Is It Dressing or Stuffing? (Recipe)

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What do you call it? Dressing? Stuffing? You know, that cornbread stuff that is a staple side of Thanksgiving and Christmas. I hear some people actually stuff it into the bird but I’ve never actually seen this done.

I called it dressing for years but people kept thinking I was talking about salad dressing so I’ve switched to calling it stuffing. Either way, the following is the recipe for my family’s version and is absolutely one of my FAVORITE foods. Following the recipe I’ll share a couple variations as well. (And if you are gluten free like us just use a gluten free cornbread recipe or mix-we like this one!)

 

Sorry I don’t have any pictures, I will take some to add when I make it this year.

 

Tip: let the cornbread sit out a little bit and dry out a bit, it seems to cook better this way and is definitely easier to crumble.

 

Cornbread Stuffing/Dressing

1 Cup butter

1-2 Cups chopped onion

1-2 pans of crumbled cornbread*

1 tsp poultry seasoning **

1 1/2 tsp salt **

1 1/2 tsp sage **

1 tsp thyme **

1/2 tsp pepper **

1 cup chopped celery (optional)

2-2 1/2 cups chicken broth (I use homemade)

2 well beaten eggs

3 boiled eggs chopped

Crumble cornbread into a bowl. Melt butter in skillet and sauté onion. Pour over the cornbread. Add all seasonings, celery, and boiled eggs and toss well. Pour in enough chicken broth to moisten (mine ends up pretty watery, sort of the consistency of lumpy pancake batter). Add beaten eggs and mix well. Place in large casserole dish and cook at 350 F for 1-1.5 hours.

Notes:

*The original recipe called for 2 pans or 6-7 cups of cornbread crumbled. I make one package of cornbread mix or one recipe of gluten free cornbread and bake it in my deep dish cast iron skillet and it has always been just the right amount, make 2 pans if you want a larger casserole of stuffing.

**Season to taste, I don’t use poultry seasoning in mine.

 

Variations:


Rice Stuffing: substitute cooked rice for the cornbread. Use whatever type of rice you like.

Cornbread and chicken (or turkey) casserole: Add cooked and shredded chicken (or turkey, or duck or whatever type of poultry) to the recipe and cook together. Then you have a great one dish meal!!

 

What is your favorite holiday side dish? Let me know in the comments! 

 
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Holiday Recap

With my family being in the middle of a move we will be spending Thanksgiving in a hotel and Christmas will very likely be in an empty house. So, unfortunately, most of my normal holiday traditions will be out the window this year. Since I don’t have any new plans to share with you I thought I’d give you a handy list of my previous posts about end of the year holidays. Hope you can find some fun ideas to try with your family!!

What I do about Halloween

5 Ideas For Your Best Christmas #1

5 Ideas For Your Best Christmas #2

5 Ideas For Your Best Christmas #3

5 Ideas For Your Best Christmas #4

5 Ideas For Your Best Christmas #5

Our Advent Calendar Activities This post includes instructions for a download of our Advent Activities, this is my 2015 calendar but is still available. I probably won’t be making a new one for this year since we will be in transition and it is hard to plan what we can do. Feel free to use the ideas and fit them into your calendar!

Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions Video and My Favorite Gifts to Make

Holiday Duck Recipe

Putting this list together made me realize I don’t have much about Thanksgiving. We don’t do a lot for Thanksgiving but I’ll try to share a couple ideas next week.

What is your favorite fall holiday (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas) tradition? Share in the comments!!

Christmas Traditions Video and My Favorite Gift to Make

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I have shared quite a bit of information about our Christmas traditions. As we get closer to Christmas day I just want to share a couple more things. Today I have a video (originally aired on periscope) where you can see a few of our Christmas tradition items in more detail. I am also going to share with you my favorite thing to use for gifts for friends, teachers, neighbors and gift swaps!

Here is the video where I show you some of the Christmas items we use during this time (remember it was originally on Periscope so the quality isn’t the best!)

 

You can find more details about our Advent calendar at this post and more about the other items mentioned here.

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Now my favorite gift item for swaps, friends, neighbors etc:

Crocheted snowflake ornaments!!

These are easier than they look I promise!

patterns courtesy of snowcatcher.net
patterns courtesy of snowcatcher.net

There are various places to find patterns for these and a quick Ravelry search will give you plenty. My FAVORITE pattern author is “Snowcatcher.”

She has tons of different snowflake patterns and she posts new patterns all the time. She generously shares her patterns free for anyone who would like to use them.  They are well written and easy to follow!

You will need a size 7 or 8 crochet hook and size 10 crochet thread. The thread comes in many different colors and one ball of thread will last a long long time! I have yet to get to the end of one and I have made many, many snowflakes!

Snowflake supplies

After you crochet them you will need to iron them and you will need something to pin them to for stiffening. Snowcatcher suggests a pizza box and straight pins. My husband made me an awesome board that I can both iron them on and pin them to. I iron them on the board then I cover my board with a sheet of wax paper and pin them down (I do several snowflakes at once) and spray with fabric stiffener. I have a dedicated set of pins just for this purpose so I don’t ruin my sewing pins

.Snowflakes on board

The board my husband made consists of a pice of plywood, a stiff piece of styrofoam, then a thin piece of quilt batting on top, all of that wrapped in a pice of cute fabric which is stapled to the bottom.

