Let’s Get Cookin’ Thursday: “Family is Forever” Amber’s Cornbread Salad

Does your family have big get togethers? The kind where everyone brings a dish or two (or three) and the celebration of just being together with family lasts a long time. Mine does. It started years ago with my Mammaw and continues today. Although it was easier when the children were younger and we didn’t have so many obligations. We still hold fast to our traditions and our family.

Occasionally there will be a squabble or two, but that’s not unusual in families. Large or small families disagree.  The key is not to allow it to get out of hand. Forgive and yes, forget.  Easier said than done, you say?  Well, do you ever ask that same thing?  When you pray the Lord’s Prayer, do you mean it when you ask to be forgiven as you forgive? Or do you want God to forgive you, wash away your sins clean, and forget them? I want that kind of forgiveness. Isn’t that how you want God to forgive you?

What does family mean? It means everything to me. Family is where we go when we don’t know where to go. Family loves us because we are family. Unconditionally.  Whether mad or glad.  Family shares sadness and joys. We share tears of all kinds. Family is forever no matter what. Family is a blessing from God. You do not choose your family. God gives it. Treasure your gift.

“Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:13 ESV
Here’s one of our favorite salad recipes. It is requested at every family pitch-in and is in my family cookbook.  You might want to add it to yours.  Enjoy!

Amber’s Cornbread Salad

3 boxes of Jiff cornbread (be sure to add sugar) made a few days ahead of time, cut up and allowed to stale a bit in a big bowl
1.5 pounds of fried, crumbled bacon
2 cans of petite diced tomatoes (drained very well)
1 white onion diced
1-2 green bell peppers diced
2-3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
Mayo, about 2 c.

Combine all ingredients and add just enough mayo to make it moist (2 cups or so), without being drenched. Garnish with parsley.

This is the original recipe and delicious.  It is also good with a variety of add ins.  Try one or two for a little different taste.

Optional add ins:  corn, black or pinto beans, red pepper, cucumber, celery, black olives

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