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Thanksgiving Memories 
Nov. 20, 2012 8:49 pm 
Updated: Dec. 30, 2012 5:55 am

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Even as a child it managed to squeak past Christmas on my favorite list. Why? Well because of the simplicity of the holiday. Good food, Family, Friends and being grateful for the blessings in your life. It just didn't get any better. Not to say I don't love Christmas, I do. But Thanksgiving has always been a special time for me.

When I was a kid it was a blast spending the day with my cousins. Running around like hooligans outside getting into all sorts of trouble. Sneaking into the house to score some pre-dinner grub. I'm pretty sure that Mom, Aunts, and Grandma knew what we were doing, but they played along while we snuck veggies, rolls and anything else we could manage. We were always caught when we got to close to the dessert table. If you stuck around the kitchen for to long you were definitely going to put to work. Not that we minded very much. It was always nice to be given a job in the kitchen with the ladies of the family. Watching them cook, talk and laugh together was always entertaining. My cousin Sarah and I would always end up making the Deviled Eggs. We could make some awesome deviled eggs. 

Then when the turkey came out we would try and sneak some of the skin off to eat. That got a little dangerous as the years passed and the turkey carving passed on to one of my cousins. He would pretend to go at you with a knife. I always said one of these days he was going to mess up and actually stab someone. He never did. Thankfully. Although there was the time that while I was dodging the knife somehow the bowl of stuffing ended up on the floor. We stood there looking at it in stunned horror. It worked out okay though because there was a back up and not all of the stuffing had been removed from the bird. Good thing or we would have been busted.

Dinner was always delicious and we had so many dishes to choose from. I was one to take small spoonfuls of almost everything and then maybe go back to get more of a favorite. Every year Sarah would make me try the Green Bean Casserole and I would make her try Candied Yams. We never did convince each other that each dish was fabulous.

After dinner there was more playing until we decided it was time to beg the adults to "Please, Please let it be dessert time!" "After the dishes are done" was always the answer. So us girls would tromp on into the kitchen to face the destruction that is the After-Thanksgiving-Dinner-Dishes. We made that fun as well though, it was our time to clean, chat and laugh together.
After we had our fill of dessert and were all lounging around stuffed with sugary goodness. Grandma would get this look on her face, sigh a little, and say "Well it’s all over" And that was the signal Thanksgiving was done!

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude."
- E.P. Powell


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Nov. 21, 2012 12:56 pm
Great blog, Rae! I really love hearing all of the stories and memories...Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)
Judy G 
Dec. 30, 2012 5:55 am
I am a new subscriber, so haven't tried any of your recipes yet, Rae, but just love the cat in your picture, all dressed up for Christmas. I share most of your cooking likes, including baking & Italian dishes. Thanks for sharing.
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I am a stay at home mom with three beautiful kids. I love cooking and I am always looking for something new to cook for my family. My husband was thrilled when I found this website cause I have a tendancy to buy any cookbook I see!
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I love baking. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons because I can always have something in the oven. I also love crockpot dinners as well.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday cooking is the best. I love cooking the dessert my grandmother taught me how to make when I turned 14. Every year at Christmas and Thanksgiving I can hear her telling me what to do and how to do it, I can also feel her smack when I stirred the wrong way! Hehe.
My cooking triumphs
I have always been afraid of frying foods after a couple disastrous attempts at it when I was younger, my fingers always seemed to go into the oil, I have finally started trying frying foods. I am just a lot more cautious. Now I am trying to figure out muffins and pies, and different types of deserts. I think I have finally figured out cheesecake (yay!me).
My cooking tragedies
One Thanksgiving I was making Ham in the Slow Cooker. About an hour before we were supposed to eat my son asks "Mom did you want the Crockpot plugged in?" Whoops! We had a bunch of yummy sides though :) Now every time I make something in the slow cooker my family asks if I plugged it in :)
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