Nov 19, 2008

Thankful Day 19 - My Sweet Boy & Kelli's Thanksgiving - A Recipe

My Day 19 post for 30 Days of Giving Thanks, hosted by Joyce, Brookside Cottage, is gratitude for my sweet, sweet son! Jacob has been a joyous gift from the moment he was placed in my arms. When our daughter was 8 years old we were so very blessed to adopt our sweet Jacob. He was a funny kid and he's even funnier now. He was a loving child and he's even more so as a grown man. He cries like a little girl (at his own admittance) when someone else is hurt or at a movie. I love the fact that he has always run to hug and kiss his father and I and yells to us from a great distance "I love you" - even when he was in high school and in front of friends. It just tickles me to death that he tells everyone that the only person he has ever been afraid of in his entire life is his mother - I'm 5'2 and he's 6'2", 240lbs! I think it is terribly sweet that he loves babies and wants lots of them. And of great importance, he might be a grown man but he LOVES his mommy! Jacob moved out into his own home in May and he will be married in June to his absolutely precious Jen. I can hardly wait to watch them grow together! I think it will be pretty special. So today I am expressing thankfulness for my precious son!

First Thanksgiving

Venison for stew and roasting,
Oysters in the ashes toasting,
Geese done to a turn,
Berries and wild grapes
Mixed with dough and gently kneaded
What a feast!
Indian corn in strange disguises,
Ash cakes, hoe cakes,
Kernels roasted brown...
After months of frugal living
What a welcome first Thanksgiving
There in Plymouth town.
~By Aileen Fisher

Kelli, There Is No Place Like Home, is organizing Thanksgiving posts this week. I would like to share another recipe, this time on of my mother-in-law's.

Gram's Famous Stuffing Balls
3 loaves white bread (or any mix you like)
1 pound butter
1 teaspoon chicken bullion
4 cups chopped onions
4 cups chopped celery
1 teaspoon dried ground sage
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
5 eggs

Cut the bread (crust on) into cubes a little less than 1 inch the day before you make these. Allow them to dry a little overnight in a roaster or bowl, stirring occasionally.

The next day, saute the celery and onions in 2 sticks of butter until nearly soft. Pour the cooked vegetables over the bread cubes. Melt the remaining 2 sticks of butter in the skillet and allow it to brown. Add bullion to soften. Pour it over the bread cubes. Beat the eggs and pour those over the bread cube mixture. Add sage, salt, and pepper. Mix it all up gently so bread cubes do not become mushy - you want them to retain their shape. Form the stuffing into 3 or 4 inch balls, just pressing them together loosely. You should still be able to see the cube shapes. Place the balls in baking pans.

Preheat oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes and bake uncovered until golden brown. Serve hot.

You can prepare these early and refrigerate. This recipes makes 3-4 dozen stuffing balls, depending on the size you make them.

Have a happy day!


grey like snuffie said...

What a wonderful post.

Pam said...

What a lovely blog you have and a son who reminds me of what my little guy will be like someday, so loving and affectionate!
Thanks for visiting my Show and Tell on Friday.

Linda C said...

What a great post! Thanks for sharing about your son and the great recipe:)
Linda C

A Hint of Home said...

He sounds like a delightful child and young man. (Your family is growing)
Happy Thanksgiving!

My Big Mouth said...

I love idea of your "Thankful Day" posts.I've been reading thru them this morning.I had to laugh about the Thankful post 17.I can completely understand!I had a hysterectomy at 31 and the family are VERY thankful of my estradiol too.They call them my "Happy Pills".

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hi Kathy,
I think this is the first time I've visited your blog.
My heart was soooo touched how you spoke of your precious son.
You must have raised him with alot of LOVE for him to be so open to share "his" love for you as you shared. Ohhh what a blessing!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Stuffing balls sound good!

Neat son!


Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Kathi, Great post! Jacob sounds like a remarkable young man and true blessing! He has a beautiful and genuine smile!

The recipe sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing it! ~Rhonda :)

Marianna said...

You are a truly lucky momma to have such a sweet and loving young man as your son.

And those stuffing balls sound really good.


Sweetie said...

Your post is lovely. You will be a wonderful mother-in-law.

Susie Homemaker said...

What a sweet post...your son's happiness shows in his eyes...

Your recipe sounds yummy too...


Sue said...

I see I've gotten behind in my blog reading. I love this one about your son. I saw his graduation pic with Jen. What a nice looking couple!