My first hurdle this year was our yearly tradition of the great nut bowl! Grandma Lawaine's nut bowl is filled as soon as the whole nuts hit the store at Thanksgiving time, and kept filled all through the season . Of course we always find some under the hutch or china cabinet come July or something, we blame the cats. Well like everything else, the price has gone up to an almost unacceptable price. So the big question is do you let crushing economics void out your family traditions? When is enough, enough? I choose to bit the bullet and pay almost $5 a pound and try to cut cost somewhere else. Who needs toothpaste and toilet paper during the holidays right?
I am also feeling very blessed with all the holiday outings we have coming up. I do not take it lightly to be included. Most people take it for granted to be part of family outings or groups that in
clude friends new and old. We don't have that, as we are transplants with no family in this state. I have also heard or been treated to the "your not from herIsn't that the truth! Seems like I wait for Fall all year long, it is my favorite time of year. Then October gets here and BAM! I swear it is like a starters gun went off and the time moves like warp speed on a episode of Star Track! I feel like the holidays are hurtling themselves at me with an unseen force that only Ray Bradbury could appreciate. However I am trying to assimilate and be flexible.
e" mentality which includes cliques of old school friends not needing new friends apparently.
Our youth needs out grew our last church, so recently we have been attending a slightly different and smaller church. They have been very welcoming and we love the folks there, they are so real, not just dressing up for Sunday if you know what I mean.
Today they youth group will help package up over 100 turkey dinners to be given out by the churches ministry, Jesus Helping Hands. To be followed by a potluck turkey dinner for those chilled children. I am bringing mashed potatoes, gravy, and my famous pineapple corn muffins. I would like to share this easy/peasy and economical recipe with you , for this holiday season:
Pineapple Corn Muffins
20 oz. can crushed pineapple
3 boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix
Mix ingredients together, fill lined muffin cups and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
Makes approximately 18 muffins
Blessings, Beth Ann