Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving Favorites

Sorry!  No pics with this blog.  Check out the one prior to this for pics.  I wanted to share two of the recipes that I make every year for Thanksgiving.


This is my favorite stuffing recipe.  I could have a big bowl of this for Thanksgiving and be totally happy.  It's so easy, moist, and oh so good!  It was given to me by my Great Aunt Peggy.

Crock Pot Dressing
1 c. butter
2 c. chopped onion
2 c. chopped celery
1/4 c. parsley sprigs
2 8oz. cans mushrooms, drained
12-13 c. bread, stale and cubed
2 well beaten eggs
1 t. poultry seasoning
1 1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. sage
1 t. thyme
1/2 t. pepper
3 1/2 - 4 1/2 c. chicken broth

Melt butter in saucepan and saute celery and onion.  Stir in poultry seasoning, salt, sage, thyme, and pepper.  Put bread cubes in large bowl.  Pour butter mixture over top, add parsely and beaten eggs.  Mix together.  Pour in broth and mix.  Pack lightly into crock pot.  Cover.  Set on high for 45 minutes.  Reduce heat to low and cook 4-8 hours.

These yeast rolls are wonderful!  I have made these now for so many holidays.  They can be easily turned into the best cinnamon rolls!  This was given to me by my cousin Linda.

Yeast Rolls
1/2 c. butter
1 c. warm water
1/2 c. sugar
scant salt
3 eggs
1 pkg. yeast mixed into 1/4 c. warm water
5 c. bread flour

Place butter and 1 c. warm water into bowl and microwave for 2 1/2 min.  Add sugar and salt and mix.  Mix in eggs.  Mix in yeast mixture.  Add flour.  Put warm damp cloth over mixture for 3-5 hours.  Should double in size and be airy.

Yeast Rolls:  Melt 1/2 c. butter.  Cut dough in half.  Roll out first half into circle.  Brush butter over top.  Cut into 12 wedges.  Roll up in crescent shape and brush with more butter on baking sheet.  Do same thing to second half.  Let raise 30-45 min.  Bake at 325 degrees for 8-10 min or till lightly brown.  Brush with butter again. 

Cinnamon Rolls:  Melt 1/2 c. butter.  Cut dough in half.  Roll into rectangle.  Brush with butter.  Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over top.  (Don't skimp on cinnamon.)  Roll into tube shape.  Cut about 3" apart.  Place in greased pan and squish together.  Butter tops and let raise 30-45 min.  You can also place them on baking sheet so that they are not squished together.  If squished together bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 min.  If single bake 325 degrees 10 min.  Butter tops again when out of oven.

Frosting for Cinnamon Rolls:  I prefer mine without frosting as the frosting makes them too sweet.  But here is the recipe for those with a serious sweet tooth.
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 t. salt
2 t. vanilla
3 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. milk
Beat all together with electric mixer until light and fluffy.  

For chocolate frosting add 3 T. cocoa into powdered sugar.

Hope you can enjoy these family recipes.  They are always a hit within our family.
-Mindy

Happy Thanksgiving

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Cora and I headed to Grandpa and Grandma Danner's early on Thanksgiving to get the meal underway. Dobbie, Papa, and Daddy came for a late lunch. We had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade rolls, Paula Dean's sweet potato puffs, and green bean casserole. The turkey was even done on time and turned out so good. I am always nervous about making a turkey. It's so easy, though. I think it's reading other people's horror stories about turkey that makes me nervous.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cora thought it was pretty yummy! This was her first experience with a Thanksgiving meal. Last year she was just tiny and enjoyed the Thanksgiving milk that came after Mommy enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner. Ha! The meal was really yummy and the company even better. It was so wonderful to have both sets of families together. What a blessing to be able to be together. Grandma was able to hear the family and know that we were feeling so thankful. Cora spent time crawling on her and loving her. Something for which I know she is thankful for.

