Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuesday Blessings to you~  Firstly, I want to say how thankful I am for so many of you concerned about my neck yesterday; I am blessed indeed!  I took it easy the whole day, applied a heating pad to it along with a topical lotion with menthol and just babied it.  I am pleased to say that I slept well last night and woke up a 100% better today.  Big hugs to each of you.
As I talked to a good friend yesterday about Thanksgiving, I mentioned I'd be making sweet Potatos and my friend, who lives in the south, wasn't familiar with how I make it.  So that got me to thinking about all of us and the different dishes that each region has.  I thought it might be fun to share those favorite dishes for holiday meals-here in the States Thanksgiving, in Canada your Thanksgiving is at a different time, and those around the world.  So share with us what your favorite dish is and why.
For Thanksgiving my favorite part of the meal was always Yams/Sweet Potato casserole.  It differs from Sweet Potato pie as I know you'all have in the south.  My mom always got canned sweet Potatoes and mashed them up, added brown sugar and butter.  My recipe is just a tad different and I've adapted it from my sister's recipe that she faithfully always brought for Thanksgiving.  I do mash up the yams but I add fresh apple bits and any/all dried fruit I can think of-especially apricots.  I believe my sister would add a touch of maple syrup or pineapple juice and I add just a touch of maple syrup.  I bake it for about 25 minutes at 350 and then for the last 5 minutes I add mini marshmallows on top and broil those to get them nice and brown. You have to watch them though that they don't turn too crisp.  The marshmallows actually melt and this dish is so yummy.  I am not a huge mashed potato fan so give me this dish and I'm content.
The other thing we always had was Mincemeat pie in addition to Pumpkin pie.  My brother loves Apricot pie so often there might be Apricot for him.  So that is my Thanksgiving traditions; I will be taking Green Beans to our daughters as well as some Sweet Potatoes.
How about you?
Today I'm thankful to be back to normal and for sunshine.
Blessings my friends,


  1. Good afternoon, dear one ... I'm SO glad to hear that your neck is doing better today. Some times we just need to slow down ... especially as we get older! :-o

    We make a sweet potato casserole similar to yours ... yummy! It's almost like a dessert. ha! Other than that, our dishes are fairly standard: turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, a veggie or two, crescent rolls, and a couple of pies (including the obligatory pumpkin pie).

    My favorite dish is the stuffing that's been cooked in the bird. Yummy!


  2. so glad your neck is better
    I love candied sweet potatoes
    how do you make your casserole?

  3. I am thankful you are back to normal....Hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving!

  4. BTW: THANK YOU so much for your prayers, encouragement, love, and support! You are awesome!

  5. I'm glad you're feeling better. I like Thanksgiving best of the holidays. One of my favorite dishes is roasted diced sweet potatoes with onions and olive oil. Yummy!

    p.s. I'm having a cookbook giveaway at my blog if you're interested!

  6. Isn't it interesting...these aging bodies. Every once in a while we need to get new bedding and it can be such a gamble....will my body be happy with me. Glad you're feeling better.My favorite and probably most of my family is the stuffing. It was my grandmother's recipe. It's very simple and pure comfort food. It's like a savory bread pudding.

  7. Hi,
    So glad to hear you are much better.I love sweet potatoes but have never had candied ones.
    I am going to Georgia on Monday to my sister's for Thanksgiving and I am really looking forward to this. I have so much to be thankful for!
    God bless you

  8. Glad your neck is better...yay...a stiff neck is never fun...As for me...Thanksgiving dinner is such a favorite of mine I had to REALLY think which is my favorite dish ~ and I guess it would have to be the stuffing. My mother taught me her recipe (which really isn't a recipe as it is all done by taste, haha) years ago, and I just love it...but then I love the sweet potatoes too. I would love to have someone post a blog where they put all of their sweet potatoe recipes on it as I have never settled on one that just can't be beat. They are all sooo good. Then I could maybe try something new. And then there is always the pumpkin pie...another all time favorite. But we also have this lime green jello and cream cheese and pineapple salad every year with walnuts..we all just love it and it is not Thanksgiving without it. We have no idea where the recipe came from and we have always just called it, "the green salad" haha...yummy

  9. Good to know your neck is feeling so much better Noreen. Now Thanksgiving - down under we don't celebrate it! Weird I know for those of you northerners but I guess because our heritage is English (as in UK) it wasn't a tradition way back when and it never has caught on here. Shame really as we would all benefit from a day of being especially thankful. Blessings!

  10. We make a similar sweet potato dish with a recipe from the King's Arms Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg. It is so much better than the candied ones my mom always made with tons of marshmallows on top.

    Glad you're better.


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