“The best Classic Stuffing recipe “

“This is the time of the year for “Dressing” or if you call it “Stuffing” – this is one dish – everyone will have seconds, and maybe even more!”

Classic Stuffing Recipe

This is the best Classic Stuffing recipe with bread, onion, butter, and fresh herbs. You can’t go wrong with this Thanksgiving stuffing recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb bread cut into 1-inch cubes – about 12 cups (see note)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage
  • tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme (sticks discarded)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. You can dry your bread cubes two ways:

    Place your bread cubes in a large bowl and them them sit on the counter covered for 1-2 days to dry out. Stir the bread cubes every once in a while.

    If you don’t have time to air-dry your bread, you can toast them. Lay bread cubes on baking sheets in a single layer and toast at 250 degrees for 45-60 minutes stirring every once in a while. Transfer bread cubes to a large bowl.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. 

  3. In a skillet, melt the butter and add the onion and celery. Sautee until vegetables are soft. Pour mixture into the bowl with the bread. Add the parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir together. 

  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the chicken broth and whisk together. Pour mixture over bread cubes and mix well. Pour into prepared baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes until top is golden brown and middle is set.

RECIPE NOTES

This is up to personal preference but there are many different types of bread you can use in stuffing.  I personally like to use bakery sliced bread, French bread, or sourdough bread.

Here are some types of bread you can use:

sandwich bread
French bread
baguettes
sourdough bread
bakery loaf of bread


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“Get that TURKEY right Now – Be Prepared”

           “Happy Thanksgiving!”

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“Is this Turkey  ‘large’ enough?” Al Aldrich brings  “HOME” the biggest  Turkey for the family celebration! We wish all our friends a very Happy Thanksgiving!

There is nothing like shopping as early as possible – as the best of  “Turkeys” are out there, just waiting to be selected – and right,  NOW! The longer you wait to get to the store, those poor ole “Turkeys” have been bounced all over the inside of that freezer case, in all stores – and they are taking a mighty hard beating!

In the case, with the “BEEF” – there are  “CUTS” that are tough, and they do need  the “Butcher’s Hammer” to pound them into a more tender serving, but at this time of the year, it  is the good ole tender “TURKEY”  that just,  does  not need to be clobbered over the head – a hundred times or more, to make tender.  He just did everything right, from scratch, and then was so LUCKY, to be selected for a once,  in a “LIFETIME” event, that being his “Destiny”  to be the “centerpiece” on the “DINING Room Table!”

How is that for a great life?  Start out like all of the  “Birds” living on the same old FARM – and everyday – you’re fed just as if you are a “KING” and you just strut around that yard for you and all of your good ole friends, one getting bigger and fatter than the next – and puffing out your “CHEST” as you strut  the old homestead as if you really are a “KING” for everyone to admire and see, if your progress has been good, or excellent?

“You are a good looking ole “TURKEY” – if  you were able to excel in meeting those requirements for being a delicious dinner –  YOU, will be sent to the high price stores and will fetch a pretty penny, for all of those nice big muscles and pounds you so proudly were boasting about – as you  “NOW look so good!”

Lucky for the people, there is an extra special “TURKEY”  just waiting for each and all –  what  you need to do – is to hurry  to the store nearest and dearest to you – look and then pickup each and every “Turkey” and see how he feels –  is he the right size and weight, be sure  to look the entire  package over for their instructions  regarding the  proper preparation – pick up all of the other necessary ingredients – and hurry HOME – and follow through as instructed – so that this “Thanksgiving Holiday” is the best ever – for you and your family and friends!    D.V.


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“NATIONAL CHILD’S DAY “

National Child's Day - November 20, 2019

November 20th each year recognizes National Child’s Day and all the potential represented by our children’s ambitions, dreams, and goals. Through educational goals, STEAM projects, and academic missions, educators and families join forces to provide excellence at all levels of education.

Education begins at home, and by providing parents with resources vital to growing minds, we encourage curiosity and brain development. From the day they are born their education begins. Language and social skills are essential building blocks to any child’s early education.

