Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is how our Thanksgiving went...
first things very favorite treat, freshly ground Dunn Brothers Coffee (thank you TJ and Katherine Schultz)

completed cake (it's not as beautiful as Martha's, but I still can't wait to eat it!)

Our Thanksgiving morning also consisted of:
  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade
  • making my favorite salad...Cranberry Almond Salad (see below for recipe)
  • Corey working out (he's so dedicated!)
  • and a good book, The Help
Later off to Grandpa and Grandma's.
Here is a little taste of what happens at Grandpa and Grandma's (it's probably one of my most favorite places!)


Skip Bo

Talking...of course

It was a GREAT day! Corey and I are so blessed!

Cranberry Almond Salad
1 small package of almonds, slivered
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup cider vinegar
5 tbls of shredded red onion
1/8 tsp almond extract
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tbsp
1 bag baby spinach leaves
1 bag baby lettuce, mixed
2/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1.  Put almonds and 2 tbsp sugar into frying pan and sautee until medium
brown.  Immediately remove from pan and let cool.
2.  Mix remaining sugar, almond extract, salt, vinegar and mustard.  Let
sit for at least hour to dissolve.
3.  Add red onion and oil to dressing mixture and mix well.  Will keep for
up to 2 weeks.
4.  Toss greens, cranberries and cheese.  Add almonds and dressing to
taste.  Serve immediately.

Twas the night before Thanksgiving

and all through the house, not a creature was stirring...wait Corey was sleeping, but I was stirring. And mixing, and sifting, and blending. Check out my Caramelized Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Swiss Meringue Buttercream...Thank you Martha Stewart!

2lbs Granny Smith Apples
 4 cups peeled, cored and grated

 and reduced

finished cake batter (side notes: the batter was very thick and there was WAY too much for these 8in cake pans, also I do not own 8in cake pans so I had to use the dorky foil ones)

The Frosting

 bringing dark brown sugar, egg whites and salt to 160 degrees

adding butter (side note: this is NOT a low cal cake)

completed frosting, ready to chill

Off to bed.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


family and friends to the Jordan's South Blog. I'll explain "Jordan's South" a little for those who are not and never have been a Jordan. There are three Jordan families within the Jordan clan. Art and Annette Jordan (Corey's dad and mom), Aaron and Esther, Sam and Anna Jordan (Corey's brother, our sister in-law, and our nephew and neice) and us (Corey and Angie). Aaron, Esther, Sam and Anna live in northern Minnesota, therefore they have been dubbed "Jordan's North". Corey and I live in southern Minnesota, therefore we have been dubbed "Jordan's South". And Art and Annette are the ones who started it all, therefore they are the original "Jordan's".

The Jordan's South Blog is simply an attempt to keep in touch, informed and updated on the happenings within our family and circle of friends.