Happy Thanksgiving

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays.  I think back to what Thanksgivings of the past have been for me.  The one thing that always comes to the fore front is FOOD.  Lots and lots of scrumptious tempting food.  Food and family is what Thanksgiving is all about for me.  spending time with family around the diner table, stories of their lives, and memories from the past. 

 

The Thanksgivings I remember the most were the ones back home in Colorado.  My Step Mom would spend all day cooking and preparing a massive feast.  We all worked at the station until noon on Thanksgiving day when Dad would close.  Just a short drive back to the house, and everyone from the family was all in one place.  We spent the rest of the afternoon visiting, and sharing stories of what had happened with each other through the past few months. 

 

Mom and Dad had a really big front room, and two big tables.  Mom would spread all the food out for everybody to serve themselves.  The shear amount of food was breathtaking.  We would have turkey, ham, roast, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, fruit salad, macaroni salad, and vegetables of all kinds. There was one thing Mom made every year, that was not very traditional Thanksgiving food, except for us.  Dad loved Escargot, and passed that taste on to many of us kids.  Mom made four big trays of Escargot, and we would fight over who got the last few, they never lasted very long.  Of course she would have all kinds of deserts, two or three kinds of pie and cakes, all home made.  How she managed to cook it all is beyond me.

 

After literally stuffing ourselves to the point of not being able to move, we all sat around talking.  I think it was one of the few times of the year when we all talked for long periods of time.  I do so miss those dinners.

 

I hope everyone of you has a wonderful, happy, and memorable Thanksgiving.

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22 comments:

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

What a great tribute to having Thanksgiving dinner at home. They were indeed the very best.

I am a big fan of Escargot too.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)

Anonymous said...

I do miss those dinners with you, me and Dad trying to gross people out with our stories!!! I've made 5 pies, 3 salads have a 24 lb turkey and a ham, and all the other fixings. But, no Escargot! If you were here I'd make it for you.

Happy Turkey Day little bro!

Tinaleigh

Eric S. said...

Hi Sandee, yes the best part of Thanksgiving is the time with family. I wish they or I were closer these days. The mileage is hard to overcome in this economy.

Escargot is the best thing in the world. I don't understand why so many people don't agree with us, LOL.

Tinaleigh, I know you will have a phenomenal feast. You cook so much like Mom. Yes B-A and N-M never like our conversations, LOL. I just don't understand why. I guess it's just our morbid nature, LMAO. I wish I could just drive on up, but that's not happening, fuel prices are down finally, but so is work, ARGH.

spicymist said...

sigh i wish we could celebrate Thanksgiving here. And yeah thanks for the comment. they said theyre gonna put a curfew on the entire city if firing continues. i wouldn't mind it as long as the scum are terminated

June Saville said...

Eric I hopped over to say a special 'Happy Thanksgiving' for your special day.
Cheers
June in Oz

Shadow said...

those are good memories you have. have you noticed, though, that people just don't eat as much anymore? or is it just me...

have a happy thanksgiving!

the walking man said...

Most of my kin, them ahead and them behind in age, are so disparate in location and time allocation that this day will be like all others...worthy of personal thanks for them who inhabit our life.

Thank You Eric.

Jena Isle said...

Happy thanksgiving Eric, I could just imagine, it is like Christmas her; lots of food and stories for each other.

I just have one question, I know it's a dumb question but why is it that you feast on turkey and not chicken? Is there a special reason for this? Just curious.

Happy eating.

Femin Susan said...

Hi,
Congratulations....Your posting is very interesting...Keep writing..Welcome to my blog...

confused said...

wonderful post Eric and may you have a Happy Thanksgiving.:)

Eric S. said...

@ Spicymist, I'm sure you have more things to worry about than Thanksgiving. I hope they get every thing settled down over there in Mubai, and arrest or "handle" all of the dam terrorists. You keep yourself safe, and keep your eyes open.

@ June, Thank you. I'm trying to get caught up on your novel. Once I do, I'll be leaving some comments. I was wondering if OZ had anything like Thanksgiving.

@ Shadow, Thanks, I have noticed that people don't eat as much anymore. I know I don't, but then in my younger days, I could clear out a refrigerator pretty darn quick. Maybe it's just an age thing.

