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Twas the Week Of Thanksgiving

by Maxine Davis

Thanksgiving is this week.  It’s that traditional time of giving thanks for all our blessings. Among other things, I’m thankful   for my friends. This morning I called one of them and asked if she wanted to go to the book store, have a coffee, chat and look around.  She screamed into the phone, “Thanksgiving is two days away!  Are you out of your mind?  I have eight people coming in addition to my four, and they all eat like there is no tomorrow.  This is the last year at my house, and I mean it!”  Silence.  “I’m really sorry.  I’ve been wanting to say that to somebody, and honestly, it felt so good to scream.   I knew you wouldn’t mind.”

Wow. I held the receiver away from my ear.  I felt like my hair was blown back from my face and my eyes fluttered in the  gust of wind.  I’m still thankful for my friend.  I’m more thankful I’m not having guests.  I told her I was glad I was able to sacrifice an ear to her frustration, and we ended up laughing.  Frankly, I was glad she could get it off her chest.  And…I’m taking her one of the buttermilk pies I made.

Thanksgiving has been the same around my house for years.  My husband and I have both lost our parents, so the two of us travel to Marietta.  The entire family meets at a hotel that has a lovely buffet.  They have a private dining room to the side that held all twenty-three of us last year.  This year it is fourteen.  Three children and their families are going to their in-laws.  I don’t know what we’ll do next year if they all come here.  It was a little tight getting that many in there.  Now, two more babies have been born.  Oh, well, we’ll worry about that next year.

We enjoy it.  We spend all of our time together visiting.  No one cooks, no one cleans up, and we have a selection of food that no one personcould prepare.  I hear your combined gasp—no leftovers?  When Saturday gets here, I bake a hen, make some southern cornbread dressing and a dessert.  Presto—delicious leftovers.  Our Thanksgiving is a tradition, just like a lot of you have traditions.  What is yours?

Oh, and that buttermilk pie?  Here’s the recipe.  (And it does not taste the least bit like buttermilk.) Enjoy!

Buttermilk Pie

¾ stick soft butter

1 ½ c. sugar

¼ c. self-rising flour

3 eggs

½ c. buttermilk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix until smooth.  Pour into 1 (9-inch) unbaked deep-dish pie shell.  Bake 45-50 minutes in a preheated 350° oven until golden & set.  Refrigerate.

Carol Burnside - November 20, 2012 - 2:45 am

I was hoping you’d share that pie recipe. Thanks, Maxine! Take it from one who cooks Thanksgiving dinner and all the trimmings from scratch, I envy you the restaurant convenience. We’re going to my sister’s house this year. That means one crowded kitchen, but we’ll survive. Might need a nap after dinner, but we’ll survive. :-D

C.E. Hart - November 20, 2012 - 7:29 am

A friend of mine introduced me to buttermilk pie a few years ago. At my first bite, it became my favorite! Sooo good. :P

A Thanksgiving tradition in my house is to go to a local Christmas tree farm (after we’ve eaten our meal) and we pick out our tree. We get the potted kind so we can plant it after Christmas.

Another tradition is baking my sweet potato casserole. The only time I make the recipe is on Thanksgiving day, so it makes the mouth-watering yumminess even more special.

Pam Asberry - November 20, 2012 - 8:18 am

This year it’s going to be just my brother, his wife, and my 16yo. No one would mind eating out, but I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner. We are starting a new tradition this year–running a 5K Thanksgiving morning. That way we can indulge in turkey and all the trimmings guilt-free, LOL! Your buttermilk pie sounds delicious. I will definitely give that a try–maybe at Christmas time!

Pamela Varnado - November 20, 2012 - 9:01 am

Maxine, thanks for the buttermilk pie recipe. It’s so simple to make, I plan to bake it for Thanksgiving. This year, I’m having a quiet holiday at home. My sister and her family are driving in from Virginia. We’ll sit around and eat, and eat, and eat. Then rest up for Black Friday shopping. While the holiday can be stressful, I love just socializing my family and friends. I’m blessed and have much to be thankful for this holiday season.

Maxine Davis - November 20, 2012 - 9:13 am

Hi Carol, thanks for taking a break from getting ready for “dinner” to stop by. My sister nor my house will hold everyone. My brother’s will, but he hosts Christmas. Hope you get a nap.

