Friday, November 14, 2008

My Thanksgiving Meme

First Pilgrim Unbuckles After Overeating at Thanksgiving

I found this meme from the 2006 archives of Amy at Ink, Paper, Yarn - Oh My! I've changed a thing here and there to make it my own. Here are my answers:

1. Which do you like better: cooking at your house, or going elsewhere?

These days, I prefer going. I’ve spent many Thanksgiving days cooking at my house, but the past years I’ve smiled as my daughter-in-law does the cooking. She’s a good cook, too!

2. Do you buy a fresh or frozen bird?

My favorite has long been the Butterball frozen.

3. What kind of stuffing?

I like what Mama made, and it’s what I always made. However, I eat whatever is on the table, as long as not too much sage is used.

4. Sweet potato or pumpkin pie?

Pumpkin pie AND Pecan pie.

5. Do you believe that turkey leftovers are a curse, or the point of the whole thing?

Never a curse! The whole idea of Thanksgiving dinner is the wonderful turkey, lettuce, and mayonnaise sandwich later on.

6. Which side dish would provoke a riot if you left it off the menu?

Candied sweet potatoes

7. Do you save the carcass to make soup or stock?

I used to save the carcass to make soup. Throw in some vegetables, add some noodles or rice and yum!

8. What do you wish you had that would make preparing Thanksgiving dinner easier?

A new back when mine aches.

9. Do you get up at the crack of dawn to have dinner ready in the early afternoon, or do you eat at your normal dinner hour?

When I cooked, I’d get up at the crack of dawn and get the turkey in the oven early so we could eat during halftime. This gave Johnny an additional thing to be thankful for.

10. If you go to somebody else's house, what's your favorite dish to bring?

Pumpkin Pie

11. What do you wish one of your guests would not bring to your house? What would you like them to bring?

Wine; I'd like autumn flowers.

12. Does your usual mix of guests result in drama, or is it a group you're happy to see?

We’re all thankful to be able to spend the time together.

13. Is your cranberry sauce fresh or canned? Whole or jellied?

canned jellied

14. What's your absolute favorite thing on the menu?

Turkey with some cranberry sauce on top. Johnny would say mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

14. Share one family tradition.

Before saying grace and eating, we go around the table with each one telling what they are most thankful for this year.


Anonymous said...

I loved reading about your traditions for Thanksgiving. The one where everyone says what they are thankful for is a wonderful tradition.


Picket said...

Oh I liked this girl!!! I always do all the cooking and it is always been at my house except for a few times when baby girl wanted to try it at her place and it was really nice having someone else do all that cooking and all I had to do was show up!
I use to do the huge 20+ lbs turkey every year but we just like the white meat so I started buying the big frozen turkey breast and then I will have another big meat dish to go with it..
my bunch would have a crying spell if I didn't have several of the same dishes every year! lol I try to make each one of their favorites and for as long as I can remember my daddy has always said the blessing over all of us and the food and by the time he is thru I am crying and then I tell all of them how thankful I am that we have lived to see another year and how much I love them..we all just love being together (I know...we're weird! lol) have a great Friday!

Anonymous said...

This looks fun. I think I will borrow it one day this month.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Sally
I like your answers. I was thinking I would have answered mostly all of them the same way as you did. I love candied yams...the frozen turkey...the pumpkin pie...eating out...AND the pecan pie...etc. yum yum. Your Thanksgiving is coming along so quickly I can't imagine it. Thank you for sharing more about you.
Have a lovely day

squawmama said...

Sally I loved this liitle Thanksgiving Meme and really enjoyed your answers... I will definately be borrowing this when I have a day with nothing to say... hard to believe I have those kind of days... ;-D Have a good one...


Anonymous said...

Good meme, I enjoyed it.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Morning Sally , I enjoyed your meme today. Have a great day hon.

jlshall said...

This was fun to read. I've never had to host the big Thanksgiving family get-together - which I always thought was a shame since turkey and stuffing and candied sweet potatoes are some of the very few things I can actually cook!

Bridget said...

Great Meme! I'm with Johnny on the potatoes and pie. Everyone is making me hungry with all this talk of turkey dinner!

Anonymous said...

Great meme, Sally. Thanks for the comment!

Libby's Library said...

Pumpkin AND Pecan Pie - YUM!

