Thanksgiving Preparations

We've had a busy and fun weekend getting ready for Thanksgiving.

Creating a new chalk drawing for the entry.

Filling the wood boxes.

Ironing the table linens.

At the end of the day, while browsing through some Thanksgiving books, Lou became inspired by a corn bread recipe in "Sarah Morton's Day." She got right up and made it for dinner.

It is made by boiling cornmeal into a paste, cooling it, and shaping it into cakes to bake. As I suspected, it was TERRIBLE. As the girls madly added butter and honey to their bread, we had quite the talk about where food comes from, what the Pilgrims had to eat, how the Wampanoags helped them, etc, etc. It was fun. For more about this, Plimoth Plantation has a neat website that lets kids "be the historian" where they can view Thanksgiving from both the Pilgrim and Wampanoag perspectives.

So, we're just about ready for Thanksgiving. The family will be relieved to hear that we won't be serving Sarah Morton's cornbread.

Here is Lou's "Over the River and Through the Wood" drawing.

amanda o  – (November 24, 2008 at 7:54 AM)  

that is a beautiful drawing!!!

Suzanne  – (November 24, 2008 at 8:32 AM)  

Tell your dear daughter how pretty her drawing is:-) We have the same plates! Thanks for reminding me I need to iron the linens, my least fav job...LOL!

Martha  – (November 24, 2008 at 9:21 AM)  

What a beautiful drawing! I love when the children have a taste of what food was like "way back when". We have had some of those happy accidents here and I do believe it brings a glimmer of understanding about the bounty we are lucky to have in this time and place on earth.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Dawn  – (November 24, 2008 at 10:02 AM)  

Thank you for sharing the Thanksgiving link. Lou drew such a pretty picture on the chalkboard.

Lisa Anne  – (November 24, 2008 at 4:17 PM)  

It feels so cozy in these photos. We are busy around our house preparing things so we can just eat and relax all weekend. Have a happy Thanksgiving! This is one of my favorite holidays, the only pretense is to sit around with people you love and eat lots of food together in gratitude.

Ilse  – (November 24, 2008 at 4:20 PM)  

Thank god you tried it first !!

I love the chalkbord drawing.

On what day do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

greetings from a snowy and cold belgium !! wich is very soon for the time of year, but our kids love it!

Anonymous –   – (November 24, 2008 at 5:03 PM)  

I have my own large pile of napkins waiting to be ironed...and I was just looking at my Little House cookbook about cornmeal mush and corn dodgers and such, since we have some salt pork in the fridge! Must be that time of year. Lovely chalkboard drawing!

Anonymous –   – (November 25, 2008 at 1:15 AM)  

Thankyou for sharing the poignant feeling behind this festival. As we have nothing like it in OZ, It can seem a strange and distant American custom we might one day be in danger if importing (like american style over commercial halloween - which thankfully hasn't really taken off here yet!) along with plastic turkeys etc. It is lovely reading about a real family celebrating with warmth and meaning. - oh and the drawing is wonderful - I love the graceful expression of her hands as she is in the midst of drawing it.

Apron Thrift Girl  – (November 25, 2008 at 3:11 PM)  

The chalk board drawing is lovely. We have the same chalk board too although it lives on the porch as our kitchen doesn't have space for it. I am so looking forward to Thanksgiving and really take heart to feeling grateful for so many things.

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