Welcome to teatime with TT... Tressie Teegarden. Today, we chat with Tressie (and Forrest) about their memories of Thanksgiving... grab a cup of tea and settle in.
Grandma, how did your family celebrate Thanksgiving when you were young? Did you have guests?
We had big dinners. Turkey, pies and the works. There was always a big group of relatives. Mom did most of the cooking.
Grandpa, what about your family?
We always had a big turkey dinner and sometimes there were 30 people there. A lot of the time it was in Stonewall at Auntie Bob's. My mom and sister (Viola, aka Bob) were the ones that did all the cooking. We always had really good rolls, pumpkin pies and my favorite, mince meat pies.
Did you ever host a Thanksgiving meal after you married?
Tressie: I cooked one Thanksgiving dinner. A 30-pound turkey, rolls, pies, etc. Lots of relatives came to the house (on Prospect Street in Trinidad). Kids ate lots of olives and put seeds in flowerpots, ash trays and lots of other places.
Here is the Werden family's dinner roll recipe:
And this is another recipe for bread... It is written on what seems to be the inside of an old Mode O'day envelope... no scrap of any sort wasted!
I have my own childhood memories of helping to make the dinner rolls. I was allowed to help shape the small balls and carefully place three in each muffin tin. The three balls would join together to form a "clover leaf" as they baked. As they rose in their pans before baking, they echoed my excitement as they baked, and the delicious aroma filled the kitchen.
It was always a treat to grab one, still warm, pull it apart and spread butter on it... it was like a little taste of heaven! Oh, the turkey was ok, mashed potatoes were nothing special and I didn't like stuffing/dressing or gravy.
Cranberries were always another favorite side dish of mine and was one that I insisted on having once I joined Dave's family. I still make them and we will have today- though I sub in coconut sugar for the cane sugar.
If you are celebrating Thanksgiving today, may it be a blessed holiday and lest you forget... we should offer our thanks each and every day.
Our "official" family dinner is planned for Friday. Family, food, fun, love and laughter... I have so much to say thank you for. 💗
What are you thankful for?
Leave a comment... I'd love to hear from you!
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