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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving traditions in our area include deer hunting and, of course, turkey and dressing.

Deer season started this week. Schools and colleges are on their week long fall break. If school wasn't out this week there would be a lot of empty seats in the classrooms, including teacher's chairs.

I remember when I was a child, Daddy and his friends used to drive into the mountains of West Virginia and go deer hunting. It was a big 'to do'. We were just transferring some of our home videos a few nights ago onto DVDs. This particular one was filmed in 1995 on the day after Thanksgiving at our house. It was our son Andrew's first deer hunting trip. My husband doesn't hunt, so Dad came out and took him hunting across the creek and up on the hill from our house. I think Andrew was maybe 12 or 13 years old and they were all decked out in their orange vests. Andrew kept telling my husband not to record them, but I'm sure glad Charley didn't listen to him.

We used to go to Mom's on Thanksgiving. She made the best dressing you ever put in your mouth! Mom passed away in 1996 and now my sister makes the best dressing you ever put in your mouth. I'm hoping some day that my dressing will be as good as Mom's was. I'll keep trying.

Whenever we went to my mother in laws on Thanksgiving and Christmas, she always made punch. I never made punch and my kids thought it was a real treat. My son Andrew uses her recipe and makes the punch all the time now. He makes it when we have our Church dinners and on holidays here at the house.

This is the recipe in case you would  like  to try it some day:

1 Large punch  bowl
1 quart triple treat sherbet
1 two liter ginger ale
2 quart container of pineapple/orange juice
1 pkg cherry Kool-Aid

Empty the ginger ale, pineapple/orange juice, and spoonfuls of sherbet into the punch bowl a little at a time. Tear open the pkg. of Kool-Aid and sprinkle on top. Stir it up a  little.

We are going to my son and daughter in law's house for Thanksgiving this year. We are having turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean  casserole, rolls, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and Andrew's punch . . . and who knows what else will show up on the table.

What will you be having for dinner this year?

I hope all of you have a very happy Thanksgiving.


  1. I love the picture of the mountains. It brings back memories of when I would visit West Virginia with my husband many years a go.
    I enjoy reading about family traditions. My son-in-law is a deer hunter, too. Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Hey Janet!

    I've never had a punch like that one. Granny always made one with orange sherbert, ginger ale, and orange kool aid. I make it from time to time. The kids love it. I'll have to give your recipe a try something. It does sound good!

    I am going to cook a turkey breast, squash casserole, green beans, sweet potatoes, dressing and whatever else I can come up with! lol I did make triple layer bars today. Oh, and homemade whole berry cranberry sauce.

    Hope you have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. People here in the Dairy State are CRAZY about deer hunting too. There are "rack" contests on the radio, we see deer "riding" by in style on the hoods, trunks, or even roofs of cars, and FH came home from work last night shocked at home many of the GIRLS there go hunting.

    It's a different world, this hunting world!

  4. Have a feastful Thanksgiving -- barbara

  5. I had that same punch served at my wedding! Years ago! Deer hunting is a big deal around here as well. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  6. Most you that and add some sweet potato casserole. Yummmmm!!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and those you love!
    And thanks for the punch recipe, too!

  7. Hi Janet, glad you had a wonderful thanksgiving. It's always fun to look at old photos and movies of the family. Makes me want to go dig all my old memories out and look at them again.

  8. Janet, I'm hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I enjoyed reading about your family's traditions.

    Drop over to the Writing Nook and join in the Christmas book swap.


  9. we always work thanksgiving so our dinner usually means ham sandwhiches or something.
    love your new header photo!


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