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Butcher’s block - Nov. 6, 2013

It is officially November, which means only a few weeks until Thanksgiving! November is always a month to look back and give thanks for all we have been blessed with. Children are without a doubt a parent’s greatest blessing in life.

I often tell on my 5-year-old, Savannah, for the things she does or says, but today it’s my spunky little two-year-old, Sloane, getting all the glory. While I am thankful for children’s ability to express themselves, sometimes I wish they wouldn’t.

While out trick-or-treating door-to-door, a home’s doorstep had become congested. I guess fearing there would not be enough candy for her, she promptly says, “Move witches.” Some of the children turned around - by the way, parents, anyone over 13 should not be out trick-or-treating - and not one of them was dressed as a witch. Sloane proceeded to say it again and that time I realized she wasn’t telling the witches to move, but a word very similar! As Bill Cosby would say, “Kids say the darndest things!”

Take time this month to count your blessings and give thanks, and here is an easy holiday recipe that you will be thankful for if you give it a try!

Sweet Potato Casserole

1/3 stick melted butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup flour

1 cup chopped pecans

Sweet Potato Mixture

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 eggs (well beaten)

1 stick butter

3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (This equates to 4-5 sweet potatoes. I baked and peeled first.)

Combine all crust ingredients into mixing bowl and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all sweet potato mixture ingredients together and mix well. And pour into 8x8 baking pan. I also like to use individual crocks if serving a small group. Sprinkle crust evenly over mixture. Bake for 30 minutes, and then allow to set for additional 30.