Mar’s Five Star Thanksgiving Dressing/ gravy

It’s  time…

Once a year and only once…….


The best of the best shows up for dinner.

Mar’s Five Star dressing with gravy.

And because you’re a special friend..

you get the recipe.

I know it’s late for this year, but maybe your once a year

can be at Christmas.


Mar’s Five Star Thanksgiving Dressing/ gravy

Make cornbread first

Ingredients for cornbread

  • I cup self rising cornmeal mix
  • I cup self rising flour
  • I egg beaten
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease round pan

2. Combine cornmeal and flour.

3. Add milk and beaten egg and stir in oil. Mix well.

4. Cook 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool


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Cornbread Dressing


  • 1/2 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 c bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 1 (13) ounce cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (13) ounces water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • cooked cornbread

1. Crumble cooled cornbread in a 9 x 13 baking pan.

2. Add onion, sage, bread crumbs, cream of chicken soup, water and broth


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3. Bake @ 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until brown on top.


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  • 1 (13) ounces cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (13) ounces water
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 hard boiled eggs

1. Combine cream of chicken soup,water and chicken broth on stovetop.

2. Add diced boiled eggs

3. Heat on low to medium until smooth

4. Serve over dressing. 



Once a year……. Mar’s Five Star Cornbread Dressing  and Gravy


To do list ……… Enjoy the Beauty of the season

Do you read all the suggestions the experts tell you to do leading up to Thanksgiving?


What you should do 2 Weeks before the big day …and  I week before….

and that’s when you start to freak out.

You are so far behind that you will never finish the list in time.


I read those too…. and sometimes have a hearty laugh. Not because they’re not helpful.


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But at my house, the road to Thanksgiving Day dinner

is not a smooth road. 


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Twenty two years of hosting Thanksgiving for family and friends……..

You can believe there have been plenty of instances where a bump in the road

threatened my perfect plans.

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There was the year the turkey almost wasn’t cooked.


My thirty something year old wall oven rebelled against cooking a  20 lb. turkey.

Sure other years, it had cooperated without fail.

But one year it said enough. Now the oven it’s self still worked, but how can you

cook a turkey when the oven door falls off in your hands?


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Of course you can’t. After stressing out and hyperventilating over the disaster,  Mr. Finely Done(my hero)

to the rescue… he showed that old oven door a thing or two and  Thanksgiving Dinner would not be without turkey.




Yep…  Bungee cords kept the door on and turkey inside cooking to perfection.


And then there was the time that the turkey was done. (new oven)

but, the electricity went out just as I was putting in 2 large pans of dressing. And guests were

due in an hour.


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A pole had been knocked down nearby and who knew when the power would be restored.

It was Thanksgiving Day.

What to do….what to do.


Over the river and through the woods….. to my daughter’s house I go…..


with dressing pans and anything else that needed to be heated.

Thankfully, when I got back home with pans of ready to eat dressing,

the power was back on.  And it was another PERFECT  Thanksgiving for the books.


The moral of the story………plan as much as you would like, but a sense of humor will

go a long way when plans go slightly awry.


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On my to do list before Thanksgiving ………… enjoy the beauty of the season.


There is still plenty of  beautiful autumn color and is there anything more beautiful than a country quilt?











I need a little Christmas……… now.


I thought I could do it. I planned to do it.


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I was going to.  ……..

wait until after Thanksgiving to start decorating for Christmas.


But I couldn’t wait. So now I’m going to….…. but just a little bit.


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Not all the decorations will be up on the inside and certainly none

outside until after Thanksgiving.


The bedrooms and office will have a touch of Christmas now. Our Thanksgiving

guests don’t normally see those rooms anyway.


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And it will satisfy my need to have a little Christmas now.


I like to drive myself insane by changing the decorating designs every year.

My decorations are seldom repeated in the same way from year to year.


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It’s not that I buy new things, I just rearrange what I have to different location.


Example: Sometimes the Byer’s  Carolers are on the mantel and sometimes they are on the chest in the hallway.

They have been on top of the piano singing their hearts out.


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So even putting up a little Christmas requires hours and hours  of thought.

Where oh where do the silver reindeer want to be displayed this year?


Sigh.. Sigh


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Then I have to rummage through all the boxes to find the things I want to use.

And put aside the other decorations until later.

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Christmas decorations just have to include Peppermint.


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A peppermint theme bedroom this year?…. complete with a  quickly painted

watercolor to frame.


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Not sure where this cute little snowman will end up.

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Another Christmas watercolor.

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Ok I feel better now…………….Got my little bit of Christmas fix.