I Can Hear the Bells

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I Can Hear the Bells

By Bubbles

I can hear the bells jingling, feel the crisp cool air, and smell the holiday cookies baking in the oven.  The countdown until Christmas Day is here! Thank goodness that I had an award-winning Thanksgiving Dinner because the family has requested a repeat performance.
I have learned in the last few months to TRY NOT to procrastinate on anything!  You never know what tomorrow will bring your way.  Mother had to have a pacemaker on October 5, which meant that in order for me to stay at the hospital for a week, Daddy had to have someone with him at home.  God sent just what I needed, PAT and OLLIE!  What blessings these two ladies have been to our family.  Mother is home and is doing GREAT due to the super caregivers that they have.  Some days I feel like I meet myself coming and going! I am grateful that I have both of my parents during another Holiday season. A word to the wise, just start cooking and freezing now just in case something unexpected happens!

OK are you ready for holiday recipes from my home?  Cranberry congealed salad, dressing, brown rice, key lime pie with fresh whipped cream – and of course sweet tea to drink!
Phil has a new outdoor kitchen, which is a whole new blog.  He cooked the turkey on the rotisserie and it was out of this world!  Washed the bird and seasoned with salt and pepper.  He basted the bird with melted butter and honey during the cooking process.  He has a new meat thermometer that timed the cooking just to the perfect temp.


This is a favorite of Paula’s.  One recipe will make a lot.  Double and you can share with your neighbors!


1 pound raw cranberries (ground)
1 cup sugar
1 chopped apple
1 cup chopped pecans
2 oranges seeded and ground (peeling and all)
2 boxes raspberry gelatin
1 small can crushed pineapple
1 cup celery, chopped

Grind cranberries, apple and oranges.  Make gelatin with half of the recommended water.  Cool and add fruit, celery and nuts.  Mold or pour into a baking dish.  Congeal overnight.  Serve with mayo!



1 cup self-rising cornmeal

½ cup self-rising flour

¼ cup buttermilk

2 eggs

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients and pour into a greased shallow baking dish.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool.  I make my corn bread the day before.


7 slices of white bread (dried in warm oven)

Corn Bread

1 sleeve of saltine crackers

2 cups chopped celery

1 large onion chopped

1 stick butter

7 cups stock or broth (chicken)

1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper

5 eggs beaten

1 can cream of mushroom soup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Crumble dried white bread slices, cornbread, and saltines.  Mix together.  Sautee’ chopped celery and onion in butter until tender.  Pour over bread mixture.  Add stock, mix and taste.  Add seasonings and taste.  Adjust seasonings to your liking.  Add beaten eggs and mix well.  Pour into a greased pan and bake about 45 minutes or until dressing is done.  Serves at least 8-10


I throw out the diet when I make this.  I tell myself that I will only eat a tiny bit of the crust – HA!  It is addictive.  Actually, I like the crust better than the filling!  Uncle Bubba serves this at his restaurant and sells them like HOT CAKES!



1 ¾ cups graham cracker crumbs

¼ cup sugar

½ cup (plus) slivered almonds

¼ cup melted butter

Grease a 9 inch pie pan.  In a small bowl, mix cracker crumbs, sugar and almonds.  Add the melted butter and mix well.  Press evenly into the prepared pan.


1 teaspoon vanilla extract

One 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

½ cup Key Lime Juice

Grated zest and juice of 1 Key lime

3 egg yolks

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.In a medium bowl, combine the vanilla, condensed milk, Key lime juice, lime zest and juice and egg yolks, and mix well.  Pour into the pie crust.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Let stand at room temperature for 20-30- minutes and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. Garnish with whipped cream!

BROWN RICE (this has become a staple at my house)

2 cups raw rice

2 cans French Onion Soup

2 cans Beef Consomme’

Mushrooms (optional)

1 stick butter

Melt butter in a pyrex dish (9x13) add rice, soup, and mushrooms.  Put in preheated 350 degree oven and bake until all of the liquid is absorbed. 

Needless to say your meal will be fabulous if you follow the above menu.

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Love and Hugs,


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I record Paula's best dishes to watch on Saturday mornings. The "sleepover" episode is the one I'm watching now and you had me with the recipe book!!! I have the same one from my grandma. I ran and grabbed it from my cabinet and have it resting on my lap while I watch you two 'tap' it up!! Thanks you!!! Is there anything better than our recipe books from our loved ones???

By Bekah Lynn on January 05, 2013


I love the topping on your key lime pie. I wish you would share your technique . I grow my own key limes here in MS . Love to make key lime pies and key lime cheese cakes with a praline centers. I'll share my recipe if you will share your technique. Love your Southern charm! ...Vern

By Vernon Camp on December 17, 2012



By Anonymous on December 16, 2012


I need to make a fruit salad for our Christmas dinner,but,I can't come up with any salads,do you have any suggestions for me. Thank you, Sandie Hince.

By Sandie Hince on December 16, 2012


love all your recipes and love that plater where can u get it????love your shows ,paula love the peanut butter cookie recipe----dianne fortune

By dianne fortune on December 16, 2012


I am going to make it please send me all of Paula stuff to this email. Thanks

By Kathleen Sturgill on December 16, 2012

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