Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Feast

Today is the day before Thanksgiving and we are getting ready to cook up a storm for tomorrow, literally.  The weather outside is forcast to be stormy but inside we are going to have a blessed day with family and delicious food.  I am in Magnolia for Thanksgiving.  Tonight I am going to make my cornbread for the dressing I am going to fix tomorrow.  I learned to make dressing from my Mama Lola, who taught my Mama and I learned from both of them.  I make a traditional Southern cornbread dressing.  I always cook my onions and celery in my cornbread to make sure they are tender and the dressing is full of flavor.  My broth will be homemade too because the richer the broth the better the dressing.  In the morning I am going to make a German potato salad.  We are having Thanksgiving at Mary's, my oldest daughter's house.  She is going to smoke a ham and a turkey.  There will be so many side dishes and desserts to devour.  Ummmmmmmmmm!  We will all be together except for Michael, Kylie, Katie, Stone, and Kaiden.  Michael and Kylie are going to Dallas to see the Saints kick butt.  We will miss them being with us but I know they are going to have a blast.  Mary mentioned this morning that I make some homemade dumplings, hmmmmmm, maybe.  I usually make such a mess but they sure would be good.  It took me a long time to perfect that one.  Another thing I learned from Mama Lola.  She made the best dumplings in the world.  I do have to say that Mamaw Addie made great dumplings too. She was Mary, Michael and Liz's paternal grandmother.  I found this recipe online for the potato salad.  I have made it before but had forgot and all my cookbooks are boxed up.  Here is the recipe.  It is soooooooo good.  Much better than regular potato salad.


Prep Time:
10 Min
Cook Time:
45 Min
Ready In:
55 Min

Ingredients

  • 4 potatoes
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes; cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, cool and chop.
  2. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside. Reserve bacon fat.
  3. Add the flour, sugar, water and vinegar to skillet and cook in reserved bacon fat over medium heat until dressing is thick.
  4. Add bacon, potatoes and green onions to skillet and stir until coated. Cook until heated and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.
I can not wait for tomorrow.  Thanksgiving food is just the best.  Especially when you share it with those you love so much!  I will probably gain a few tomorrow but hey, it is soooooooooo worth it.........  I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and let's just remember before we sit down to eat all that great food what the day is all about and to give thanks for all our blessings. 


The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.  ~H.U. Westermayer


There is one day that is ours.  There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to.  Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.  ~O. Henry


God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.  ~Izaak Walton

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  ~Thornton Wilder

And I had to add this quote I found just for fun because you see the Saints are playing the Cowboys Thanksgiving Day, 2010.

So here it is.....................

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE! 


 
On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment - halftime.  ~Author Unknown

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Lone Lilly

My little Lilly growing all alone

How smooth your velvet petal

One day your shining in your glory

Next day your almost gone





I love to see your soft delight

Your sense of dewey love

There is a freshness that dawns for me

In morning's early light

TRIBUTES TO THOSE WHO SERVED IN VIETNAM AND THOSE THAT DIED

VARIOUS PICS FROM VARIOUS PLACES IN MAGNOLIA

When you were my little sister
Sometimes I didn’t like you much
You were a brat, and ratted on me
When I thought I knew it all

Even though you got spanked
It was a fun ride huh?
Golf carts required no license
So why should that Barracuda?

I always wondered if the keys would
Ever be found
I didn’t tell you then cause
Besides being a brat you tattled

But then we grew up and went separate ways
You grew into a lovely young woman
You were still my little sister
But not the brat I once thought you were

We’ve shared many moments together
Stumbled and fell, yet never failed
To be there for each other
Sisters are that way

My prayer for you this special day
Is to see life come full circle
To know your worth is measured
In the kindness you bestow

We share that special bond
Only sisters can attest
To understand, not judge, just love
No matter how we fail

So be happy, enjoy the rain when you
Hoped the sun would shine
Change only if you want to
Sometimes roses bloom in winter.

By Debbie Aycock Williams 2008

I love you,
Happy Birthday

copyright 2008

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The leaves are gone and bare branches solicit the heavens The warm days are spent, lingering blades of grass Glisten from the morning frost Seeking absolution from their iniquities. Ensuing eradication wounds the external covering And when they have relented at last The hope of resurrection rests in the seed That was scattered long ago. By Debbie Aycock Williams copyright 2009

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Kathryn how do I describe the overwhelming pride you bring to my heart?
When I think back to that rainy night you were born until this very day that is
Filled with sunshine and happiness, accomplishments and expectations of what tomorrow holds, I remember a precious first grandchild, What excitement ensued.

From the time you pushed the front door open and went head over heals down the steps and we spent half the morning in the emergency room. Of course you were fine and I was a wreck. The hours we spent reading and playing will always be memories I cherish like no others. Memories of birthday parties, a scared little girl going into the operating room, Christmas and Easters at Granddaddy ‘s and Mama Kitten’s, vicious bathtubs, special times of doing nothing but being together. There are memories here: Toys you played with, books you read, notes you wrote and pictures you drew; Saved in a box with your name on it and They are all here in my heart, the same heart that is filled with love and pride for you Kathryn, For all you stand for, the caring, loving, kind woman you have become. You are one of God’s gifts to me. I love you.


Nana
written 2009 for her graduation 2010 Now that she has read this

in her yearbook, I can post it on my blog! I love you Kat!







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SPECIAL THOUGHTS FROM OTHERS

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As I walk through my garden I touch the tiny leaves
Of my lonely rose bush

It stands all alone, by itself
No other nearby

The hibiscus grow profuselThey entertain each other with colors of purple and white

And mix together as the wind blows
Back and forth

But my little lonely rose bush
Has no other to share its quiet beauty

Only the bees occasionally fly by
And my fingertips when I feel the velvet petal

Someday soon, I shall plant another rosebush
So my lonely rose won't stand alone

And when I no longer walk through the garden
My little rose won't miss my loving touch.


By Debbie Aycock Williams

Copyright 2007


I'VE DISCOVERED I DIDN'T KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE KEITH WHITLEY

TO MY THREE GROWN CHILDREN AND THIRTEEN GRANDCHILDREN I ALWAYS WANTED YOU TO

BUT MY KIDS ARE GROWN AND MY GRANDCHILDREN ARE GROWING UP,BUT STILL I LOVE YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!