A few Thanksgiving questions…

Please note*****
Charlotte Trayer brought something to my attention and I wanted to make it clear on here. She was reading the printed out recipe for the Sweet Potato Souffle I showed a few days ago, and noticed the 2nd to last line said “mix until mealy.” Actually that means the pecan and brown sugar mixture. That line should have come right after it said “mix all topping ingredients until mealy, and then sprinkle over sweet potato mixture.
The topping is sprinkled just on top and not mixed in with the sweet potatoes… I’ve been making this for years and never noticed that line. Just follow my pictures…

Something happened to my satellite internet service Saturday morning and we haven’t been able to get connected. I’m writing this on my phone, but I’m not able to do anything else.
I’ll call Monday morning to see what is going on, and hopefully it will be a quick fix, but in the meantime I’m just going to have to ask you a few questions.

So everyone, fill us in if you want… here are a few questions to get you thinking…

Are you going somewhere for Thanksgiving?

Who thinks they are traveling the farthest?

Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?

Do you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade?

Who has their dolls dressed up in “Thanksgiving Attire?”

Can you recall a favorite Thanksgiving?

Well, that should be enough questions to keep you busy….
I hope things are back to normal on my end Tuesday morning…

See you then,
Blessings, Jeanne

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How about a few more “lace up the front” dresses?

~*~ Just a quick reminder that Felicity’s Fall Fancy dress ends this evening on Ebay. You can see the listing by clicking on the picture at the right side bar or you can click HERE and be taken to the auction. I hope you’ll take a peek…
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A few days ago I did a post on the many Felicity dresses I’ve created over the last 10 years. I’m not sure why, but that day I almost broke a record on the number of views from people looking at my blog. My record is 512 in a single day for THIS post… Felicity’s dresses boasted me a whopping 486 hits. I missed breaking that record by 27 hits. Oh well…

Several of you mentioned you loved the lace up fronts on several of Felicity’s dresses… That gave me an idea for today’s post. I had to do something simple because Saturday is our big International Thanksgiving Dinner. There was definitely no time for sewing yesterday and today so simple posts will have to suffice!

I actually could only think of just a few lace up front dresses, besides Felicity’s… So I was as thrilled as I hope you’ll be when you see all these new lace up front dresses… Some wonderfully sweet, some a bit on the “what was she thinking” when she made that…some with real lace up front ribbons; some with lace up front appliques! :o)

I hope you’ll enjoy these…

This last one was a special dress I made for Kirsten…

You remember me saying I LOVED this picture of Elizabeth showing off her long neck?

Well, I’m crazy about this picture of Kirsten too… Maybe it’s the way it was centered with that moon showing just above her head…

I hope you enjoyed those shots of my girls in lace up front dresses…

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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~ Sweet Potato Souffle ~ A recipe you NEED to have in your files…

Actually you need to TRY it, not just have it in your files… if I ever had a recipe that I put a “fantastic” guarantee on, it would probably be this one. It’s got to be one of my all time top 10 recipes… maybe even my top 5! Don’t let the name fool you…it’s not anything super fancy and hard to make… it really should just be called a Sweet Potato Casserole, but I guess that sounded too plain to the person who submitted it to the cookbook.

My day was super busy with “things” and I knew I would have to show you something I was doing instead of something I was sewing, so this ended up being today’s post. Depending on how “things” go tomorrow, there may or may not be a Saturday post. We are getting ready for our annual Thanksgiving Dinner for our church and I’m helping (or in charge) of the decorating. I’ll find out in the morning. I wanted to get some of my food prepared ahead of time because I’ll be cooking 2 turkeys on Saturday!!

Anyway, IF you need another side dish, this one will score you big points from your guests. I like it warm or cold..it doesn’t matter to me! When Thanksgiving is over, if you find me looking for leftovers…there is sure to be a heap of this on my plate… and then again for breakfast… until it’s all gone… :o(

It’s very simple to make and I’ve got pictures of all the steps… so I hope you’ll give it a try, if not now, just sometime… :o)

Here is a picture of the recipe straight from my little paperback cookbook… See that scribble up in the top right hand corner? That’s supposed to be a star helping me remember this is THAT recipe that I love! I don’t need to be reminded anymore!

You’ll need 3 cups of cooked sweet potatoes… my neighbor always gives me these great big things and I peel them with a vegetable peeler and then slice them in big chunks… put them in a pan and cover them with water… and cook till tender…

When you stick a knife in them and it easily goes in, they are done…

Mash them with a potato masher or whisk…

Measure out 3 cups and plop them in a mixing bowl…

Add 1 cup of sugar and mix well…

Add 2 beaten eggs… (oops, I forgot to beat mine… but it’s okay) Mix well…

Add 1 TBSP of Vanilla…and mix well…

Then add 1/2 cup (or 1 stick) of melted butter… and mix well…

Use a casserole dish or a foil pan, (like mine since I’m taking it to a dinner at church) and butter the bottom and sides…

Pour your sweet potato mixture into your dish… and smooth out…

Now for the TOPPING! It’s so good!

Mix together in a bowl: I generally use a fork but you can use your fingers if you like… (then you get to lick them!)

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup of flour
1/3 cup melted butter

It should look like this…

Sprinkle the topping over the sweet potato mixture using your fingers…

It should look like this…

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

The ONLY thing better than a big pan of Sweet Potato Souffle….

…is TWO pans of Sweet Potato Souffle… (I made a double batch!)

I hope you’ll give this a try sometime… I haven’t been eating sugar, but I plan on having a helping of this! (she gives a REALLY BIG SMILE!)

I’m baking mine on Saturday, so it’s in the frig and ready to go, but here is a picture of it baked, from last year’s Thanksgiving dinner at our house…it’s the dish in the bottom left corner… YUMMY!! (and don’t forget Linda’s pickles!) (HERE)

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See you (maybe, tomorrow…)
Blessings, Jeanne

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Elizabeth said, “Hey, what about all the Colonial dresses I’VE modeled?”

“Sorry, Elizabeth, I was laying in bed last night, when I realized I had more dresses from the Colonial era that YOU had modeled…” I thought it was only fair that I show everyone “her” dresses! I don’t think anyone will mind.

Let’s start the slideshow with Elizabeth as the center of attention!

This is one of my very favorite pictures on ANY of my dolls. I just LOVED Elizabeth’s long neck in pictures!

Whew! I think we are done with Colonial dresses… except to find out what happens with Fall Fancy! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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