Thanksgiving Day is upon us and I cannot remember where spring and summer went.

Thanksgiving Day is upon us and I cannot remember where spring and summer went.

I guess, as they say, time passes quickly when you are having fun.

 Our holiday will be different this year but Grouchy Bear is happy whatever we do. This is his favorite holiday and he eats more than anyone I know, except maybe our friend, Owen Powell.

 We have always given him a turkey platter for the meal and he fills it and eats it all. A few years ago I bought him a smaller platter but that only caused him to fill it more often. So we just let the holiday go and know that he is going to eat a lot during mealtime and then return a few hours later for desserts.

Often about 9 p.m. he begins to search the fridge again and makes him a few turkey sandwiches washed down by seconds on pecan pie. Oh well!!

 Applesauce bread is one of my entrees this year.

Applesauce bread

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 egg whites

1 egg

1 1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup canola oil

3 tablespoons fat-free milk

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, 2 teaspoon cinnamon, bakng soda, salt, baking powder and nutmeg. In a small bowl whisk the egg whites, egg, applesauce, oil and milk. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Transfer to a 9 x 5” loaf pan coated wtih cooking spray. Combine brown sugar and remaining cinnamon, sprinkling over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

Nutrition facts: 1 slice equals 139 calories, 4 g fat, 13 mg cholesterol, 24 grams carbs.


Cranberry freezer salad

1 lb cranberries (fresh or frozen)

2 cups Splenda

1 package mini marshmallows

1(20 oz) can pineapple pieces

2 cups cream (whipped) or 4 cups frozen whipped topping thawed

Mix together grund cranberries and sugar. Let stand overnight. In another bowl, mix together mini marshmallows and pineapple, let stand overnight. Next day, add cream that has been whipped or whipped topping and add to above mixture. Spoon or pour into a 3 quart bowl. Freeze overnight.  Last but not least is the favorite turkey recipe from our friend, Ralph Bolain, Pea Ridge, Arkansas.

Thanksgiving turkey

Clean and prepare your chicken or turkey. Mix your favorite recipe for dressing and before stuffing the bird add 2 cups unpopped popcorn to the dressing. Stuff the bird carefully and wrap in aluminum foil. Place it in your roaster pan and place in oven at 450 degrees. Leave in oven until turkey is completely cooked or the popcorn has blown the rear end off the turkey!! Have a great Thanksgiving

 See you next week.