Schools and educators are investing in science, math, and arts programs. As technology becomes a more integral part of our lives, innovation drives education as well as nearly every career in the world. No matter where our children’s interests lie, technology will advance the way we learn, heal, communicate, travel, change, and protect the world. Our children will be the innovators of the future. All we need to do is give them the education and the tools to dream and learn to their fullest potential. National Child’s Day inspires communities, educators, and parents to do just that.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalChildsDay

Get involved with your child’s school. Discover your child’s passion. Support extra-curricular activities. Encourage community endeavors that promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math because these areas of focus support the way we live every day, and they are lacking in education today.

  • Science – Every day, we use science in nearly every facet of life. From medicine to the development of new products to solutions to socioeconomic issues, science is a necessary tool in the educational toolbox.
  • Technology – It’s growing every day. We communicate with people around the world who speak another language. Hundreds of years of compiled science allow us to continue developing new technologies to explore space. New innovations will enable us to cure a disease before babies are even born.
  • Engineering – Without engineering, many innovations never happen. Whether we look deep to the ocean floor or miles above the earth, engineers visualize and then create the components that work together. It’s a fusion of science, technology, and design.
  • Art – By human nature, we need the arts. Those who have a creative outlet perform better at work. While we’re more likely to be more productive, the arts allow us the opportunity to connect to the human condition. It’s also an ability to understand design and quality. When a product has an aesthetic design, it holds its value longer. Quality products are also a piece of art.
  • Math – When it comes to each of the above areas, every one of them relies on math. We wouldn’t have gone to the moon without it. If we want our children to move us with music or with the next greatest automobile, they will need outstanding math skills, too.

Share your tips and ideas by using #NationalChildsDay on social media.

NATIONAL CHILD’S DAY HISTORY

In 1995, Lee Rechter set out to create National Child’s Day. The retired school counselor wanted a day that honored children. In 2001, she succeeded in her mission, and President George W. Bush signed a one-time proclamation for the nation to observe the day on June 3rd. The declaration proposed supporting children in their endeavors from the very beginning. And while it was initiated as a single day observance, it aimed to nurture and uphold the belief that all children deserve to have the same opportunities.

However, Rechter pursued a continuing resolution for the observance. She succeeded, and for the next seven years on a Sunday in early June, the President proclaimed National Child’s Day.

Then, in 2009, when President Barak Obama took office, the observance was changed to November. Each year since National Child’s Day has been observed on November 20th at a time when children are in the midst of their education and surrounded by families.


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“The COOKS are Warming Up the Kitchen”

“If ever there was a time for all “COOKS” to come to the aid of their household – NOW – this week is the time to do, that which, only “YOU” know how to do it – to make all of us, just sit up and beg for more  wonderful treats,  “You” are the very  best person,  in the whole wide world!”

This is the front of a card that I had received  in 1980 for the Holidays from my Uncle Bill and Aunt Iola McClarren with a nice two page letter.

I have always saved the mail that I received, especially when it had a nice long letter to fill me in, with all of the news of that part of the family, and all  that they were doing, how they were getting on – and their plans for the Holidays. They were getting up in the years with medical needs to be taken care of – and not always able to do all the things, like they used to do.

When we were little, my brothers, Denny and Tommy  and Mom and myself,  my Dad would drive  us, up to Ohio for us to visit and stay with the family and spend  some time, seeing how they did, all of their farming and taking  care of animals,  and we did enjoy lots of very good meals. In  fact one year, they even made a “Pumpkin Pie” from scratch in a very special pie dish, that my Mother used for many years, and then, when she passed on, I was lucky to get that very same “Pie Dish” and have always made “Pumpkin Pies” in it, and they were always top of the line pies,  very seldom having a slice of  leftover “Pumpkin PIE!~”

Something special about this time of the year, with everyone getting all of their cookbooks and every baking pie pan and cookie sheet out and preparing the KITCHEN for making memories, that will last  for a Lifetime, for all of those invited guests!

