very thankful

The past week has been one big blur…  So much is going on around here, so many things to do and decide.
It seemed as though I came home from New York and three days later it was Thanksgiving.  Our Thanksgiving was wonderful, full of lots of food and music, surrounded by Poppa and our children.  Can we as mothers really ask for anything more?  I did not pull of any new Thanksgiving outfits this year but we were all together, safe and warm and enjoyed each others company for the day.  Lots of movies on the couch and casseroles, pots and pans covering every inch of counter space.
I wanted to share two little parts of our Thanksgiving celebration with all of you. 
The first is our sage sausage and berry stuffing which I promised to share with a friend.
1 pound ground pork sausage
1/2 cup total of chopped onion, celery and green bell pepper
1/2 cup dried berries (raisins, cherries, blueberries, whatever you like)
1 large Granny Smith apple
1 tbsp flour
2 tsp dried sage
1 can chicken broth
6 ounces cornbread stuffing
Preheat the oven to 450 F.  Crumble sausage into pan and sautee, add onion, celery and bell pepper and then the berries.  Cook until the sausage is well browned. (This tastes pretty good without the sausage too for my non-meat eating friends ; )  While the sausage mixture is cooking, peel and chop apple into small pieces.
Stir the flour into the sausage and cook for a few minutes.  Stir in the apple, broth and stuffing mix until all blended.  Grease your baking dish and transfer the stuffing to the baking dish.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
The second I want to share is our Thankful Jar.
The thankful jar is a little tradition that we keep from year to year.  Everyone is to write at least 5 things they were thankful for in the past year.  They each write them on a slip of paper and put them in the jar.  This year Erica decided to cut them with a fancy scissor which made it hard to keep them from jumbling up together.  At dinner we remove the previous years slips and that brings forth so many memories and little things that we may have forgotten about, then we read this years and put them in the jar.  I keep the slips of paper from all the previous years together in a box to read someday when everyone is all grown up.  You could also do this for New Years and I think it would be great.
The day after the Thanksgiving festivities were over, Poppa and I had to leave for a meeting in Miami 
(more on the tomorrow) and it was so hard leaving my kids behind but I did get to spend the night at my parents house and that was wonderful though much too short.  We got back yesterday and crashed in a bed.  I am hoping to have a much more productive week this week.  I hope to share my advent preparation sometime this week and the rest of the photos from my New York trip.
What have you all been up to?

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5 Responses to very thankful

  1. Kathy Sheridan November 16, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    I am so happy to have found you! You have wonderful things to share and I truly enjoy reading crafts from a Catholic perspective.
    God bless, Kathy S I am not great with email but I did sign up so I will try and read weekly anyhow. Please pray for my mom who is going through really hard times. God bless

  2. Megan of RojerThat.c December 1, 2011 at 12:20 am #

    Aw YEAH! That stuffing looks awesome – hello to this year's Christmas stuffing recipe! Click the link here to read about our accidental Thanksgiving feast. God bless!

  3. momto5 November 30, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    that looks really good. i might give that a try for christmas. and i love the thankful jar…wonderful idea.

  4. Michelle@ourwonderfi November 30, 2011 at 5:24 am #

    aww, we did something very similar with a thankful jar. perfect! happy to have found you! {michelle}

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