There is just something about the smell of a turkey roasting in the oven. It's soooooooo comforting. They should have a room spray that smells like "Thanksgiving".

It was exhausting...but I loved it when all the kids were still home, and the grand parents came. I don't know if we will ever ALL be together again at the same time.

It got to the point where we would have our family (us, the kids, kids-in-law, grand kids and grandparents - about 45 of us) dinners at our church in the cultural hall. That way I could have more than one oven to cook in, and we didn't have to eat in shifts. Table clothes, china, flowers. Oh, it was a lot of work, but I wouldn't have had it any other way.

Libby's Library said...

To CHRIS - I popped over to your blog. My grand parents lived in Pinellas Park. Until I was in middle school (we lived in St. Pete. and then moved to Dunedin), we had dinner with them every Saturday night. They lived on a big piece of property with a lake. I think that the whole thing was bulldozed years back, and turned into a subdivision. My grandmother was a cook at the elementary (?) school for years. Small world.

sara said...

I am still in the phase where I enjoy the cooking and am looking forward to it!!! Loved this meme!

Katie said...

Sal would you email me at

This is Katie from

I want to do the Blue Monday, but have questions about what Mr. Linky is? I want to preschedule my posts, etc., and want to be sure I do this right! Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Nice meme, Sallyness! We do your tradition at Christmas time too after we read the Christmas story of Jesus' birth.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon Sally,
Oh my! Your making me hungry. I can just smell the turkey cooking. Of course we always plan our dinners around the football games LOL I love pumpkin pie. It's my favorite. I don't know why we don't have it more often. Thanks again for the award. I hope you have a lovely day. I missed you at Friday Fill-Ins.

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon Sally,
Oh my! Your making me hungry. I can just smell the turkey cooking. Of course we always plan our dinners around the football games LOL I love pumpkin pie. It's my favorite. I don't know why we don't have it more often. Thanks again for the award. I hope you have a lovely day. I missed you at Friday Fill-Ins.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Sally. I loved your no calorie quip. I like your meme too. I just might have to do that one. It is a good one to share. I think the last cartoon says it all.


Dawn said...

I feel the same way as you do for most everything. I do like to cook the dinner but DD wants to do it this year and I'm happy to give her the opportunity. I am still going to make a meal for us at home. There is just something about the leftovers I'm not ready to give up.

take care,

Salmagundi said...

Enjoyed this meme - learning about your traditions. I, too, would rather go somewhere else for dinner; but there is no where to go. I do all the usual cooking for Thanksgiving mainly for my husband who enjoys it so much. The kids are always here, also. Sally

Neabear said...

A fun post. My mother always makes the pies. Her crusts are from scratch. Every year it is pumpkin, apple and sour cream raisen pies.

nikkicrumpet said...

Very nice...I like this one...I might steal it for next week! And the best part of the meal....MASHED POTATOS AND GRAVY!!! YUM

bj said...

Seems most of us have the same traditions...are pretty much so, anyway.
I love everything served at Thanksgiving except TURKEY...not too crazy about any fowl, much liking PORK better. We do have the turkey, tho, and usually a small ham (mostly for me *grin)
Thanks again for drawing my name for the book!!
Oh, I won't be doing Blue Monday this coming week...just got too much going on to construct a posting right now...
love, bj

Ruthie said...

I love your Thanksgiving Meme. Many of my answers would be the same as yours.
I'm up late checking blogs - and yours made me hungry for delicious turkey dinner! LOL.


Jackie said...

I am getting so excited about Thanksgiving just reading this. And who would ever think that leftovers are a curse? I'm always sad when there isn't much left for the next day!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed reading your answers to this one, and it's fun to read the comments. I think that's how we get to know people better. I wanted to tell you also, you have a problem with my sidebar on my blog you said, well so far you seem to be the only one that has said anything.I've waited to see if anyone else agreed, but no one mentioned it. :)


kalea_kane said...

That was a lovely Thanksgiving read! I am so ready!!!!

Envoy-ette said...

I love turkey/cream cheese/ and cranberry sandwiches! I'm diving into Blue Monday tomorrow! The Midwestern Family Blog. Thx for the encouragement!

Anonymous said...

I loved reading your comments and most of them are the same as my answers would be. I think the lack of gravy would cause a riot at our house!

Kathy b