Friday, October 19, 2012

Ronald McDonald House and Recipes: A Winning Combo!

I have collected recipes and recipe books for as long as I can remember.  Some of my most treasured recipes include my grandmother's hand written sour cream pound cake recipe dotted with batter and spattered with dots of vanilla.  It has a place of honor in my recipe notebook which contains some of my family's favorite recipes.  When we built our home, I had a set of bookshelves built in the kitchen to hold my collection of recipe books as well as a collection of milk glass.  I love to cook while looking at some of my favorite things around me.

Last night, I went to Dillards to do a little shopping.  As I checked out I noticed the annual Southern Living Cooking for Christmas cookbook at each register.  Only $10.00!  I snatched one up and added it to my items.  I love Southern Living cookbooks with their beautiful pictures and mouth watering recipes.  A bonus of this cookbook is that Dillards has once again teamed up with Southern Living to support the Ronald McDonald House.  McDonalds does three things really well...coffee...french fries...and most importantly, their development and support of Ronald McDonald Houses around the world.  Ronald McDonald House charities offer families a home away from home while the family is dealing with a sick child.  RMH believes that families should not worry about where they will lay their heads at night or where their next meal will come from while taking care of a sick child, often far from home.  They have helped families with ill children for the past 38 years.  What a blessing for families dealing with a child's medical crisis.

Let me share their new collaboration with you.  The cover is just a hint at what yumminess awaits inside!
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Let's make some plans for your Thanksgiving dinner!  Southern Living offers a delightful Waldorf salad with a savory blue cheesecake on top.  Blue cheese lovers unite!
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I love veggies!  This simple presentation of root vegetables with a yummy balsamic reduction sauce looks terrific!
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What about brussel sprouts?  I know some of you may not be fans; however, a plate full of roasted brussel sprouts can't be beat!  Trust me!
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Of course, what Thanksgiving table would be complete without a southern favorite...sweet potato casserole?  Here Southern Living offers a classic version.
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This potato gratin looks divine.  It has a rosemary crust with thin slices of potato in a delicious Gruyere cream sauce.  What hostess wouldn't be proud to serve this on her buffet table?
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The cookbook offers several recipes for roasted turkey, wonderful hams, and pork roasts, but let's skip the main dish and head to desserts!  All I can say is YUM!  Toasted coconut sour cream cake!!
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Since I live in Mississippi, I could not leave out Mississippi Mud cookies!
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Or for the peppermint lovers out there, a Peppermint Frappe.  I think I would save this for a Christmas treat.  It looks so refreshing!
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The cookbook also offers a vast selection of appetizers.  One I found interesting was Turnip Green dip. I think I may have to try this one!
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What about decorating?  Southern Living is known for sharing with its readers a wide variety of decorating techniques.  The 2012 book is no exception.  It contains terrific ideas for Thanksgiving as well as exceptional Christmas decorating themes.  This simple floral display in a smooth pumpkin would be lovely on a buffet table.
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I also like this informal tablescape, not too complicated or fussy, but beautiful just the same.
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I hope that I have tempted you to head out and purchase a few cookbooks to share with your family and friends.  It is packed with 280 pages of deliciousness!  However, the most important factor is that "each purchase will help families of seriously ill children to have a comfortable haven near their child."(Southern Living and Oxmoor House) If you would like to learn more about the Ronald McDonald House charity, the following link is offered.

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32 comments:

  1. I made a mashed sweet potato casserole a few years ago...a recipe from a colleague...and now the family insists on it every year: )

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    1. I know! Sweet potato casseroles are addicting...but in a good way! It is always a staple on our holiday table. Thanks for stopping by and ome back soon!

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  2. I love Southern Living Cookbooks and now you have me wanting to run over to Dillards to pick one up!!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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    1. Hi Susan and Bentley!
      They are great cookbooks. I always wondered, do they have a Northern Living Cookbook? I also have a large collection of the Cooking Light cookbooks from Southern Living. They were my aunts and when she passed away, I was lucky enough to get many of them. Treasured items on my shelf!

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  3. Thanks for posting! Looks great!

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  4. Everything looks scrumptious! Even the brussel sprouts :0) I really like my family recipes just as you do. It's a rare treasure to have your grandmother's recipe.

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    1. If you like brussel sprouts, you must try the recipe from the Pioneer Woman blog. Her recipe is a simple roasted one, but with a fabulous balsamic reduction sauce drizzled on top. YUM! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  5. Ummm mmmm! Everything looks great! Since I'm a vegetarian, those root vegetables made my mouth water! That's a lovely cookbook and it's wonderful that they've teamed up with the Ronald McDonald House.

