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Archive for November, 2010

Christmas Cookies For Troops

I have spent the last week thinking about what our family would do for our Christmas service project this year. Christmas is about giving, not receiving and I want my children to remember that when they are grown and far away.  I have always thought how nice it would be to send care packages to our troops. So…this is what I want to do. I just need a little help. I need addresses of soldiers to send them to.

I will send cookies to any troops whose addresses are given to me. (At least as many as I can keep up with..or can afford. I have 3 little ones who are willing to help out!) Every box of cookies will contain a handwritten card which connects the troops to their community, I’ll say who gave me their address. I’ll jot a funny story and a encouraging quote. (If you have one that you would like included, please send me that as well.) I want the troops to know this isn’t some random woman with a cookie baking fetish sending out oodles of cookies.  This is the labors of their community. This is a extension of love from their friends and family. This is letting them know they are not forgotten. That they are on the forefront of the minds of those who know them personally–and even some who don’t know them.

I understand that the cutoff date to send Priority Mail is Dec. 10th to get it there by Christmas. I can send them after that, of course. We just can’t expect them to have them by Christmas. Although, I am pretty sure they wouldn’t care when they got them. Goodies are goodies! If you would like to send a donation to help with supplies or mailing, I would be happy to accept them. I can accept checks, money orders, or Paypal. If you can’t afford anything..but want to send out cookies anyway…send me those addresses. (Mailing alone will be 12.50 per large box to an APO/FPO address overseas.)

You can contact me by commenting here with information or you can send me an e-mail to  Please put “Cookies For Troops” in the subject line. I live in Kentucky, but like I said…I will send to anywhere, regardless of the area they are requested from. If you would like to volunteer to take any requests for addresses from your area/community that I may get..let me know! I would like to help out as many troops as possible. Hopefully this will turn out to be a huge success!!

If you would like to send some out yourself, but need recipe ideas for cookies that handle the shipping well, keep an eye out. I will be posting some soon.


Tuesday’s Menu

Turkey Pot Pie

With a large family and lots of leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner…we still have turkey. So today I will be making: Turkey Pot Pie! I am including the recipe for all of you that would like to try it as well. If you don’t have any turkey left..use chicken. This is sooo good!

* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
* 2/3 cup shortening
* 1 tablespoon cold butter
* 3 to 4 tablespoons cold water

* 1 cup cubed peeled potatoes
* 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
* 1/3 cup chopped celery (I don’t like celery…so this will be excluded in mine.)
* 1/4 cup chopped onion
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 1 garlic clove, minced
* 1 cup Chicken Broth (I saved my turkey broth for this purpose.)
* 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 1/2 cup milk (whole or 2%)
* 1-1/2 cups cubed cooked turkey
* 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed (may used canned, drained)
* 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed (may used canned, drained)
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper


* Combine flour and salt; blend. Add cheese; using a pastry blender..(fork works) blend until fine crumbs form. Add shortening and butter; blend until coarse crumbs form. Gradually add water until dough forms a ball. (If you have a processor…this is a little easier process. Or you can use a pie crust left over from Thanksgiving pie plans!)
* Divide dough in half with one ball slightly larger than the other; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
* For filling, in a large saucepan, saute the potatoes, carrots, celery and onion in butter for 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in broth; cover and cook for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
* Combine flour and milk until smooth; gradually add to vegetable mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add the remaining ingredients; simmer 5 minutes longer.
* Roll out larger pastry ball to fit a 9-in. pie plate; transfer to pie plate. Trim pastry even with edge. Pour hot turkey filling into crust. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie; place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in top or make decorative cutouts in pastry.
* Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until crust is light golden brown. Yield: 6 servings.

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Sweet Potatoe Casserole

With a move behind me and at a loss without my cookbooks. ( These got left behind in storage) I didn’t remember exactly how much of what was in my sweet potatoes. So..I was searching the web to find a similar recipe and found this one. It is (I am pretty sure) the exact same one I have made the last two years! Hope you enjoy!!

There couldn’t be an easier way to make an elegant sweet potato side dish. Canned sweet potatoes are a huge time-saver, and when they’re mixed and baked with a few ingredients and topped with pecans…mmm mmm!
Serves: 6

1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened, divided
1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut (optional)
2 (29-ounce) cans sweet potatoes, drained and mashed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, combine pecans, brown sugar, flour, 1/4 cup butter, and the coconut, if desired; mix until crumbly then set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients, including remaining 1/4 cup butter; mix well. Spoon into casserole dish and sprinkle evenly with pecan mixture.
4. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until bubbly and heated through.

P.S. I don’t put in the coconut and I use brown sugar not granulated. Those are my changes. 🙂 Enjoy!

Free Thanksgiving Road Trip Activity Book!

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Cranberry Apple Cider

So, I was making some more plans for Thanksgiving and came across this wonderful idea for cider. I love Cranberry juice! Never thought of making cider with it but I think I will definitely try it! For all of you that want to try it with me….here you go!!
Erin from $5 Dollar Dinners shares her healthy recipe for Cranberry Apple Cider.

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