cup of melted butter.
    Gently fold hash browns into mixture.
    Pour mixture into pan.
    Combine crushed corn flakes and the 2 Tbs. of melted butter and sprinkle on top of potato mixture.
    Bake for 30 minutes.

    I’m the stuffing maker, in a casserole.

    Makes 8 servings

    12-ounce package Cubed Herb Seasoned Pepperidge Farm Stuffing mix

    ½ loaf of favorite bread, crumbled (about 3 cups)

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    1 pound bulk hot sage sausage

    1 bunch celery, chopped

    1 large yellow onion, chopped

    1 cup of mushrooms

    2 cups shredded carrots

    1 cup slivered toasted almonds

    ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted

    2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

    Kosher salt and ground black pepper

    1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

    2. Coat a large casserole dish with cooking spray (or butter).

    3. In a large bowl, mix together the stuffing mix and crumbled bread. Set aside, but toss occasionally to help the bread dry out.

    4. In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the oil. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up any large chunks, until cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the meat to paper towels to absorb excess fat.

    5. Return the skillet to the heat. Add a splash of olive oil or a small pat of butter. Add the onions and vegetables, then sauté until the onions start to caramelize, about 8 to 10 minutes.

    6. Transfer the cooked sausage, the vegetables and almonds to the bowl of stuffing mix and bread. Toss well. Add the melted butter and toss to evenly mix. Drizzle in the broth, mixing until the stuffing is evenly moist and holds together, but isn’t too wet. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to the prepared casserole dish and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until browned on top.


  27. djafan said

    Gladys!!!! Oh I’m so excited for you and us!!!!!! Good luck chocolate shopping!

    Jan, I’m not a horoscope reader but that is down right scary in a tremendous way! Please my heart be still!!!!

    Bluesky, pillows collected and ready 🙂

    Hello emmegirl!!! That No Me Queda Mas never ceases to knock my senses off kilter. Can you just imagine his Spanish singing? I watched the AMA’s and Jlo sang Celia Cruz song Carnaval that David sang at the first epic public devotional. Jlo kept becoming David in my mind! hahaha.


  28. MT said

    Sorry, totally off topic but you need to see (and hear) this. It’s a billionaire’s house with Christmas lights set to music. They let folks go by the house and it says “A soundtrack synchronized to the thousands of flashing lights plays over the radio on FM90.5.” Check out the song at 3:10. Do you hear a familiar voice?

    Guess whoever made the track is a fan. 😀 😀 Awesome!!


  29. LouLou said

    Happy Thanksgiving To all of Davids fans and all you wounderful people on the Voice !!!!


  30. tawna21 said

    Uhmmmm, MT… I’m thinking that video with the Christmas lights is right on topic!! Would love to find the person that made that track and compliment them highly on their choice of artist to do ‘The First Noel’. 🙂


  31. collegemom said

    Wow – wonder if Kari has seen that vid?


  32. Abrra said

    The video in #28 is not new. It’s been around a few years. It’s dated 2010, I bet someone sent it to “Team Archuleta” 🙂



  33. jans11 said

    #20 If forgot to say that the horoscope is from this weeks TV Guide. I only read them for fun, but this one seemed “on the money”! 🙂

    #22 GLADYS! YOU LUCKY DOG! I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU! Hoping you can get some video and can’t wait to hear a recap! 🙂 🙂 Tell him that we all miss him!

    #26 Djafan, we have potluck too, and we also love those funeral potatoes! Even before we knew them by that name! 🙂

    #28 COOL! I’ve seen similar, but not this one. I would have remembered our guy! 🙂



  34. betsy said

    Dja! That funeral potatoes recipe is almost identical to my cheesy potatoes recipe lol. Been making it for over 20 years. We add a can of cheddar cheese soup and it depends on my mood,, I might add more grated cheese, but the gist is the same. 🙂
    I’m making it for work on Black Friday. It’s a big day in retail (of course) and we always have a potluck. I suggested that everyone bring something in that they can
    relate to, their heritage, that they are comfortable with and grew up with. My friend from Mexico makes the best enchiladas. There are so many cultures that will be represented I am excited. (hungry now) Someone else will make baked mac n cheese, greens, and ribs. This is a lot of work, especially the day after Thanksgiving. We plan on taking care of each other. ❤
    Oh, our Thanksgiving will be a lovely meal at home. I put my foot down this year, we are going nowhere. My stepdaughter is having a big dinner at her house, but I'd like a nice quiet one at home minus my hubby's ex-wife lol.
    I love to make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, the house smells divine. Sage and onion. Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, homemade rolls, sweet potatoes, broccoli and rice casserole, pumpkin pie.
    Then turkey leftovers for days. I can't wait. 😉


