“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”


The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.

Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway —
Thanksgiving comes again!

~~Old Rhyme.~~

Thanksgiving morning my mother woke up very early. She’d make the stuffing, always a sage stuffing, fill the turkey and get it into the oven. Her pan was in a huge oval shape and had a cover, but I don’t remember my mother ever using that cover. The pan was blue with tiny white spots on it, and my mother cooked her turkey in that same pan every year. Now and then my mother would open the oven to baste the turkey with its own pan juices. I remember the whole house was filled with the aroma of that roasting turkey. I can still see the kitchen windows covered in steam.

We’d be in the living room watching the parade and eating the snacks my mother always put out for us. I remember the bowl of mixed nuts, the silver nutcrackers and the silver picks. There were tangerines, and there were M&M’s. They were always  special on Thanksgiving.

I wish all of you the most wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

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14 Comments on ““Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    No thanks giving, no turkey, no parade over here. We something but thankfully it will soon be First of Advent. Then I’ll have Julmust, gingerbreads and lusse kittens 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Kat Says:

      Thanks, Christer

      This is a holiday for spending time together and enjoying good food and friendship. It is a holiday with no trappings, no costumes, no gifts. That makes it a very special time!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Happy Bird-Day !
    And THANKS for GIVING us music, musings and Arlo.
    R.I.P. 45 million turkeys 😉

    • Kat Says:

      Thanks, Birgit

      Thanksgiving would never be the same without Arlo.

      Our turkey has already filled the house with the most delicious aroma!

  3. Bob Says:

    Among all the usual things for which I am thankful, thanks for your wonderful blog. This is one place in cyberspace where i go where open discussion is encouraged, nostalgia is made fun and it’s all accompanied with great music and good friends.

    Thanksgiving day in our house now includes, the Macy’s parade, the National Dog show, the Dallas Cowboys vs.The Washington Redskins and a feast. This year we pardoned the Turkey and went for chicken thighs with all the fixin’s.

    • Kat Says:

      That first paragraph gives me joy!! Thank you so much for the kind words about Coffee and thank you for being a regular!!

      Substitute the patriots for the Cowboys and a turkey for the chicken and we’ll have spent the day much the same way! The dog show was great!

  4. MT C Says:

    Thanks Kat and I hope you’re day was as good as mine. Happy Thanksgiving!

    And of course Boisterous Black Friday! Don’t step on too many people on the way to the bargains.


    • Kat Says:

      It was a great day, and now I’m going to settle down for some football.

      Nope, no Black Friday for me. I let my fingers do the walking on the key board!

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’m late to the Turkey day party but I was out the door early, not back until late and too stuffed with good food and company to do more than put Rocky out and then fall into bed.
    I hope you and all your readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks for your blog and the music and the wonderful comments from fans.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Thank you!

      I’m figuring we all had a great day. I know I did. I slept in this morning hungover from a bountiful feast!

  6. Bill S. Says:

    I played a little bit of soccer with the granddaughters while the dinner was being prepared. Too many cooks….The weather was just right for being outdoors and working up an appetite. Olivia wore her Halloween costume, which was an Indian (Native American to be p.c.) dress. After everyone left, Peg went to Grey Thursday at 8 pm–yes, she is insane and deservedly so. I watched the first half of the Patriots/Jets game, then fell asleep.

    We had 12 here for dinner, which was turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower, sweet carrots with maple glaze, creamed onions (my favorite, though they give me the winds), sweet potatoes, squash, corn, squash pie, pumpkin cake, apple pie, pumpkin cheesecake with maple pecan sauce, and assorted wines. My mouth is watering all over again–time for leftovers!

    By the way, your Truro white wine which you gave us was a big hit.

    • Kat Says:

      It was a warm day here, but we stayed inside and munched on appetizers. I had made my chocolate cream pie, a requested dessert each year, and we had a pumpkin pie. There were only 5 of us but we had enough food for the whole neighborhood should they have chosen to drop by and visit.

      Creamed onions is also a favorite of mine, and my mother always made it, but I haven’t had that dish in a long while.

      The pumpkin cheesecake sounds delicious as do the carrots. I’m a maple fan!

      Peg is decidedly insane. I am not even venturing out on black Friday. I will stay home and read or catch up on my DVR’ed programs. I have done a lot of shopping but on-line.

      Leftovers are one of the best parts of Thanksgiving!

      I’m glad you enjoyed the wine. I have friends who like the Truro wines, but they hadn’t tried the white.

  7. Erin Apostolos Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I still only make sage stuffing, which was Grandma’s recipe. I just can’t take meat and other oddities in my stuffing.

    I have the blue pan like the one you described, which belonged to my mother-in-law. I never even thought about cooking the turkey in it. I’ll give it a whirl next year.


    • katry Says:

      I make Chick’s stuffing which is sage with Bell’s seasoning. My mother used that every year, and the turkey always seemed to fit.

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