Thursday, November 22, 2007


The Whole Foods turkey experience was a success. Everything hit the spot and we have lots of yummy leftovers. The apple pie was great, and my mother also brought a mince pie because her family "always had mince pie on Thanksgiving."

That is the thing about these holidays - the traditions. You have to have what was traditional in your family. Of course, each family has different traditions and sometimes compromises must be made. We didn't have the baked acorn squash this year (Whole Foods didn't offer that) but we did have the mince pie.

And at Christmas we have to have the plum pudding with hard sauce that you light on fire with 100 proof rum. (We used to use brandy but it didn't light up easily enough, not being 100 proof).

One of the traditions in our family is, my mother always has to tell the story of how, back in her childhood, her mother used to have 20+ people at their house for Thanksgiving. And one year her grandmother made the mistake of picking my mother's Uncle Bob to say grace before the meal.

Uncle Bob was my grandmother's youngest brother and he was somewhat of a card - the family mischief-maker. So, imagine the reaction of this group of 20 pious New England Congregationalists, heads all bowed in prayer, when Uncle Bob came out with:

"Good bread, good meat!
Good God, let's eat!"

Since my mother has told this story so many times I enjoy saying this particular prayer before dinner myself. It kind of sums it up, don't you think?


Larry said...

Hope you've had a nice Thanksgiving Mauigirl!

Mauigirl said...

Thanks Larry! I hope you did too!

Anonymous said...

Merry Thanksgiving!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Maui Girl,
Glad to hear you are having a great Thanksgiving. We are too:) You and I have so much to be thankful for.

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you! You mentioned plum pudding and that took me back to the pudding my Grandma made. She used suet (like the kind we feed birds) not butter-sure wasn't health food! We're fruitcake eaters here- found recipe with lots of good fruit and no bitter things, which is pretty popular!

Mauigirl said...

Thanks everybody for the Thanksgiving wishes! It is nice to stop and think sometimes about all we have to be thankful for.

Dorie, I think the plum pudding my mom's family used to have had the suet in it too. I buy mine at the supermarket and I forget what the ingredients are! I'll have to look!

Anonymous said...

I hope you had a lovely day! That's my favorite way to say "grace"!

TomCat said...

Happy Belated Thanksgiving to all here.