Thursday, October 20, 2016

Apple Walnut Stuffing

What an amazing week!

First, my daughter and her husband and their three beautiful kids drove north from North Carolina to see Grandpa's farm... and they got to pick pumpkins, have turkey and stuffing, run around like crazy country kids and visit all of their northern cousins. SWEET!!!!

And of course, my camera was nowhere to be found. (sigh.....)

But I did get this:

My three girls... Amanda (I share her with my sister, but I claim her as part mine!), Sarah and Beth...

How fun to have them together this past weekend! 

So I cooked... and baked.... and took no pictures, but it was mostly old faves. Roast turkey, sausage stuffing, cranberry orange relish, pumpkin pie (made out of the "Blue Doll" pumpkins, the best pumpkin I've ever worked with!) Chocolate Cream pie... and because we had my son's lovely girlfriend here... and she's a vegetarian... I had to do a few twists and turns! 

KAV!!! I made Isabo's yellow rice without any chicken stock and it came out GREAT. Everyone loved it, and I added an extra packet of Sazon to boost the broth flavor: Perfect!!!

Then, I made a fruit and nut stuffing for Erin:

3 cups cubed bread
1/3 cup melted butter
1 egg
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 cup chopped apple
2 teaspoons sugar
Salt to taste, about 1 teaspoon
Fresh ground pepper
1 cup (plus or minus as needed) cider

Toss everything together, making sure egg and butter are spread evenly throughout stuffing. Moisten with fresh apple cider until the consistency is moist, not gooey. Put into small baking pan (I used an 8 x 4" loaf pan, and it worked well) Cover with foil and bake at 350° for about 30 minutes. 

I was out of dried cranberries, but if I'd had them, I'd have thrown a handful in... And if you're not a vegetarian, you could add cooked, chopped up sausage to the mix... but we had sausage in the regular stuffing, and this one came out GREAT. 


We also did a small casserole of mashed pumpkin mixed with brown sugar and cinnamon, then topped with miniature marshmallows until lightly browned. This is vegetarian and more like a dessert than a side dish, but what a lovely fall treat!

And here's a poignant moment.... One of our daycare families is moving to Tennessee... and this is her last week with us. We made cookie cake....

And the girls climbed the big tree one last time, together:

Torrie's in the tie-dye... and that's six-year-old Megan way up high. SHH.... Don't tell her mama!

We'll send Torrie this picture as she makes new friends in the South... so she never forgets her old friends up north.

And I released this wonderful book this week:

And tonight we're having a facebook party HERE: Facebook/Christian Fiction with Ruthy! 

Time: 8:00 Eastern, 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific and Arizona! 

Come on over and just jump in on the conversation and we can talk cowboys... and sweet romance and great stories! We've got some sweet giveaways, including a couple of copies of "Home on the Range" so stop by!

And that's how my week went... busy... fun... I did catch a cold and I was not happy about that, but it's gone now. SWEET!!!!

And our winner of a copy of "Home on the Range" from last week's post is: Lynne Feuerstein! Congratulations, Lynne!!!!

And big congrats to the Cleveland Indians, on their way to the World Series!!!! Great job, men!

Hope to see some or all of you on facebook tonight at 8:00 Eastern, because... I don't want to look like a WALLFLOWER!!!!

God bless you!

Multi-published, bestselling author Ruth Logan Herne loves God, her family, her country, dogs, some cats, chocolate and coffee... and most cookies. :) Find her on facebook, visit her website or stop by Seekerville and chat with Ruthy and her writing buds and friendly villagers...  Also, stop by her blog where there MIGHT BE a giveaway going on for another copy of Home on the Range!!!


  1. This sounds delicious, Ruthy!! And I'm so excited about your book! I hope to make the FB party tonight if my plumbing is fixed by then! We've been without water since Tuesday morning.

  2. It looks like you had a wonderful weekend - and the weather cooperated! Yay!

    The stuffing looks fabulous. I'd add the sausage...but that's how I roll. :)

    Have fun at you Facebook party tonight! I have Bible study, so won't be able to make it. Know that I'm cheering you on from the Black Hills!

  3. Things are always buzzing down your way. Sounds like you had a Canadian Thanksgiving in New York! And I love the vegetarian stuffing recipe. I've actually been saving some bread crusts in the freezer and was thinking it was about time to try a stuffing recipe. And voila -- here it is!

    I'll try to duck into the Facebook party -- not always up to partying come evening time. :-)

  4. Well, looks like I missed the party. That's what I get for not checking in yesterday.

    This looks great, Ruthy. You still amaze me. You're so creative. No wonder everyone loves hanging out at your place.

    I add sausage to my cornbread dressing sometimes, but Danielle informed me last year that she prefers it without, so I guess that's how it'll be this year. I can eat it either way. I love stuffing.

  5. You beat me, Mindy!

    Love this recipe, but love the photo of your girls even more. Grown daughters are such a blessing.