Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving 2010

"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving."

I am very thankful for the life I have and especially the people to share it with!
My wonderful boyfriend, My parents, Family, Friends, My job, &  My house.
God is GOOD!

Here are a few family traditions or Must haves on Thanksgiving at my families feast -

The Menu -
What will be served; Northern & Southern dishes

A Nut Bowl, A fruit bowl, Olives & Stuffed cerely, & candy mints
- ALL must haves
Each person is served, their choice of fruit cocktail or Tomato juice!
You don't have to eat it, but you should take it anyway!
[Gannys demand]

Northern Style & Southern Style Food
My entire family is from Long Island, New York...
When they ventured down here back in the 70's, they all married
Southern! Whoop Whoop!!!

Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Blueberry Pie, and Cherry Pie
will ALWAYS be found on the PIE table,
on Thanksgiving Day!

We have many traditions for THanksgiving!
Where they came from... I believe my wonderful Grand mother, Ganny!
But.. it's a big holiday for us!
We also sit together at ONE table. Putting many tables together. The food usually goes on the table we are eating on, but Mom had too many people last year and wasn't able too.
But we pass each dish a long [to the right] and before you know it, when it's time to dig in...
your food is luke warm.
Candles must be on the table & wine should always be available,
Here are some more pictures of last years THanksgiving Day & More traditions...
Mama teaching me the right ways to do THanksgiving...
Stuffing the Turkey...

My First Ham!

Our THanksgiving Ham must have pineapple & Cherry, with Cloves
on it for taste & looks!
[The Cloves come off, after being cooked]

My Brother in law, Tommy & my Two Aunt
Helping prepare for the big feast!

The Beau getting something down for Mama...
Her cabinets are too high!

When I was a little girl, we came up with a game
where on Thanksgiving Day you make a hat...
If you win... you get recognition. [haha]
Here are a few from last year...

Granddaddy's hat. He is a farmer!
My Sisters family. She made the hats for each one of them, even Emily!
Although, you can see her face.

Mine & Aaron's Hats.

The back of mine...
Each feather had something I was thankful for!

& Last but NOT least!
We have always made turtles out of walnut shells.
Crack the walnut in half. Clean the middle out & pour hot wax
into the shell. THen you make a head, four feet, & a tail.
Again, Notta clue where this came from.. but we have always done it!

Here are some of my cousins working on their turtles from last year!


Recap of last night

So I made my first pumpkin pies!
After two trips to the store ....
[I bought two ground ginger spices & not a ground cloves &&& then got back to notice I had regular pie shells & not deep pie shells]
&& an extremely messy kitchen...
Here are my Pumpkin Pies!!!

It's another MUST HAVE to cut out a pumpkin to bake on the top...
But I added leaves to my third pie!

I also made these cute Turkey Cupcakes I saw in a Magazine!
[Excuse the Phone picture]

Now, I'm off to make Green Bean Casserole [easy]
Squash Casserole [never made before, ekk!]
Wish me good luck!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!



Melissa said...

Those cupcakes are adorable! Happy Thanksgiving!!

April Westerhold said...

What a fun family you have! Love the hat idea, that is so cute.

Happy Thanksgiving!

MishMish said...

Wow!! What great traditions you have - I would love to be a guest at one of your holiday gatherings!!! You're very blessed!!