Just a thought, to go along with all of the good memories — and that is – this time of the year is so WONDERFUL because, every good COOK and Baker is saying  extra special prayers, that everything that they have planned for the HOLIDAY Menu will be so very delicious – that all their friends and family will enjoy this occasion,  with many Prayers for those that provided this wonderful meal at this family get together, and that they will always be invited – because they did enjoy to the fullest – all these gifts and those gifts that our Almighty Yahweh provides for each of us all and that is for all year long!   D.V.


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‘TELL me – HOW LONG WILL It Take”

“To get your Monopoly board out, and to  start playing  our favorite game?

“Hurry up – I have lots of money to play with”NATIONAL PLAY MONOPOLY DAY – November 19

NATIONAL PLAY MONOPOLY DAY

National Play Monopoly Day on November 19th recognizes the iconic board game that lands us on Park Place, Boardwalk or even in jail.

Known as one of the most popular board games in the world, Monopoly was originally based on a board game designed by Elizabeth Magie in 1902. The game has been played by an estimated 5 million people since 1935. 

Monopoly comes in numerous versions. Do you enjoy a particular book or movie franchise or hobby? The game likely comes in themes focusing on famous characters and likely scenarios. How about sports teams or pop culture? Monopoly money goes there, too!

Monopoly was  published by Parker Brothers, an American toy and game manufacturer since 1883.

HOW TO OBSERVE #PlayMonopolyDay

Put your banker cap on. Gather your family and friends together and play Monopoly. See if you can come out the winner. What are your house rules? How long do games last in your house or do they end up in turmoil? Use #NationalPlayMonopolyDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL MONOPOLY DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this board game holiday. 


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“Just Exactly the Perfect House – For Sale”

When you are looking for a “HOUSE”  and are ready to buy – what are some of the questions you ask of yourself – and what is the  Real Estate Agent asking?

This house is in Pine Lawn and when this Photo was taken WWII was  making it hard for families, to find  suitable housing, when you have small children?  Back then, if you were looking to “RENT” and had children – you would have a tough time trying to find something – I am guessing that the “OWNERS” of property were thinking, that those small children  of yours’  –  were out to destroying their property – and it would be too costly to put their place back into good shape, for another tenant – to even give it a second look-see?

“This is my Daddy and  holding our little baby,  “Tommy”. On the tricycle is the “Queen of Speed” herself, little ole ME!”

As  far back, as I can remember, I always had some way of getting around – as my Mother had told me – that, I have the wings of Eagles on my heels! In other words – I was always in a hurry to go – no matter what or where – I would hurry, and why – no one knows – but, I would  just like to get to where I am going – and, if I am to do something – then, I want to hurry up and get it done!

Do you think, that I am done then, “No way” –   I already have something else,  that  does have to be done – and  will have to  get started, with a  real quick moving on – to doing it – just as soon – and as fast –  and the real funny thing is… I always have  so very much and lots more to do!

“This is Tommy!”  He is walking along side of  “Motorcycle Mama, Mea” and, as you can see – I am, all ready to go, and to go as fast as I can!

Our Aunt Irene would come by, to see us, every so often, and when she did, she would do something with my hair. Looks like “Spit Curls”  in the above picture, as they called that type of curling the hair  with bobby-pins and putting a “hair-net” on the head – to hold the curls in place. Sometimes, Aunt Irese would do my hair  up in the French Braids, as she would have liked to have had children of her own – but,  her one and only son, “Bernie” died, when he was only, TEN YEARS old. 

After looking at this old Photo – I was wondering if any family, stays in the very first house, that they select, and find that  for the next fifty and or sixty years, everything that they had ever wanted  and had dreamed that this  particular house would be for them, –   after all is said and done, were they able to find and know  – in  living in this their first choice  and only house   they did move into, that this was the very best choice, and that they have LOVED every last minute in that DREAM of a LIFETIME!”    D.V.


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