  35. jans11 said

    Betsy, your menu sure is similar to mine. Having the same thing you listed with other different things. Everyone brings 2 or 3 things and its buffet style. ♥



  36. bluesky4home said

    We like nuts at my house. Yes. I said that. Anyway… the nuts are almost always present during the holidays (all sizes!!) so over the years I have come up with some different ways to fix them. (usually feeding them and hugging them works… but if you like a few to eat… keep reading!)

    Easy Tamari Roasted nuts:


    4 cups of raw Spanish Peanuts (“spanish” ha, are there any other kind we eat around here?)
    Large iron skillet
    Large spoon
    4 or more Tablespoons of your favorite Tamari (soy) sauce


    About 30 – 45 minutes

    Put all of the Spanish Peanuts into the skillet. Turn the hot-plate on medium low. (For example, if your dial has 0 – 9, keep the heat at about 3)
    (if you have gas instead… you know what you need to do!) It will take a while to heat up, but in the end you will be glad for the slow-low temp, because higher heat leads to you spending time picking out the burnt ones later on! Just stir them every ten minutes or so.. if the heat is low enough, I do not have to worry about them burning and I just go about my other duties as I check on them from time to time.

    You can also roast them in the oven using a cookie sheet, etc. I just like to do it on the stove. ^_^

    After the nuts have changed color, taste, etc (about 30 minutes), I take them off the heat for a minute or so to cool them just a bit. Then I poor the Tamari Sauce over them while they are still in the hot pan, stir them with the spoon (they will stick and sputter a bit) until they dry…. and….
    woo hoo! Tamari roasted nuts! (They can cost $11.00 plus per pound at the store!) We serve them with Craisens mixed in, or Golden Raisens, etc.

    They make an easy gift that most people really like, because there is not so much salt, etc. and you know they are fresh!

    As I write this, I realize that this really is My Family I am talking about: Keep the heat low. (trying quick solutions usually results in burnt offerings). Occasional stirring is enough – as long as I stay accessible for when they really need me. Any added “life happenings” usually cause sputtering and steam… but in the end, just makes us more “savory”. And.. don’t forget the added sweets!

    Love you guys! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!



  37. bluesky4home said

    Oh, and Gladys. Your news deserves a big hug (((((((((X))))))))). I am so very happy for you!


  38. tawna21 said

    Bluesky, I love your family analogy. I can apply that to mine, also. Thanks for helping me to see that we aren’t so different from others. 🙂


  39. MT said

    Gladys, so happy to hear your news! Wishing you the best trip ever!

    Thanks to those of you who shared recipes! I may try a couple and add some new things this year to our menu.

    Okay, my kind of Thanksgiving:

    We typically have very large gatherings for Thanksgiving (40-50 people) and do pot luck also, so we usually have a roasted turkey, a fried turkey, and a smoked turkey plus a Honey Baked ham, Jambalaya, and a gumbo. (I am Cajun French and from the south. We have gumbo for almost every family gathering including Christmas Eve and Easter. ;)) For side dishes we always have creamy potato salads, baked macaroni, shrimp & mirliton casserole (my SIL makes it every year and it’s awesome :)), sweet potato casseroles, (to name a few) and of course we have an assortment of vegetables and LOTS desserts & assorted dips. The shrimp mold my niece brings every year is my favorite!

    My holiday specialty is Deviled Eggs (they always request them) with ham, bacon, and sweet pickle relish added. I don’t have an exact recipe because I don’t measure anything (I’m a … little of this and a little of that … kind of cook) but it’s made pretty much like your typical deviled eggs, with mayo, mustard, salt & pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley flakes, then adding some relish, some very finely diced ham and some bacon that’s fried fairly crisp and broken into tiny little pieces. They come out best if made the day before so the flavors blend and the bacon softens. They are a little sweeter than your typical deviled eggs but the ham and bacon balance it out by adding some saltiness.

    For dessert, I bring cakes or pies that I BUY because the oven and I aren’t really friends. 😀

    Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving with lots of family and lots of food!


