Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. It’s a day when my family and my husband’s family all get together at my parents house for the day. Everyone arrives for the mid-day feast. And I do mean feast – Turkey, ham, sweet potato casserole, and two kinds of dressing – one of which is my very favorite and the only day of the year I get it – Oyster dressing. That’s not everything but you get the idea.
As the years pass I’ve realized I’d like to learn a few of my Grandmother’s recipes and this is one of my favorites. (Did I say that already?)
Mom had me make it this year and we start out with about half a loaf of white bread pulled apart, a full box of chicken flavored stuffing mix, and 3 cups of crumbled plain corn bread (not sweet cornbread)Mix together in a large bowl.
Saute 2 medium chopped onions along with 4 stalks of chopped celery. After they’re soft and translucent add them to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix well and then push the ingredients to the side so there’s a little empty space in the bowl and add one pound raw ground sausage with 2 cups of turkey broth (chicken broth can be substituted), mix well until the sausage is very soft, then incorporate it with the rest of the ingredients in the bowl. Add three large eggs, 1T. powdered garlic, 1-2 tsp. ground sage, and 1-2 tsp. rubbed sage, pinch of salt and a good amount of pepper.
Mix thoroughly (with very clean hands). Mixture should be very moist, more broth may need to be added.
Finally the “main” ingredient in Oyster dressing – the Oysters. We used 1 1/2 pints of oysters with half of the juice.
Carefully mix in with the rest of the dressing and bake in a casserole dish at 350 for 30 minutes covered with aluminum foil then remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes until browned.
For the last few weeks I’ve been planing, buying and making for my parents “50th” Wedding Anniversary. Today was THE big day for the party. Their actual anniversary date is November 22, 1963, however, I thought it would be better to surprise them before the date rather than after the date.
Reflectively it’s hard to imagine being with anyone for fifty years, or longer, yet they’ve done it and I’m so happy for them. True love does exist. ♥
I went to the local party supply store and was surprised by the lack of 50th Anniversary things available to buy. So out of desperation I decided I would make the decorations. Here’s what I came up with.
I couldn’t have made this without my Cricut cutter. I just wanted a little something to decorate the table so this is what I came up with. A little foam board can go a long way with glittery cutouts, and love birds.
I asked my husband to spray paint this jar, and I put their wedding year and their names on these cutouts.
I had a two sparkling grape juice bottles that he painted gold also, the I added flowers to each one and placed one on either side of the cake. Mom loves roses.
The Happy Couple!!! Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad~bam