It is Friday and everyone is home today. Last week, my sister Emma, her husband, Jacob, and children; sisters Verena and Susan, and Daughter Elizabeth’s friend, Timothy, all joined us for Thanksgiving dinner.
I put the turkeys in about 6 a.m. and they were ready shortly after 11 a.m., so we sat down for the meal at noon.
We added an 8-foot table to our 10-foot kitchen table and put out 19 place settings.
It would have been 21 but Daughter Susan went with her friend, Mose, to Charlotte to have Thanksgiving dinner with his family.
I prepared an 18-pound turkey and a 21-pound turkey, but had a lot leftover.
Other menu items included mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing (which I had stuffed in both turkeys), mixed vegetables, corn, overnight salad, express salad, dill pickles, hot peppers, sliced cheese, homemade bread, butter, strawberry jam, cheese ball, crackers, veggies and dip, pumpkin roll, angel food cake, homemade bars, ice cream and pumpkin, pecan and peanut butter pies.
My sisters brought some of the food, too, so there was more than plenty. That means the next few meals were easy.
The afternoon was spent playing various board games. The day went too fast. The next morning, we cleaned everything up and the girls did laundry. Joe and I plan to take our horse and buggy to town later. The boys are hauling manure out to the fields.
Hopefully, everything will be done before noon, so they can all have the afternoon free to do whatever they want. Joe ended up being off work all week from the factory; so did Daughter Elizabeth.
With Thanksgiving Day already passed, I’m reminded that it’s a time to recall what blessings we have, a time to sing praises unto the Lord thanking Him for all He has done, a day to spend with family and friends and make new memories, a day to remember how blessed we are to have another bountiful harvest put up for the long cold winter.
Do we appreciate our blessings enough? How often we take for granted that we have plenty of food and a warm place to stay. A holiday such as Thanksgiving Day is a nice time to reflect on all of our blessings, but let us also remember to thank God, daily. I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe holiday. May God bring many blessings to each of you readers.
A thank you to all readers for their support through years of penning this column. A special thanks to Jean of Ohio (a reader of the Times-Reporter in New Philadelphia) for sending Daughter Susan the very nice wall-hanging. She loves the horse on there and it is already hanging in her bedroom. She wants to send a personal thank you. May God bless you for such kindness.
For those you who need a way to use up leftover turkey, try this recipe.
Home-Style Turkey Salad
1 ½ cups mayonnaise
1 tablespoon orange juice
3 cups cooked turkey chopped
1 apple diced
¼ cup celery, diced
2 green onions, chopped
¼ cup pecans, toasted
Mix mayo and orange juice in a large bowl until blended. Add remaining ingredients and mix lightly. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before eating.
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