1 stick (8 Tbsp.) butter
1½ cups chopped celery
1 small onion, chopped
12-oz. pkg. bread cubes,
about 15 slices stale bread
½-¾ tsp. salt
⅛ tsp. pepper
1-2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
1½ cups milk
- Melt butter in skillet. Sauté celery and onion in it.
- Meanwhile, spray interior of slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place bread cubes, salt, pepper, and parsley in cooker.
- Pour in sautéed vegetables, eggs, and milk. Stir together gently until well mixed.
- Cover. Cook on High 1 hour. Stir.
- Cover. Cook on High 4 more hours.
This is delicious and an easy way to free up oven space for the rest of your meal.
Sweet Potato Stuffing
Makes 8 servings
Prep. Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 4 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 4-qt.
½ cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped onions
half a stick (4 Tbsp.) butter
6 cups dry bread cubes
1 large sweet potato, cooked,* peeled, and cubed
½ cup chicken broth
¼ cup chopped pecans
½ tsp. poultry seasoning
½ tsp. rubbed sage
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
- Sauté celery and onions in skillet in butter until tender. Pour into greased slow cooker.
- Add remaining ingredients. Toss gently.
- Cover. Cook on Low 4 hours.
To prepare a cooked sweet potato, wash, dry, and prick it at about 4 different places with a sharp fork. Lay on a paper towel in the microwave. Cook on High 1½ minutes. Turn over. Cook on High another minute. Jag with fork to see if it’s tender. If not, continue cooking for 30-second intervals on High, turning over each time, until tender.
Allow to cool. When you’re able to handle it, gently peel and cube.
Makes 8 servings
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 3 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 2- to 3-qt.
1 stick (8 Tbsp.) butter, softened
½ cup sugar
20-oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
5 slices fresh bread, cubed
- Cream butter and sugar together in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
- Add eggs. Mix well.
- Add drained pineapple. Blend.
- Fold bread into mixture.
- Pour into slow cooker.
- Cover. Cook on High 2 hours and then on Low 1 hour.
This is a good accompaniment to
, especially at holiday-time. Small individual servings add a bright sweetness to special meals.
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- Bauer 24-Day Countdown to Christmas: Our family hangs a string of our own stockings in our living room each December. There are three of us, so we each choose eight socks and hang them using clothes pins. Each morning we take turns checking a sock for a surprise. We may find a small gift or something as simple as a note that says “Will cook supper for Mom tonight.” We have fun thinking of unique ideas for each other, and before you know it, Christmas is here.
New Ulm, MN
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Yuba City, CA
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- Sometime between Christmas and New Year’s we have a neighborhood dinner, which we follow with singing hymns or Christmas songs. One neighbor brings her autoharp and another brings her accordion.
Stuarts Draft, VA
- I put up a small tree in my kitchen and decorate it with my mother’s old cookie cutters and some of her recipe cards. I enjoy it while I’m in the kitchen during the holidays—which is a lot of time!
Carol L. Miller
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Annie C. Boshart
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