Give thanks and be thankful

By C.A. Lawton | November 19, 2019

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, it’s the perfect time to step back, slow down and show gratitude for all of the goodness in our lives. All of us have blessings that we tend to overlook: Health. Safety and security. Food and shelter. The ability to do meaningful work. Freedom. And much, much more.

We all have so much to be thankful for!

On Thanksgiving and every day, The C.A. Lawton Co. is thankful for all of the hard-working members of our team, their safety, and their contributions to the continuous improvement of our company.

Families form the backbone of Lawton. During the last 140 years, numerous multi-generational families have devoted their careers to helping make it the world-class foundry it is today. For that, we’re profoundly thankful.

This year, the Lawton family has grown with 16 workers from Puerto Rico. One of these team members has offered the following recipe which his family traditionally prepares for their thanksgiving celebration for you to enjoy with your family:

Arroz Con Dulce (Rice Pudding)


2 cups white rice

2 cups water

1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk

1 (4 ounce) can condensed milk

1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk

½ cup shredded coconut

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1 pinch nutmeg

1 teaspoon ginger

1 pinch salt

½ cup raisins

6 cloves

1 pinch cinnamon

1 cinnamon stick


  1. Soak the rice in water for at least 3 hours before cooking so that it can soften.  After it has finished soaking, remove the water.
  2. Add 2 cups water and begin to cook it in a heavy saucepan, bringing the rice and water to a boil.
  3. Lower the heat to simmer and add the cloves and cinnamon stick.
  4. While stirring, cook uncovered until the water has evaporated, approximately 8 to 15 minutes. 
  5. Add the remaining ingredients (except the pinch of cinnamon).
  6. Stir gently.
  7. Let simmer uncovered until all liquid has evaporated.
  8. Transfer into a casserole or serving dish. Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon sprinkled on the top.
  9. Store in refrigerator. May be served at room temperature.

From our extended Lawton family to yours, may your hearts (and stomachs) be full this Thanksgiving, and every day that follows.

Happy Thanksgiving!