Thanksgiving Comforts – Yummy Stuffing

by Jeanelle on November 2013

Thanksgiving is the ultimate
comfort meal.

Turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mushroom green beans, mashed potatoes, and gravy. I can smell the turkey cooking now. There are so many delicious foods at Thanksgiving that stuffing is often thought of as an ordinary; but traditional side dish. No more boring stuffing; it will be a highlight of your Thanksgiving meal!

I usually start Thanksgiving day around 5am to get our turkey in the oven. I wrestle a  25 pounder and stuff it full of delicious ingredients because – I LOVE stuffing. Fill up your turkey with love and yummy ingredients and experience the taste of comfort. If your not cooking a turkey you can still make a delicious stuffing in a oven dish.

This is making me hungry!

Be creative – put your favorite tastes into your stuffing. I like to add: chopped onions, walnuts, apples, golden raisins, or dried apricots.  Add your favorite goodies to your choices of the dried stuffing bread crumbs/cubes. I don’t like my stuffing mushy. Be careful when combining the bread, ingredients, and liquid to add less liquid if you are including items that will add moisture, like apples or other fruits.

Prepare or chop the ingredients the night before and refrigerate the in individual plastic bags or containers. In the morning, prepare the turkey for the oven and combine the ingredients and stuff.  Get one of those big aluminium cooking-to-go-containers to easily mix all the ingredients together.

Enjoy this time of year – stuff it with love and comfort!



Easy to Make Succulent Pumpkin Gardens

by Jeanelle on November 2013

Enjoy making this unique little garden that lasts up to six months!

I love the seasons and decorating for the holidays. This easy to make pumpkin succulent garden is the perfect table decoration or hostess gift. Succulents are comfort plants because they make people happy and need very little care.

Flowers fade quickly and goodies get eaten; but this little succulent garden can last up to six months. Succulents are delightful plants that take little effort.  I made pumpkin gardens for our out-of-town relatives and sent them USPS. The happy garden will remind them of us and our wish to be there with them.

Gather the following items:

1. Small to medium pumpkins

2. Sphagnum moss

3. Succulents plants

4. Spray glue – super tack

5. Hot glue gun/glue stick

Choose a pumpkins with their skin and stem in good shape. If the pumpkin skin is torn; it will decay sooner.  The pumpkin does not rot because is not being cut. The moss and plants are glued to the exterior. Spray the glue on top of pumpkin; let the glue sit for a minute to get tacky. Lay clumps of the moss on the glue and adhere it to the pumpkin.

Add additional glue where needed if any moss layers can be lifted up. You also can add some hot glue to loose areas when gluing the plants in.

If you have succulents in your yard already; make cuttings from your plants. If not, most Home Depots and other plant/hardware stores sell succulents. Just clip the succulent blossom at the stem.  Gather a plate full of succulent plant blossoms. Secure the clipping one-by-one into the moss by hot gluing them and pressing them into the moss. Glue around the base of the blossom and upper stem, leaving the cut end unglued so it can root in to the moss. Arrange the succulents as you go; glue and paste in.

When all your succulents are glued in, look it over and fill in any open space. Check for loose plants or movable moss and glue down. Trim any excess moss and wipe down pumpkin. The last step is to wet down the moss and plants. I misted/soaked mine with my kitchen sink sprayer. The plants and moss will need to be sprayed once a week. Remember succulents do not like to be cold or have frost. They need some sunshine. After decorating your table; place the pumpkin near a window. When you no longer want your pumpkin, clip the succulents and plant them in a pot filled with desert soil.

Embrace moments of comfort and joy. Let these happy little plants bring you a smile.



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