Panettone, Apple, Sausage Stuffing

I usually host our family’s Thanksgiving dinner, whether here or in Hilton Head. I always like to include one new dish to the menu already filled with family traditions.  A few years ago I prepared this stuffing recipe adapted from FoodNetwork’s very own Giada DeLaurentis.  It was a big hit and I haven’t made it since , so I decided to make it again this year.

It’s unusual yet very Italian as it’s main ingredient is a loaf of Panettone bread.  If you’re not familiar with that, it’s the Italian version of the tradition  fruitcake that everyone loves to hate!  Only this bread is really good.  It’s light and not too heavily filled with fruit, and it is great sliced and toasted for breakfast.  This year Panera has added it to it’s menu throughout the Holiday season.  You can also purchase it at any TJMaxx’s or Marshall’s store.  (Which is where I buy mine).  It comes in a decorative box, ready for gift giving. You can certainly make your own, (which I did try one year) but, believe me, it’s just too much work!

So here is one of the many offerings served alonside our turkey this year:

One loaf Panettone bread, cubed

1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage (out of the casings) browned and drained

2 tart apples , peeled and diced

1 red onion, peeled and diced

2/3 c dried cranberries

1 egg, beaten

1 stick butter

1 or two cans chicken broth

a pinch or two red pepper flakes

Saute onions and apples in butter, add cooked sausage, combine with bread cubes and egg. Add pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste. Turn into buttered baking  dish and pour chicken stock over just to moistened.  You don’t want it too soggy!

To make it even more Italian and yummy, sprinkle with parmesan cheese!

Bake in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.

I’ll still have to make the traditional stuffing for the picky eaters in our family.  Oh, and as every other year, the dish of pasta will have it’s usual place on the holiday table. This is what we Italians do!!

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Taller than Tall

My sweet little grandson, Aiden who is 4 1/2 years old, equates age with height.  If he hears that someone is older than him he’ll say “He’s taller than me”.  On his grandfather’s birthday, he asked how old he was and when he heard his age, remarked, ” Wow, Pappy’s really tall!”  Pappy didn’t think that was so funny!

During my quiet time with God this morning, it seemed that my prayer requests were so numerous.  I found myself apologizing for such a “tall order”.  But then I realized that my God is “taller than tall”.

We’ve all been reminded at one time or another not to tell God how big our problems are, but to tell our problems how big our God is!! He not only is taller than tall, but stronger than strong, wiser than wise, His might is unmatched, His powers are unstoppable, and His grace and mercies are never-ending.

In Romans 4 v. 20, the Bible tells us “Abraham did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strenghened in his faith and gave glory to God being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”

We will be blessed on the basis of our faith in him.  My belief is that the Lord is the original, most trusted, promise keeper I know!

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Remembering Flight 93

On Saturday morning, I visited the  Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Somerset Co.

The day was cold, windy, rainy, very somber; a perfect setting for honoring and remembering 40 very brave and remarkable heroes.  So unlike that sunny, warm, fall day on Sept. 11, 2001.

Standing on a grassy hilltop, a lonely American flag is visible in the distance waving in the wind, designating the area of impact of that plane traveling in excess of 550 mile per hour. Almost impossible to comprehend.  I found my self asking the question, “Would I have been as courageuos as those passengers and crew members?”  Would I have been quick to decide upon a course of action that would have saved yet more  lives than those on the plane?”  They all realized through cell phone contact that the plane was part of the horrendous planned attack against our country.   Their collective decision was one of a counter attack, hoping to impede a disaster as Flight 93 was turned in the air by the highjackers heading toward the nation’s capital.  Todd Beamers’ phrase “Let’s Roll”  will impact and resonate for years and years to come.

One of the amazing facts, or rather miracles, that I learned yesterday by one of  the volunteers was that a  passenger’s bible was found at the site, unmarked and in perfect condition. Isn’t that just like God, reminding us that His word will not be returned void, but will accomplish that which He has intended and achieve the purpose for which He sent it.  He always gives us hope. Even amidst a tragedy.

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There’s More….

After talking with Candace for 25 minutes…..  ( if you’re following me, that translates to a full hour on the phone this morning!) it was determined that the internal wireless card in my laptop is outdated!  Since when is 2 1/2 years considered outdated!  The nerve!  Anyway, after checking with a supervisor who asked if I was “nice”  and understanding about this whole issue, I was told that a service man would come out and replace this wireless card free of charge! This is so that I would not have to go  through a number of unnecessary steps just to start up my computer from standby mode.  Once again, bless you Candace!

