Happy Monday, friends! Welcome, to the Holiday Recipe Blog Hop hosted by the sweet and talented Carol at Blue Sky Kitchen.  If you haven’t visited her blog, you will for sure want to. She cooks up the most delicious dishes. At the end of this post is a schedule listing the other wonderful bloggers participating in the blog hop. Each day a different group of bloggers will be sharing their scrumptious recipes to inspire your holiday entertaining.  Be sure to visit each and every one of them. There will be lots of wonderful ideas for your holiday dinners.

Today, I am sharing two of my favorite recipes for the holidays.  Each recipe comes from my sweet and dear Grandmothers (Me-Me and Mudder).


My Me-Me was my Grandmother on my Father’s side.  Every holiday, she would make her delicious strawberry salad. I make it every year, and when I taste it, I am reminded of sweet family memories.  I’m a sentimental girl and tend not stray too far from the family recipes I know.  I may add something new to the menu from time to time, but I always make something that my grandmothers made.

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My Me-Me would serve her strawberry salad in this same style of bowl every year. I hunted until I found one just like her bowl.  Lucky for me, I located one on Etsy. I always thought the strawberry salad looked so pretty in this bowl.

Me-Me’s Strawberry Salad


3 (3-ounce) packages of Strawberry Jello

2 cups of boiling water

1 (10-ounce) package frozen sliced strawberries, partially thawed

1 (15 1/4-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

3 medium bananas, mashed

1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional) *I usually leave the pecans out because my kids don’t like nuts.

1 (8-ounce) carton of sour cream

Directions:  Dissolve gelatin in boiling water, stir in fruit and pecans. Pour half of the mixture into a greased dish (if you don’t have a bowl like mine it will work just fine in a 12 x 8 x 2 inch dish. Chill until firm.  Store remaining mixture at room temperature. After half of the mixture is set (usually about an hour) spread the sour cream over the congealed layer. Next, spread the remaining mixture over the top of the sour cream, cover, and chill until firm.

I serve this dish alongside the savory ones. It doesn’t have to be a desert.  It’s sweetness is the perfect accompaniment to the main course.

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The next recipe I would like to share with you comes from my Grandmother on my Mother’s side,”Mudder.” I call her Mudder because when I was little I would hear my Mom call her Mother, and I couldn’t say mother so it came out Mudder. The name just stuck.

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I know that everyone has their particular favorite when it comes to the dressing that accompanies their holiday turkey. As for my family and I, we prefer cornbread dressing.  My Grandmother’s recipe for cornbread dressing is a handed down five generation recipe. There has been one change over the years. My great grandmother added oysters to her recipe. The recipe I am going to share with you makes a 9 x 13 pan of dressing. This recipe can be doubled or tripled to accommodate your guests.

Mudder’s Cornbread Dressing


2 packages of Jiffy Cornbread mix baked as directed.

3 slices of white bread toasted and broken into pieces

10 saltine crackers crumbled

1 large onion chopped and 1 cup of diced celery cooked in water until tender.

2 hard boiled eggs chopped

1 small jar of chopped pimentos

1 can of cream of chicken soup

2 cans of chicken broth heated

salt, pepper, and sage to taste


Mix the first 8 ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add the hot chicken broth until the mixture is the texture of mashed potatoes. Next, season to taste with the salt, pepper, and sage. Mix well. Pour into an ungreased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or if you like your dressing to be extra firm cook a little longer.Belle Bleu Interiors Thanksgiving Recipe Blog Hop 4



Thanks so much for joining me today! I’m so happy that you stopped by, and I hope that you will visit the other bloggers on the schedule below. There are lots of yummy recipes to inspire your holiday cooking! I hope that you have a happy and blessed day!!!


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Holiday Recipe Blog Hop Schedule November 14 ~ 18, 2016


Bluesky Kitchen

Belle Bleu Interiors

White Spray Paint

Southern DayDreams


Ash Tree Cottage

The Painted Apron

My Midlife Kitchen

Starfish Cottage


Ramblings of a Southern Girl

At Home with Jemma

My Thrift Store Addiction

Let’s Add Sprinkles



Botanic Blue

Celebrate and Decorate


Kitty’s Kozy Kitchen

Intentionally Eat

The Dedicated House

Opulent Cottage


  1. Hi Judith, Wow two great recipes and I love the stories to go with them. These dishes look so good Thank you for sharing and have fun this week visiting. xo

  2. Shannon, thanks for sharing your treasured family recipes. The strawberry salad looks so good along with your cornbread dressing. I make my Mom’s dressing recipe every year…have a wonderful Monday!

