Holiday


happy-everythingFrom Our House to Yours
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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~ appetizers ~
Meatballs
Cheese chunks, Cashews, Salami

~ beverages ~
Pop – Water – Sweet Tea
24 cans Coke & 4 liters of Pop

~ soup ~
Beef Barley Soup

~ main ~
Turkey & Dressing
Glazed Ham

~ sides ~
Mashed Potatoes
Turkey & Brown Gravies
Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Bean Casserole
Corn Pudding
Jellied Cranberry Sauce
Deviled Eggs

~ bread/rolls ~
Dinner Rolls
Pull Apart Bread

~ desserts ~
Pumpkin Pie w/ Whip Cream
Cherry Pie w/ Vanilla Ice Cream
Cheesecake
Chocolate & White Cupcakes

~ snacks ~
Chili Cheese Frito’s
Cheese Pringles
Doritos
Potato Chips & Dip
Crackers
Tangerines

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Mix the following ingredients well and pour into buttered pan:

  • 4 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 stick Parkay (melted)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Topping:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup Parkay (melted)
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts pieces

Crumble topping evenly over sweet potato mixture. Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes uncovered.

Enjoy!!

Thanksgiving defined as: A public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness; also, a day set apart for religious services, specially to acknowledge the goodness of God, either in any remarkable deliverance from calamities or danger, or in the ordinary dispensation of his bounties. ~ Webster & me!

~ beverages ~
Coffee – Sweet Tea
Pop – Water

~ soup ~
Chili

~ main ~
Pork loin
Smoked Sausage in Sauerkraut
Hot Dogs

~ sides ~
Mashed Potatoes
Gravy
Black Eyed Peas
Hominy
Cornbread
Beets
Fruit & Cheese Tray
Crackers
Cranberry Sauce
Chips
Relish Tray

~ desserts ~
Banana Pudding
Sweet Breads
Cream Cheese & Jellies
Cookies
Candy Buffet

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Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will. ~ Jonathan Edwards & me

Anthony & I would like to wish each and everyone one of you and your families all the warmth this Holiday Season has to offer. Have a wonderful Christmas and a New Year filled with hope, faith, love, peace and joy that you truly deserve. God bless you on this special day. Merry Christmas! ‪#‎endlessprosperity‬ ‪#‎blessings‬ ‪#‎Lovethatkindlestheheart‬

1 c. persimmon pulp from VERY ripe persimmons
1 tsp. baking soda
2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp cloves (optional)
½ tsp. salt
½ c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. chopped dates (optional)
1 c. raisins or dried cranberries
1 c. chopped nuts (optional, but if you use them, toast them first)

Mash persimmon pulp with baking soda. Set aside (mixture will appear curdled). Mix all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Cream butter and sugar together; add egg and vanilla, then persimmon-baking soda mixture. Next, add all dry. Mix gently, just until combined (to avoid toughening). Finally, add in dates, raisins and nuts if using. Drop by spoonful’s (or use small cookie scoop) onto parchment-lined baking sheet; bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until slightly browned and puffy.

Christmas cookies and happy hearts, this is how the holiday starts. ~ me & somebody a very long time ago. LOL

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

~ appetizers ~
Meatballs
Relish Tray

~ beverages ~
Pop – Water – Sweet Tea – Coffee

~ soup ~
Beef Barley Soup

~ main ~
Turkey & Dressing

~ sides ~
Mashed Potatoes
Turkey & Brown Gravies
Baked Beans
Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Bean Casserole
Jiffy Corn Casserole
Cranberry Relish & Jellied Cranberry Sauce
Deviled Eggs

~ bread/rolls ~
Dinner Rolls
Pull Apart Bread

~ desserts ~
Pumpkin Pie w/ Whip Cream
Pumpkin Spice Cake
Cheesecake
Mom’s Ambrosia

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Cranberry Relish

2 cans whole berry cranberry sauce

1 can mandarin oranges in water, drained

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 6oz package chopped pecans

Optional: Fresh lemon zest.

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All that we behold is full of blessings. ~William Wordsworth

dressingThe Holiday’s are fast approaching.  I realize that it’s early, but I was going thru all of my Holiday planners, starting to book dates, trying to dot my i’s & cross my t’s. I was looking at some old recipes and realized that I had never put a recipe for my mom’s dressing on the family blog. I’ve never written it down before, so I quickly free-handed it from memory. Truth be known, I could make it in my sleep. I’ve made it every Holiday dinner that I’ve ever cooked a turkey. To be honest, some batches have failed when I used too much broth or allowed to much fat into it; it can fry. Not good. If you have any questions,  just comment below.

Tear 1 loaf of white bread into pieces, tossing them into a large bowl. Chop 1 med onion & dice 1 stalk of celery on top. Add 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning, 2 tablespoons of ground sage, & some black pepper. Then dump enough broth off of the baking Turkey to moisten the dressing, folding as you go. Not too much. As soon as its holding together. Turn it out into a sprayed 9x13x2. Toss a few bread crumbs on top. Lightly sprinkle them with sage. Place into a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. You can garnish it with a few sage leaves, but it’s not necessary.

Good stuff! So easy! I only wish she was here to share it with us, but I’m thankful that she took the time to teach me to make it.

My most memorable meal is every Thanksgiving. I love the food: the turkey and dressing, glazed ham, the candied yams or sweet potato casserole – sometimes both, some mashed potatoes and gravy, a little Green-bean casserole, a spoonful of baked beans, a big bowl of Potato or Beef Barley Soup with some buttered pull apart bread, my corn casserole or Jiffy’s corn pudding, my mom’s rice pudding without raisins, jellied cranberry Sauce or cranberry relish, a few deviled eggs, a dinner roll, my Mom’s Ambrosia Fruit Salad that no one eats but me and of course, a big slice of pumpkin pie with a big dollop of whipped cream… Yum! ~ Sheila Jean Adkins Metcalf

 

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