Today I want to put a couple memories of Thanksgiving Days past out there. I know we all have special memories of different days.
My Mom would bake so many goodies - pies and cakes and homemade yeast rolls. Her rolls were so good. The turkey was always cooked during the over night. No cooking bags back then!
It was all you could do - to sleep!!! The house smelled so incredible.
She made two types of dressing. Regular and oyster (ick). My Dad and brothers and even Glen liked the oyster dressing - oh my I just couldn't stomach that.
I still use some of Mom's recipes for special items and even her grand daughter's do. Her special dishes are still around.
I think just about everyone came home to Mom and Dad's on Thanksgiving. They may not have stayed long - but everyone stopped by for a visit and a goody.
We had people in the kitchen, the dining room and the living room. If nice out - people even used the front porch. I remember people even sitting on the steps going upstairs.
The house wasn't big - but it sure was full of love.
I remember one year when I was around 8 or 9, Mom had pretty extreme back surgery and had to wear a body cast - hips to underarms. That thing was massive back then. Dad decided he would fix Thanksgiving dinner. His biggest job was the turkey.
I remember him carving up the turkey (which looked lovely) and he found the giblet packet inside!!!!! Mom was mortified and Daddy thought it was hilarious (as did everyone else).
That was talked about for years and Daddy never got turkey duty again!!!!!!
We had Thanksgiving for everyone a few times here in our little home ( to give Mom some relief). It was wall to wall people. Luckily the years we had it, the weather was decent and we got to ship kids outside to play some!
The last year I did a BIG T-day, was unbelievable. I had a big ham, turkey and turkey breast, 10 lbs. of potatoes mashed, tons of dressing and green beans and desserts out the wazoo. I had tons of people RSVP and went with that. Well...... a bunch showed up that hadn't RSVP'd and they brought boyfriend/girlfriends and kids. First time ever in my life that I never had a leftover AT ALL. They ate everything. That was the last whole family T-day I had.
We went much smaller every year after that.
My favorite thing about Thanksgiving dinner is having having a cold turkey sandwich the next day. That is the best!!!! I look so forward to that simple little thing.
I sure do miss those days. Mom, Dad, sis and brother, in-laws that are gone and of course Glen - it was precious. I am glad I can sit and remember. What a gift!
Life sure goes by quickly. You turn your head and years seem to fly by.
I truly love being able to live those days over and over in my head.
Do you have any favorite memories of Thanksgivings past? Any funny happenings - or mishaps?
Please share. I love reading everyone's stories.
Have a great weekend!