Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dear Daughters: Thanksgiving Grocery List


Dear Daughters,

If we were all neighbors, and someday I hope we are,

I would invite you over for coffee one chilly morning in November, and we would work on our

Thanksgiving grocery list.

You could sit on the love seat in the kitchen and laugh and roll your eyes, while I tried my best

to get you to pay attention to all of the important Thanksgiving things I needed to announce.

This partial list below has a history you know.

Great cooking women in our family’s history
still impact this list because they created it.

 Turkey-  Nonnie swore by the Riverside turkey at HEB.  I bought those for years because of her.

I have now become a turkey of least resistance buyer ,and I buy Butterball.

I can’t resist the idea of a 1-800 number hotline.

No one else in the house is awake when I put that 25 pound behemoth in the oven ,so it is nice to

think I could call someone.

Cornbread Dressing- For the bread portion of the dressing, Mamaw (your great

grandmother) always bought hot dog buns and toasted them in the oven. She also made

homemade corn bread.  I buy the herb flavored Pepperidge Farm packages of bread crumbs. I

also prepare 2 boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix.

Cranberry Sauce-
It is at this point on the list that we reveal our blue collar, no nonsense roots.

It is also where we reveal our love of old school, Thanksgiving meals prepared in South Texas public

school cafeterias in small Texas towns. (Examples: Riviera ISD, Ricardo ISD, Falfurrias ISD, Sharyland ISD)

What was part of these wonderfully prepared meals?  Canned, jellied cranberry sauce.

There. I said it.

I have NEVER tasted a fresh cranberry dish at Thanksgiving that I liked or that didn’t make my eyes

squint from tartness.

No thank you.

It is still early.

We have time to plan.

We still need to discuss Katherine’s Sparkle Salad and its origin.  My dear friend Mary Jo made it in

her Home Economics kitchen at Sharyland High School where we taught.

She and her students created wonderful Thanksgiving feasts for all of the teachers for many years.

I love you sweet girls.

Keep a tight rein.

It is getting colder…watch your driving.

I love you,



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Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Big fan of the canned jellied cranberries.
In fact-- I think they grow that way, right?

Kim said...

I really love your blog! Just the advice I want to pass on to my own children. My oldest daughter just got married and I feel a new role coming on! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Bliss said...

You know, if you mix cranberries into a pie it gives them the perfect sweet and tart taste. Just saying.

Donnamae said...

There is only one natural choice for cranberries IMHO...jellied! ;)

Patty Marker said...

We still have that canned cranberry jelly at mom's ever year. I have tried fancy fresh cranberry dishes but the can prevails! lol

Nancy's Notes said...

Laura, of course those canned cranberries are the best! I'd love to be a little bird flying around watching you and your girls working on this list, think it would make me smile and even laugh, maybe alot! I've never thought about Jiffy and I do love Pepperage Farm crumbs, the best, aren't they? Okay, love your blue and white, it's awesome!

Stacey said...

Such a wonderful post!

Stacey said...

Laura, I just realized you've been posting away and I've been missing all of them. I'm not sure why but I'm off to investigate! Love your blue and white decor.

Loui♥ said...

love your approach!
that's almost the same "reciepe" for my Thanksgiving dinner!
thanks for the smiles!

Pura Vida said...

can I come to the meeting?

Theresa said...

So sweet:) I would like to sit on that love seat and listen to you chat! Have a blessed day dear Laura, HUGS!

Lisa said...

Now I've got the homemade cranberry sauce DOWN! The turkey...not so much. Greenberg's is my go to bird.;)


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