THANKSGIVING – #3

Posted on November 15, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Bananas, Crafts, Dairy, Dinner/Supper, General Crafts, Jello, Kids, Kosher Recipe, Nuts, Oranges, Paerve, Party Ideas, Parve, Pineapple, Recipes, Salads, THANKSGIVING, Thanksgiving Prayer, Thanksgiving Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


Lift Every Voice and Sing          

by James Weldon Johnson

Lift ev’ry voice and sing,

Till earth and heaven ring,

Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;

Let our rejoicing rise

High as the list’ning skies,

Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,

Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,

Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod,

Bitter the chast’ning rod,

Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;

Yet with a steady beat,

Have not our weary feet

Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?

We have come over a way that with tears has been watered.

We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,

Out from the gloomy past,

Till now we stand at last

Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years,

God of our silent tears,

Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;

Thou who hast by Thy might,

Led us into the light,

Keep us forever in the path, we pray.

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,

Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;

Shadowed beneath Thy hand,

May we forever stand,

True to our God,

True to our native land.

I thought that today I would try to blog about salad recipes and Thanksgiving craft ideas.  Hope you enjoyed the above prayer.  I really think it is perfect for Thanksgiving.

For our first Thanksgiving craft, I have chosen place card napkins.  This idea, the photo  and the directions were found at http://www.countryliving.com .  This is a wonderful site that has many entertaining ideas and hints.

A gorgeous way to set your holiday table!

Thanksgiving Table Napkin Placecard And Table Cloth

 

Practice your script first, then write each guest’s name invisibly: try the Prym Dritz disappearing-ink pen. Immediately trace over the name in bronze, copper, or gold with a medium round-tipped ink marker, such as Uchida’s DecoFabric Marker; available at http://www.michaels.com.

No-Sew Cloth: Cut to size linen or medium-weave burlap, leaving an eight-inch drop. For fringe, pull away threads, one row at a time. Write words, as for the napkins, and then press, wrong side up.
Ok, now let’s tackle my weak point…salads.  I do not like salads.  I am not a big vegetable eater.  So, I went to the internet in hopes of finding salads that even kids will like.  Who says you have to make a traditional tossed salad?

Looks good to me!

24 Hour Salad

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By Linda Larsen, About.com Guide

“24 Hour Salad is a creamy fruit salad made with a cooked custard and canned fruit, then chilled overnight. The recipe came from my mother-in- law Loraine.

This delicious salad can be made with many other kinds of fruit. I like to add some cubed cantaloupe or sliced strawberries too, if they’re available.”

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Chilling time: 23 hours

Total Time: 23 hours, 35 minutes

Yield: Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

20 oz. can pineapple tidbits

2 (15 oz.) cans mandarin oranges

3 eggs

3 Tbsp. flour

3/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

2 bananas, peeled and sliced

1 cup heavy cream, whipped

Preparation:

Drain juices from canned fruits and set fruit aside. Add water to juices, if necessary, to measure 1-1/2 cups. Combine eggs, flour, sugar, and 1-1/2 cups juice in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with wire whisk, until thick and boiling. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice, cover, and chill in refrigerator until cold .

When custard is cold, fold in drained fruits, marshmallows, and sliced bananas. Then fold in whipped cream. Pour into serving bowl and cover.

Chill 24 hours before serving.

A festive salad for Thanksgiving.

Creamy Molded Cranberry Salad

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By Linda Larsen, About.com Guide

“Creamy Molded Cranberry Salad is one of my favorite salads for Christmas. The tart cranberries are combined with marshmallows, celery, and nuts and suspended In a creamy gelatin mixture. You’ll love it!”

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

4-1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin (1-1/2 envelopes)

1/2 cup cold water

3/4 cup boiling water

1 (16-ounce) package fresh cranberries, ground

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup miniature marshmallows

1 cup diced celery

1 cup chopped toasted walnuts

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Preparation:

In small bowl, combine gelatin and cold water; let stand 5 minutes. Add the boiling water and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.

Place in freezer 15 minutes to cool. In large bowl, combine cranberries, granulated sugar, marshmallows, celery, and walnuts; let stand 20 minutes to let sugar dissolve. Add gelatin mixture.

In medium bowl, beat cream with vanilla and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold into cranberry mixture. Rinse a 2-1/2 quart ring mold with cold water; do not wipe dry. Add salad mixture, cover, and chill until firm, about 4-6 hours.

To unmold, place salad in ring mold upside down on serving plate. Rinse a clean kitchen towel in hot water and wring out. Place hot towel on mold for a few seconds. Then hold the mold and plate together and shake gently. The salad should drop right out of the mold.  But if you fear trying to unmold a gelatin salad, just put the mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Then you can cut the salad into squares and serve it that way. It’s just as pretty, and much easier!

Cover and chill again, or serve immediately. Serves 8-10

Spinach Salad

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By Diana Rattray, About.com Guide

Ingredients:

4 slices bacon

4 cups torn spinach leaves

1 can (8 ounces) pineapple tidbits, drained, chilled

1/2 cup sliced purple onion

Lemon Dressing (below)

Preparation:

Cook bacon; drain and crumble. Place spinach in a large serving bowl. Top with pineapple tidbits and sliced purple onion. Sprinkle crumbled bacon over spinach. Just before serving, pour lemon dressing over salad and toss lightly.

Spinach salad serves 4.

