While at the grocery store a few days ago, I stopped to look at the turkeys, along came a stranger poking around at the turkeys along the side of me, we chatted a little and departed after wishing each other a great Holiday. As I stepped away, I heard her say, “don’t forget what the Holiday is all about.” Yes, I thought the Holiday and what is the meaning?
We hear over and over and read on greeting cards, “count your blessings,” “give thanks to God for our food,” “let’s be grateful” however, at times depending on circumstances that can’t always be easy.
Some of us might be suffering this year.
What we can do is pray for each other, although strangers. Just as that woman in the grocery store was a stranger, yet she sent me a message, a reminder of what Thanksgiving is all about!
My prayer is that we all can, in our gentle way remind others to stop, take notice to realize what we have. Some of us might have less, some have more but those who have the Faith, the Holy, Traditional Catholic Faith have it ALL.
Getting back to that delicious turkey and if you are tired of mashed potatoes here is a delightful alternative. A recipe from Lithuania that my family always enjoys during the holiday season. Although this recipe is time-consuming; if you wash, peel and shred the potatoes. There is a shortcut! Purchase one 2 lb. Bags of Hash Brown shredded potatoes that eliminates washing, peeling and shredding the potatoes.
5 Lbs of potatoes or Hash Brown shredded potatoes (easier)
4 or 5 lightly beaten eggs
1 or 2 onion finely chopped
1 Lb. bacon cut in small pieces or more bacon if you like
2 or 3 cans evaporated milk
1/4 cup flour
salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, mix grated potatoes, eggs, flour, and evaporated milk. Add browned bacon and onions along with some of the melted bacon grease. Season to taste. Pour mixture into a greased baking dish, put into a hot oven 400 degrees and cook for about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours; test like a cake till center is done. (if Hash browns are used you might want to add a cup or two of chicken broth to your mix)   I like to open the oven after it has been cooking for about half an hour and stir it up, but that is not necessary.)
When cool you can top with sour cream if desired. Makes a tasty breakfast dish too!

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