So – How did it go?


Now that we’re on the OTHER side of Thanksgiving dinner – how did your celebration go? This year I’m very thankful I had the energy to be able to put out a big dinner without it totally exhausting me. Of course I had help: oldest son, Kris, came early specifically to help with the mashed potatoes and my dear husband did his ‘job’ of peeling the 9 or so pounds of potatoes (my job was just cutting them up). The “Ruth Cris’ Sweet Potato Casserole” recipe I posted earlier came out way TOO sweet! IF I ever make it again, will definitely cut down on the sugar AND the topping recipe for that made way too much (had a good cup left over – now, what to do with that?). Of course, I over-ate and kept hearing myself later saying: “I’m SO stuffed!” In fact, so much so that I couldn’t even sample the desserts; Kris brought over an apple crisp he made from apples he & my grandson picked at an orchard – good stuff, but just too full! Middle son, Ben, brought his new girlfriend and we had a great time getting to know her – lovely young lady.

Now it’s ‘the day after’ and I’m happily sitting here at 10:40 a.m. in my nightgown, relaxing – NO shopping for me! Just deleted about 20 emails, all with HOT DEALS FOR BLACK FRIDAY! Who cares? Last night I attempted to plow through our Thanksgiving edition of the local newspaper – that was a joke; about 5 POUNDS of ads and 1 section of regular news! I’d read, a few days earlier, they threw in a small comment that they were now charging an extra $2.00 for the Thanksgiving edition and also, for Christmas – if you want to opt out of getting that, call this number (if you do, it won’t change the price of your paper, just spread the payment schedule out a little bit more) – crazy. Now I know to call and say: “Keep your stinking ADS!” Crazy! As youngest said to me when he tossed me the paper in it’s plastic bag: “Here’s your paper – it’s the weight of a good-sized CHILD!”

I don’t remember if I posted about my friend Dan Smither, who runs Key of Hope ministry in Durban, South Africa. I know, years ago, I mentioned his ministry when I was making all those afghans (and shipped some to him). For two weeks, he and his wife and 4 daughters (plus helpers) brought about 15 kids from Durban to Michigan to sing. His wife formed a children’s choir and they will be touring all over the Detroit area, singing and presenting their ministry to churches, schools and even shopping malls! Today they’re going to be at Somerset Collection (a very up-scale shopping place), performing in the atrium from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – how exciting! Dan posted a photo on Facebook of a partial ‘snow angel’ that one of the ‘kids’ had made – just think of it: going from squatters camps to Michigan – experiencing COLD weather for the first time AND getting to see S N O W! (We had a light dusting Thanksgiving day – right now it’s 29 degrees F. so the snow will stay on the ground). I’m so thrilled for all of them – the sights, sounds, new foods, new experiences – all of it. It’s a wonderful  ministry and I’m so blessed to know Dan and his family. Because it’s a large group, different families and churches are sponsoring them for meals/overnight stays, etc. Here is a photo of one family who hosted them yesterday for Thanksgiving dinner:


They were also blessed to be able to attend the Detroit Thanksgiving parade – it’s a pretty large parade, lots of floats, bands, big balloons – I can’t even imagine what they were thinking – can you? So grateful for all the people who arranged all this for them – what a blessing! I will be going to see one of their performances the second week in December – really excited about that! (I’ll throw in their web site, again, just in case you might be interested in seeing where they come from:


Day After Thanksgiving Turkey Casserole

2 C. turkey, cooked & cubed
1 C. carrots, diced
1 medium onion, diced
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
1 C. celery, diced
2 T. butter (unsalted)
1 T. olive oil
1 tsp. thyme, dried
leftover mashed potatoes
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
3 T. butter (unsalted)
paprika, to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Saute vegetables in butter & olive oil
until tender but not brown. Sprinkle
with salt, pepper & thyme; stir in
cooked, cubed turkey. Place in greased
large casserole dish; top with mashed
potatoes. Dot top with butter & sprinkle
with paprika. Bake, uncovered, 20-30
minutes until potatoes are browned &
casserole is heated through.

(NOTE: If you have any leftover sweet
potatoes, they are great mixed with the
mashed potatoes & used as a topping)


Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake

1 1/2 C. packed brown sugar
2/3 C. vegetable oil
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 C. milk
1 1/2 C. rhubarb, chopped
1/2 C. sliced almonds
1/3 C. sugar
1 T. butter, melted
1/4 C. sliced almonds

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease two 9 inch round pans.
In large bowl, beat brown sugar, oil,
egg & vanilla until smooth. Combine
flour, salt & baking soda; add to sugar
mixture alternately with milk; beat
until smooth. Stir in rhubarb & 1/2
C. almonds; pour into prepared pans.
In small bowl, combine sugar & butter,
stir in 1/4 C. almonds; sprinkle over
batter. Bake 30-35 minutes or until
cake tests done.

(recipe: carolsrecipes77-Marys Recipe

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

6 large baking potatoes, peeled & cut into
1/2″ cubes
1 large onion, chopped
1 quart chicken broth
1/4 C. butter
2 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 C. cream or Half & Half
1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
3 T. chopped fresh chives or scallions
1 C. sour cream
4 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
cheese, for sprinkling on top of bowls

Combine first 7 ingredients in crockpot;
cover & cook on High 4 hours or Low 8
hours (check to make sure potatoes are
tender). Mash mixture until potatoes are
coarsely chopped & soup is slightly
thickened. Stir in cream, cheese & chives.
Sprinkle extra cheese on top of bowls
when serving.

