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

8 comments:

  1. Oh dear friend,
    I so enjoyed reading this today!
    I loved sharing your memories of your grandparents house on Thanksgiving Day!
    You described it so well, I felt as if I were right there, in the middle of all the love and delicious food.
    I love cranberry jello too!
    Thank you for opening your heart.
    And may your Thanksgiving be blessed and cozy!
    Hugs, my dear friend!!!!

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  2. Oh Barb what wonderful memories, I can imagine being there and taking in the smells, being around family and eating till I'm full. I love how you remember 'getting to do the dishes' I never remember that being a good thing haha. We go to do them on a daily basis and it wasn't fun haha. Adding sugar must be the thing they did back then. My Grandma and my mother in law would always add extra sugar 'to bring out the taste' I'm not an adder of sugar and when my boys were little I'm like Noooooo they don't need sugar on their cereal or grapefruit, or strawberries etc....
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy your family I sure am thankful for you!!
    Saimi

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  3. Good and precious memories. And the descriptions of food? Well you have me very hungry! Happy Thanksgiving, Barb!

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  4. I loved this, Barb. It brings back so many memories of Thanksgiving at my grandmother's house. She was a widow but still raised many things she cooked in her garden and she didn't have a very big house but we all had a great time with lots of food and laughter and love. I miss her so much. Love to you and wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. I loved reading this one dear friend! Memories are so precious of Thanksgiving times. I feel sad because my memories are rather dim at least as a small child. My mother made the best rolls ever and also pies. She was such a good cook. I don't really feel I am a really a. good cook; but I do like to cook. I do remember grinding all the vegtables for the dressing and helping with some of dinner.
    Wishing for you a wonderful Thanksgiving Celebration. Have fun with our kids. Wish we were there to celebrate with you all.
    Sending loving thoughts and hugs your way!

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  6. Such great memories! I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving!

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  7. Barb, I love this post! I can picture your bountiful dinner and almost taste it! What sweet sweet memories! ♥

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  8. Oh how I loved reading about your Thanksgiving memories Barb! I could almost see and taste everything. What a blessing! My Grandmother had the same thing in her house, a step down from the kitchen into the living room. You even made washing up after sound lovely. Its really all about family. I have many fond memories of Happy Thanksgivings spent with my own children as they were growing up and I know that they are building happy Thanksgiving memories for their own children now as they grow up. God bless, love and hugs and thanks so much for all that you share! xoxo

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