Maxine Davis - November 20, 2012 - 9:14 am

C.E. I love, love sweet potato casserole. I may make one Saturday to go with my “left overs.” Yes, and isn’t buttermilk pie great! Thanks for commenting.

Maxine Davis - November 20, 2012 - 9:17 am

Pam, I know you will have a great dinner! A 5K before turkey? Sounds good, but I’m afraid I’d have to pass dinner and rest! Enjoy your meal and Happy Thanksgiving.

Maxine Davis - November 20, 2012 - 9:19 am

Pamela, I know you will enjoy your sister and her family. That eat and eat part sounds good! I used to be one of the first out on Black Friday, then they started opening before 7. Yes, you are blessed. Enjoy the holiday!

Marilyn Baron - November 20, 2012 - 11:21 am

What a great post. I especially liked the part about your friend flipping out. At least she had someone to unload on. That’s real friendship.

Every year, we have had Thanksgiving at my brother’s house. But he passed away in February so we’re having it at my sister’s house. She’s expecting 25 people and this year, for the first time, we’re having the dinner catered. I’m actually looking forward to that. No one has to cook. We will have to clean up, though. The menu sounds delicious. Some people are bringing their favorite dishes to add to the meal. My mother is making broccoli cheese casserole, my aunt her famous sweet potatoes and my sister key lime pie,although we’re going to have mashed potatoes already and three other kinds of pie and other vegetables. I’m coming from out of town so I can’t make anything but if I did it would be my poppy seed cheese biscuits.

I’ve never tasted buttermilk pie. I think I’ll try it. It does sound delicious.

Now the hen and cornbread stuffing sounds wonderful to me.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! And safe travels if you’re going out of town.

Maxine Davis - November 20, 2012 - 11:40 am

Marilyn, thank you for stopping and commenting. I am so sorry about your brother. I know it will be hard for the family this year. I wish I had a place that would hold 25! Your meal sounds devine and the extra dishes – you’re making me hungry. Do try the buttermilk pie. I use that recipe and have to leave it in a little longer to get it to set, but my oven is a little off. My sister uses that recipe and it turns out perfect. Good luck and safe travels.

Sandy Elzie - November 20, 2012 - 3:34 pm

Oh, Maxine, thank you for the recipe for Buttermilk Pie. My husband said he’d heard of them, but never tasted one. What?!!! He’s been married to a Southerner for…well, a very long time…and lived here for almost 8 years and he’s never had any? Shame on me. I’m going to make him one.

I’m cooking this year, but for only 4 of us. Daughter & family will be on a cruise…which is another nice option to cooking. 8-)

Linsey Lanier - November 20, 2012 - 3:49 pm

Oh, Maxine, that pie sounds gooood!!! :dog:

I’m thankful I get to eat and I don’t have to cook! :nerd:

Susan Carlisle - November 20, 2012 - 8:17 pm

Thanks for the great recipe. Our traditions have changed over the years but the one thing that remains the same is that the family gets together. I’m cooking,with help this year. Family is what matters. I’m hoping for a family cruise one holiday.

Maxine Davis - November 21, 2012 - 9:05 am

Sandy, Yes, family is great, but that cruise sounds soooo good. When I cook my buttermilk pie I sometimes have to turn it down and let it stay a little longer to “set”, but my sister follows this to the letter and it is perfect. Good luck. I love it! Happy thanksgiving

Maxine Davis - November 21, 2012 - 9:24 am

Linsey, Me too. At least you and I will have a relaxing day :) Enjoy it.

Maxine Davis - November 21, 2012 - 9:25 am

Susan, Oh yes, family is all of it! But I could still enjoy them on a cruise! Enjoy your Thanksgiving and be safe.

Tami Brothers - November 22, 2012 - 8:08 pm

Oh Maxine! You are so funny. I totally relate to your friend. I know you are always there and willing to listen when I want to yell into the phone. Just remember that I’m here if you decide you’d like to as well.

Love the look of that pie. It sounds so easy. I am totally going to give it a try. :)

Hope your day was great and that everyone fit into that room.

Hugs!

Tami :inlove:

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