Thursday, November 20, 2008

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving Day is just one week away, and I have been busy planning my menu. We are cooking at my daughter's house because she has more room than I do, but being "mom" I am in charge of "helping" her. She wants to learn how to cook all the old family favorties.

We usually have the traditonal things


Dressing made from cornbread and turkey/chicken broth, onion, sage, salt, pepper

candied yams

mashed potatoes


veggies (at lest 3)

cranberry sauce

apple salad


I am already full just thinking about all that food.

What kind of traditions if any do you have?

Did you know that Most people think of the Pilgrims on Thanksgiving day: 1622, the Mayflower, Squanto and his tribe sharing a feast with the Puritans at Plymouth Rock

Here in Virginia we also have a claim to the holiday. Did you know that Berkeley Plantation was the location of the first Thanksgiving.They Gave Thanks for Their Safe Arrival to the New World
The first Thanksgiving occurred when Captain John Woodlief led the newly-arrived English colonists to a grassy slope along the James River and instructed them to drop to their knees and pray in thanks for a safe arrival to the New World. It was December 4, 1619, and 38 men from Berkeley Parish in England vowed:
"Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrivall at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God"

No matter where it started I am glad it did....Pass the yams please



Blogger Carrie said...

Mac & Cheese. It is a staple and we have to have them. Plus my family normally makes broccoli, rice and cheese casserole. I love when my SIL makes pumpkin bread too. I'll eat it all through December.

I'm hungry!

November 20, 2008 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger peppylady said...

My sister in law is doing Thanksgiving dinner.
I usual do pies but for some reason I'm not in the mood to do pies.
That could change.

So far I'm bringing a beet and carrot salad.
I'm in the mood to bring cookies.

But I'll talk to my sister in law about that before Thanksgiving.

Coffee is on.

November 20, 2008 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Butternut squash is always a Thanksgiving favorite of mine!

I read yesterday that Plymouth was the first "Thanksgiving Feast" and that's apparently why everyone thinks of it rather than of Virginia when it comes to the holiday. The way the story is told, some might think that the Pilgrims were the very first settlers to the new world but Virginians had been around so much longer before they even got here!

They were just smart enough to land somewhere warm rather than in New England in November!

November 21, 2008 at 1:22 AM  
Blogger dot said...

The dinner sounds delicious. That is pretty much what I like to have also. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving with your family!

November 22, 2008 at 6:42 PM  

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