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A holiday favorite at our house


picture of corn Pudding

Years ago my friend Jamie invited us over to her house for a turkey dinner where she served this delicious Corn Pudding. I asked her for the recipe and it is the one thing that must be included at all our holiday dinners. It is delicious and goes equally well with either turkey or ham. I hope you will try it.

Corn Pudding

2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
hearty dash of white pepper
2 Tbsps. melted butter or margarine, slightly cooled
2 Tbsps. flour
1/2 cup milk
1 can cream style corn

Melt the butter or margarine and set aside to cool. In a mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar, salt, flour, and white pepper. Add the melted butter, milk, and creamed corn. Pour into a greased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Place the dish in a shallow pan of hot water. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until it tests clean when you insert a small knife in the middle.

Here is the Corn Pudding in its water bath:

picture of Corn Pudding Water

If you want to bake this in the oven with your turkey or ham at a lower temperature just bake it a bit longer--it will be fine. Leftovers (if there are any) can be reheated in the microwave. It's a good idea to work out the arrangement of your baking pans ahead of time. I put my roaster which will hold the ham or turkey in first and then the other casserole dishes, etc. to see how far apart I need to space the oven racks. It's much easier to adjust everything when the pans are empty and the oven is cool!

Here's a picture of the Corn Pudding plated up and ready to be eaten:

picture of Corn Pudding Plated

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving feast with all of your favorite dishes too.

Becka


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A new salad


picture of Spinach Salad

I tried a new salad recipe for lunch on Sunday. I found the recipe on the back of a bag of craisins. It is colorful and is a nice fall and winter salad. As I was cleaning up the kitchen I realized that I had forgotten to add the feta cheese to the salad. That turned out to be good because pregnant women are not supposed to eat feta cheese and DDIL, Katie was here for lunch. Mark and Katie just found out that they are going to be having a boy in April. 🙂

Here's the salad recipe -- feel free to add the feta!

Effortless Spinach Salad

8 oz. fresh spinach, washed and in bite size pieces
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
about 1/3 cup sliced red onion
1/2 cup craisins
1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds

Dressing:
1/3 cup raspberry vinaigrette
1 1/2 Tbsps. orange juice

Place the spinach, feta cheese, onion, craisins, and almonds in a couple of layers in a large salad bowl. Combine the salad dressing and orange juice and mix with the other ingredients just before serving.

I hope all of you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for this year here at our house and I hope you all are equally blessed.

Becka


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Busy Days


I've been keeping busy around here, but unfortunately I can't show you pictures of most of my projects right now. I've been working on a few things for Christmas and for the upcoming wedding in the spring.

One thing I can show you is this little baby quilt that I've been working on. It's for a new little great-nephew that is due to arrive any day now. The top is all pieced and layered and partially quilted. Maybe, just maybe I'll get it finished up before the little fellow arrives.

picture of Miles Quilt

Can any of you share what you have been working on this month?

Becka


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A new shopping experience


This morning Rob and I ventured over to the parking lot sale at our local Save-Mor grocery store. Save-Mor is a bargain branch of Ingles. I'm not sure how many of these stores there are, but I have seen others up in North Carolina. About every two weeks they have one of these sales. They put things in neat rows of banana boxes out in a fenced off area of the parking lot. Some of these items are near their expiration date and others appear to just be overstocks or items that aren't extremely popular. People start lining up an hour or so before the sale and at 9:00 AM when the signal is given you are allowed to enter the fray and begin picking through the boxes to look for treasures you want to purchase.

Rob and I each took an empty box and went our separate ways and then combined our loot to purchase one box full. Here is what we brought home in our box:

picture of Box Sale Loot

We got all this for $7.00! Rob and some of our kids have gone to the sale before, but this was my first time. I know we will have fun trying some of the products and sharing them with others.

Becka


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A new quilting book


I recently bought a new quilting book, Foolproof Machine Quilting by Mary Mashuta. The basic idea she promotes in this book is making templates out of freezer paper or contact paper that you can use as a guide for machine quilting. Here is an example of a template made of contact paper:

picture of Dena Template

The book has many pictures of actual quilts or partial quilts and she gives many suggestions for making patterns for the quilting motifs using household objects and paper folding. I used a small bowl as a pattern for the template:

picture of Bowl Pattern

I tried this method recently on a baby quilt I am working on and I have found it to be very helpful. Maybe someday I will feel confident enough to embark upon free-motion quilting, but until then I like using the templates to add interest and dimension to the quilts in a structured way. If you are like me and need to build up your confidence in machine quilting you might want to check out this book. Here is one of the stitched motifs:

picture of Dena Stitching

Becka


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