Posted: 5:07 pm Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
Although November brings a call to cherish our blessings, our loved one’s and spreading goodwill, we should do that every day. But it’s not always easy.
Having holidays to celebrate and remind us is so good. I’m so very blessed with family and friends. I am also very grateful for you my listeners and Facebook visitors. I asked for you to share your stories, memories and gratitude as we enter into this sacred time of year. And you did!
“My favorite thanksgiving morning tradition was having my children make fresh butter for the big feast!” ~ Linda F
“Our tradition is not necessarily a holiday one. We do monthly “Full Moon Pancakes.” My kids LOVE pancakes, so to curtail our pancake consumption we only have them monthly, on the full moon. But we make them decadent! I incorporate whatever holiday is near for themed or flavored pancakes. They watch the calendar/and or the sky for the full moon now.” ~ Erika AF
“We play the ornament swap game. Everyone brings an ornament, music plays, you keep passing the ornament till the music stops. You can either keep it and exit the game or pass it when the music begins. Keep playing till there’s none left! Really fun!” ~ Sue B
“First, we all make a grateful list, mine is quite long… But something I do every year is split walnuts in half, clean out the nut meat and put a surprise inside, like dollar bills, a poem, dimes, a ring, etc. I then glue the shell back together and tie it up with a red ribbon to use as table treats. Folks love them!” ~ Lynn BB
“The holidays are a time of renewal. They are a time to stand with each other and with our God, to be grateful and to prepare our hearts and minds for whatever the year may bring. In the face of so much luxury in American it is easy to feel left-out, even less “American.” But I know in my heart, that the lives we each have are important and full of meaning. To remember this, is my tradition. God Bless and renew you.” ~ Carol M
In my home, all kinds of things happen that we call traditions: First of all, we usually have 2-3 Thanksgiving meals. One with my siblings and their families that takes place the week before, we jokingly call this “Fakesgiving.” It allows us to share all the traditions we grew up with together, but also gives the Thanksgiving day over to them to celebrate with their own circle of extended family and friends.
Thanksgiving happens in a big way at my house, but invariably someone can’t make it because of a work schedule or other obligation, so we just keep the feast going all weekend long!
My grandmother led the charge with most holiday meals, and she began prepping a week ahead. I’ve picked up this habit, and some of her specialties like home made bread rolls, pecan and pumpkin pies, and often berry cobbler. Canned dilly-beans and pickled beats were always on the table and I make sure they are still!
My grandmother always made candy to compliment the many other foods she prepared for holiday dinners. Divinity (which we hated) fudge, peanut brittle, and almond roca (which we all loved!)
My sister is the candy-maker of the family and she has continued this tradition (sans the divinity, which we all thank her for.) My daughter, Shaylah, is deathly allergic to nuts, so there is always a small batch of brittle and roca made first in the pan, before the nuts have come into contact.
Thank you for sharing your stories with me! I’m so enjoying reading them and I’m going to ask you to continue to do so all month long – and if you’ve got something a little quirky, a little odd, a little off-the-wall, I want to know about it!
Neil Diamond | Acoustic Christmas
Neil Diamond is not only a favorite of mine, but has a world-wide following. The legendary singer/songwriter has enjoyed a global career spanning five decades and has sold over 125 million albums (125!), making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Acoustic Christmas is the new holiday album from Neil bound to be an instant holiday classic! The collection includes new material as well as Neil’s classic renditions of Christmas favorites such as, “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night“. Also include is the wonderful “The Christmas Medley“, with Diamond’s unique one-of-a-kind voice adding so much to our most cherished Christmas songs.
Make sure Acoustic Christmas is on your holiday list, under your tree, and stuffed in loved one’s stockings on Christmas morning.
Acoustic Christmas is available everyplace now.
Click the LINK and pick up your copy!
November is National Adoption Month
To watch a powerful video of how these beautiful people became a family, click HERE.
Rock & Romance Cruise | March 2017
We’re making plans to be on a 70’s Rock & Romance Cruise departing next March 11th!
If you lived to hear Peter Frampton, America, Little River Band, Ambrosia, Player, Christopher Cross, and Stephen Bishop perform, then you need to be with us for five days and five nights enjoying private concerts as we cruise the Caribbean.
You get opportunities for meet-and-greets with many of these artists too. Annnnnnd, I’ll be there, with some of my best girlfriends!
You can find details on sailing with us in March here at RESERVE SPACE.
We’re giving away one grand prize trip for two during the month of November! Register to win this month right HERE:
This is going to be so much fun!
Borden® | Baked Mac-n-Cheese
Anyone that knows me knows that I love me some Mac-n-Cheese! Talk about tradition, no holiday table would be complete without this dish! My friends at Borden® have shared an amazing recipe with me that I’m going to pass along to you, it is EVERYTHING Mac-n-Cheese should be and I won’t be surprised if it makes it on your list as a new holiday tradition!
• 1½ cups Borden® Cheese Triple Cheddar Shreds
• 1 cup Borden® Cheese Colby & Monterey Jack Shreds
• 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni noodles
• 2 tbsp. Borden® butter
• 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
• ¼ cup Borden® Vitamin D Milk
• 1 cup Borden® Half & Half
• ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (or to taste)
• ½ tsp. black pepper
• Salt to taste
1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Spray a 1½-quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Combine cheeses in a medium bowl and set aside.
2. COOK macaroni in boiling salted water according to package directions; drain well and set aside.
3. MEANWHILE, melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Blend in flour, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly. Gradually whisk in milk and half & half. Stir constantly, until mixture boils and thickens (about 2 to 3 minutes).
4. Remove from heat and add cayenne and black peppers, and 2 cups of the reserved cheese mixture; stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.
5. STIR cooked macaroni into the sauce and season to taste. Place in the prepared casserole dish. Top with remaining ½ cup of cheese and dot with additional butter, if desired.
6. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until heated through and lightly browned.
For a complete How-To video and more great recipes, head over to BordenCheese.com!
Borden® has also shared a fabulous recipe for Baked Spaghetti and one for a to-die-for Breakfast Casserole that you can find over at Delilah.com on my food blog. Come on over and check it out!
Thank you again for sharing your traditions with me! Next week I’m going to write about the importance of starting NEW traditions. Maybe you’ve moved, maybe there’s a new baby in the family, maybe someone shared something with you that you just can’t wait to incorporate into your holiday routine. Write to me at D@delilah.com and tell me!
In closing I leave you with one of my favorite Facebook responses to my traditions query. It struck my funny-bone, and I hope it does yours too!
“My son always says we don’t have traditions, we just do the same crap every year!” ~ Michell B.
Maybe it’s time to shake things up in this (I’m guessing tween’s) household. Give them some ideas would you?
Thanks you my friends, for sharing, for caring, and for Loving Someone! And in the words of Carol, who wrote in to share her tradition, May God Bless and Renew You!