  40. Abrra said

    I am thankful for the holidays in that they fly by so fast. It makes the time seem shorter until our favorite pilgrim returns. I can’t contribute any recipes that would be interesting, as I no longer make a traditional dinner. I will spend time with my grandson, which is always fun. His parents will be working at their jobs in a local hospital.

    Love the art as usual Angelica!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends here at The Voice 🙂



  41. cq#DA2014 said

    Wishing everyone here at The Voice a Happy Thanksgiving.


  42. Jen A Iowa said

    Hope you all have a lovely and enjoyable Thanksgiving! Son and I are holiday orphans as usual; Mr. A the chef will be feeding 250 at work tomorrow. We have an invitation to have dinner at a friend’s house. I am bringing rum cake (requested), brownies, pumpkin pie, green bean casserole (a must have for me) and corn pudding. I will no doubt be making more corn pudding for Xmas dinner! The recipe is from my dear NC friend’s southern granny; made in IA with 25 cents a can corn!;) Never seen it as cheap as here!
    Preheat over to 375 F Greased square baking dish 1 box Jiffy Corn Muffin mix, 1 can creamed corn, 1 can whole kernel corn, 8 oz sour cream, 2 beaten eggs, 1/2 stick melted butter, salt and pepper to taste, *optional diced red bell pepper for color or chopped jalapeno for heat Combine all ingredients, pour into pan and bake for 40 minutes.


  43. gladys1961 said

    we are in chat with donna and linda, spanish chat.


  44. Angelica said

    Gladys, vaya con Dios, mi amiga. ♥

    Thanks to everyone who has shared recipes so far, MT, Djafan, Bluesky, and Jen A Iowa. Been copying and pasting like crazy. I meant to tell you guys, if you want pics posted of your dishes, just send them to us and we will do it! I like to look at pictures of food almost as much as pictures of David. lol.

    Sorry, sorry to be so tardy with my own recipe. You still have time to run out to the store and get the ingredients, (yeah right). But there is the rest of the weekend and Christmas is just a few weeks away. I usually make this for Christmas in fact, and do the more traditional pumpkin and pecan pies for Thanksgiving. But the grandkids requested it, so I made it tonight and will bring it down to them in Gulfport tomorrow.

    MT, that’s some bodacious victuals you’re having! Being born and raised in Louisiana, that’s the kind of food I know and love, cher. I can be there around noon; it’s right on our way, haha. jk. I wish you would send me your SIL recipe for Shrimp & Mirliton casserole, if she wouldn’t mind. (pronounced mel-ee-tawn) for some who may not be familiar with this vegetable. I used to cook it with onions and beef. They look like this..
     photo mirleton3.jpg Delicious.

    OK, here is my recipe for OOTW Dessert. (pronounced out of this world) Since Bebe asked me to send her a pic of it, I’ll just post it here.

    1st layer

    2 sticks of butter
    1 cup all purpose flour
    1 cup chopped pecans

    Melt butter in bowl, stir in flour and add pecans. Pour and press into 9 X 13 pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Place on wire rack and allow to cool completely. This is a pic I took tonight of the cooled crust. It will continue to brown after you take it out, so remove from oven before you think it’s quite brown enough.
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    2nd layer

    8 oz cream cheese
    1 cup powdered sugar
    8 oz Cool Whip

    Mix sugar and cream cheese till smooth. Fold in Cool Whip. Spread on cooled crust.

    3rd layer

    2 small boxes instant chocolate pudding
    3 cups milk

    Whisk for 2 minutes and spread on cream cheese layer.

    4th layer

    8 oz Cool Whip

    Spread on top.


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    And a side view to show the layers.

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    All ready to drive it down to my grandkids tomorrow who are cooking the rest of the dinner. I have it easy this year, no?

    Skydancer #19,

    “haha exactly how old are the chefs, slated to cook your Thanksgiving meal?”

    Well, haha, I’d like to say there’s no way any of my grandkids could even reach the stove, but the two cooking are in college. I have 8, the youngest not a year old and the oldest 24.

    Have an absolutely fabulous Thanksgiving tomorrow everyone, with lots of hugs, laughter, and way too much to eat. ♥


  45. betsy said

    MT my family and I LOVE deviled eggs, and yours sound amazing. I am making them, that is all there is to it. My son ASKED for deviled eggs for his Veteran’s Day dinner.
    He would have loved this version. (he also had to have shawarma lol he fell in love with it in Iraq)
    Also loved hearing about a casserole that I’ve NEVER heard of.
    Shrimp and mirliton. Yet another reason to love this diverse fanbase.