My other favorite Christmas gift to give is homemade extracts but you don’t have time to make that this year so I will share how I make them in another post in a couple months!

Have you made crocheted snowflakes or you do have another suggestion for homemade gifts for friends, neighbors, teachers, or swaps? Please share your ideas and experiences in the comments!

Remember you can still get the Advent activity plan by signing up for email updates on the right. You will also want to sign up so you are notified about the upcoming holiday recipes and How to Make Reusable Cloth Gift Bags posts I have coming soon!

I would love to connect with you on Periscope and Youtube so please hop over and follow me there!

Christmas Traditions

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I try to be very intentional about our activities and the ways we celebrate during this time. You can see my series on what I do to prepare for the Christmas season to keep it a time of peace and family starting here (follow the links at the end of each post to the next one). Also check out my Advent Calendar post for more information about how we do that! 

Now I will share some of the things we do DURING the Christmas season.

Decorations

Decorations go up the weekend after Thanksgiving. Our tree decorations include meaningful ornaments such as a nail to represent Jesus on the cross and a candy cane with the story of the meanings behind it. We also have a German Bride’s tree set where each of the 12 pieces have a special meaning. We read about the meaning of each of these as we put them on our tree.

Bride's tree ornamentsornaments

I’ve been trying to find somewhere to buy the German Bride’s set to put away for my kids but haven’t found a nice one anywhere. I’m hoping to come up with a way to make them myself soon!

I also pull out the Christmas books, movies, music, and our Little People nativity set. These are items I keep put away the rest of the year so they will feel special when they are available. We have been collecting Christmas books in order to have one Christmas themed book a day during Advent. I don’t wrap them but that is a fun tradition I’ve heard of others doing so the kids have a book a day to unwrap. We just do well to read them! The movies and music are used all through the season.

Christmas books

The Little People Nativity set was given to my kids by my mom several years ago and they absolutely love it! It is a great way for them to recreate the story of Jesus’ birth and internalize it.

School

This year I found something new to try; a Christmas Hymn Unit study. This study includes the history of each hymn, copywork, activities and the music for voice and tin whistle or recorder. My kids have learned a little of both instruments and I think it will be fun to try playing these hymns. We generally do very little formal school work during this time of year so this will be a fun study to do during this time.

Advent Wreath

We use this beautiful advent wreath as another way to count down the days of advent. It has Mary riding her donkey to Bethlehem as she moves along the spiral. You can put candles in the holes in any arrangement that suits you. We use traditional advent candles that we light each Sunday in Advent. (This wreath can also be used for Lent/Easter with an included add on and a figure of Jesus carrying the cross). You can learn more about this wreath here but note that it is probably too late to get one for this Christmas, they are handmade and take time. I would suggest ordering in the middle of the year!

Advent wreath

Nativity

I set one of our nativities up with just the animals in the barn. Mary and Joseph start out somewhere in the house-usually as far away as possible. Every day through December they move a little closer to the nativity. On Dec. 24th they arrive at the barn. Christmas morning Jesus is there with the angel and the shepherds. At this point the kings start traveling-like Mary and Joseph starting as far away from the nativity as possible and getting closer every day until Three Kings Day. The kids enjoying trying to find where Mary and Joseph (and later the kings) are each day.

Presents

We don’t make a big deal of Santa in our family but we do give stockings and small presents in observance of St. Nicolas. We also read books and watch movies about St Nicolas and why he is part of Christmas. I have tried doing stockings on St Nicolas day (Dec. 6th) but I never seem to be able to get it together in time so we do them Christmas morning. This year we are going to observe St. Nicolas Day by putting our shoes by the door and the kids will find chocolate in them in the morning. We are also going to put together bags of goodies to leave at our neighbors’ doors. (These activities are also our Advent calendar activity for the day).

The seven days before Christmas we start the What God Wants For Christmas activity (which appears to be out of print). In this activity you read a part of the story and add a figure to the nativity set each day. This version of the Christmas story focuses on God’s gift to us and culminates in what He wants for Christmas (you). The kids open a small box with the figure each day. They really enjoy this.

We open presents Christmas eve so that we can focus on Christ, spending time with friends and family and just relaxing on Christmas. This year I want to incorporate the idea of doing a present with PJs, popcorn, hot chocolate, and a family movie the night before Christmas. Since we open presents Christmas eve we are actually going to open this one the day before (Dec 23rd). I even put it on our advent calendar for that day. I will wrap one large box with all of the items in it for the kids to open together.

As I said above we open presents Christmas eve. We also attend the church service and we have Mexican food for dinner. All of these are traditions from my childhood. We do the traditional dinner on Christmas. Well mostly traditional, we plan to have goose instead of turkey this year!

Don’t over-do it!

While this may sound like a lot of activities, I make an effort to keep our Christmas season simple so that I can focus on relationships. I have added only one of two of these traditions each year and they have become a natural part of our routine. I share these to give you ideas not to make you feel like you have to do it all! The most important thing is to remember the gift God gave us in Jesus and to show love to your family, friends and neighbors!

Here is a video where I discuss some of our traditions and show examples:

 

How do you make Christmas special? Share your traditions in the comments!