Friday, November 28, 2008
Thanksgiving is full of many wonderful memories. Yesterday we had our very traditional meal. With us five of us, we have to be careful not to get carried away with the cooking. We started our celebration with breakfast at my house: Judy's breakfast casserole, and Judy's curried fruit, and, champagne. Dinner is always planned around the Cowboys' game, and Dotsy HAS to make her dressing, and I have to make my sweet potato souffle.
When we were little, Mom always used her silver, crystal, and the china that her Mother gave her, for our holiday meals. I learned early that the silver had to be counted before it was put up. This way we were able to find any pieces that had gone astray. Maybe into the garbage or in with the every day pieces. Grandmother's china was a set of Haviland she bought in New Orleans from an estate sale. This was probably in the 30's??? 20's? or possibly even earlier.
In college, Mike started bringing some of his UGA football buddies to Thanksgiving dinner. Mom and Dad would cook at least one turkey, a ham, and tons of food. Pop made his famous punch, that had a motor. One of the treats we always had for Thanksgiving, was oysters on toast points. Served with champagne. If the football players were coming, we made sure to eat those early. To this day, there are never enough oysters on toast points to go around when the Oakes' get together.
This year, I did make a different sweet potato souffle: cousin Linnie's scrumptious recipe with the praline topping. I'll never go back to mine. The recipe I used came from Lunnie Broughton in Monroe. It served us well for 30 years. Catherine and Susie liked having Lunnie for a babysitter, and I certainly did. She would iron, cook, and clean. When the family would go off for a vacation or just to Hard Labor Creek, Mom would have Lunnie make dozens and dozens of fried pies. I think the apricot were the favorite. Whenever I make sweet potato casserole, I think of Lunnie.
I'm grateful for many things in my life. Some are: that Catherine had friends in Maui to have dinner with, and, Susie had friends in Florence to have an American feast with, even if it was on a Saturday.