    Jen – I have at least 10 boxes of Jiffy corn mix in my cupboard, but NO creamed corn. I must get some. This sounds divine.
    p.s. Have you ever made the corn pancake recipe on the side of the box? So good.

    And Angelica that dessert omg. I just gained 10 pounds reading that. I must make it for Christmas Eve.

    I don’t need another reason to cook anything! It’s one of my favorite pastimes. I really enjoy pulling out my Amish cookbooks and making just about anything.
    One of my favorite cookbooks is Cooking from Quilt Country. The recipes are great. The pictures are beautiful. And with every recipe, a story. She is a writer.
    (Marcia Adams)
    Anyway, my point. There are numerous pie recipes included in her book. One is shoo-fly pie, also called Funeral Pie. It’s made to bring to funerals, which
    everyone in the community contributes to. I bet that’s where funeral potatoes came from. The people coming together and feeding everyone.

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.


  46. jans11 said

    Angelica, I have a similar recipe, but instead of the chocolate pudding, we spread cherry pie filling over the cream cheese layer so it’s like cherry cheesecake. You can sprinkle nuts or place Maraschino cherries on the cool whip. It’s scrumptious too! 🙂



  47. betsy said

    This interview is so cute.


  48. fenfan said

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We don’t do thanksgiving here like you do but we have turkey and ham for Christmas – cooked by me for 20 people – with all the trimmings including cranberry and pineapple relish, roast potatoes, pumpkin, peppers etc. I also bake a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and this year I will also make a coconut tart because coconut is my favourite thing at the moment. Of course there will be other food cooked by other family members. We eat a lot! LOL

    Here is my recipe for Coconut Tart:

    For the pastry
    10oz flour
    5oz butter
    1 egg yolk
    1.5 tablespoons icing (powdered) sugar
    3 tablespoons cold water
    Pulse flour, butter and sugar in food processor till fine crumbs form; add egg yolk and water to form a dough. Roll dough to fit a pie tin with removable base. Chill pastry in fridge for one hour. Prick the pastry all over with a fork. Cover with grease proof paper and baking beans and bake it in a 350 degrees F oven for 12 minutes. Remove the paper and baking beans and bake for another 5 minutes.

    For the filling
    12oz fresh grated coconut
    3.5oz melted butter
    3.5oz sugar
    2 eggs, beaten
    3 tablespoons milk
    3 tablespoons plain flour or corn flour or a combination of both
    Mix everything together and pour into pie tin. Bake for about 30mins in 350 degrees F oven till the coconut is golden.
    Cool, remove tart from tin, slice and eat!

    If you can’t find fresh coconut, try using shredded coconut. It might work. I imagine you might need a bit more milk if you use shredded coconut since that is dry while fresh coconut is moist. I use fresh because it is more easily available here and it tastes better.


  49. You guys are making me so hungry! Been copying and pasting this morning.
    Here’s a favorite of mine..
    6 ounces cream cheese,softened
    2 teaspoons butter,melted
    2 teaspoons white sugar
    1 16oz can of whole cranberry sauce
    1 20oz can of crushed pineapples
    1 cup of chopped walnuts
    1 cup of heavy whipping cream
    1/2 cup of confectioner’s sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Mix together first six ingredients in medium sized bowl and set aside.Whip together the heavy cream with the sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form.Fold into the cranberry mixture.Pour combined mixtures into a 9×5 loaf pan and freeze until firm.Serve cold.

    Thanks for all the recipes you guys! Fen, my sister is a HUGE coconut fan, already sent your coconut tart recipe off to her this this morning! lol (ain’t e- mail great!)

    Angelica, that side view of your dessert pic,just made me drool.Not kidding.
    So fun all these recipes ,so yummy!! Thanks for sharing♥

    Have a beautiful day everyone!! Happy Thanksgiving, and Bon Appetite:)


  50. betsy said

    I am so hungry right now. Fen, I want that coconut tart NOW! I love coconut. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll be making it sometime.

    Sky, you just reminded me what I forgot to make lol.
    Mine is very like yours, but with blueberries.
    I like yours.



