Our first celebration was held at in our home with our sons, daughter in love, grandsons, one son’s good friend and the two of us, Carl & Jennie. The time spent together was just wonderful, seeing the little ones open their gifts was just priceless, and getting a very unexpected gift, one which I really wanted, was fantastic. Oh my what delectable food. We opted not to have the traditional meal of Turkey, dressing/stuffing, green bean casserole, etc. Instead a pork loin slow baked with a slight bit of salt/pepper on both sides, 1 jar of Apricot preserves, 1 Apple cored/sliced, 1 Onion slivered. I baked at 300 for about 2-2 1/2 hrs. Also in the oven was a ham covered with cloves that baked about an hour, then honey was poured over that, maybe a T or 2, baked another hour. A beef brisket was also baked in the oven with the other but never got tender. Later we cut that up using in several other dishes, which brought the tenderness out. Mashed potatoes, which is a must with 6 guys in the house, gravy, green beans, chopped spinach and copper pennies. The Copper Pennies were a hit, and surprisingly no one but my husband and I knew by the name exactly what we referred to. Carrots, about 6-7 large, thick ones, were cleaned and sliced about 1/2″ thick and placed in a pot, poured over about 1/2 c. water, 1/2 c. brown sugar, 1 T EVOO, a dash of salt and a few sprinkles of pepper and nutmeg. To drink everyone had water. Dessert consisted of the most delicious Pumpkin Roll you ever want to put in your mouth, THAT I did NOT make, but bought from a local lady who makes and sells as a Missions Fundraiser in her church. 4 bought this past Thanksgiving/Christmas season. Each one devoured promptly after cutting. A-ma-zing!!!
As mentioned in an earlier post, 2 of my Grandsons are currently very interested in cooking. One of the books given is Paula Deen’s 1st Cookbook for Children. When going through the books I found a great recipe I just knew everyone would love, oh yayes, I hit that nail right on the head. Cookies on a Stick. Chocolate chip cookie dough rolled into a ball, placed on a popsicle stick, rolled in Mini M&Ms, bake according to cookie dough directions. Remove from oven and let cool. Don’t turn around, or they disappear. M-m good! Paula Deen would be proud! JS