Wednesday, November 26, 2008


SR is out of school today, so The Collective are both here.

The list of things to do today is amazingly longer than I would have thought.

We have a Thanksgiving to prepare for.

I am making this salad, because it is my favorite at Thanksgiving.

Autumn Jewels Jell-o Salad Recipe

1 cup cranberries
2 apples
1/2 cup sugar
6 ounces red gelatin
15 ounces crushed pineapple
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced apples
1/2 cup chopped nuts
2 cups boiling water

Chop the cranberries, apples and celery into small pieces. Drain the pineapple and save juice. Combine cranberries, apples and sugar; cover and refrigerate while preparing rest of salad.
Combine gelatin with boiling water and stir until dissolved. Add enough water or fruit juice (apricot nectar, strawberry nectar etc.) to pineapple juice to equal 1 cup. Add this to the gelatin mixture. Chill in refrigerator until slightly thickened.
Combine the cranberry-apple mixture with celery, drained pineapple and nuts. Stir into gelatin mixture. Pour into lightly greased mold or into individual serving molds. Chill until firm. Unmold and serve on a bed of lettuce or garnish with sour cream or slightly sweetened whipped cream and a very light sprinkling of cinnamon.

I also promised to take The Collective to play today. I am guessing we will end up at the indoor play center for a bit of time, while there I need to pick up coupons, so my Father and his girlfriend can take them when they are watching them for the 4 DAYS while we are in DC.

I must pack the 3 of us, for at least 3 days, with plenty of activities, etc, because we are headed to my Fathers house. All of us Thanksgiving in one place. This is a huge deal, and I cannot recall the last time we have been able to this. We are not having our celebration until the day after Thanksgiving, because of all of the in law celebrations. None of us care about the day, we are just thrilled that everyone will be together. So we are having it the day after, along with PN's birthday, and a Nebraska football game. There will be 13-14 of us. I will make the dressing when at Dads, the mashed potatoes, also the gravy. I am skipping pies, because we are also celebrating Pink Ninja's 5th birthday, and we will be having cake.

I have also talked my Dad into taking the annual family photos at this time. He has a beautiful yard, and a new camera. I am trying to figure out what we can wear for a Christmas card picture. I would have liked one at the new house, but this will be fine.

Ummmm....we have to shop tonight for PN's birthday gifts. I have not been able to do the shopping, because toodle bug is always with me. So DH has promised to take SR. I also have a small list of things needed.

I really should start schlepping boxes upstairs. I am not sure what I have in the way of Christmas things any longer. Our outdoor things, had to be put to rest last year...and all of my greenery is icky. My lights, I think are on their last legs, It should be interesting sorting through it all.

All of the neighbors have had their things up for weeks, and lit. That irritates me, can we wait to light up until after Thanksgiving? Seriously. I still have my fall things up and out.

Blogging will of course be lighter than normal....

Enjoy your holiday, and I will say, it is a delight to be "home"....


Stacy said...

Sounds like fun. Wish 14 was all that would be at my house tomorrow.

I will be sure to give my parents a hug for you.

Glad that I brightened up your day. Just hoping that you figured it out online.

Anonymous said...

14 is nothing. If we are with Number One's family it can easily DOUBLE that. Easily.

Enjoy the weekend and the trip!!!

Some Soldier's Mom said...

have a wonderful time... nothing like family!!

your BF and the sons in residence put up the Christmas lights and decorations outside last week while it was still 70 degrees (but we will not light them until after Thanksgiving)... in is now 50 and raining with the possibility of light flurries over the next 2 days -- which is why we do the lights when it's 70 ;-) besides, with the economy the way it is -- we needed a little Christmas!

hugs & love to you all!

Unknown said...

You Have a Great Holiday Too!

I Might just have to steal your jello salad recipe.

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vet66 said...

We are getting ready for Thanksgiving at a lake in the rim country of Arizona. The preparations are made and we will put the turkey on the barbecue tomorrow morning.

Sister-in-law and her husband, our yorkie and their russian blue will be in attendance. I can't help but think of the number of Thanksgivings my brother-in-law and I missed while serving.

We will raise our glasses and give thanks to those far from home who are protecting our great country.

Thank you to them and their loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving to our brothers and sisters walking the walls. Wish you were here.


Anonymous said...

... happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, ma'am.....

... by the way, I used to love jello.... but I heard a question on 'Cash Cab' last night that I do believe has put me right off of it..... trust me, you don't want to know how they make the 'gel'.....

JihadGene said...

Sounds great! Sometimes we (as family) don't get together foe Christmas until February or March, so I know how that goes. Happy Thanksgiving on Friday for you and yours!

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Rachelle Jones said...

Ha, I am aware of pork bones being used for jello...

I still lurve it, btw, you can get it without...