(recipe: Ron & Jean-Slowcooker Digest)

Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry

3 chicken breast halves
1 tsp. vegetable oil
3 C. green cabbage, shredded
1 T. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 C. water
1 T. soy sauce

Cut chicken breasts into strips. Heat
oil in frying pan; add strips & stir fry
over medium-high heat, turning
constantly until done. Add cabbage &
saute 2 minutes until cabbage is
crisp-tender. Mix cornstarch & seasonings
add water & soy sauce; mix until smooth.
Stir sauce into chicken/cabbage mixture.
Cook until sauce has thickened & chicken
is coated, about 1 minute.

NOTE: you can also add bell pepper or carrot
strips, for color

(you could probably also use LEFTOVER turkey for this recipe!)

(recipe: Facebook)

Taco Squares

1 lb. lean ground beef or turkey
1 1/2 tsp. onion flakes
1/2 can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 T. chili powder
4 oz. mozzarella slices
1 can crescent rolls

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Brown meat & onion; drain. Add
tomatoes & chili powder; simmer
5-10 minutes. Grease a 1 1/2 qt.
casserole dish. Layer half of crescent
rolls in bottom of dish; pour all of
meat mixture over rolls. Place 4
slices of mozzarella over meat
mixture; layer remaining crescent
rolls over cheese. Bake 15-20 minutes
or until rolls are golden brown. Serves 4

(recipe: Kristi’s Recipe Box)

Crustless Broccoli Quiche

4 eggs
1 1/4 C. milk
3 slices bread, crusts removed, cubed
4 C. small broccoli florets, cooked & chopped
1 C. chopped onions
3/4 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Whisk eggs & milk in medium bowl until
blended. Add bread; mix lightly. Stir in
remaining ingredients; pour into 9″ square
baking dish sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake
45 minutes or until knife inserted into center
comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before
cutting to serve. Serves 6

(recipe: Kraft foods)

Salted Caramel Cookies

1 C. butter, softened
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (17.5 oz) pkg. Pillsbury sugar cookie mix
3/4 C. crushed salted pretzels
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. coarse salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Beat butter, egg & vanilla until creamy; stir in
cookie mix & pretzels. Form into 36 (1 T.) balls.
Place on ungreased baking sheets 2″ apart. Flatten
balls with bottom of floured glass to 1 1/2 ” diameter.
Bake 10-12 minutes until light brown. Cool 2 minutes
then remove to wire rack.
Microwave sweetened condensed milk in large glass
bowl on High 3 minutes. Milk will boil & rise in bowl
during cooking. Microwave on Medium-low (30%)
12-16 minutes, whisking occasionally until thick &
caramel-colored. Carefully spread hot caramel mixture
on top of each cookie. If caramel thickens, microwave
on High 10 seconds to soften. Sprinkle cookies immediately
with pinch of salt. Makes 3 dozen.

(recipe: mail flyer)

24 Hour Salad

1 large iceberg lettuce
1 pkg. early June peas (frozen-do not thaw)
1/2 c. celery, chopped fine
1/3 finely chopped bell pepper
1/2 C. purple onion, finely chopped
8 oz. shredded Velveeta cheese
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled & sliced
1 pkg. sliced maple-flavored bacon
3 C. mayonnaise
3 T. sugar
4 T. lemon juice, fresh

Fry bacon; cool then crumble. Layer
first 5 ingredients in large bowl. Sprinkle
cheese on top, then eggs. In small mixing
bowl combine mayonnaise, sugar & lemon
juice; pour on top of salad then sprinkle
with bacon crumbles. Cover salad with
plastic wrap & chill 24 hours. Serves 4-6

NOTE: It can be eaten after 4 hours chilling.



Gram’s Best Brown Sugar Cake

1 (2 layer size) yellow cake mix
1 (3.4 oz) pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
2/3 C. sour cream
2/3 C. water
1/2 C. oil
1 C. packed brown sugar
1 C. chopped pecans
2 tsp. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Beat first 6 ingredients with mixer until
blended; add brown sugar & nuts; mix
well. Pour into 12-C. fluted tube pan
(Bundt) or 10 inch tube pan sprayed with
nonstick spray. Bake 1 hour or until
toothpick inserted in center comes out
clean. Cool cake in pan 15 minutes. Loosen
cake from sides of pan; invert onto wire
rack;remove pan & cool cake completely.
Sprinkle top with powdered sugar just before
serving. Serves 16

(recipe; Kraft foods)

I attempted to take pictures of the ‘guys’ last night but everyone seemed to be in such a good mood, all the photos came out blurry! They were jockeying for who made the goofiest face, or who could jump in front of who at the last second – BOYS!                                  000_0001                                                 000_0004



I’m just grateful they are all happy & healthy – just wish I could have gotten at least ONE photo that wasn’t blurry! Ah, well – there’s always Christmas photos!!!

Hope you all had a wonderful celebration with those you love.




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  1. Wow that is quite a crew of sons you have there lady. By the smiles it looks like you fed them well! The Key Of hope unit looks like a wonderful group also.

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