Life on Regal-Hill: Nov. 25, 2009

This year I was hoping I could come up with some different things to be thankful for. It isn’t that good health, a nice home, good food, family and friends aren’t important. I just thought it would be nice to have a change of thankfulness. For example, my daughter just came home with some skirts she got at a thrift store for practically nothing for me to wear. How good is that?
November weather has been unusually nice this year with fairly warm temperatures and more fair days than rainy days. Even though the nights were rather chilly, the sun would shine and warm up the day, so I could still go out and walk each morning. There were some days when I dressed extra warm, but I do have warm clothes; it is just a matter of taking the time to bundle up.
I haven’t had to be concerned about the roads being covered with snow and wonder when I should get the snow tires put on the car. We have the tires; it is just a matter of getting them on. If a snowstorm beats me to getting the tires on I will just stay home.
We have had many wonderful books given to our church library so I have plenty of books to pick from to read when I am in the mood. There is historical and modern fiction, self-help books to improve your relationships with others and with God and inspiring books by missionaries and other well-known religious people like Billy Graham.
Even though I recently learned that I need to get a new computer, my son-in-law said he will take care of getting it and install it for me. I don’t begin to know how to buy, install or fix a computer when it isn’t working. I just know somewhat how to use one. I wish I could have had one when I went to high school and college.
I am so glad our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter moved back home from Arizona and live just across the road from us. It would be so quiet around here if they hadn’t.
I hope this has started you thinking of some new things for you to be thankful for.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving one and all! And don’t forget to be thankful.
Cranberries are the fruit of choice, especially at this time of year. At least I think of cranberries more this time of year than the rest of the year. Actually, since cranberries are available in some forms the year-round, we could use cranberries any time of year including as juice, canned or dried.
We also keep in mind that cranberries are very nutritious as well. Cranberries are high in vitamin C and fiber, contain no cholesterol or fat, are good for heart health, are high in antioxidants, promote good digestion and fight gum disease and tooth decay.
Since cranberries are so good for us, how about using them often in your cooking and baking? Try these recipes and enjoy the benefits of eating cranberries.

Cranberry-kissed Pork Chops
6 boneless pork loin chops (5 oz. each)
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1/3 cup jellied cranberry sauce
4-1/2 teaspoons stone-ground mustard
3 tablespoons dried cranberries
2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
Sprinkle pork chops with pepper. In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, brown chops on both sides over medium-high heat. Combine cranberry sauce and mustard; spoon over chops. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 6-8 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.
Remove chops and keep warm. Add cranberries and vinegar to skillet, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup. Serve with chops.
Yield: 6 servings
Taste of Home October/November 2009

Cranberry Pecan Cookies
1 tube (16-1/2 oz.) refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened
1 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup vanilla or white chips
2/3 cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, combine the cookie dough, pecans, chips, cranberries and vanilla. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2-in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Store in an airtight container.
Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen cookies
Simple & Delicious Sept. Oct. 2009