Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving Memories . . .



Today, I'm reposting a post from 2009, because it's still just what I think about, every single Thanksgiving!  And, it seems as I get older, that the memories are even more vivid than ever!



I've been thinking about Thanksgiving today - I guess it is just around the corner.  For some reason when I think about Thanksgiving, I think about my grandparent's home, you know the house, you've seen it lots of times . . . over the river and through the woods . . . That's the one alright!  My grandparents weren't rich, they didn't have a big home or even very much room for a big crowd, but somehow we all fit.  There were seven in my  family, plus all of my aunts and uncles and their children - we were a sizable group.  I can remember all of my aunts crowded into grandma's small kitchen fixing dinner.  Sometimes, I would sneak in, just to see what they were doing -  I was ushered out just as fast as I came in! 

The smell of turkey cooking, potatoes boiling and rolls raising was overwhelmingly yummy!  My grandmother was a wonderful cook and everything she made seemed like it had cream and butter in it.  Later, I found out that it really did, she loved to cream the vegetables and put an extra pat of butter on them.  Grandma liked everything to be extra sweet - she even put extra sugar in jello!  Today, when I make her cranberry jello, that she loved so much,  I always add the extra sugar.   One of her favorite dishes at Thanksgiving was creamed corn.  For this dish, she only used frozen corn, that she no doubt put up herself,  Just before it was done cooking, she would add an 8 oz. block of cream cheese, a little cream and salt and pepper - this is something we still always have for Thanksgiving.  Some might think it's strange, but it's comfort food for me. Grandma's rolls were the best!  She taught me how to make bread, she said you will know when you've kneaded it enough, because it will be as soft as a baby's bottom.  That's still how I know when my bread is ready.

A turkey cooked to perfection, creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, creamed corn, cranberry sauce, sweet pickles, pickled beets, black olives to put on fingers and green olives with pimento, homemade stuffing, candied yams, cranberry salad, perfect homemade rolls, pumpkin pie and mince meat pie - these are the wonderful dishes I remember at Thanksgiving. We would, of course, eat til' we were too full, then help clear up the table.  Then the hustle and bustle and chitter, chatter in the kitchen would start all over again.  All the women would put their aprons back on, new, hot, sudsy, water was run in the sink, clean dish towels were taken out of the drawer and before you knew it, the kitchen was clean.  My sisters and I would get to help with the dishes.  Grandma had a little spot, right next to her oven, that had a little pull-out towel rack where we would put the wet dish towels to dry - so many things I remember.   I loved my grandmother's house - I loved the way that you had to go down a little step to get into the living room from the kitchen.  I loved her big bathtub and bathroom painted pink.  I loved the way that the refrigerator was not in the kitchen, but on the back porch.  I loved the way that I felt when I was there - so much love . . .where did the time go? 

I hope that this Thanksgiving, no matter where we are,  that we will feel that same kind of love, that my grandchildren will know how much they are loved.  I hope that someday, my children and grandchildren will look back at Thanksgiving and have that same desire to recreate what they remembered as a child on Thanksgiving Day.  There have been lots of wonderful Thanksgiving dinners since the time I was a child - but I will always remember the Thanksgivings at Grandma and Grandpa Howard's house . . . today, I miss my grandma and grandpa. 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Hugs and Love,

Barb

Sunday, November 19, 2017

My Week-end in a Nutshell . . .

It was a slow week-end, it was cold so I spent most of the time inside!
On Saturday, we went and watched Taylor ride and learn a few new things at her riding clinic.  






Amber, James and Averi came to watch too.  I loved this photo of, James and Averi.  She even brought her horse, Hillary, to the riding clinic... have I told you how much I love this girl?  

Then we went out for  lunch where I enjoyed a pumpkin-spice milkshake!  Well, this isn't exactly what it looked like, but it was so yummy, I love pumpkin spice everything and try to enjoy it while I can.  By the way, there's nothing wrong with enjoying pumpkin spice in July...just so you know!


Later, my son came over to barrow a few things and get some advise about Salmon fishing...not like he needs it, he just wanted to talk about fishing with his dad.  He's going Salmon fishing for the next week, while his wife and kids are in Arizona, enjoying Thanksgiving with her sister and soaking up the sun!  

After he left, I went outside and took a few pictures of this gorgeous sunset...  




These two were from the night before...so pretty...so blessed.



Then I went in the house and talked my husband into watching this movie with me...


The Holiday, is one of my favorite Christmas movies - It's not for kids, just grown-ups...;0)  The cast is wonderful, and it makes me laugh and cry...two things that are a must for a Christmas movie, don't you think?!  

This photo has nothing to do with my week-end, but it does make me think about, Thanksgiving.   A few  years ago we were camping and made friends with some turkey's . . .


this was the nicest turkey!!  Maybe that's why we are having ham for Thanksgiving... ;0)

Have a wonderful, busy week!!


Hugs and Love,
Barb

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sharing Time . . .



Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
~Buddha


A few weeks ago, I had a birthday...I know, lucky me!!  I know it sounds funny, but I'm always grateful when I can put another year behind me, and get on with a new one.

My sweet sister gave me a  beautifully framed photo of my father that I wanted to share with you...I love it!  One day, we were at the family history center scanning some old slides and putting them on a flash drive, when we came across this picture of my father.  It's a photo of him that I had never seen before.  I'm not sure how old he was, but he was in his element, a fish in one hand and a bottle of beer in the other hand... :0)  Right behind him is the old green Pontiac that he loved so much.  I had kind of forgotten about the photo until my sister gave it to me.  She is so thoughtful, I love her.

I'm now older than my father was when he passed away, so really, I do celebrate each year that I am given.  I miss my father, but I am so grateful for each moment that I was able to share with him, and I know that one day, I'll see him again...what an amazing day that will be, he's been gone a long time.


Something else to share . . .

This cute little figurine.   My son's family gave it to me, his wife knows how much I love them.  My little granddaughter, Clara, was so excited to tell me that she thought the doll looked like her... so sweet.  Doesn't she look cute standing next to these little bookends?


Something else to share -  these wonderful, non-stick bread pans.  My daughter gave them to me because she has a set and loves them.  They are wonderful, and make beautiful banana bread, or any other bread you might want to bake!  I may never use any other loaf pan again!



Just look at those nice sharp corners!!  It was delicious, so I thought I would also share the recipe with you as well.  It's from a very old cookbook of my mother's, I think it's from the 50's.  It was a church cookbook, so you just know that the recipes are really wonderful.



I think it's fun to run across these kind of treasures, all tucked away neatly between the pages of an old cookbook - Happy Mayberry's Pie Crust, (Hap's Pie Crust for short).  My mother was a wonderful cook, and it's not hard to see that she loved this book as much as I do.

Speaking of cookbooks . . . look what I got in the mail yesterday!  My sweet friend, and blogging buddy, Marie Rayner, just had this wonderful cookbook published!  She also has a cooking blog called, The English Kitchen, where she posts the most amazing recipes as well.  The minute this became available on Amazon, I hurried and bought it...of course with a gift card that another daughter had given me for my birthday!  When she gave it to me, I knew exactly what I was going to buy with it...aren't kids great?!



This is a substantial cookbook, look how thick it is.  My husband and I just love it!  I truly don't think I will ever need another cookbook, as this one has so many delightful recipes in it.  I can hardly wait to start baking for the holidays!  And the illustrations in the book are just beautiful, all done by Marie.

Well, that was a lot of sharing!!

Be safe sweet friends...



Hugs and Love,

Barb