  51. betsy said

    I came here to wish Bebe a Happy Hanukkah but the food made me forget! Sorry.
    Happy Hanukkah. 🙂

    Where is your latke recipe? 🙂 🙂 🙂


  52. Angelica said

    Stuffed. Omgosh. My granddaughters did an awesome job. No room for dessert. I will have to def try Sky’s cranberry mold and Fen’s coconut tart.

    Betsy, not just latke but Bebe promised me to post her Cranberry salad recipe. She texted me she is going to Jersey for dinner so maybe she’ll see this tonight and oblige us. :).


  53. Abrra said

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    @DaidArchie Happy Thanksgiving! (Team Archie)

    I put this on my desktop and made it “fit” the screen. Just beautiful!



  54. ascphil said

    Gosh, David!!! You just made my morning!!! =D Ahhh, look at that face. Can he get any more adorable?

    Though we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in the Philippines (though I know some do in their own way), I’d like to greet everyone at The Voice a great and wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

    I haven’t read thru the whole thread, but I soon will be able to. It’s just been crazy at work lately. But have a great weekend everyone! Love and hugs to all!!! <333


  55. Suzy-Q said

    I hope everyone had a good day and those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had some quality time with friends and family. I am stuffed. Tomorrow, everyone will meet up again for seconds. haha

    Gladys, I am so glad you get to see and hear David again. I love all the details that you provide for us. I wonder if he’ll be singing at the Temple Christmas program again this year. It was great getting some professional footage of his performance, last year.

    Tomorrow, I can officially play David’s Christmas music for others to listen to. I purchased several MoTaB albums and DVD’s to give to friends again this year. They were on sale at Deseret Books a few months ago.

    I watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and thought of David’s performance several years ago. He gives his fans lots of good memories.


  56. Dayzee said

    Got up early and spent the morning in the kitchen with our favorite pilgrim. Have done this so many Thanksgivings now that it is a tradition. Just me and David and the turkey. David’s music is the perfect helper for all those little chores. After filling up the oven, I went browsing on the top shelves of cabinets. Up high were the dishes I remember from my childhood. My mother brought them home for Thanksgiving when I was 10. I had not seem them since last year. Then I found the large rose-colored tablecloth my mother bought to match her new dishes. Next I found my grandmother’s old fruit bowl. I remember when I was 8 she wrote a poem about how much she enjoyed that bowl. What a great morning with David, my mother and grandmother.

    Nice people came and brought flowers, food and children. Some relatives, some friends, some friends of relatives. Afterward I went to see a new great grandson, born on his father’s birthday just last Monday. So sweet and cuddly.

    But the bestest thing this Thanksgiving is that my son came home from rehab in Omaha last night. He will start working at his old job Monday. Four hours a day with a helper. 🙂 If all goes well, he is home for good.

    I am so thankful for everyone who keeps The Voice going. Thankful Gladys will be able to check up on David and will give us all the juicy details. Thankful for awesome pics like the one at #53. Don’t know how David can look so perfect in so many different modes and moods. Amazed at the variety in all of these sidebar pics. Thankful for the Happy Thanksgiving card from Angelica. So many clever people here. And thankful for Saturday and Tuesday chats to keep us going. Thank you.


  57. Abrra said

    I am so happy that your son is home. He has done so much work to get well in an amazingly short time!



  58. Angelica said


    That is wonderful news about your son! Very happy for you and all the progress he’s made. That’s a lot to be thankful for. I really enjoyed the way you shared remembering your mother and grandmother from the heirlooms too. And spending Thanksgiving with David…as Suzy-Q said, “He gives his fans lots of good memories.”

    Very nice pic of smiling David. Gotta smile right back. 🙂


  59. tawna21 said

    How perfect a day you had! I’m so happy for you that your son has done so well. He has undoubtly felt the love and support from a very special mother pulling and pushing him. ♥


  60. jans11 said

    What wonderful news, Dayzee. So glad that he is doing so well. I put on my CFTH album while I was getting my turkey in the oven! Is it good minds think alike? 🙂 I was also thinking of 2 yrs ago when I was all agog about going to Utah again and seeing David again and having a good time again! Thanks, Dayzee for your hospitality! ♥

    Oh that picture on 53! Whoa! I miss him so dang much! 🙂 But he’ll be home soon now and I can’t wait.



  61. djafan said

    Good morning all!