@ The Walking Man, I know what you mean. I hope you have wonderful Thanks giving.

@ Jena, thanks. Do you celebrate Thanksgiving over there in the Philippines? I had a Philippino friend when I was in the service. He used to do these wonderful pit barbecues with a whole pig. It was delicious.

As to Turkey, I guess it's just the tradition. Wild Turkey were plentiful, and still are in many places.

Hello Femin Susan, thanks for visiting.

@ Confused, Thanks, and I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving also.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Sounds like you have some great Thanksgiving memories! Hope you had a wonderful day. I'm thankful to have met you this year!

forsythia said...

I can picture that big front room with the tables groaning with food. Such bounty. We live in wonderful country.

Is an escargot a snail? Here's a snail joke.

A snail crawled up to a man's door and rang the doorbell. When the man answered the door, he was infuriated to see that it was only a snail. He picked up the snail and flung him away. The snail landed 5 feet from the house.

The next day the snail crawled to the door and rang the doorbell again. This time the angry man flung him 10 feet away.

The next day the snail did the same thing. The man had absolutely had it! He hurled the snail into the air in a rage. The snail landed 20 feet away.

The next day the snail crawled up to the door again and rang the door bell. When the man
threw open the door, the snail asked, "What was that all about?"

maggie's mind said...

Such great memories! And wow, escargot really is different, but that kind of uniqueness makes the memories that much more special, doesn't it? Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving this year, too.

tashabud said...

Hi Eric,
Sorry I didn't get to visit this post earlier. I've come to listen to your music while working. Anyway, hope you had a good one this time. I overstuffed myself as usual. No wonder I keep putting on more weight every year. My sister is a great cook, but not me.

Thanks again to your playlist. I made a link, so I can listen to some music while I'm at work. I think I'll make one also so that I'll have some variety to listen to.

Tasha

Cloudia said...

Well thanks for having me over!
Aloha-

Kel said...

We had TksG at the Randawg's sister's place. 23 people, youngest 3, eldest just a day over 80. Last year, at this time, Randawg's father began his 10-month-long battle with MRSA (doctor-gifted MRSA *angry frown*). The battle left him with paralyzed throat muscles, so he must breathe through a trache tube, and "eat" cans of Ensure via a peg. But he came to the dinner and sat with us, enjoying the smells, and the smiles.
So our greatest thanks giving this year was to have him with the family one more, to share in the tall tale telling, and small quiet moments cherished.
We had the usual: Turkey with all the trimmings, very 1950's Bettry Crocker classic. No escargots, no barbequed oysters, no bacon-stuffed trout dusted in cornmeal and skillet fried (sigh).

soulMerlin said...

A lovely account. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving over here to any great extent....but your mouthwatering descriptions of the food make me wish we did

henry

redchair said...

I do the same thing on Thanksgiving. My mind fills with all the memories of my Mom, Dad and family gathering for the feast.
I loved the preparation of the dinner and still do. That's almost better than the actual eating.

Although there's one thing that's indisputably and absolutely the best: the day after Thanksgiving leftovers!!!
Vikki

The Muse said...

it is really all about the joy of family and friends...thank you for sharing your memories!

Summer said...

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Eric S. said...

@ Barbara, thank you, I did have a nice Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for your friendship also.

@ Forsythia, OK that was a cute joke. Yes escargot is snails, cooked in a garlic and butter sauce. UM Um good.

@ Maggie, yes escargot is a little different, but that's what made our day special. They are some very good memories.

@ Tashabud, Your welcome, that's whats nice about playlist, you can custom make your own. I overstuffed myself also, Blinda makes a very good honey ham.

@ Cloudia, LOL, I wish I could have had everyone over.

@ Kel, I've heard bad things about MRSA. I'm glad you guys got to spend at least one more holiday with him. That is what makes the holidays special.

I too miss all the bountiful smorgasbord of foods Mom used to make. I had forgotten about the almond trout.

@ Henry, I wondered if you folks on the other side of the pond had anything like Thanksgiving. It's a wonderful holiday.

@ Vikki, you are so right. There's nothing better than turkey sandwiches made from the leftovers. I think the food was just something to start the memories going. Perhaps that's why Thanksgiving is submersed in a huge feast.

@ The Muse, yes it is.

@ Summer, well gee thanks! LOL.

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