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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Vintage Turkey Thursday

Many of us who participate in Vintage Thingie Thursday are posting our vintage treasures early this week because tomorrow is a Vintage Day and we’ll be reminiscing some and spending time with some of the most valuable treasures we have – our people, the friends and relatives who have played a huge part in the memories we scrap, journal, photo or blog about.
I made cranberry relish this afternoon and French Macarons for the first time tonight. I’ve done the relish for many years, so no problem there. The macarons? Well, they’re very tasty, but not as pretty as I wish they were. Still tasty, though! I’m kinda bummed that that’s all I have to do. David had the day after Thanksgiving off last year and took a long weekend trip. I think maybe that’s how I lost Thanksgiving dinner! Dad and Aunt Judy host and do all the cooking now. I offered the cranberry relish after Pop told me I didn’t have to bring anything because they were doing it all. I kinda felt left out and sorta begged to be able to bring the relish.

Thanksgiving dinner was Mom’s dinner to host while I was growing up. We had a much bigger dinner when I was a kid because we had both sides of my family there. Mom and Grandma were both only children, so it was just Grandma and Papa and Mums, my great grandmother, as far back as I recall for Thanksgiving, so when Mom married Pop the families kinda married too! After Mom died, Grandma and I took over. I had been doing a lot of the dinner with Mom and Grandma already. We did dinner at Grandma’s after Papa died, but Mom cooked it, I usually went up to Grandma’s early and we did all the shopping so that as soon as Mom got there the night before she could make the stuffing and get the turkey ready for the oven in the morning. After mom’s passing, I became the cook for Thanksgiving. I was so glad that I got Mom to sit down with me and step by step the stuffing recipe so I could write it out!

Ah that stuffing! Mom’s stuffing was something I only ate once a year, but I always ate plenty of it! I usually had some with leftovers and some with the turkey soup she made on Thanksgiving night. An hour or so after my Dad left to go home because he had to work in the morning. Mom had the day after off and I usually arranged my comp time at work to have a few days before off too for a mini vacation at Grandma’s,Thanksgiving night was games time! We’d usually played Dominoes or Yahtzee, sometimes Mom brought Boggle with her too, but Grandma wasn’t fond of that one, so we’d play that just us on Friday afternoon.

Mom liked garage sales and often brought home little presents for everyone. She brought me home this game.
Sentence Scrabble

I’d never heard of Sentence Scrabble before! The copyright on the game is 1971 and we guessed it didn’t really sell well.

We played it a few times. You can make some pretty funny sentences, but the quirkiness doesn’t last forever. I haven’t played it in at least 8 years because I never played it except with Mom. I think the sentence- building scared people, but you don't have to know what part of the sentence each word is! Maybe I should see if David wants to try it for a laugh?

I hope everyone in the US has a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow with good food, good people and traditions that wrap you and yours in love and memories of family anchored in the vintage world of Thanksgivings past.


Postcardy said...

I never saw that before. I think it would be more fun to make sentences to display on a shelf or table than to play the game.

LV said...

One of my very favorite holiday dishes is cranberry salad. I am eating at Cracker Barrel and They just don't have that good stuff. May you and family's day be filled with many blessings.

seamhead gypsy said...

Woo-Hoo for me! I did it all this year. Kathy was on call until this morning. So on Wednesday I baked an apple and pumpkin pie (frozen from Schwann's) and today I baked the turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, cranberry relish & jello salad. Kathy cleaned up the kitchen and I'm trying to stay awake watching the rest of the Packers/Lions football game. Let the rest of your clan know that I wish 'em all a Happy Thanksgiving as well as you and DSP!