My dear bloggy friend Chatty Kelly posted a Thanksgiving meme and I am joining in. Feel free to play along if you're not too busy cooking. I want to wish all of my dear bloggy friends a Very Wonderful Thanksgiving! I am So Very Thankful to know all of you.
1. Which do you like better: cooking at your house, or going elsewhere? Cooking at my house.
2. Do you buy a fresh or frozen bird? Frozen.
3. What kind of stuffing? My Grandma taught me to make the cornbread dressing (not stuffing) which is why it is the BEST.
4. Sweet potato or pumpkin pie? Pumpkin Pie. I will put the Cool Whip in my Mocha.
5. Do you believe that turkey leftovers are a curse, or the point of the whole thing? The point. Turkey sandwhiches are a must have!
6. Which side dish would provoke a riot if you left it off the menu? We don't have enough people to have a riot. Dressing or my baked Mac & Cheese would cause lots of whining if they were missing!
7. Do you save the carcass to make soup or stock? That is waaayyy too much trouble.
8. What do you wish you had that would make preparing Thanksgiving dinner easier? A double oven.
9. Do you get up at the crack of dawn to have dinner ready in the early afternoon, or do you eat at your normal dinner hour? The only time I get up at the crack of dawn is when I go on overnight field trips to the zoo and have to sleep on a cold hard floor. I prepare what I can the day before. My daughter brings some of the sides. We generally eat about 3:00.
10. If you go to somebody else's house, what's your favorite dish to bring? I don't go to someone elses house.
11. Is your cranberry sauce fresh or canned? My daughter is the only one who eats cranberry sauce. Like my friend ADHD-Jo said... They make it fresh?
12. What's your absolute favorite thing on the menu? I love the skin off the turkey right after it comes out of the oven. Mmmmm.
~ Thanksgivings Past ~
Growing up, everyone always went to my Grandma's house for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve night to exchange gifts, and Christmas Day for our Christmas dinner. We always had a house full and always enjoyed spending time together. The women usually helped my Grandma cook the meal (under her direction of course), the men hung out in the living room watching sports, and the kids ran in and out of the house playing and asking when we were going to eat.
The dressing was the Riot maker. My dad especially needed the dressing. My Grandma never measuered anything so there was lots of taste testing of the dressing to determine if it needed more sage or more pepper. My dad always said more pepper and my Grandma usually listened to him (until she thought he was wrong).
After dinner the women cleaned up so Grandma didn't have to (at least not much), and the men went back to the TV. LOL. Then we would gather around the table to talk or play a game of Rummikub (Rummy Tile) or UNO. We would usually break out the desert and coffee during the game. Sometimes we would all go outside and play a watered down game of football or something like that.
Grandma was the "Head of the Household" and she was always the one everyone looked to for the final say when it came to our family get togethers. If anyone wanted to do something different we would always ask Grandma first.
Grandma went to be with the Lord on August 5, 2000 and my dad on August 5, 1985. I do miss them and I miss those days. I hope that my grandaughters will want to come to my house for the holidays, and think of me with love and respect the way I think of my Grandma. Even after they are grown and have familys of their own.
"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." Corrie ten Boom