Thanksgiving Blessings

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My husband and I are working on getting ready to host my family for Thanksgiving on the farm. We have been sorting, cleaning and even getting some more woodwork put on in the hallway.

It is good to have people come over some times. I find that some deep cleaning gets done, sorting and tossing of stuff happens,  and the house gets organized once again. I should probably have company come more often!

I love the thought of having my parents, my kids, the grandkids, siblings and their families all come to our home. To be honest I love it anytime family gets together. I may have inherited that from my dad who is always looking for a reason to gather.

I remember as a kid going to my Aunt Jean’s house. Her home was not that big and there were a bunch of us….a big bunch. The kitchen smelled amazing and by the time we were all seated , no one was able to move from their seats, other than the aunts who served the food. (We were all warned in advance to use the bathroom as it would not be available during the meal.)

It did not matter if the house was small. It did not matter if the windows were drafty or the carpets were worn. It did not matter if the flowered wallpaper was peeling or the woodwork was scuffed.  What mattered was the fact that we were all together and that was the blessing.

The noise level must have been unreal and I am sure there were stressors for the adults. Would the turkey get done?  Would the pie crust be flakey? Would there be a snowstorm? I don’t know if the women worried if there house was good enough or not. As children we were not aware of those things and were just happy to be with cousins.

I hope the memories made during this holiday season will stick for years in the minds of my children, grandchildren and my nieces and nephews.  I hope when they look back it is with a warm satisfaction. My hope is that down the road they want the same type of gathering when they have children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

There is an excitement in the preparations for those holiday memories. There is the making of lists and the remaking of lists. Just when you think you have your to do list all made out; you think of something else.

I thought I had all my groceries purchased last week…..not so. I am in charge of pies/desserts and had forgotten to purchase the lard (and other items) for the pie crust. I am probably pretty old school with my pie crust; but Betty Crocker taught me this way and I am a creature of habit.

The plan is to have a couple pumpkin pies, a cream cheese pie and one layered chocolate cake that involves the use of heavy whipping cream and Skor candy bars. Baking day is Wednesday so I will get those recipes to you then…..complete with photos! I cannot wait for the aromatic smell of spices in baking pies to fill my kitchen.

Today I am going to share the stuffing recipe that is a family tradition in our home. It is one that my husband was raised on and I had to learn to make when I married into his family. It is one that I have now passed on to my kids.  It has the added bonus of being gluten free!

Holiday Rice Stuffing
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1/2 Cup onion, chopped
1/2 Cup dried parsley flakes

1 Cup grated carrots
1 Cup uncooked rice
3 Cups chicken broth
1/2 Teaspoons salt
Dash Pepper
Cook first four ingredients for 10 minutes.
Add the rest and stir thoroughly.
Cook on low 20 minutes.
Do not put in chicken or turkey until ready to put the bird in the oven.
NOTE: I do make this recipe the day before and store it in the fridge in a bowl.
In the morning I stuff the bird and put in the oven.
I also double or triple this depending on size of bird.

I usually make plenty of this stuffing as my family loves leftovers. I also save the turkey carcass and put in my pressure cooker with celery, carrots and onion. I then strain that and freeze to use in place of the chicken broth the next time I make stuffing or Chicken soup.

I would love to hear about some of your family traditions for Thanksgiving. My hope for all of you during this Thanksgiving week is that your preparations run smoothly, your stress level stays low and that your eyes are opened to the blessings around you.

“Home is people. Not a place.
If you go back there after the people are gone,
then all you can see is what is not there any more.”
Robin Hobb, Fool’s Fate

“So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family, that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty.”
Haniel Long

 

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46 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Blessings

  1. Jessica says:

    What a treat to open up my reader tonight. First of all to see your title, then to start reading. I love your description of your preparations from the deep cleaning to the woodwork. It’s funny how our houses sort of get the cleaning run-down before company arrives.

    The part about your aunt really brought back memories for me. A billion cousins in a tiny house. Those were some great days. And, you’re right. No one cared about torn wallpaper or anything house related.

    When I got to your recipe I wanted to shout “she is the queen!!” You remembered the rice stuffing. Bless you. I’m going to try it. Thank you SO much. Can’t wait to see your other recipes. PS I’d love to see your cake and pie table. Bet it will be amazing. 💜

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  2. marijo1245 says:

    This brings back such warm memories. We were not a large family, but it was such a joy to have everyone (except my dad, uncle, and grandpa) in the kitchen cooking at once! And then back into the kitchen for dishes! After dinner we would gather around the kitchen table to play cards until we fell asleep! Thanksgiving day always began with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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  3. rabbitpatchdiary.com says:

    Lovely thoughts on gathering now and in the past. You are right that the home was the family and the feeling-not the house. I know your gathering will be a loving and memorable event. I will think of you on Wednesday as I plan to bake too. The rice stuffing sounds good and reminds me of one given to me years ago. The only difference is that grits were combined in the mixture. My kids love my biscuit stuffing. Don’t you just love Thanksgiving? I always enjoy your posts.