Pink Marshmallow
Cora got all layered up on Thanksgiving morning to go out for a wagon ride with Grandpa. I think she looked like a pink marshmallow. She wasn't sure what to think of her big coat and hat.

The afternoon turned out beautiful as the snow began to fall. It was perfect. The trees and bushes were covered so they looked gorgeous. It was so fitting for such a good day. We ended our day with pumpkin pie and two yummy desserts that Dobbie made on behalf of Paula Dean. Mmm!

Now for some random pics from our last week.

Grooving to the Beat
Cora discovered Daddy's headphones one night this week. She kept wanting to wear them. We thought she looked so cute. Daddy finally had to tell her no and that he needed them. She walked away a bit miffed and then had a great idea. She put her fingers in her ears and pretended to have her own headphones. It was so funny!
Grooving to the Beat

I think Cora looks so cute in this outfit. Thanks to "Auntie" Christi for it. I could just eat this baby up!

Cutie Pie

Thank you to my hubby who restored Flock so that now I can just drag and drop pictures. I may be blogging more now that it is with ease. I do not know how those of you who do it the other way remain sane. I am thankful for Flock!!!!!

-Mindy




Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Cutest Bows

One of our moms from the preschool (who happens to be one of my youth group buddies from back in the day) has started making these ADORABLE bows for little girls. She is very talented and they are all the rage at preschool! :) I wanted to give you the link as the holidays are coming and you might be looking for some cute small gift ideas. She has out of the kindness of her heart made me two of the cutest bows for Cora. We have a precious brown and pink butterfly and she just made a turkey bow for her for Thanksgiving.

They are so precious.


Be sure to check her site out and place some orders! It is www.lacijo.com
She also makes beautiful jewelry and cute cute tutus!
-Mindy

Friday, November 16, 2007

Cravings

When I was pregnant with Cora I craved lemon flavor things, spinach, and V-8.  Now I crave Sour Patch Kids candy, Jolly Ranchers, and cereal and milk.  I am NOT kidding!  What gives?  A friend of ours said Cora will be a jock and this baby will be a grad student!  Ha!  (His philosophy is from being a grad student and knowing the junk they eat. Ha!)

-Mindy

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Confession

It is 3:06 p.m.  Daddy's at work, Cora's down for a nap and I am sitting here in my pajamas.  Why are you still in your pajamas, you're wondering?  Well, Cora's sick and I have had no time today to change.  Now that she is down for a nap, that would be a great time to get ready.  I will.  I know.  I just needed to sit and listen to the quietness.  No crying, no mischief.  Ahhh!  Cora has an ear infection.  We found out yesterday at her 15 month well baby check-up.  Ha!  She wasn't a well baby, so it is still a well baby check up?  Anyways...our doctor put her on Amoxycillin.  It hasn't kicked in yet.  She is miserable!!!!  So is Mommy!  She only wants to be held and if I even think of walking out of the room, she cries.  I seriously thought she was going to go hoarse last night from all the crying.  She is a mess!  And I am exhausted.


So how do you do this with 2?  I'm feeling panciky!  

Cora is 21.2 lbs. and 31 3/4" long.  She's still a peanut!!!  
Mindy

Monday, November 05, 2007

Life is Moving Fast

It's November!!!! How did that happen? I can not believe how fast time is flying. My greatest disappointment in seeing the calendar pages flip so fast is not seeing friends and family enough. I get so caught up in life and do not reach out to those that I love the most. If you are reading this, I am sorry! I do love each of you so much. And I miss you too. I am horrible with the phone, so please do not think that I just don't call you. I don't call anyone. I have never been a phone talker. That I did NOT get from my mom. Ha! Anways...it's November! The holidays are here. There is no escaping that fact if you have been to any store recently. The holiday displays are up. I secretly love to see them go up. Yes, it seems earlier and earlier every year but there is such an excitement in the air. I took Cora to Wal-Mart the other day to get some groceries and she went wild when she saw the huge blow-up Christmas yard decorations. The enormous Santa snow globe and the penguin popping out of the present gave her great delight. Dobbie and I took her to Cracker Barrel Saturday night and she was in awe of the singing puppy with jingle bells on his ears and the reindeer with jingle bells on his antlers. Things that I would never pay attention to before or would think of as annoying, I watch my daughter giggle with delight over. How children make us think differently. The cashier at Cracker Barrel said it best as she watched Cora laughing at the singing dog, "That is what it is all about!"

