30 Days, 30 Gifts, Day 2 Winner .. and Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe!

30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winners

This Month of Giving has already been so much fun for us – and it is just Day #2!   We really enjoy reading all of the great deeds you are posting here, and we look forward to an entire month of good deeds.  

Our Day 2 Winner is…
11/1 #4 Susan Cahill!  Congratulations and Thank you!Mural_small

Because Susan did something kind for somebody, she will receive a gorgeous Dashing Roses FQ Bundle by Art Gallery Quilts!

I read a passage last night, and thought you might all appreciate it :  “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you”… John Bunyon

Continue to do your good work, and let us know here on the blog!

Family Recipe Box

With the holidays bearing down upon us, we are going to start passing on some recipes from our family recipe box.   Coming from a large family, these favorites come from grandmothers, aunts, in-laws… the list goes on. 

Everybody in our family always loved when Aunt Kathy would show up with her version of sweet potato casserole for our large Thanksgiving  Dinners (I don’t recall a Thanksgiving when we had less than 25 family members, and usually we were closer to 30!).  Not being a marshmallow fan, but LOVING anything sweet, this was the perfect alternative for the typical sweet potato & marshmallows that usually accompanies the great turkey dinners –  and everybody in my family loved it.  Now that we are all spread around the country, the one thing I know is that each of our families will be enjoying this dish on Thanksgiving! 

thumbnailSweet Potato Casserole

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1 large can sweet potatoes, drained
2 eggs
¾ cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup pecans

With an electric mixer, mash the sweet potatoes.
Beat in the eggs and ½ of the melted butter, ½ of the brown sugar and the salt and cinnamon.
Pour into a 2 quart casserole dish.
Arrange nuts on the top and sprinkle with the remaining brown sugar and butter.
Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.

11 thoughts on “30 Days, 30 Gifts, Day 2 Winner .. and Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe!

  1. At the moment I am making an extra lasanga for a nieghbor’s family to take over later today. The mom went into the hospital yesturday so hopfully this will help their teenage son get dinner on the table.

  2. We have to pay a small fee for grocery carts at our local store. This fee is refunded when the cart is returned (I suspect that it is the same just about everywhere). An eldery woman did not have change for the cart and it was raining, so I gave her my cart, foregoing the refund instead of her going in for change, Just a small thing, but it’s the small things that add up over ttime. Claire

  3. My sister is so sentimental that she’s kept dresses which I made for her over 40 years ago when she was in Jr. High School. She just can’t seem to part with them and yet they are stored in my mother’s home which is on the east coast and my sister lives on the west coast. It is not that she sees them often or can ever wear them again. I finally got her to agree to letting me take the dresses home and I will make her a quilted bag from all the fabrics. This way she will have visual memories every day and my mother is so thankful that part of her attic has been cleared out.

  4. I just try to do a good deed or service whenever it is available.

    One thing I love to do at Christmas is to give someone I pick out that I think needs it a big gift annonymously. I get more happiness from this as each year passes. So far, for 15 years, no one has figured out who, and it has made them very happy, as well as me.

  5. I am over the top thrilled to have won, what a wonderful surprise!!

    I work in an office with lots of young people from India. Today I took them my extra Halloween candy. They appreciate all kinds of sweets and love to learn about American customs and hoildays.

  6. Drove hubby to the doctor’s office today. He came out with a mask over his mouth, prescriptions and the news that the Swine Flu has now hit our house. Took him for a short ride to Safeway and bought him a ready-made delli sandwich while we waited for CVS to fill the prescriptions. Time to go cover him up.

  7. A new friend gave me 1/2 a deer Saturday so I spent the weekend processing the deer meat. I’ve made it mainly into stew meat and sausage. I don’t have smoker so I make a simple breakfast sausage instead of summer sausage. Looking forward to having my brother visit for Thanksgiving. I’m sharing some of the meat and sausage with some of my neighbors who, like me, are disabled.

    My favorite sweet potato casserole uses apples and cranberries so it is not as sweet as the typical casserole with marshmallows. I don’t measure so I’m just going to give you approximate measurements I just use enough to fill the casserole dish with at least two layers… Take four yams (sweet potatoes), 1 bag of raw cranberries, a couple of cooking apples, peeled and sliced thinly (I use Granny Smiths or Romes… pie type apples), 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter.

    Cook yams until just tender … I use the microwave and cook them in their jackets. Peel and cut into 1″ slices. Lightly butter a 2-qt casserole dish. Put one layer of potatoes in the bottom of the casserole. Sprinkle with cranberries and add a layer of apples. Dot this layer with thin slices of butter and sprinkle with sugar. Add another layer of potatoes, cranberries, and apples until all are used. Add butter and sugar to top of each layer. Bake at 350 degrees for about one hour. Enjoy!

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