    Hope everyone had a fabulous day yesterday. I spent the day with family, eating, laughing the day away. So thankful for these moments of making memories, specially for the younger generations, we have four of them going right now. It sure makes for some lively moments lol.

    And I’m also so grateful for David and all that being his fan has brought to my life. Thank you all for sticking around with us here at The Voice, it wouldnt be the same without you. I’ve added all these delicious recipes to my recipe box 🙂

    Dayzee, what great news!


  62. bebereader said


    I’m thrilled at the good news about your son!

    It’s been a busy week for me with Thanksgiving AND Hanukkah on the same day! This is the first time in 125 years that the two holidays fell on the same day and it won’t happen again for another 70,000 years. For me and my family it’s a big deal because it’s a once in a lifetime convergence of the two holidays which both center on food, family and being thankful.

    I have a lot to be thankful for in my life. The site, The Voice is a labour of love to help maintain. The whole community of fans is a pleasure to be a part of.

    I was in NJ at my in-laws yesterday and my mother in law cooked up a huge meal, enough food for the two holidays; some was traditional Thanksgiving food and some was for Hanukkah, the festival of lights. The combined menu was turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, stuffed cabbage, potato latkes, noodle pudding, 2 vegetables and apple sauce.

    Since the ride from central NY to south New Jersey always takes 3 hours on Thanksgiving, my menu contribution couldn’t be a hot dish. My mother in law doesn’t own nor does she want a microwave and we always eat as soon as we get there. I don’t know how she does it but everything is miraculously ready when we arrive.

    I store-bought 2 desserts plus my simple cranberry sauce recipe always works!. Besides, it’s so simple that I just bring the ingredients and make it there. So sorry it’s too late for Thanksgiving but you can spruce up your leftovers with a few new recipes.

    Cranberry Mandarin Orange Sauce

    2 cans of whole cranberry sauce
    1 can of mandarin oranges (drained)
    ½ cup of chopped pecans or walnuts

    Mix together the can of cranberry sauce and the can of (drained) mandarin oranges.

    Garnish with the chopped nuts.

    Here’s my Potato latkes recipe. I have made these for many people over the years and they always beg for more!

    2 lbs of potatoes
    Canola oil
    Two eggs
    A dash of salt and pepper
    ¼ cup matzoh meal or unflavored bread crumbs


    Peel and finely grate the potatoes either with a hand grater or with a food processor.

    Put them straight into cold water, then drain and squeeze them as dry as you can by pressing them with your hands.

    Beat the eggs lightly and add to the potatoes. Add the dash of salt and pepper and matzoh meal or bread crumbs. Stir well.

    Put oil in fry pan and wait until it gets very hot. Fill a large serving spoon with the mixture and drop a spoonful into the hot oil one by one until you use up the batter.

    Flatten a little, and lower the heat so they cook thoroughly and evenly.

    Turn over when one side is brown.

    Drain and blot with paper towels.

    Serve with apple sauce.
    Image and video hosting by TinyPic
    (These are not mine but look just like them!)

    Thank you to all who contributed recipes. I have saved them all! I used to belong to a recipe club and it was a lot of fun to share.


  63. dayzee said

    So fun to see all these scrumptious recipes. Bebe, my mother was appalled to find cranberry sauce was available in a can. She was always trying new ingredients. Most were great, some not. Haha.

    MT, your quote in the upper left corner reminded me how every so often it’s like David is all brand new. As you said, he reaches out and captures our hearts all over again. Somehow that “Refresh” button clicks and all things David are brighter and shinier than ever. Another Archumystery.

    Thanks to all for your good wishes and prayers for my son. They all worked in an amazing fashion.


  64. Suzy-Q said

    Deseret Books is selling “BEGIN” today, only, for $7.49. Time to stock up!


  65. MT said

    I emailed you the recipe for the Mirliton Casserole instead of posting it here because it’s really long. If you try it, let me know how it turns out. Love the pic of that OOTW dessert. It looks and sounds (from the recipe) yummy!

    I hope the deviled eggs come out good. I wish I could be more precise in the amounts but I just don’t know. I just make sure I don’t go too heavy with the seasonings. Oh, and a little tip for you, I use the little 99 cent packet of sliced cooked ham (cut in 1/4 inch squares) because if you use part of a regular ham it will be too salty. It has to be cooked ham.

    Wow that frozen dessert sounds delicious!! I love anything sweet and cold!