So yes, we have been busy here. I think all of my blogs start that way. Isn't everyone busy. The past few weeks have been filled with joy as we tell dear friends and family about our tiny bundle within me. It's so fun to see people's reactions. Dobbie and Papa were very excited. We put Cora's "surprise" onesie on for them to find out. Papa caught on quickly but it took a few minutes for Dobbie to. It was so fun! Grandpa Danner thought it was a really good shock! Cora is oblivious to the many changes coming to her world. She has been around a couple of babies the past few weeks and has been totally smitten with them.

We had a friend from Iowa who was on herway to Toronto stop in and spend the night. She had not had the pleasure of meeting Cora yet. We actually missed her wedding because Cora was due right around her wedding date and the wedding was 2 hours away. We were a little scared to be that far from home if labor started.

 
Last weekend Cora got to dress up like a ladybug for Halloween! She was the cutest ladybug around, certainly not one that you would smoosh or sweep up.  She visited Grandpa and Grandma Danner and Dobbie and Papa!








This past weekend my college roomie and her son came over to spend the night. Her hubby had an all-nighter for his youth ministry position and my hubby had work and a concert to attend. So we had girls and one boy night. We ate yumm-o food and let the kids play. In reality, Joy's son checked out all of Cora's toys and Cora followed behind wondering who this handsome child was. Ha! It was fun. After the kids were tucked into bed, we turned on the movies. Joy has recently become a huge fan of the English romance genre and this has always been one of my favorite genres. This common ground is what fueled our plans for our sleep-over. We watched The Importance of Being Ernest and Sense and Sensibility. Sense is one of
my favorite movies. I even made Kevin who is not a fan of this genre watch it after we were first married. Unfortunately Joy who is allergic to cats had to take a Benadryl and pregnant mommy was exhausted so we only made it halfway through Sense. The best part of movie night was that Joy did bring this kicking Hershey's Pie. Yummmmm!


Saturday morning I had to get up at 5:30 a.m. Dobbie, Cora and I went to Ohio for a bridal shower for Dobbie's nephew and fiancee. It was a Pampered Chef bridal shower which was fun. Cora got to see her aunt and lots of cousins and second cousins. It was great fun to see the family. It was a 4 1/2 hour drive there and then back. On the trip home we broke it up with some shopping at Kohl's and supper at Cracker Barrel. (One of Mommy's favorites!) Cora got pretty silly on the way home. She was going a bit nuts being in her car seat all day. We played numerous games of peek-a-boo, blew tons of raspberries, and gave unlimited tootsie (toe) kisses. Then we finally made it home. Cora played and played for an hour after being unstrapped from her seat of torture while Mommy laid unconscious on the couch. It was a fun day! We always have a good time with Dobs!



Then on Sunday we had to get up and go again. Mommy had Preschool Sunday at work. I was in charge of going to the grocery store to pick up the refreshments so off we went. We did get an extra hour of sleep due to the great time change. (In case you were wondering, I am not a fan of the time change but Daddy is.) After Preschool Sunday I have to confess that Mommy and Cora came home and put our jammies back on. That was Cora's idea. We were so tired from our busy weekend so we napped, watched movies and played all day, afternoon, and evening. (Joy, you will be happy to know that I watched the new Pride & Prejudice for the umpteenth time in your honor. It is better every time.)


There are alot more pictures that I uploaded on our flickr site. The link is on the right side of this page. I am having a hard time getting the pictures to go where I want them to so I give up!


-Mindy