Celebrating November with Thanksgiving and a Song!

Celebrate November with Thanksgiving, and "Thankfulness", the song . . The month of November is characterized by Thanksgiving and being thankful for the bountiful blessings we have received. Our focus turns toward the typical foods associated with this season of the year and an anticipation of the main holiday, Thanksgiving. During this month, I've been sharing some of our treasured family recipes and suggestions for ways to celebrate being thankful with your family, music and more. With Thanksgiving just days away, here are some thoughts about this American holiday and a song I wrote a few years ago. So, since it is Friday, I'm sharing it as the Forte Friday post. The song, "Thankfulness",  is at the end of this post. "What is … [Read more...]

Green Bean Bundles: A Thanksgiving Side

Green Bean Bundles are delicious and make a nice presentation for special dinners. The bacon plus the sweet and savory sauce are mouth-watering for sure! Yum!!! Green Bean Bundles! Several years ago, my daughter, Candace, found a recipe for Green Bean Bundles. She gave the recipe to my daughter-in-law who made them for my son, Jason. He absolutely LOVED THEM! The "absolutely LOVED THEM" is really an understatement! She made them every chance she got, and he enjoyed them each time. As I thought about our Thanksgiving menu, these Green Bean Bundles came to my mind. Green beans are always a good choice as a side dish, but when you bake them in bacon . . .  OH MY! . . . you can't beat that! The Green Bean Bundles Recipe . . . The 5 … [Read more...]

Cherry Cream Cheese Pie Recipe. . .

Cherry Cream Cheese Pie, a festive holiday pie! If you are looking for a beautiful and delicious pie for the holidays, this Cherry Cream Cheese Pie is perfect! Plus, it is super easy to make. It will add a festive spark to you dessert table for any holiday. While it may seem more of a Christmas pie, we make it for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. This pie has been my son, Jason's, favorite pie since he was a child. And, even now, as an adult, he insists on taking the "leftover" pie home with him. . . all for him. . . :) I always had to make this pie for him when we have family gatherings. The Cherry Cream Cheese Pie Recipe . . . The Cherry Cream Cheese Pie recipe goes back decades. I first found it years ago when my children were … [Read more...]

Mama’s Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad Recipe

Mama's Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad is easy to make, it is delicious, and with the whole berry cranberry sauce, it is a perfect salad for Thanksgiving. Mama's Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad for Thanksgiving! My Mama's Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad--one of our traditional fall congealed salads-- is full of fruity goodness. . . a whole unpeeled Red Delicious apple, crushed pineapple and a whole can of whole berry cranberry sauce. But that's not all. . . the crunch of the pecans not only adds another level of flavor, it adds a whole different texture as well! Mama's Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad . . . Not only is Mama's Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad easy to make, it is delicious. . . one of my favorites! With the whole berry cranberry sauce, … [Read more...]

Jeri’s Crescent Rolls: A Bread for Thanksgiving

Jeri's Homemade Crescent Rolls . . . My sister, Jeri, makes the BEST homemade crescent rolls! She was taught by her mother-in-law, Charlene, many years ago, and Jeri always makes these for our family dinners. Jeri's rolls are the most sought after food on our dinner tables, with family members grabbing them while they are hot and slathering them with butter. She usually makes about 6-7 dozen rolls and there are none left over when we all go home. My sister, Jeri, with baby Jaycee Ruth Jeri's Homemade Crescent Rolls: A Thanksgiving Bread! As I was thinking about our Thanksgiving dinner, I thought Jeri's homemade crescent rolls would be the perfect bread. Here are some of her tips to make the rolls several days in advance: Once … [Read more...]