Lemon Dressing

1 cup vegetable oil

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon paprika

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 clove garlic, minced

Combine all ingredients in blender container; cover and blend thoroughly. Chill. Stir before serving.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

GOLDEN GELATIN SALAD

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1 pkg. Lemon Gelatin

2 cups HOT Water

1-1/2 tsps. Lemon Juice

1/8 tsp. Salt

1 cup DRAINED CRUSHED Pineapple

3/4 cup RAW GRATED Carrots

Dissolve gelatin in HOT water.  Add lemon juice and salt.  Chill until partially set.  Add pineapple and carrots.  Pour into individual molds.

Chill until set.

SOURCE:  Rochester, NY’s Hadassah Cookbook

SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE:  I will leave out the salt.  It will be good without the extra sodium in our diets.

Servings: 6

This salad is a work of art!

Yellow Trio

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Cut the kernels off an ear of corn; sauté in olive oil with yellow squash slices. Toss with yellow grape tomatoes, fresh basil, salt and pepper.

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YOM KIPPUR COUNTDOWN – DAY 7

Posted on October 2, 2011. Filed under: Bananas, Cakes, Dairy, Desserts, Ethnic Recipe, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, My Ramblings, Recipes, Sour Cream, Yom Kippur | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


A theme that is central to Yom Kippur is forgiveness.  I think this is one of the most difficult themes we have to deal with throughout the High Holidays as well as throughout our lives.  “Forgiveness” is defined as :

1. The act of forgiving or the state of being forgiven[1]

2. willingness to forgive[2]

A Mothers Kisses by Jared Kendall

A Mother’s Kisses by Jared Kendall

(God) pardons like a mother who kisses away the repentant tears of her child —Henry Ward Beecher

“The overarching theme of Yom Kippur is repentance. During the holiday all thoughts are supposed to be centered on this theme. From Kol Nidrei to the repeated Viddui to Neilah, the day revolves around the theme of communal repentance for sins committed during the past year, in order that both the community and the individual be inscribed in the Book of Life for the coming year.”[3]

“There are two distinct relationships in Judaism: person to person and person to God. To atone for deeds committed against another person, Jewish tradition teaches, you must confront that person directly and apologize. Yom Kippur will address the impact that deed had on your relationship with God, but without the personal apology, the deed remains uncorrected. This element of the day often leads to difficult self-assessments and personal accountability for the choices made in the previous year.”[4]

I find it very easy to ask G-d for forgiveness, but I am not sure he forgives me or not.  Some years I really wonder.  I also am not confident at this point that I know how to truly ask him or anyone else for forgiveness and I’m not sure I know how to be truly repentant.  I wonder if it is the same feeling for the criminal who wants to repent his crime.  Perhaps he/she is truly wishing to repent but does not know how.  What does that person do and how does he/she approach G-d for forgiveness?

We are taught by the Rabbis that repentance is the prerequisite of atonement.  So, without repentance there is no forgiveness, but we are given chance upon chance upon chance to repent.  Every day we can repent, not only during the High Holy Days, and not only during Yom Kippur.

Rabbinic Jewish literature contains extensive discussions on the subject of repentance. Many rabbinic sources state that repentance is of paramount importance to the existence of this world, so that it was one of the seven provisions which G-d made before the Creation (Talmud Bavli, tractates Pesahim 54a; Nedarim 39b; Midrash Genesis Rabbah 1).”[5]

It is too bad that repentance doesn’t work with countries.  Perhaps, if it did, there would be fewer wars.  But, countries are made out of people, and it seems that the people in charge don’t want to repent or don’t think they need to repent.   Perhaps if they really cared and if they really understood the 10 Commandments and their religion’s version of the Bible, there wouldn’t be so many wars.  Taken on a purely personal basis, perhaps there would be fewer divorces and torn apart families.  And perhaps neighborhoods would be safer places to live in.

In Order To Repent You Need To Turn Your Behavior Around!

G-d saw the importance of forgiveness so why can’t we practice it more?  I know it hurts to admit to being wrong.  I know we would like to think of ourselves as perfection.  I know that it can be humiliating to ask for forgiveness.  But we need to try.  We need to focus on our actions not just on the words, “I am sorry.”  The core of a true apology is the recognition of injury or wrong-doing, and a genuine expression of repentance for it. You have to recognize and admit the wrong-doing; and you have to be genuinely sorry.  Let go of the wrongs, let go of the engrained patterns — forgive and be forgiven.
I have an idea.  Try to truly forgive one person this year.  That is a good starting place.  Then next year try to ask forgiveness from someone you have wronged.  To start off, I ask anyone whom I have offended in any way during the past 64 years of my life to please forgive me.  I will try harder this year to be a better person.  So, here, publicly, I forgive Bonnie Stoler, a girl who I went to grammar school with who was not very nice to me.  I am finally going to let go of my grudge against her.  Please, Bonnie, if you are reading this, and I hope you are, I forgive you.

To help sweeten my apology, I am offering this recipe:

Bananas Yummmm!

Banana-Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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Yield: 1 (10-inch) coffee cake

Ingredients

1-1/4 cups sugar, divided

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

2 large eggs

1 cup mashed banana

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation

Stir together 1/4 cup sugar, pecans, and cinnamon; sprinkle half of mixture in a well-greased 12-cup Bundt pan. Set remaining mixture aside.

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy;

gradually add remaining 1 cup sugar, beating 5 to 7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears.

Add banana, sour cream, and vanilla, beating at low speed just until blended.

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; fold into butter mixture.

Pour half of batter into prepared pan; sprinkle with remaining pecan mixture. Top with remaining batter. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan, and cool on wire rack.

Source:  Mrs. H.W. Walker, Richmond, Virginia, Southern Living OCTOBER 1997


[2] Ibid.

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