    Thanks for joining in this week!

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. Hi Claudia,
      I hope you do a vegetarian post on your blog close to the holidays! I am not much of a meat eater, but my three guys like a good roast. I have tried to instill in them a love of fruits and vegetables. I am happy to say that I have succeeded! Thanks for visiting and I enjoyed joining in!

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  6. I'm getting so hungry looking at your pictures. I would give anything for a spoon of the sweet potatoe casserole. :-)

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    1. I can't stop at just one spoonful! I know they do not carry Southern Living in your area of the world, but you can order the recipe books from Amazon. Hope you get to make your casserole soon! ENJOY!

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  7. Grandmother Mercer would again be so excited that you love things that she had, especially her precious handwritten recipe for her sour cream pound cake or I should say her "melt in your mouth" sour cream cake. We all loved it! I love all the Southern Living cookbooks and how special it is to help Ronald McDonald houses.

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    1. It was a "melt in your mouth" cake, wasn't it? Of course, all your cakes are just as delicious. I have learned from the best!
      Thanks and hugs and kisses!

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  8. Oh my goodness...that cake makes my mouth water.
    Balisha

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    1. Doesn't it look great! I love toasted coconut and the presentation is so attractive. I just stopped by your blog and left a comment. I am also your newest follower!

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  9. Oh boy, I should have eaten something before popping over. You really have me drooling. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party. have fun.

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    1. I know! They always have the yummiest pictures! Thanks for hosting the newbie party! I enjoy visiting the other newbies and seeing what they are doing. Maybe one day I will graduate!

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  10. I love what Sick Kids does for families that are having a rough time. I also LOVE that you featured this book and that you took the time to mention such a great charity. xo
    Found you through Debbiedoos newbie roundup.
    Im your newest follower.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by for a visit! I am headed to "This Little State" today to visit you. I had not heard of Sick Kids. Isn't it wonderful that there are organizations helping families during their child's illness. Our youngest son was born over two months premature, which required a lengthy hospital stay. The Ronald McDonald House offered us a place to stay while we were in town. We ended up driving back and forth each day, but to know that it was there for us...if needed, eased our burdens. Have a terrific Tuesday!

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    2. Oops...My Little Estate! Don't have my contacts in this am!

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  11. Hey!..I'm newest follower,I'm following back!..I'm tickled to be blogging with you.
    I also want to give a shout out for the Ronald McDonald House,this is an amazing organization.

    I too love cookbooks and collecting!...Southern Living magazine is one of my favorites,this cookbook looks like a must have and for 10. thats a great buy.

    Gonna be fun blogging with you I've put your blog on my sidebar!

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    1. Hi Jo May! Thanks for stopping by Still Woods and following along. Blogging is a new adventure for me and I am having a blast! What a great way to meet such wonderful, creative new friends! Have a great Friday!

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  12. I love cookbooks too. Southern Living's are some of the most beautiful ones out there. I'm your newest follower. I wanted to thank you for stopping by Posed Perfection last week and leaving me a sweet comment about the Candy Corn Mix. I hope you'll visit often. Have a great week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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    1. I will be visiting often! Thank you for stopping by Still Woods and for the comment! I agree, Southern Living has some beautiful cookbooks. I reach for mine often. Can't wait to see what you will be cooking up next time!

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  13. Over the years, some of my -- and my family's -- very favorite recipes have come from Southern Living. To this day, if I need a recipe, I check them out FIRST! ;)

    Thanks for sharing at Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll join the fun each week.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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    1. I love Time Travel Thursday! Thank you for hosting this great party. I look forward to each one. I appreciate the time it takes you to stop by those that linked up to leave a sweet comment. Have a great rest of the week!

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  14. Everything looks great. You're so right about finding time to eat together. I was a single parent, and chose to go into work later just to have breakfast with my children. It was always important to know they were starting the day off right, with a lot of love and good food. And thank you for visiting us at The French Hen's Nest. We will be following you as well. Jeannie

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    1. Hi Jeannie! I think is it wonderful that you adjusted your work schedule to be able to start the day with your children. I think there is no better way to start the day than with those you love and cherish. Thanks for visiting Still Woods and I look forward to reading more of your blog! Have a terrific weekend!

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  15. your food looks wonderful and I have the same Southern Sideboards cookbook! Love reading cookbooks. Thanks for stopping by my blog MAY DAYS.

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    1. Don't you just love that cookbook. Another one of our favorite recipes from Southern Sideboards is the "Daddy's Deal". Try it if you haven't already! Thanks for stopping by Still Woods Farmhouse for a visit. Hope you come back!

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