Now see, my kindness ( yet another gift of the Holy Spirit) has been rewarded.  *Big Smile*

I still need to pray for patience!

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God give me Patience

I honestly don’t know where I was when God was handing out patience…I must have stepped out of line, tired of waiting!

I do know that patience is one of the gifts/fruits of the Holy Spirit, given freely through grace: I’d like mine gift wrapped,please Lord!

Day 2

Here we go again. Called Consolidated Communications, our new High-speed internet carrier to resolve a problem with connecting to the internet.  It’s 7:30 a.m. this time and I hear the same sugary sweet voice recording on the line…”Your call is important to us”, (so are you going to pay for my physical therapy for my neck from holding the receiver between my ear and shoulder), “it will be answered in the order in which it has been received”, (okay, so I’m # 534), “and we thank you in advance for your patience”, ( you don’t know who you’re talking to, lady!)

Oh no,! that music again!  But I’m prepared this time.  I set the phone down and begin reading a new book, ‘Picture Perfect’ by Jodi Picoult.  I’m using this time wisely, refusing to be at the mercy of “Sugar Voice” and her waiting game–it’s on my terms today.

Finished chapter one…..still no real voice, only music,  (The Shadow of your Smile)

Finished chapter two….did I hear this one already?  (Time in a Bottle)

Middle of chapter three…

Oh wait, yes, I hear a voice and it’s saying, “My name is Candace, how may I help you?”  BLESS YOU CANDACE!  only 29 minutes of waiting today!  Yessss!

See, good things come to those who wait!  I told you so! **Mona Lisa smile**

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Elevator Music….zzzzzzzzzzzz

I’m on hold as I write this post, waiting for the technical support person to help me with my computer–arghhhh!  I HAD TO DO SOMETHING AS THIS MUSIC IS LULLING ME TO SLEEP!!!!!!

Why do they even call it”elevator music”?  It’s more like “give-me-a-knife-so-I-can-slit-my-wrists-music” Rather than soothing and melodious as i think it’s intention is, I am slowly developing a whopper of a headache.  Go figure!  I must say that I do like a wide range of music genres, jazz, R&B, gospel, some country..but what is sifting into my ears, is far from “easy listening”.  I just want to scream.  After 20 minutes can you blame me?

That’s it! 35 minutes later, I’m done, hanging up, good-bye! I’ll show you!  Click! *Heavy sigh*

Well after all that aggravation, raised blood pressure, dull headache…and still my computer is on the fritz, now what??

Wonder when it will be the best time to call tomorrow??

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Looking Through Rose Colored Glasses

When I woke up Sunday morning, after the time change, it seemed later to me because it wasn’t pitch black as it usually is at six-thirty a.m.  I looked out my window and it appeared to me that I had on a pair of rose colored eye glasses.  Now I never owned a pair of rose colored glasses only light blue, which I wear occasionally, but the rosy glow that I saw was mesmerizing and beautiful.  I stood before the window and looked to my left which is the eastern sky and the sunrise was magnificent.  It caused the whole sky to be washed in a playful shade of pink lemonade.

I know why the term “Looking at the world through rose colored glasses” carries such a happy, optimistic view of life’s situations.  I had a smile on my face that not even the toughest elbow grease could remove. I literally felt “joyful” and just knew eveything was right in the world.

Now if only I could capture that feeling and spread it around to those who really need it.  Like my friend, Donna, who is in the midst of chemo treatments for esophageal cancer.  Wow, I just talked with her today and was so sad that the hope and uplifted spirit I saw in her the last few weeks has disappeared, gone, evaporated… Oh, if  she could wake up each morning and sense that feeling of joy and confidence that her day would be pain-free and her strength would return and her dizziness and headaches would be gone! Where can I buy a pair of those magical rose colored glasses?

But she is a fighter and a believer, and she is surrounded by prayer warriors who will hold her arms up for her when she cannot. Her trust in the Lord is what is going to get her through this stormy season, He will be those glasses for her.  Because only He has excellent vision and a plan and a purpose for her and what she is enduring right now. He is a God who heals and keeps all His promises. We, as her friends and church family will remind her of that, while the lenses of her faith become clearer and rosier.

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