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Thursday, October 25

Thankful Thursday


Today I will post ten things that I am thankful for. This has been quite a week, but we have to count our blessings. You know the old song. "Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your many blessings see what God hath done."

So, keeping that in mind, this is what I'm thankful for today:

1. The fact that my friend, Elmer, a WWII veteran, passed away quietly. He is no longer in pain or bedridden. He is HOME.

2. Being able to get together with my sister for coffee. We aren't able to get together often.

3. A new element for my oven. It hasn't worked all summer and it was very inconvenient.

4. The BBQ that cooked our meals during the summer months when the oven wasn't working.

5. That my husband's sleep apnea machine was replaced free of charge. They're very expensive.

6. Neighbors, even when they are noisy and/or nosey.

7. The lady who I meet on the street when I'm walking Meeko (my Alaskan Malamute.) Though she doesn't have much and finds life difficult, she always has a smile for me and a pat for Meeko. He loves her.

8. A grandmother who was very wise and taught me how to cope with the difficulties of life. She also taught me never to say never. She always said if you say you'll never do something that is exactly what you will do. She was right.

9. My computer. My online friends touch my heart and brighten my life on a daily basis.

10. Babies. My great-nephew, Griffyn, makes my heart soar with his tinkling laugh and his oohs and awws. He's beautiful and truly a gift from God. He is a miracle baby. My niece was never to have children. He's adorable.

For all things in my life, I am thankful.

Thankful Thursday is hosted by Crystal. If you would like to participate, click here.

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Last week I promised someone that I would post a recipe. My apologies for being late.


Fried Apples


Ingredients

8 cooking apples (Grandma always used spies, but I know they're not available everywhere.)

2 tablespoons butter.

1/4 cup brown sugar.

Sprinkle of nutmeg

Sprinkle of cinnamon

Method

Melt butter in cast iron skillet

Add apples, brown sugar and spices. (You can add more cinnamon and nutmeg if desired.)

Cook on low-medium heat until apples are tender.

Serve hot.

These are delicious. Grandma sometimes served them for breakfast and at others for the evening meal. Keep in mind that we didn't have apples all year 'round. We picked them in the fall and used them or stored them, but they didn't always stay good until spring. Grandma didn't have a freezer. She either preserved them by canning or drying or placed them in the root cellar and covered them with straw.




43 comments:

  1. Oh...I am canning apples today! Whoohoo! I love fried apples.

    You have a wonderful list of thanks. God is so good. I would say your grandmother was a very wise lady.

    God Bless!

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  2. A wonderful list of things to be thankful for:-) Good morning, dear Mary, I'm finally catching up with all your news...just doesn't seem to be enough hours in a day to do everything I want to do. If I had a choice, I think I'd be blogging 24 hours a day! hehe I loved your post about dealing with grief, having lost my dad when he was 48, my beloved gran and one of my best friends when she was 40, I understand exactly what one goes through. That apple recipe sounds soooo delish, I must try it...in fact, I just bought a bag of apples yesterday:-) Have a wonderful day dear friend! xoxo

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  3. Kathleen Marie,

    Grandma has been gone since 1974, but her words of wisdom still guide me through life. I often find myself saying to my grandsons, "Well, my grandma told me..." They listen too. So Grandma's wisdome lives on.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  4. Pea,

    I have a bit of catching up to do myself. No, there aren't enough hours in the day. The older I get, the faster time flies. Seems I just get up and the day is over. Yes, I would love to blog 24 hours a day too. :-) But life must go on.

    Grief is something that I'm very familiar with. I've lost so many loved ones and will be going through this once again. There are several relatives that are not in good health and it's only a matter of time.

    Enjoy the fried apples. Be sure to let me know how you liked them.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  5. A wonderful thing... it soothes our soul when we take the time to express thanks for the little things AND the big things. Happy Thankful Thursday!

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  6. I enjoyed reading your thankful list. Thanks for stopping by my place.
    The one about the veteran touches home. My Dad was also a veteran. All of these men and women will be leaving soon. I pray they all will go "Home".
    Mama Bear

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  7. Rachelle,

    Each morning I am grateful for all the blessings in my life. A baby's laugh, a drop of rain on a rose petal - these are things that are remarkable in my eyes.

    Thank you for stopping by.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  8. Mama Bear,

    I also hope that all of the veterans go HOME. Many have suffered all of their lives because of atrocities that they saw while fighting for our freedom.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  9. What a wonderful list of thankfuls and a bonus recipe too, that is so nice of you.

    Thanks for sharing your grateful heart with us this week.

