Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lucky Break for Me.......Thanksgiving Menu Made Easy

Time is sneaking up on me as far as trying to come up with my menu for our Thanksgiving feast next week. I caught a lucky break though because when I was returning my library books this book jumped into my hands. I plan on using my recipes from this book. I think I will be ordering this book from Amazon also. It really is a great book. In the beginning it tells some of the history of our American Thanksgiving. In 1621 "The First Thanksgiving", the English colonists and the Wampanoag Indians did share a meal together. However it was not the same meal we traditionally serve today. The only written record of the celebration mentions just two food items- Deer and Wildfowl-and doesn't give a hint about what else was eaten or how the food was prepared or served. Some sources such as European paintings and drawings and some period cookbooks, artifacts, oral histories and journal entries have suggested that there could have been small turkeys, and possibly bread stuffing with onions, chestnuts and garden herbs. They probably did eat cranberries because they grew in the wild, but there was no sugar to sweeten them. The sweet potato was not known to the Wampanoag at the time, nor was the white potato. There were pumpkins and squash, but no pies made as we know them today.
One single eyewitness account of the 1621 harvest survives, in a letter written by colonist Edward Winslow to a friend. This letter reveals that they most likely ate deer.
This book, called "giving thanks" by Kathleen Curtin and Sandra L. Oliver and Plimoth Plantation, has a lot of interesting information in it, and if you can find it at your local library I hope you take a look. The History Channel also has had a few good shows about our Holiday. I think most of us just enjoy the day off from work to be with our families, and if we are fortunate enough..... to be able to share some good old fashioned fattening food. Probably one of the best meals of the year in my family, because the stuffing cooked in the bird is just better, and we only cook turkey one day a year. My problem comes from cooking tooooo much, and this year, since we are only having immediate family, I really need to watch it.

My side of the family ate different desserts than my husbands side of the family. Pecan pie was always served, as was mincemeat and blackberry, apple and cherry. My Dad wasn't very fond of turkey or pumpkin pie, but we still had them. Did you know there are 500 calories in one piece of pecan pie? I used to love that pie until I heard that.


This book also has a recipe for Sweet Potato Pie that sounds really good, and I may try it after a week or so when we have eaten all the ones that my family likes. One of our grocery stores has a signature cranberry orange relish that is really tasty and I am pretty sure the one in this book is similar to it. If some on these new recipes I try turns out good , I may have to revive my Recipe Blog with them. That poor blog has been very inactive for a long time.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bye Bye...Leaves on the trees...see you in the Spring...

I captured this photo about a week ago before the leaves hit the ground. So sad to see them go dormant until spring time.......sigh. I am, however, looking forward to Christmas this year! The baby will be so excited to see the decorations and presents. I love the holidays when there are little ones involved, especially when it is all so brand new to them.
We just recovered from a rather difficult week with the flu and all of its side effects it left in its path. Katy had been taking whatever cold and cough medicine she could take during her pregnancy for about a week right until she had caught the H1N1 and then started taking Tamiflu. All of this medicine caused her to have insomnia and high anxiety. She became dehydrated and had to go to the hospital for an IV drip, and didn't sleep from Wednesday until Sunday night. She finally slept 4 hours on Sunday night, but I don't think she slept well last night. What a difficult task for her to have to worry about work, illness, her pregnancy, her little Maddie and everything. Sometimes life just doesn't play fair. God love her though, I know she will make it through it all because she is a fighter. She also had a Dr. appointment on Monday and he said that the baby looks perfect, so that is always music to our ears.
I have been able to sneak in a little bit of Christmas shopping here and there for the baby. I have been working on making her a knitted hat also. I really wish that I could get myself in gear to start her quilt and the new little one a quilt, but so far...no time or no big push to get myself going on it.
Now....I need to start planning my Thanksgiving meal. I told the kids to come over around noon and Maddie will take a nap and we can start a game and just play games and eat all day and evening. No worries about the calories on that day........

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever