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Bread stuffing

Bread Stuffing Recipe…or is it Dressing?

Bread Stuffing Recipe

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It happens every year, about two weeks before Thanksgiving. The obsession resurfaces, creeping in, taking over my subconscious, making my stomach growl. Thanksgiving dinner. Stuffing. I use a friend’s bread stuffing recipe that makes my mouth water! I like to keep it simple and tasty. Our stuffing has never been fancy. Nana made a potato based stuffing. Or was it dressing? Stuffing? Dressing? What do you call it?

I make a bread based stuffing when it’s my turn to host Thanksgiving dinner and when I’m stuffing a roasting chicken. I sometimes make stuffing to go with chicken pieces. Stuffing doesn’t have to be stuffed, after all. Maybe that’s when it becomes dressing! Maybe stuffing is dressing when it’s a side dish.

Bread stuffing recipe

Sourdough bread will add flavor to your stuffing.

Saving stale bread is a time saver. It doesn’t matter what kind of bread I’ve made, it works. Remember the sour dough bread we made using the Pickle Pro for the starter? The flavor of sour dough adds a lot to stuffing.

If you don’t have stale bread you can make bread specifically for stuffing. I use whatever bread recipe I’m making at the time and add Italian or poultry seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper to half the batch of bread. Bake it as usual. You can add more seasonings when you make the stuffing if necessary.

Bread Stuffing Recipe

Bread stuffing recipe

Tear the bread into large pieces. It will condense when you add chicken broth.

This recipe is based on one pound of bread. Multiply as needed. It’s best if made a day ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator overnight. Stuff the turkey (or chicken) right before roasting, or bake in a buttered casserole or Dutch oven. This is great cooked ahead of time and reheated. I put it in the oven to warm when the turkey has finished cooking and is resting before carving.

Tear one pound of bread into large pieces. It will condense when you add stock.
4 medium celery stalks, chopped
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
2 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 tsp ground or 2 tsp fresh sage (I use a lot more as I love sage)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 to 1 1/2 cups turkey or chicken stock

Combine all ingredients, adding stock slowly until you get the consistency you want.

 

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[NeighborWoods] Puddle Love

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[NeighborWoods] Neighbors in or out of the woods but always outdoors. Created by Robin’s Outdoors. Please leave a comment and include the link to your [NeighborWoods] blog.

Welcome to the NeighborWoods! Puddle Love. Fawn and white runners and Khaki Campbell ducks enjoy the last open puddle before the polar vortex sinks in.

[NeighborWoods] Fawn White runner and Khaki Campbell Ducks

Fawn and White runner and Khaki Campbell Ducks

New Product! Triple Wood Cutting Board & Rolling Pin

Triple Wood Cutting Board & Rolling Pin

Oh my gosh are these beautiful! We love cutting boards and rolling pins and handcrafted, artisan quality wood products. We are very excited to have these ready for you to use during the holiday baking season and to give as gifts. They are fantastic!

wooden rolling pin and cutting board

Triple Wood handcrafted rolling pin and cutting board

Jerri’s been busy. She designed our new handcrafted Triple Wood Rolling Pin and Cutting Board and she’s having them made in Tennessee. She’s created two more American designed and made products. The rolling pin is comfortable in your hand. They are made with maple, cherry and walnut hardwoods. No two are exactly alike because of the natural grain of each wood.

Seasoned with 100% organic Non-GMO coconut oil which brings out the natural beauty of the wood.  We chose coconut oil for its natural ability to inhibit bacterial growth without adding any coconut scent to your baked goods.

hand crafted wooden rolling pin

Triple Wood rolling pin

The Triple Wood Rolling Pin is 17″ long and 3″ wide. Its rolling surface is 9″ long.

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Triple Wood cutting board

The Triple Wood Cutting Board is 14″ long by 10″ wide. It’s 1.5″ thick. It’s sturdy enough to handle any task. Slice bread, cut cheese and meat or even cut into those heavy winter squash using the cutting board.

Both pieces are easy to care for.  Wash only with warm lightly soapy water, air dry and reapply oil of your choice.

All of our products add beauty to you kitchen as well as functionality.  This set makes a great gift!  You may purchase them separately or save money by ordering both pieces at a special price.

[NeighborWoods] Wood Duck

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[NeighborWoods] Neighbors in or out of the woods but always outdoors. Created by Robin’s Outdoors. Please leave a comment and include the link to your [NeighborWoods] blog so we can visit you.

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The visiting wood duck.

This female wood duck has been eating bird seed with the other wild birds, and she hangs out with our pet ducks. She spends time in the pond and she perches in the bare hardwood trees.

Homestead Planning – Where Do You Want to Live?

Homestead Planning – Where Do You Want to Live?

The easy part of homesteading is deciding it’s the lifestyle right for you. The definition of homesteading has changed over the years. The first homesteaders had fewer choices and different decisions than most of us. Where do you want to live? What you need to live the lifestyle you desire has a lot to do with that decision.

What kind of area are you considering?

  • Remote
  • Small town
  • Tiny town
  • Just outside the city limits

Remote living is great if you don’t want to be near a lot of people. What’s your definition of a small town? Is it 1000 people? 400 people? 20,000 people? Be sure your real estate agent knows what you’re thinking. Do you want to live in town on a larger than normal lot? Maybe you’d be more comfortable on a small lot just outside the city limits. What you from the experience and as your lifestyle will help you decide where you want to live.

If you decide to settle in town you’ll want to know ahead of time that your lifestyle is acceptable in the community. If you want to garden, have laying hens and hang your clothes on the line to dry you probably don’t want to live in a community with a home owners association that forbids these activities. You’ll probably be able to find a town that allows these “old fashioned” activities.

suburban garden

You can grow food in a suburban garden by getting creative in where you plant.

What public services do you need? A few things to consider:

  • Schools
  • Fire department
  • Ambulance
  • Trash pickup
  • Recycling
  • Public transportation
  • Groceries and hardware
  • Gas

How close do you need to be to health care? That includes dentist, eye doctor, primary care provider, hospital, clinic, lab and specialist. Everyone tries to be safe and not get hurt but life happens. If you need stitches or heaven forbid, more than stitches, how far are you willing to travel? How quickly can an ambulance get to you?

Living remotely

How remote is too remote? Hundreds of thousands of acres of forest and a few houses – remote living.

Personally, I live 30 miles from a hospital in one direction, 50 miles in the other. The ambulance service could take 20 minutes to get here. If you’re going to live some distance from heath care you should at least take CPR and First Aid training.

Cell phone reception and internet service are something the first homesteaders never had to consider but being a huge part of every day life for  most people these days, do you want it? Need it? Are you going to be a hard core homesteader who disconnects? I’ve helped friends look for land many times and every single time, cell phone reception and the ability to not only get online but the need for high speed internet has been first or second on the list of necessities. Many homesteaders work from home now and really can’t do without dependable high speed access. If you don’t need it at your house but want access to it you can look into availability at the local library or small town mom ‘n pop store.

It’s a lot to think about. Make a list. What do you need? What do you want? What can you do without?