Welcome to the Carnival of Family Life — Thankfulness Edition! I hope that you had a wonderful, joy-filled Thanksgiving, surrounded by the folks you love most and a bounty of delicious food!
We had a wonderful day. It was low-key, relaxed, and comfortable. Although we have gone out to one of our favorite restaurants on many previous Thanksgivings, my boys really wanted to stay home this year and celebrate in our new house. They specifically asked me to cook, so I obliged. I did not cook a turkey. Rather, I ordered a glazed, smoked turkey breast and glazed, spiral-cut ham from Honey Baked. And I picked up cherry and pumpkin pies from our local Coco’s. I haven’t tried the cherry, but the pumpkin pie was outstanding — it tasted very much like the pumpkin pies my mother used to bake.
I made mashed potatoes and gravy, my version of green bean casserole, corn casserole, and apple cranberry stuffing. I found the recipe on a website and had to try it because it is made with King’s Hawaiian bread which my boys love. It was delicious. I made a few changes, so am sharing the recipe with you the way I prepared it today. (And by the way, this is the very first time in the nearly five years since its inception that I have ever posted a recipe here at Colloquium.)
Apple Cranberry Stuffing
2 cups chicken broth
1 1/4 cups dried cranberries
1/3 cup butter
1 chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
2 apples, cored and finely chopped
3 large eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (10.75-ounce) can cream of celery soup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 cups King’s Hawaiian bread, cubed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine chicken broth and cranberries. Let them soak while you prepare the remainder of the ingredients.
In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, pepper and celery and allow to simmer until tender.
Add the apples, again letting the entire mixture simmer until the apple are tender. Add salt and pepper.
In a large bowl, combine the vegetable/apple mixture, chicken broth and cranberry mixture, celery soup, eggs, and cinnamon. Add bread, stirring gently to combine.
Spoon mixture into prepared dish and bake for 40 minutes or until the center is set and the top is lightly browned.
Thanksgiving / Thankfulness
Ashley presents Unexpected Thankfulness posted at Mothers’ Hideaway.
Family Cooking & Recipes
Family Crafts & Activities
Guffly presents Let Your Inner Child Shine with These Eco-friendly Games posted at Guffly.
Quirky Momma presents Learn about Texture by Molding and Painting Aluminum Foil posted at quirkymomma.com.
John Mastro presents The Educational Benefits of Audiobooks and Children’s Learning posted at got audiobooks?.
Twyla Motkaluk presents Kids These Days posted at bitchabout.
Laura presents Potty Training sucks! – in a nutshell posted at Laura’s Mommy Blog.
Hayley Milks presents Read the Manual. posted at Exx and the City.
David presents Credit Card Offers for Young Adults posted at Credit Card Offers IQ.
The Dough Roller presents Does Applying for a Balance Transfer Offer Affect Your Credit Score? posted at The Dough Roller.
The Smarter Wallet presents Create Your Family Holiday Traditions and Save Money! posted at The Smarter Wallet.
June Tree presents Citi ThankYou Points Network: Rewards For The Shopper posted at The Digerati Life.
Family Health and Wellness
KidsYogaOnline presents Hatha yoga for kids: float like a butterfly, hum like a bee posted at Kids Yoga Online.
C. Myers presents Four Natural Supplements That Will Ease Back and Joint Pain posted at Mind Mart.
Parenting Tips & Advice
Sarah Clark presents The Mother Load: Cleaner living through mom’s cooking posted at The Mother Load.
Jenny presents Enjoy the Silence? posted at novgtmhyer bl9ovgtvgtinvgt j7ennif4er.
Kevin Heath presents Random Acts of Kindness: Teaching Your Child to Pay it Forward posted at More4kids.
Christina presents Mother-son bonding: ice hockey posted at Solo Mother.
Sonja Stewart presents The High Cost of Music posted at Parenting Squad.
Paul Reyes-Fournier presents My father and Wii posted at Examiner.
Toni presents Can I put MOM on my resume? posted at Wifely Steps, saying, “Motherhood is a career too, isn’t it?”
Jacquelyn presents Your Teen and His Money posted at Wise Parenting Guide.
Emma presents How to buy a high chair you won’t regret buying, part 2. posted at Baby-Log.
Family Relationships & Self-Improvement
michael fehlauer presents Talk Her Up posted at Mike N Bonnie.
Melissa Hedding presents Finds For Families: The Moral Intellect posted at Finds For Families.
OPTED Magazine presents Rejecting clutter: how life stages affect dependence on possessions posted at OPTED Magazine.
Thank you for participating in and supporting this Edition of the Carnival!
The Merry Christmas 2009 Edition of the Carnival will be the final edition. The Carnival, founded by Kailani at An Island Life has remained popular for several years. But I have other projects to which I would like to turn my attention, so it is time to discontinue the Carnival. In conjunction with the final edition, there will be other major changes to this site.
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