    Woo Hoo! Thanks for posting that pic! haha Speaking of sweet … that’s one sweet pic right there. I’ll bet it’s another Matt Clayton. It looks like the same hairdo he had in that crouching pic. (I know, I know, I need to get over the hair lol but I just cant. :))

    Oh My Gosh!! I am so happy for you! {{{hugs}}} Your son doing so well and coming home. What a wonderful Thanksgiving gift for you!

    Belated Happy Hanukkah! Wow, that Potato Latkes recipe looks really good. I might try that one. You know me, I lOVE anything fried.

    Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  66. betsy said

    Dayzee, I think about you and your son a lot. I am so happy for you both. ♥

    MT – I cook the same way, no worries. The directions you gave were great. I’m totally making these tomorrow.

    My son is moving out, this is a big step in his life. He already moved out when he went into the army, the war, but
    had to come back for awhile to adjust to a new world, ptsd and a traumatic brain injury. He just needed a low
    stress environment with his family and lots of love. He has progressed so much. He really found his laugh again. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
    ANYWAY lol, my point is that I’m making them for him. He was my first thought when I saw the recipe. His fave food.
    So thanks. 🙂

    Bebe – I swear I am also making your latkes tomorrow. (clearly I have the day off and I NEED it off after working Black Friday)
    I’ve always wanted to make them and just never have. I remember first learning about them as a child in the All of A Kind
    Family books, which I believe we have discussed. 🙂 I remember all the grating that went on, they took turns. I LOVED learning
    about other families, other cultures, other traditions, other foods, other religions, other THINGS lol. And isn’t it the best when
    a book has a recipe or two in it? Cooking? Food descriptions? Nora Ephron used to always do that.
    I feel vortex night coming on.
    See you guys in the halls of YouTube.


  67. rooster said

    dang it guys i ganed 4 lbs just reading this today


  68. gladys1961 said

    we are here in the voice chat, Linda learning to write in Spanish we, Donna too, and I, trying to learn English.


  69. Wow Dayzee,I was just thinking this very morning, about you and your son♥ what wonderful news I know that put the Happy, in your Thanksgiving Day!!
    I loved reading about your mothers dishes and tablecloth,and your grandmother’s fruitbowl. And a new great grandson too♥

    Bebe, those potato latkes look so good, I want some right now!!.haha I have to get out to the grocery store tomorrow 🙂

    Betsy,how was your Thanksgiving bring a dish at the store? 🙂

    SuzyQ, I watched the parade , thinking the same thing!

    Loving that pic of D. ~abrra,think I will copy what you did, time to change my computer screen:)

    I’m so thankful for this Good Place♥

    Ascphil♥ {{hugs}}


  70. skydancer1x said

    Rooster, hahaha!


  71. emmegirl14 said

    Thanks for sharing all of your great recipes! Tthat’s one of the things I love most about the internet, perusing for new ones. You guys just saved me alot of time, lol!

    Dayzee, so, so happy to hear about your son’s amazing progress and that he is finally home!

    Betsy, wonderful news! I have often wondered the past few years how your son was doing. No matter how old they are, they are still our babies.


  72. MT said

    Great to hear that your son is doing so well that he can move out, 🙂 but I’ll bet you’re going to miss him like crazy!

    I made the Potato latkes and they turned out pretty good! They came out nice and crispy and tasted great. I didn’t have any applesauce to eat with them but I’ll try that next time. I’ll definitely be making them again. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

    Haha I think I gained 4 pounds too, from Bebe’s Potato Latkes. (JK Bebe ;))


  73. djafan said

    Hello everyone!!!!

    I’ve been getting so many David related tweets. There is definitely more activity the last few days. This maybe a sign of things to come, all those taking a break and those rediscovering David will be back and some, I believe it.


  74. Abrra said

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    Click to go there



  75. Abrra said

    Fenfan sent along a picture of her coconut tart! See comment #48 for her recipe.

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    Looks de-lish 🙂



  76. Angelica said

    gaaaaaaah!!! That tart is to DIE for gorgeous! I believe I just might cook everything on this thread for Christmas and have a merry ole Voice feast! I don’t think I can wait that long for that tart though.  photo drool1.gif


  77. Angelica said

    It’s now my desktop background. haha. Looks good! Thanks Fen!


  78. oh my gosh, that tart! Yummmmmm!


  79. tawna21 said

    Happy Birthday, Skydancer!!! 🙂


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