Wednesday, November 23, 2011


On this Thanksgiving Eve, Don and I want to wish all of our blog followers a Blessed Thanksgiving.  We are spending today remembering the Thanksgivings from our past.  Cruising thru Google images we found some pics that reminded us of those days long gone.
The Norman Rockwell image was closest to my past.  Thanksgiving was usually at my Grandparents Nelson. There would be as many as could be squeezed around their dining room table. Although they never put the 'uncut' turkey on the table, it would be a hugh one (20+ pounds) sliced on platters (one for dark meat and one for white meat, [I am a dark meat person]). There would be cranberry sauce and a cranberry congealed salad (both homemade and oh so gooood!!). Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top,cornbread dressing,  greenbeans out of one of our gardens, sliced tomatoes,giblet gravy, hot rolls with real butter, ice tea, and for desert would be Aunt Mary's chess pies, Grandmother's pound cake, Mama's chocolate cake, and chocolate covered mints. 
Now tomorrow Don and I will have turkey (20+pounds) (I don't know how to cook any other size), turnip greens, canned cranberry sauce, dressing (Pepperridge Farms Herb dressing mix), cornbread muffins, mashed white potatoes ( I never had these for Thanksgiving or Christmas until I married Don and he never had one without it!!), giblet gravy, coffee or lemonade. Pumpkin pie for desert. Following in the American tradition I will spend the morning in the kitchen (starting around 6am) and we will eat around 2pm. The first Thanksgiving I fixed it took Don only 17 minutes to eat dinner.  8 hours work for me and 17 minutes for him to eat.  That's about right for us. HoHum.
I hope all of you are with your families and do take your time eating dinner even if it is only tacos or hamburgers.
I added Charlie Brown and Snoopy because I always watched their Holiday specials. And I am adding this next pic just because it is pretty.

I am linking this post to Vintage Thingie Thursday
and here is my thingie.  This little turkey dates back to the 1980's and I bought it go in a flower arrangement for Thanksgiving. Been using it every year (not always in a flower arrangement). To be mostly styrofoam he has held up pretty good over the years.

Enjoy the meal and remember to give thanks for all our blessing. We are looking forward to some peace and quiet.
Don and Mary


LV said...

A very nice Thanksgiving post. Blessing to you and family. Enjoy the day.

Sarah said...

I, too, am cooking a 20 pound turkey! Our big family will have it all gobbled up before the weekend is over! :)

HaPpY vInTaGe ThInGiE tHuRsDaY!

Donna said...

Oh my, I had to laugh when you said, "8 hours to cook, 17 minutes to eat!" That's my Don, too. He eats fast anyway, but - golly, when we've taken all day, I try to get him to slow down a bit!

Your post was a beautiful tribute to Thanksgiving! Thank you so much for sharing. Norman Rockwell's painting reminded me of holidays with my Grandmother's, too. Fond memories. Now we are the Grandmothers! I love it. I pray this is what my grandchildren remember in 40 or 50 years!

Hope your day was wonderful and you are having a Happy Thanksgiving!


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