The best day of the year is tomorrow, so today I’ll be doing some prep cooking and baking some Rustic Egg Bread. I get really excited about Thanksgiving, planning a great meal and having fun making dishes from scratch, setting a pretty table and enjoying the day. See my post from 2014 for lots of pictures and a bit of history on the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and a story about the making of the movie Miracle on 34th Street.
A couple of years ago I started a Pinterest board to save pictures of the legendary parade – Thanksgiving Parade!! I wish I could share more of them on the blog, but you’ll just have to go to the link to see them. There are images pinned from before WWII, modern images, and even some from Miracle on 34th Street.
I love reading Thanksgiving stories too, and shared a number of mine on my post Thanksgiving 101. Read the comments for some fun reader’s stories too.
On another post in 2015, I shared this story, and thought newer readers might enjoy it. My husband and I were celebrating out first holiday season after we got married, and my mother and grandmother made the six hour drive to visit us for a few days. My mother, who was always up for something new, wanted to cook the turkey with a 24 hour method at a low temperature, 200 degrees. So, why not? I put mom in charge of the turkey and went to work, leaving my poor husband home to entertain the in-laws all day. Well, about four hours after she put the bird in, the oven in that old apartment burnt through the element shooting the oven temp up over 500 degrees. Luckily, someone noticed that, although to this day I still don’t know exactly what happened. A call to the apartment office, and the manager (who thankfully was still there) happened to have an empty apartment where they could use the oven. Unfortunately, when My Sweet Babboo grabbed the turkey out of our burned up oven, a tidal wave of turkey juice and grease crested over the top of the roaster and down the front of his shirt and pants. Soaking wet with hot broth, he managed to get the turkey over to the other place, and cleaned up both the kitchen and himself before I got home. I was grateful that I didn’t know about this while it was happening!! I was also grateful it occurred the day BEFORE the holiday, and not on the holiday itself when the office would have been closed. Amazingly, the turkey was delicious the next day as it was supposed to be.
Tomorrow morning, I’ll be watching parades while answering emails chatting with friends and sharing stories. We’ll enjoy a Breakfast Casserole, filling the air with a savory aroma of bacon, cheese, onions and eggs.
Later this weekend, I’ll watch Miracle on 34th Street, one tradition I enjoy every year. It is the kickoff video for Friday, as I change the decor from Thanksgiving to Christmas and put up our tree. Did you know that the actor Edmund Gwenn who plays Santa in the movie was the actual Macy’s Santa in the parade in 1946 so they could get footage for the movie?
As we enjoy this long holiday weekend, I will remember all the things I am grateful for – our health and family, my true friends, faithful readers like you, our home in the mountains, food on the table, and time to enjoy it all in safety and security in a free country. Plus jellied cranberry sauce in a can.
I wish a happy and safe holiday for each and every one of you. Happy Thanksgiving!! Can you share a story from your Thanksgiving memories?
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