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Is your turkey thawing?


I have my turkey (actually a turkey breast) thawing in the refrigerator and have the menu planned and the ingredients at the ready. Ours will be a small gathering but enjoyable nontheless.

We are especially thankful this year that DD Megan's thyroid biopsy last week turned out benign. We have much to be thankful for including a warm comfortable home, provision for all we truly need, children, grandchildren, extended family, friends, a church which preaches the Bible, and other blessings too numerous to mention.

I've decided to make the Pumpkin Crunch dessert that I posted about here for Thanksgiving, but was in the mood for pie over the weekend. I made this Cranberry Apple Pie and it was delicious. The pie tastes sort of like a cherry pie with the combination of the apples and cranberries. I think it's going to be on the menu for Christmas at our house. But if you still haven't got your Thanksgiving menu written in stone you might want to try this recipe. Whatever is on your menu I hope you will each have a blessed Thanksgiving Day.

Becka


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The new baby


On a recent Saturday morning my son Mark and grandson Ryan stopped by on their way to the local zoo and asked if I would like to come along with them. Mark attacks the zoo the way he attacks a shopping mall--you view the animal briefly and then move on to see the next one. This approach actually is preferred when you have an eighteen month old with you.

The zoo was very crowded because of the new baby giraffe, Kiko. All summer long people here in the area awaited news of the impending birth. He finally was born in late October . You can actually view the birth here and also watch him on a live feed. The live feed may only be available for a couple more months.

Here is baby Kiko. His name means Autumn's child.

Here are Kiko and his mother, Autumn:


We saw many other animals such as Joy the elephant, who is one of Ryan's favorites:

Near the exit of the zoo is a small area with barnyard animals that the children can interact with. Ryan enjoyed communing with the pig and the goat while having a refreshing drink of milk.

He also loves monkeys. Here is a picture of him with his favorite:

We had a visit from this unusual species at our house recently:

I hope you who are local will get to visit little Kiko soon or at least watch him on the zoo's website or webcam.

Becka


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Another good cookie


I needed to make some cookies for a church function recently and decided to make these Molasses cookies. Cookies containing molasses or honey stay fresh longer than those made with other sweeteners. Many recipes containing molasses and honey were developed during World War II. This recipe came from my grandmother and was one of my Dad's favorites. He always liked it when we would make a thumbprint in a few of the cookie dough balls and fill them with strawberry jam. These are a nice chewy cookie that travels well.

Molasses Cookies

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar. plus extra for coating cookies
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsps. baking soda
*2 cups flour
1 egg
Cream shortening, sugar, and molasses then add egg and dry ingredients. Mix until well combined and then form into 1 inch balls. Roll each ball in granulated sugar and then place on baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 mins.

*I make these with half all purpose flour and half bread flour since I have moved to South Carolina. This was not necessary when we lived in Ohio and Michigan but makes a prettier cookie here. 🙂


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