Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I could not be more excited! I have always loved Thanksgiving traditions and some of my fondest memories revolve around this special holiday. With such an important day coming up, I wanted to launch our new blog segment- “Obsessions.” I’ve been chatting with all the gals at TOC and we have been sharing our favorite memories and traditions from Thanksgiving. This is the first of many “Obsessions” posts in which we will share our most favorite things.
My favorite Thanksgiving memory or tradition…
Holly: No one could beat Grandma Warman’s pies! My favorites were apple and pumpkin, but of course, I loved her lemon meringue, and pecan, too. Topped with freshly whipped cream and made with love… mmmm so delish! Her recipes were so secret, that she didn’t even write them down. According to her, the perfect pie crust was a combination of three different recipes. Which recipes they may be is a mystery. Hopefully one of these years we will discover the secret, until then, Grandma’s pies will surely be missed!
Our gorgeous Juliska Country Estate Winter Holiday Pie Dish is the perfect way to serve your families favorite desserts!
Kim: Cranberries, I do love cranberries! So does my family, however, perfecting the cranberry sauce has been a challenge, for YEARS and YEARS. Great flavor, but not great consistency, that is unless you like to drink it. This problem was solved many years ago when one of our favorite customers shared a wonderful cranberry recipe that has been a family favorite ever since. Even my husband loves it and has finally been converted from the jellied cranberries that come in a can. You know the kind that has the rings around it when it slides out of the can…UGH! So anyway, here is the recipe, I hope you like it.
1 pound cranberries
2 cups sugar
1/3 c brandy
Put the cranberries and sugar in a glass 9×13 pan and pour sugar over, mix well. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and pour brandy over the top and mix well. Keeps for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Personal note, it is hard to find cranberries in a 1 pound bag. I buy 2 – 12 ounce bags and adjust the sugar. I go a little lighter on the sugar as we do not like them too sweet.
Lori: I will always remember crazy aunt Cheryl and her 45 lb turkey that wouldn’t fit in the oven! The whole family decided that they were going to come out to the farm for Thanksgiving, all 35 of them! Crazy aunt Cheryl offered to bring the turkey. Much to our surprise, she showed up with a gigantic 45 lb bird. If that weren’t crazy enough, the turkey literally could not fit in our little farmhouse oven. Cheryl wasn’t in California anymore!
This may not be quite as impressive as a 45 lb turkey, but this Vietri Bellezza Gold Turkey Serving Bowl is sure to wow your guests!
Phyllis: One of my fondest memories was my Grandma Goldie making her mincemeat pies and raisin cream pie and inviting relatives that had nowhere else to go for the holiday. She was a true ambassador of love and watches over us today and her smile lives in my heart forever.
Marianne: My favorite part about Thanksgiving is spending time catching up with friends and family. I also can’t forget about the dogs! I love getting to spend some quality cuddle time with my boxers.
We still have a few of these Bissinger’s Chocolate Turkeys! The perfect Thanksgiving treat for you and all the kiddos in your family :) If you’ve never had Bissinger’s Chocolate, you definitely have to give it a try!
Ruth: When I was little, my mom always made cauliflower with cheese sauce for Thanksgiving. It was my absolute favorite dish and I looked forward to it every year. I continued the tradition and began making it every year for my family. One Thanksgiving, I decided not to make it. Well… that didn’t go over so well. Everyone was so upset because they didn’t get cauliflower on Thanksgiving! I guess I won’t do that again!
Kay: This tradition began about 12 years ago when we first moved back to the Midwest. The infamous “Turkey Bowl!” Every year friends and family gather for football, donuts, capri sun juices, bloody mary’s, costumes, a halftime show with a band, and a visit from the fire department! We now have over 50 participants and I just heard yesterday that neighbors at Weigant Park count on watching our 9:30 am football show, regardless of the weather, every Thanksgiving morning! It has been the most amazing tradition.
So, what are your favorite memories and traditions from Thanksgiving? I hope you make even more this year, and many years to come! Remember to take time to reflect on the things you are most thankful for. I know I have many many things to be grateful about, one being this wonderful job that I get to share with fabulous co-workers and always express my personal style! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and if you need any last- minute items for your turkey day, come down to TOC!
Until next time, stay sassy and classy!