November 12, 2010

Thanksgiving Favorites

Elizabeth over at Southern Comfort has invited us all to share our Thanksgiving memories in her Thanksgiving Favorites post. Wait until you read hers ... I've been laughing for days!!!

I've been a big fan of Southern Comfort (the blog, not the whiskey) for a long time now. Elizabeth is fun to read, gives details on wonderful DIY home projects (the monogram in the picture frame is one I especially love), great recipes and stories about her sweetie pie Hubby and their adorable 4-legged children. As she says, "Pull up a chair and have a glass of sweet tea."

Here are my Thanksgiving Favorites ...

1. What does Thanksgiving mean to YOU this year?

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays -- everyone gathers together to share the best meal of the year, it's the prelude to Christmas but there are no gifts involved =D and it's Fall so the temperatures have cooled off here in Phoenix. I think that moment when we all sit down at the table together and I realize we've made it another year is just so sweet for me ... pure happiness!

2. What are you THANKFUL for?

When I hear about people losing their jobs and their homes and dealing with illnesses, I am just so grateful that we have gone through the last year without these personal trials.

3. Do you have a favorite dish that you MUST have for the big Turkey dinner?

The turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy are a given. A few years ago, I found a recipe for Cranberry-Sour Cherry Chutney that has become one of the favorites at our table. Everyone seriously raves about this dish and I plan to make it every year forever.

4. Do you have a favorite family TRADITION you do each year for Thanksgiving (big or small)?

We like to go around the table and say what we're especially grateful for. It's always nice to hear the special good things everyone has to say.

5. What do you love most about NOVEMBER?

Living in Phoenix with our yard full of palm trees, we don't get the dramatic color changes that cooler parts of the country do, but it is still one of my favorite things when I see a tree with gold and orange leaves on it. I also look forward to the craft fairs that start popping up all over and the fragrance of cinnamon when you walk into the craft stores.

6. What is your FAVORITE family/silly/fun memory from Thanksgiving in years' past?

I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Give me a 25-pound turkey to stuff and I'm happy. But as much as I love to cook, several years ago, when we were still running our stationery store, I hadn't been cooking much at all and especially not during the craziness of our retail holiday season. On Thanksgiving morning, I started pulling pots and pans out of the cupboard to assemble my cooking tools on the kitchen island. Our Youngest Daughter was living at home and one of her cats jumped up on a barstool and peeked strangely over the edge of the counter at me. I said to Hubby, "Why do you suppose this cat is looking at me like this?" He replied, "Because she's never seen you in the kitchen before." Ha ha! Actually, it makes me laugh every time I think of it!

Thanks, Elizabeth, and happy early Thanksgiving to you and yours!


Elizabeth @ Southern Comfort said...

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! You are just too kind for words.
I love your family traditions, big and small. Thanksgiving really is all about gathering. Year after year. You have my curiosity to try your cranberry-cherry chutney. I'd love to see a recipe pop up in a future post for it :)
Your story with sweet kitty kitty made me giggle.
Here's to a fabulous Thanksgiving for you and yours.

Tiffanee said...

Love the made me laugh. Thanks for an amazing post!

Kathleen said...

Great Thanksgiving memories...thanks for sharing. I'll be in Hawaii this year for Thanksgiving and feeling very grateful to be someplace warm and tropical and having a nice rest from work!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That was fun! Thanksgiving is the best, hope you have a wonderful one.

Baby Sister said...

I love posts like this. :) Thank you for sharing!!

Tightwad Mom said...

I love your Thanksgiving thoughts and memories. I especially love the story of your curious kitty! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, hands down! I love roasting turkey, making from scratch mashed potatoes, and baking pie!

lisaschaos said...

Sounds like warm holidays at your house. :0) Those years you weren't cooking what did you do for the holiday? Eat out or someone else cooked? Just wondering. :)

jayayceeblog said...

@ lisaschaos - I always cooked Thanksgiving dinner but we ate out or brought home take out the rest of the time. One year I ordered a turkey dinner from the grocery store. I thought it was okay but everyone else wanted my home-cooked from then on. =)

Loren said...

What wonderful traditions...
My Mom started a tradition about 7 yrs. ago...We go out of town to Eureka Springs Ar. and also Branson Missouri! We stay in a cabin and just enjoy being together....we relax, shop, catch a show in Branson and hit the outlet malls. It is my kids favorite trip !

This year we will be cooking our own dinner in the cabin so I am wondering how this will be...??? I will have to keep you posted ;)