Thankful Day 30...
Most of all I'm thankful for.....
Nov 30, 2008
Nov 29, 2008
Nov 28, 2008
Nov 27, 2008
May each of you enjoy a wonderful and blessed day with the loves of your lives!
Nov 26, 2008
Nov 25, 2008
A post repeat - a great recipe your guests will enjoy on Thanksgiving!
My daughter makes the most wonderful hot spiced cranberry apple cider every Autumn and Winter. Everyone raves about it. I'm sharing the recipe today. At whatever event you serve it, it will be a major hit - promise!
Hot Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider
8 cups apple cider
2 cups cranberry juice
1/4 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon whole allspice
1 orange, studded with whole cloves
Combine all ingredients in a crock pot, heat on low setting for two hours. Serve warm and enjoy the compliments!
Nov 24, 2008
Do you follow Confessions of A CF Husband? The blog is written by a young man, a minister of music at a church in Nags Head South Carolina, who's wife has Cystic Fibrosis. While Tricia was waiting for a double lung transplant they discovered she was pregnant. Their baby was born 15+ weeks prematurely. Tricia finally had her transplants. After that welcome but terrible ordeal, just as things were looking up, Tricia was diagnosed with a specific form of lymphoma, apparently not too unusual for lung transplant patients. To make a long story short, Tricia has undergone months of chemotherapy, seemingly without success. They've had one report of bad news after another. This week they received the results of a recent biopsy. If you would like to have an extra special Thanksgiving blessing, head on over there to read their story and the newest report. You'll feel encouraged by this young couples efforts to raise their child together and live their faith!
Nov 23, 2008
Nov 22, 2008
There are many more lovely Pink Saturday posts listed on Beverly's blog, How Sweet The Sound. Make sure to see them all!
Nov 21, 2008
Today I am thankful for travel. We spent our 1970 honeymoon in Nassau and the following summer we guided a group of students on a fabulous 10 day trip to Russia with a brief stop in Helsinki Finland. We spent spent the summer of 1973 in France as chaperone's to American students attending a summer language coarse. A highlight of my life was seeing the Eiffel Tower and the Mona Lisa. It was fun working for as travel guides for a few years and it provided us the opportunity to go to a couple of places we would never have been able to go otherwise. We spent many weeks in Florida at the beach and Disney World as our children were growing up - and we still do those trips every summer. Everyone wants to know why we always go back there instead of someplace else - it's because we can have a week or two of uninterrupted family time. Worth every penny! We have cruised to the Bahamas with our kids and on a Southern Caribbean cruise for our 25th anniversary to Puerto Rico, Antigua, St. Maartin, Barbados, St. Thomas, and Martinique. We took a wonderful trip to Hawaii with my husband's family - a gift from my in-law's. We have enjoyed seeing the Red Rocks of Sedona Arizona and we have been to Las Vegas a couple of times. After our daughters wedding in 2001 Hubby and I took a romantic trip to Niagara Falls. I had never been before and we had a wonderful few days there. We live close to the Canadian boarder so we have been able to explore a little bit there over the years as well. Since we live in Michigan and own acreage in northern Michigan, we have been able to visit Mackinac Island and other northern Michigan spots over the years as well. Hubby used to guide trips for students in their trips to Washington D.C. and so he guided our family once there too! It was wonderful. Colonial Williamsburg was fun and the Carolina's gorgeous. Since I am originally from Tennessee I have to mention the magnificent Smokey Mountains. My heart is still there in the mountains were I was born.
Nov 20, 2008
Nov 19, 2008
All in a Word
T for time to be together, turkey, talk, and tangy weather.
H for harvest stored away, home, and hearth, and holiday.
A for autumn's frosty art, and abundance in the heart.
Holiday Cranberry-Orange Salad
1 small box cherry flavored gelatin
2 small boxes cranberry flavored gelatin
1 small box orange flavored gelatin
3 ½ cups boiling water
1 can jellied cranberry sauce
1 small can frozen orange juice concentrate
several drops red food color
1 can crushed pineapple with juice
1 bag fresh cranberries, chopped
2 whole chopped oranges, plus the skin of 1
3 cups walnuts, chopped
½ - 1 cup sugar (depending on desired sweetness)
1 container frozen strawberries in sugar
Dissolve the gelatin in boiling water. Dissolve the cranberry sauce in hot gelatin. Add the orange juice concentrate and food coloring to the gelatin mixture. Chop the orange, the cranberries, and walnuts in a food processor individually. Combine with sugar and allow to stand for 10-15 minutes. Stir in the cranberries, pineapple, strawberries, ground orange, and walnuts. Chill in a serving bowl until firmly gelled.
My Thankful Day 20 post for Brookside Cottage's "30 Days of Giving Thanks" is gratitude for my fur boy, Noah, my almost 15 year old kitty! He's a sweet, sweet old boy. Noah follows me around all day and he gives me something to baby now that my children are adults!
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!
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
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!
Nov 18, 2008
Kelli, There Is No Place Like Home, is hosting Thanksgiving posts this week. I have a recipe to share along with our plans for the day.
Nov 17, 2008
I found this "Hormone Hostage Guide" courtesy of jokething.com and I thought it was a pretty funny. Even though this is a "thankful" post I thought you might enjoy it too.
Hormone Hostage Guide:
Every "Hormone Hostage" knows that all a man has to do is open his mouth and he takes his life in his hands. This is a handy guide that should be as common as a driver's license in the wallet of every husband, boyfriend or significant other.
DANGEROUS: What are you so worked up about?
SAFER: Could we be overreacting?
SAFEST: Here's fifty dollars.
30 Days of Giving Thanks is hosted by Joyce, Brookside Cottage.
Also, Kelli, There Is No Place Like Home, is hosting thankful posts this week, Monday through Thursday. I had already prepared this silly post so I just went with it! I'll try to be a little more geared to Thanksgiving the rest of the week!