Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Stuffing, er, um, Dressing!

My sister and I have been dieting ( since late September and I have lost 18.6 pounds and two jeans sizes. But I am going to EAT BIG tomorrow. In anticipation, I am making my stuffing or dressing today. No turkey this year, just a small pork roast, and hopefully yummy gravy to slather over mashed potatoes and the dressing.
Here's my recipe this year. It changes incrementally every year.
A 14 oz bag of Pepperidge Farm Cornbread stuffing
2 large cloves of garlic minced and added to
1 c each chopped celery and onion, sautéed in a tiny bit of bacon drippings and olive oil until tender.
2 small apples chopped
1 pound cooked Jimmy Dean's Hot pork sausage, crumbled
dried cranberries
and this year, 1/2 cup of hot and sweet jalapenos, chopped,  from a jar.
2 cups of chicken broth and one stick of butter, melted in the broth.
Mix it all together and place in a large casserole dish.
Bake uncovered at 350 til browned. Reheat tomorrow and again and again in days to come.
I am also going to roast a bunch of vegetables, such as parsnips, broccoli, carrots, onions, peppers, red and sweet potatoes. All will be enhanced before baking with olive oil, salt and pepper. Yum.

And not to forget the green bean casserole with required mushroom soup and fried onions on top.  I think I will be making enough to freeze several portions for future cravings.
We got snow last night and flakes are still falling today. Just a bit. The roads are fine however, but we are staying home and hopefully finishing Dave's room, at least enough for him to move in tomorrow.
Yay!! Pictures of the big reveal to follow.

I am feeling very thankful this year. In particular to YOU, my readers, who have given me so much encouragement and loyalty and enthusiasm. I love being able to make you knits and quilts and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for filling my life with purpose. YAY YOU!

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  1. Anonymous10:14 AM

    Thank you for the joy and challenges you bring daily to so many of us via your blog! I'm still working slowly on my QAWM blocks, and will eventually have a finished product to show for it. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Dave.
    Joan in Missouri

  2. Thank YOU Melody, for sharing your talents with all of us--I look forward to reading your blog every day! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Melanie Grant11:10 AM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Thank you, for all the beautiful art that you make. It is a joy to see your works when you post and gives me and I am sure many inspiration to create too. Thank you for your gift!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to all! Nancy B from wet L.I.

  5. A big hug to you Melody. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us all. x

  6. Yay you for providing inspiration!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours :-)

  7. Pammyfay1:16 PM

    Thank you for bringing color and energy into our lives! (And there is nothing better than veggies roasted w/olive oil, salt and pepper -- delicious simplicity!)

  8. The Dressing or stuffing recipe is definitely yummo.

  9. THank you for constantly inspiring us with your art and with the time you take to share it on your blog. ALSO for tasty recipe ideas. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Dave, and the spoiled puppies, too! :-)

  10. Happy Thanksgiving to you Melody!

  11. Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Congrats on your weight loss, and do enjoy the holiday! Can't wait to see pix after Dave's move... I'm sure you will all enjoy settling into your finished rooms!

  12. Judith7:22 AM

    And thank you, Dear Melody, for adding a bit of creative song to every day. Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. Happy Thanksgiving, Melody. I look forward to your posts every day. You are an inspiration to all of us.

  14. Have a great Thanksgiving holiday. Hope it's cosy looking out at that snow. Have really enjoyed your QAYG, been inspired by the house remodelling and enchanted by the pugs. :-)

  15. Wishing you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving, Melody!

  16. No
    YAY YOU!
    And Dave, And DAWGS uno y dos!
    I love checking in here to see what you are creating in your studio, your home, and your relationships.
    Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for all you share with us, your lucky readers and fans.

  17. Happy Thanksgiving! and your dressing is very much like my dressing. Interesting that as the years roll along the veggies take a bigger part of the T-day plate. This year was a pecan Bourbon that was good. And then there is tomorrow and back to sensible eating.

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