Monday, November 14, 2016


It’s cold in the mornings now and the leaves have frost on them.  Frosty mornings for sure.



I like a traditional New England style Thanksgiving dinner.  I would add butternut squash to the above traditions.  I can remember the way my Mom went all out for Thanksgiving dinner.  There was a side board in the dining room and it would have grapes, peanut brittle, fudge, nuts for a few of the treats I remember.  She always had a relish tray with celery, pickles, olives, cheese and all.  Cranberry sauce of course.  Then a huge turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, squash, rolls, boiled creamed onions and at least 3 pies.  We had a large family and I remember Grandparents at the feast as well.  I was the next to the youngest in my family and when the three older kids got married and had children, they all came for the feast as well for a few years that I remember.  Then in later years my older brother and family had the feast at their house with everyone invited.  Someone always brought a scrumptious cheesecake and another one had stuffed mushrooms that were a tradition.  My Dad and brothers always played penny-anti after dinner while the women all pitched in to help with washing the dishes.  The kids always had fun games indoors as well as outside.

Thanksgiving is a time for families.  So many memories and with some loved ones gone, it can also bring some sad feelings.  But there is always so much to be thankful for.


I like cranberry sauce with orange in it and saw a really neat recipe that only takes 15 minutes to make.  I pinned the recipe on my Thanksgiving ideas Pinterest board.


I also saw a recipe for New England style stuffing that had sausage, apples and and dried cranberries.  Sounds good to me.  I pinned the recipe on my Thanksgiving ideas Pinterest board.


One of my son’s likes Indian Pudding and I saw a neat recipe for Crock Pot Indian pudding that sounded good.  I pinned the recipe on my Thanksgiving ideas board.

One year at Christmas time, the place where I worked gave us all a trip to Boston with tickets to the Nutcracker at the Wang Center and dinner at the Top of the Hub for a Christmas gift.  We could invite one guest.  My gentleman friend had to work so my youngest son volunteered to go with me.  So beautiful in the restaurant on the very top of the Prudential Building which they call “Top of the Hub”.  Windows all around and you could see snow coming down and they were playing Christmas music. I especially remember the Christmas song Ava Maria playing in the background.  So beautiful.   My son ordered a Seafood platter and the Indian Pudding for his dessert and he loved it.  The Indian Pudding always brings back that really fun day for a memory.


L L Bean has a Northern Lights Celebration coming up.  I love their store in Freeport, Maine.


Really fun place to visit in Maine.


They have horse drawn rides and all kinds of fun.


I love the clothes that they have in their store.  Just so Down East and New England style.


There is a super moon tonight.  It’s really pretty when the sky turns pink and red this time of year at sunset.


And that’s my musings for today.





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