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Welcome to the — 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.

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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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  1. I come from a very large family and every Thanksgiving family gathering at my parents, my Mom provides us with an assignment for food. This year I got red velvet cupcakes. I am a perfect example of why guys aren’t good at baking. I know red velvet has reemerged as a popular dessert item at restaurants, so I went online to research recipes. What a complex object of construction. Alas, I opted for the box of Duncan Hines and ready made frosting did the trick. No one seem to bother asking if they were or were not made of scratch. My sisters treated them as if they were the fruit of the gods. I guess in some way that is the expression of that Thanksgiving. It’s the gesture in the effort rather than the results themselves. Happy holidays! 😉

  2. Great recipe. Sorry for stumbling on this blog this late. Hope to see more from you…
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  3. Thanks for including me!

    Question: Have you received any fresh submissions for the next edition of this carnival during the last three days or so? I ask because I suspect blogcarnival.com is malfunctioning with respect to submissions. The form works fine and you hit submit and it appears to submit your post. But confirmation emails never arrive.

    I’ve submitted to a few carnivals during the last few days and my submissions seem to have gone into the ether. And I know of someone else who’s having the same problem.

    I notified the site owner a couple of days ago via site email, but I haven’t heard anything and don’t even know if he got it.

    • JHS

      I haven’t received any submissions since November 27, 2009. I will email the site owners and let them know. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. With the holiday and business travel, I hadn’t noticed that no submissions were coming in.

  4. 😈 🙂 Apple Cranberry Stuffing is my favorite dish and I am always waiting for my mummy prepare it. I just love it. :mrgreen:

  5. Thank you for sharing the delicious recipe and I can try it in some days to perfect it for Christmas. I am not good at baking but i will follow your instructions. 😉

  6. Thanks for your response. A couple of carnival owners told me that although they’re gotten no submission notifications via email, the submissions did get to the blogcarnival.com site itself. Hopefully yours are there too.

  7. Rose Taylor

    My Thanksgiving was wonderful and I enjoyed with my friends and relatives. Well, I think your apple cranberry stuffing will be useful for Christmas. I will definitely make this. Thank you very much for this recipe.

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    Your description of thanksgiving sounds beautiful! We don’t have thanksgiving in Australia, and descriptions like this make me with we did!
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  9. I absolutely love these “carnival of family life” posts. So many great links that are really helpful. Thanks 😀

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