  3. Shannon- I love that you are sharing recipes that were your grandmother’s because it shares your heart:) I was smiling while reading because these recipes are family favorites of ours during the holidays too, prepared by my mother and grandmother.
    Dressing is tricky business- your recipe sounds very similar to our family’s too.
    I hope you have a wonderful day. I am taking notes for my holiday grocery planning llist:)

    White Spray Paint

  4. Shannon, what a wonderful way to honor your grandmothers by sharing these family recipes. The strawberry one looks lovely in the vintage bowl. Thanks for being a part of the Holiday Recipe Blog Hop.

  5. Nice recipes! Happy Monday ♥

  6. Hi Shannon, what a lovely holiday dessert. Love your sweet Grandmother’s names, with cute stories of how their names came about. Lovely presentation with your dishes as well. Do have a lovely week ahead. I am trying to get caught up. I am still hurting from the darn shingles.

    • Bless your heart, Linda! You are having a tough run with the gall stones and now the shingles. I’m so sorry. My father has had the shingles before, and I know that they can be very painful. As for my week, I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year. We are going to my parent’s house so I am going to start my Christmas decorating. Thank you for your very sweet and kind comments. I hope that your week gets better. Take care!!!

  7. I love family recipes that get passed down. Nothing is more comforting around the Holidays then enjoying recipes from loved ones. It brings back special memories. 🙂 Great post!

  8. Hi Shannon, I’m participating in the blog hop and love the recipes you shared AND your dishes! Pinning! Blessings, Cecilia

    • Thank you, Cecilia! I’m so happy to be participating in the blog hop! It is so much fun, and I am able to add a lot of delicious recipes to my collection! I’m so happy that you stopped by, and I hope that you have a great Monday and a wonderful week!!!

  9. I love strawberry salad. Yours looks delicious. I love your Friendly Village dishes. I have a set of these too. So fun. We are a stuffing instead of dressing family but your recipe looks yummy.

  10. Hi Shannon, I loved hearing the stories of your dear grandmother’s and then sharing their recipes. The strawberry does look so pretty in the bowl and the dressing looks wonderful in the Friendly Village soup tureen. Thanks for sharing with us!

  11. Shannon, Such beautiful memories you have of your two special grandmothers! And I love their names, too! I’m so excited to see the strawberry jello salad recipe because my own mother used to make that for so many special occasions, exactly the same but with the only difference being that she added walnuts instead of pecans! Now I’m going to make it too after seeing how delicious yours looks. And I have never eaten cornbread dressing. I always stuff the bird with bread, a little sausage, dried cherries and parsley stuffing. Yours looks delicious too! Enjoy and thanks for the yummy recipes! Linda

    • Linda, thank you so much for the very sweet comment. Walnuts would work great in the recipe. Thanks for the suggestion. I have to leave the nuts out, because my kids don’t like them, but it is delicious with them. Your stuffing sounds delicious! I’m so happy that you stopped by, and I hope that you have a wonderful week!!!

  12. Wow! A couple of yummy recipes! I have scheduled the pins, these both sound wonderful, although, like you said, everyone has their favorite and I do have a favorite Sausage and Apple Stuffing that I make every year. This Strawberry Salad, though might just make it onto one of my holiday meal tables!! I love how you hunted for a dish just like you remember it always being served in! Holidays are a wonderful time to treasure these special memories, aren’t they?

  13. My aunt makes a similar strawberry jello salad – except the bottom is a layer of pretzels but the rest is very similar. It always sounds unappetizing however it is SO GOOD! Thank you for sharing your recipes and lovely stories to accompany them!

    • Thank you, Angelina! Your Aunt’s recipe sounds yummy! I think the salty of the pretzels mixed with the sweet of the fruit and jello would be delicious. I’m so happy that you stopped by, and I hope that you have a wonderful week!!!

  14. Both of your recipes look and sound so yummy! I love that you were able to find a bowl like your MeMe’s to put the salad in! Makes it even more special, I bet! The china is really pretty and perfect for Thanksgiving! 🙂 Rhonda

  15. Another flawless post! Yum, yum…and yum!

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  17. Great recipes….and love those beautiful dishes!

