The first recipe I shared of my family’s favorite holiday foods was my momma’s corn casserole. It’s been on the table every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas since I can remember, and is always a hit! Naturally, I carried that into adulthood and it’s the dish I take for any holiday party that I need to bring a side to. It’s that good, y’all. And… so easy it’s almost hard to take credit for it at all haha, but I do none the less. 😉
Today, stuffing/dressing (whatever you prefer to say!). We have a couple different stuffing recipes in the family that are very different and representative of where my grandmothers are from. My Mamma’s (daddy’s mom) is a traditional southern cornbread stuffing and it’s THE BOMB. She makes it every year, and it’s just so darn good with that gravy on top… omg, like actually my mouth is watering. My Grandma Davis’ (mom’s mom) is an oyster stuffing. She and my grandpa are from the north, clearly. She grew up in Ohio and Grandpa is from Maryland! It took me years to actually try the oyster stuffing… but once I did, my Thanksgiving food life was changed. Thanksgiving at Grandma Davis’ isn’t complete without it.
Mamma’s Cornbread Stuffing
1 can of biscuits (of choice)
1 full mix of cornbread (9x 13 pan’s worth)
3 stalks of celery
1 large onion chopped finely
Sage to taste (about 4 tbsp.)
Salt and pepper
4 cups chicken stock
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
My mamma uses all of the cornbread crumbled up with the ingredients, but adds the biscuits in (doesn’t use them all- just until the consistency is right). She says “It should be mushy… if that’s even a texture to say.”
Cooktime: About 30 minutes
Grandma’s Oyster Dressing
1 pint of fresh oysters
Saltine Crackers- approximately 3 packages (long stacks)
1 1/2 sticks of butter
1 1/2 c. milk (may need less for smaller oysters
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for approx. 45 minutes or until golden brown. Recipe makes 3 layers- layer as follows:
1st layer- coarsely hand crushed crackers , about 1/2 inch deep
2nd layer- place 1/3 of oysters on top of crackers
Place dabs of butter evenly over layer of crackers and oyster, and repeat 2 more times.
Now let’s taco-bout these maternity jeans!
I had the HARDEST TIME finding jeans that fit my 5’1 petite frame. Not the length, particularly but the hip width and bootay sizes. Nothing fit me right and everything was falling off after about 5 minutes, or just sagging from the start. I would be all for wearing just leggings for the rest of my pregnancy, but being a worship leader, I am on stage and can’t wear dresses (there are very few I can wear on stage) and wearing leggings isn’t exactly ideal for presentation. I really found myself in a tough spot, and I cried the most in my entire pregnancy over jeans… no joke. Jeans. I wasn’t going to spend $150+ on a pair from Motherhood or Pea in the Pod, but I still wanted jeans I felt confident in, too. Then, I found this new line at Target!! Ingrid & Isabel is a higher priced line of maternity clothing carried at boutiques, but Target teamed up with them to provide a more affordable option. I originally had heard about them from a friend, but when I went in store the first time to try them… they only carry a size 2 and up, which was too big.
Because they didn’t carry a 0 in store, I had to special order order online. I had a little bit of a Target gift card left over, so I ended up spending a whopping $27 on these. They feel amazing on and honestly feel like I spent a lot of money on them. I prefer the side paneling FAR MORE than the over belly. It’s totally preference, and so many women go for the over belly, but I like feeling as “normal” as possible. I also don’t like have the band over my belly because my bump is on the smaller side. The over belly panel just has a hard time staying up. I learned being in jeans I can do a front tuck in and actually fit like a normal, non-maternity pair of denim made me feel most confident.
My only complaint about these is by the end of the day, they do sag just a hair. But, I am hoping in my final weeks of pregnancy I will fill them out a little better. But, I give them a 9/10!
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Photos by Cottonwood Road Photography for The Cake by Hannah