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  4. In The Autumn Of My Life says:

    I have never had pumpkin pie, am I missing out?! Your ideas for food sound delicious and I shall look forward to seeing the result! Over here our Yule/Christmas is the big family gathering and I shall be catering for at least 11 this year, probably more by the time heads are counted.

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving…may your plates be plentiful and your memories happy ones.

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  5. A Nenes Life says:

    Boy, I’m trying hard to remember Thanksgiving when I was a kid. We didn’t have large family gatherings, typically it was just the 7 of us-5 kids and parents but still good stuff! I remember the biscuits always being burnt and that tradition has been passed down to me. I forget about them in the oven until someone asks, “Is something burning?” In more recent years, my husbands sister has taken over hosting Thanksgiving (maybe ’cause of the burnt biscuits) and I’m always asked to bring the Fig jam I make and after stuffing ourselves we play board games well into the evening.

    I’m sure you will be helping to create wonderful memories for the little ones and adults. It’s always fun to talk about the previous years holidays…remembering loved ones near and far!

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  6. Ruthie's Crafting Corner says:

    Oh, I really enjoyed this post! ( I enjoy all of your post’s 🙂 ) Wednesday your kitchen will have amazing aromas going on! I am going to get a recipe card in a few minutes to jot down the amazing recipe! I could try this anytime for a side dish 🙂 Love memories of Thanksgiving past! I have been hosting at my home for many years now and we love gathering together! Sometimes we all go for a walk together as a group of 6 🙂 One year we had a Thanksgiving Reunion at a State park and that was very special!! xx

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      That sounds like a great way to spend Thanksgiving. I have nephews and nieces who love to shoot clay pigeons. Weather permitting that will be our activity in the afternoon. If not, the board games will get hauled out.
      My youngest son had his wedding at a state park in Nebraska…..it was beautiful!

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  7. beeorganizedwithpamela says:

    Thanksgiving stories with a little kitchen mishap are the ones we remember the most. My family ls large and loud too. We would all gather at my grandmothers and the food was amazing. lots of pie, candy and turkey. I love reading about your stories. I have been under the weather. But I am hoping I am on the road to recovery. missed y’all. Have a wonderful holiday Faye.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I am sorry to hear you were not feeling well. I had a few days of plugged head and sniffles but came through quickly. I shared with my husband, unfortunately……
      Loved hearing about your family celebrations.
      You have a wonderful Thanksgiving also Pamela!!!

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  8. PaperPuff says:

    I loved reading this. I have worked for US companies in their London offices in the past so I know how big a deal Thanksgiving is. Most of the recipes are a complete mystery though! But I can relate to a rice stuffing recipe and it sound yummy. Hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving.

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  9. Kewrites says:

    I wish we had Thanksgiving, I guess I will start a tradition with my family. Actually thought of you this evening and just came by to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Have a great time with your blessed bunch

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  10. Regina, Catchy Sketch says:

    Thank you for the recipe! I can see it as a garnish instead of stuffing… We are new settlers here… We purchased uncooked stuffed turkey roll for Thanksgiving in 2015 and 2014 and I baked a pumpkin pie with home-made crust last year. I don’t feel like cooking a whole turkey for two people… It’s too much for us, as all our family members and close friends are living on the opposite side of the Earth… So we’ll have to shop this evening and I will be cooking something tomorrow. But my grandma, who lives so far away, told me, that she will be cooking a stuffed turkey roll and celebrating with us!

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  11. Deb says:

    We always went to our hometown football game in the morning at 10 and then to my grandmother’s after that. My mother’s side of the family was large and loud…and we always had so much fun! My grandmother would make meat stuffing…yum!! I love mashed potatoes, I could live on just that and be happy. My uncle would carve the turkey, which was huge! We kids sat at the “kids” table and the grownups had their table. After we were done eating the grownups would play cards for the rest of the day, yelling and screaming at each other, and just having so much fun. We kids would be downstairs playing games, they were wonderful times! Great story as usual Faye!! 🙂 Enjoy building wonderful new memories and remembering the old ones too with your family tomorrow!

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  12. leadership2mommyship says:

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. As for specific traditions for my family…well its probably the fact that we all gather around the table somewhere and fried turkey is a must. One year we camped out and challenged everyone to cook something outdoors that was a traditional Thanksgiving item for your family–well we had it easy, fried turkey. It was too delicious for anyone to complain we had it easy. Some pretty great campfire foods. Someone even prepared stuffing balls. We hope to have another Thanksgiving Camp-out, maybe next year! 😊

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      • leadership2mommyship says:

        Yes I guess cold weather is a problem. It’s a good thing we didn’t camp this year; it’s 54 degrees right now, that’s pretty cold for here! Yes the stuffing balls were interesting, basically they made stuffing, rolled into aluminum foil, and then cooked by the campfire. It was good! Well one day maybe you can plan a trip to AZ, the winters are mild. Although it can get cold, and we usually take a trip to the mountains for a bit of sledding. At certain times of the year we have the best of both worlds. But the summer heat is something else. 🔥

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      • thechickengrandma says:

        I have ever only been to Flagstaff (with a youth group to convention) and that was in August. I thought the weather was beautiful there. We were told that was due to being in the foothills. Would love to get back there again.

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