  18. Shannon,
    Two favorite recipes in my family are also Strawberry Salad and Cornbread Dressing. I think your Strawberry Salad recipe is the same one we use.


  19. Thank you very much for hopping and sharing your memories and recipes. The Jello salad is similar to one my mother would make and it was always delicious.

  20. Good Morning Lovely!
    Well I love, love the story behind your recipes and I know just how you feel about trying to replicate that special bowl that the food was served in. You have shared such tender memories and I am going to try your stuffing recipe this Thanksgiving-sounds sooo good!

    • Jemma, I am so excited that you are going to try my Grandmother’s dressing recipe. I hope that you like it. I know that people can be particular about their dressing or stuffing. Thank you for your sweet and kind words. I hope that you have a wonderful day!!!

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  22. I had a friend who wanted strawberry jello dessert for his birthday every year and your recipe reminds me of him.

  23. Your recipes sound delicious Shannon, and I’m swooning over your gorgeous tureen! Wishing you and your family a blessed holiday season!! xo, Andrea

  24. Hi Shannon! What fabulous recipes but best of all what wonderful stories of tradition to go along with the recipes! Plus your setting for the treasured delights is stunning!

  25. These are great, Shannon! Our cornbread dressing recipe is very similar, with a couple of tweaks! Everything looks so pretty, as always!

  26. Olivia Holland

    Your Mudders dressing is the same as my family’s and I’m sure I’m old enough to be a great aunt! Like you, I love to make the things my grandmother did. My Mom’s mother, my Mamanannie, made the best food. I’m going to love your blog. You set a great table!

  27. Crystal McDaris

    Shannon, your father showed me your blog! Looks great and I will definitely try your grandmothers recipes. My kids may remember having some of the wonderful recipes when they were there. She was like their grandmother also and is greatly missed by all of us.

    • Thank you, Crystal, for the very sweet and kind words. My Me-Me loved your boys a lot. I miss her very much, and think of her often. I’m so happy that you stopped by, and I hope that you are having a great week!!!

  28. Shannon, I’ve never had strawberry salad. We have a cranberry sauce that my Mom makes every year which I love to spread on my turkey. I’m tucking your strawberry salad away in my favorites to try out one day. And, your stuffing looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing with us. Happy Fall! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    • Thank you, Kathryn! You will love the strawberry salad! I goes so good with turkey and dressing! I’m so happy that you stopped by, and I hope that you have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!!!

  29. Shannon you are such a great hostess and I love all of the Thanksgiving tables, recipes and tips that you are sharing. Family recipes are priceless and these two look and sound delicious. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great week.

  30. Love your holiday recipe ideas, and your fabulous blog! It’s been so fun being on the blog hop with you this week…I have enjoyed “meeting” so many new bloggers.

    • Hi Kristy! Thank you for your very sweet words!!! It has been a lot of fun being on the blog hop this week!!! I have added so many recipes to my collection, and I can’t wait to try them! I hope that you have a great weekend and a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!!!

  31. These recipes both sound so good, and with such nice stories to go with them. I love that you found a similar bowl to serve the strawberry salad. I think I’d like to try that recipe. The stuffing sounds very tasty, but as you say, we all have such picky preferences about our stuffing. My mom gave me her recipe for stuffing over the phone one year when my in-laws stayed for Christmas. I’ve used it ever since (how could I not?!). Thanks for sharing your Grandmothers’ recipes 🙂

    • Thank you, Wendy, for your sweet comment! How wonderful that you use your Mother’s stuffing recipe each year. I love traditions! I have had so much fun participating in the blog hop this week. I have added so many wonderful recipes to my collection. I hope that you have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!!!

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  34. Shannon, You just solved a problem for me. I make a similar strawberry salad recipe but it calls for a glass baking dish which is unattractive. Your Me-Me’s lovely strawberry Salad presentation is perfect and solves my problem. I just bought a bowl on Ebay very similar to your picture. Thank you so much. Happy Thanksgiving

    • Arlene, I am so happy that you found a bowl like mine on Ebay. It makes such a pretty presentation for the strawberry salad. Thanks for your very sweet and kind words. I am so happy that you stopped by, and I hope that you have a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!!!

  35. Thank you for sharing your delicious holiday recipes at Monday Social! Happy Thanksgiving.

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