    Blessings

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  10. Crystal,

    I'm glad you enjoyed my list of things to be thankful for. Enjoy the recipe. Grandma's fried apples are delicious.

    Blessings,
    mary

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  11. Thanks for that nummy sounding recipe! My Mamaw always threw a handful of red hot candies in hers.

    Love & hugs to YOU!

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  12. t*mmy,

    Red hot candies would work fine too. I may try that one of these days.

    Glad that you dropped by. I always enjoy your visit.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  13. You're right, Mary, we have many things to be thankful for if only we open our eyes and appreciate them ;0)

    The recipe looks delish, too!

    Thanks for a happy, inspiring "Thankful Thursday!"

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Michele

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  15. Michele,

    Yes, our blessings are great. However, sometimes it takes looking past all of the little annoyances to find them.

    I always enjoy your visits.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  16. I love your thankful list, I am thankful for you. The recipe really sounds good.

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  17. Meeko is so beautiful that it is a wonder you can get in a full walk as people stop and pat his head. I know I would love too. That has a nice ring "Thankful Thursday". Yours were very nice. Next time I fry apples I must remember the brown sugar and nutmeg.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Denise,

    Hello, my friend. So nice to see you here. I hope you try the apples and enjoy them.

    Mary

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  19. lady di,

    Many times Meeko and I are stopped when we're walking. People love him and always want to touch him. He is a very social dog except when protecting me or the property, which is his job.

    Thanks for the comments on Thankful Thursday. This has been an especially hard day and I need to read my list once more to refresh my memory. :-)

    Mary

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  20. A beautiful thankful Thursday list. Most important being #1. Elmer has peace at last!

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  21. Thank you, Melanie. Yes, Elmer is at peace and that has lessened my grieving. Glad you enjoyed my list.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  22. This is a really wonderful list. There are so many things, even new elements for our ovens, that are worth cheering about.

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  23. Your grandma's wisdom sounds familiar - just like mine.

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  24. What a great list! That recipe looks incredible. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog today.

    Blessings to you my friend.

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  25. The apples look delicious!

    Thanks for stopping by again. It is so good to make new friends in blogville!

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  26. Looks like some delicious apples.

    Enjoyed your list. Happy TT!

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  27. Thankful Thursday is a good reminder to me to be thankful--that all my family was spared in the fires, that I have a home, a job, friends, good food, hot water, coffee. (that's seven!)

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  28. What a great list!!! And those fried apples sound YUMMY! I just may have to try it out! :)

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  29. Thanks to Everyone who left a comment. I appreciate your kind words. God has blessed me today with people who have lifted me up and brightened my day. This morning was a trial and one that I hope I never have to repeat. I am thankful for each and every one of you.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  30. Precious list.

    And oh my! Fried Apples! Yummmm....

    Mari-Nanci

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  31. I thought I had eaten apples in every possible way, but I have never heard of fried apples. Looks delicious!
    Thanks for the recipe.

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  32. Ok a double whammy. A wonderful thankful post and a great recipe. Can I just come on over and have one of those fried apples?! :)

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  33. Thanks for visiting!

    yummy! that recipe looks delicious!

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  34. smilnsigh,

    Thanks for your kind comments on the post. I hope you try the fried apples. They're delicious.

    Ruth,

    They are delicious. We don't have them often, but once in a while for a treat.

    Ellen,

    You're welcome anytime.

    Sharon,

    Give the fried apples a try. I'm sure you will enjoy them.

    Thanks, everyone for your kind comments. This has been a trying day and your kindness has lifted me up.

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  35. Hi, Mary,

    I have left a sweet goody for you on my blog!

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  36. Violetlady,

    Oh my, I'll be right over to see what surprise you have in store for me. Thank you. You're a blessing to me.

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  37. In my blog today you read the simple thing I don't have and complaint about.
    So many time I forget the little things I should be thankful for.

    We had Malamute name Butch.

    Every so often I make Fried Apples and they're such are good.

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  38. I have apples that I was about to prepare in the same general fashion about the time Ray went back into hospital.

    Now I'm saving them for his return. Hopefully by the weekend.

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  39. pepperlady,

    I didn't think you were complaining. I enjoyed your list and also need some of those things. Yes, we need to be thankful for the little things in life.

    Thank you for visiting. I always enjoy your posts.

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  40. Granny,

    I hope Ray is home soon. I'm keeping you both in my prayers.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  41. What a sweet thankful list, and delicious looking apples!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  42. texastanya,

    Thanks for visiting. I enjoyed exploring your blog today.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  43. That hymn is priceless. Great TT list.

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