Posted by starwoodgal on November 25, 2009
Each and every one of us has so much to be thankful for. Let us not let this season go by without giving thanks for the many blessing that have been bestowed upon us.
We are most thankful for our freedom and those who have given the ultimate price for this freedom, our health, families, friends, homes, workplace and those who provide work for us. Let us be ever mindful where these blessings come from.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year – and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.
For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread. The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet…. Shall we think of the day as a chance to come nearer to our Host, and to find out something of Him who has fed us so long?
It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
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Posted by starwoodgal on November 18, 2009
I can hardly believe that Thanksgiving is next week. NEXT WEEK! But, I’m not under any pressure this year as this is the in-law Thanksgiving year and I’m not hosting or cooking. I did that last year. (I am cooking Christmas Dinner at my house this year and I’ll share all the recipes in the coming weeks. However, today is about Thanksgiving Day and a wonderful dessert my grandmother use to make. Prune Cake! Yes, Prunes. In a cake. This cake is moist and delicious so don’t be gettin’ all freaky on me about the prune thing – K! It isn’t a heavily frosted, rich cake and goes with Thanksgiving menus perfectly.
Nanaw’s Prune Cake
2 cups flour
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 jar baby-food prunes
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Mix all ingredients well. Bake in a greased and floured tube pan for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Poke holes in the cake with an ice pick and pour glaze over cake.
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Place in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Pour over cake.
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Posted by starwoodgal on November 4, 2009
With the holidays quickly approaching, I’m gathering my arsenal of recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m also gathering recipes for the left over ham and turkey. Seems I’m always left a lot of one or the other depending on how many relatives show up or if they really wanted ham or really wanted turkey that day.
A co-worker gave me this recipe yesterday. She made it over the weekend and said it was really yummy. It sounds really good and very inexpensive to make. Especially if you already have some left over ham in the refrigerator. Plus ham and potatoes go together like peas and carrots, peanut butter and jelly, Desi and Lucy, Bill and Hillary – no wait – forget that last one.
Potatoes and Ham Casserole
32 oz shredded hashbrowns, thawed or 2 lbs baking potatoes (chopped quite small)
2 or 3 very thick slices of ham cut into bit-sized cubes
1/2 bag to 1 whole bag frozen peas (depends on how much you like peas)
3/4 cup butter, melted, divided
1 to 2 tsp salt (and some pepper too)
1 can cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup
1/2 small onion, grated or chopped
12 oz cheddar cheese, grated
2 cups corn flakes, crushed (alternative – crushed club or Ritz crackers)
8 oz sour cream
Mix all ingredients, EXCEPT corn flakes and 1/3 cup of the butter, in a very large bowl. Combine well, turn into a 9×13 inch pan. Sprinkle corn flakes over mixture, drizzle with remaining butter. Cook 1 to 2 hours at 350 degrees.
MMMMmmmmmmmm, MMMmmmm, sounds good!
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