Happy Thanksgiving :)

It’s Thanksgiving Day… A day for family, food, and most importantly Gratitude.

Farm

For those of you who don’t know the history of American Thanksgiving:

The First Thanksgiving

As most schoolchildren know, the history of Thanksgiving began when Pilgrims and Native Americans gathered together to celebrate a successful harvest. The first Thanksgiving was held in the fall of 1621, sometime between September 21 and November 11, and was a three-day feast. The Pilgrims were joined by approximately 90 of the local Wampanoag tribe, including Chief Massasoit, in celebration. They ate fowl and deer for certain and most likely also ate berries, fish, clams, plums, and boiled pumpkin.

Though the current holiday of Thanksgiving was based on the 1621 feast, it did not immediately become an annual celebration or holiday. Sporadic days of Thanksgiving followed, usually declared locally to give thanks for a specific event such as the end of a drought, victory in a specific battle, or after a harvest. It wasn’t until October 1777 that all 13 colonies celebrated a day of Thanksgiving. The very first national day of Thanksgiving was held in 1789, when President George Washington proclaimed Thursday, November 26 to be “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer,” to especially give thanks for the opportunity to form a new nation and the establishment of a new constitution.

We owe the modern concept of Thanksgiving to a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale. Hale, editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book and author of the famous “Mary Had a Little Lamb” nursery rhyme, spent 40 years advocating for a national, annual Thanksgiving holiday. In the years leading up to the Civil War, she saw the holiday as a way to infuse hope and belief in the nation and the constitution. So, when the United States was torn in half during the Civil War and Lincoln was searching for a way to bring the nation together, he discussed the matter with Hale. On October 3, 1863, Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation that declared the last Thursday in November (based on Washington’s date) to be a day of “thanksgiving and praise.” For the first time, Thanksgiving became a national, annual holiday with a specific date.

For 75 years after Lincoln issued his Thanksgiving Proclamation, succeeding presidents honored the tradition and annually issued their own Thanksgiving Proclamation, declaring the last Thursday in November as the day of Thanksgiving. However, in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt did not. In 1939, the last Thursday of November was going to be November 30. Retailers complained to FDR that this only left 24 shopping days to Christmas and begged him to push Thanksgiving just one week earlier. It was determined that most people do their Christmas shopping after Thanksgiving and retailers hoped that with an extra week of shopping, people would buy more. So when FDR announced his Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1939, he declared the date of Thanksgiving to be Thursday, November 23, the second-to-last Thursday of the month.

(Information from About.com)

Turkey on platter

Wow that’s a long history for a holiday. Still, what I get out of it all is we need to be grateful for whatever we have…. family, food on our tables, freedom, choices, our pets, the ability to grow our own food, heat on a cold winters night, our phones, computers, tablets, music, art, but most importantly the ability to be saved by the one and only Savior Jesus. I am grateful today for my salvation, my family, my pups, friends, my home, our chickens, the ability to grow my own food, and so much more.

I hope you have a blessed day. Let me know what you are grateful for 🙂

Late Thanksgiving

I was thinking today I hadn’t posted about our Thanksgiving Day. This year was a little unusual as far as the food. We made no dish as usual and changed many. I figured since it was just my mom, step-father, hubby, and I then why not change it up. We did all gluten free, dairy free, and low sugar dishes (my step-father has to watch his sugar). So for the main dish my step-father deep fried us a turkey. Chase helped by being the watcher…

Chase watch

My step-father got the oil hot then started to lower the turkey in very slowly…Bob turkey

Then it was all the way into the hot oil to cook for 45mins-1hr….Bob turkey 2

The chickens even came out front to see what we were up to…Chkns

After which hubby was home from work and helped my mom and stepfather check to see if the turkey was done…

3 turkey

He was then able to help us get the turkey out…

Lorne turkey 1

Here it comes…

Lorne turkey 2

We put it in a disposable pan to cool and drain…Turkey

Baxter was helpful in licking the excess grease off the drive way 😉 …Baxter lick

After which we took it inside and put it on the platter…ta dah…

Turkey on platter

The side dishes went on the table. They included low sugar cranberry sauce, gluten-free stuffing (with many veggies like carrots, celery, onion, garlic, peppers, etc.), roasted Brussels-sprouts with butternut squash and shallots, sautĂ©ed green beans with almonds…

Side dishes

And for dessert blueberry pie toped with chicken cut outs…Pie

Overall it was a great meal and since we didn’t make a lot of anything the leftovers were gone within a couple days. I hope you had a happy and blessed Thanksgiving day and are looking forward to a Christmas meal with family. 🙂

 

Turkey Talk

We had a visitor the other day that drove the dogs nuts…. Turkey 2A turkey was running down our back road and dodging in and out of our yard and the woods across the road. The dogs were barking and we couldn’t see why until the turkey darted out from behind a tree . He/she proceeded to then cross the road as I came out with camera in hand… (I promise I was quiet 😉 )Turkey 1He/or she made it to the other side right as our neighbor came down the road…Turkey 3The dogs were not satisfied until the turkey was well into the woods and out of site. They then settled back down to continue the nap the turkey had interrupted 🙂

Chase’s Chilli

So I wanted to find a chilli recipe that was a little lighter and didn’t require beef. So I looked and found a white bean turkey chilli recipe and made it my own… so here is Chases Chilli

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You will need:

2 sticks of celery chopped into small cubes

2 whole carrots chopped into small cubes

2 medium onions (any kind I like red or sweet white) chopped into small cubes

6 cloves of garlic chopped

1 lb (or so) of ground turkey

2 cans of Cannellini beans

28 oz diced tomatoes

olive oil

1 1/2 cups water

thyme

oregano

pepper and salt

smoked paprika

chilli powder

cinnamon

garlic powder

To top:

4 green onions

sour cream

grated cheese

To make:

1. In a  large pot over medium heat add olive oil and saute onions, celery, carrots, and garlic until tender. Step 1

2. Add in ground turkey and cook with veggies until turkey is browned and cooked.Step 2

3. Add in 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp pepper and salt, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp chilli powder, 1 tbsp smoked paprika, 2 tsp thyme, 2 tsp oregano.

4. Add tomatoes and stir untill pot is at a simmer. Add 1 cups water if tomatoes don’t have enough.Setp 3

5. Add in additional spices to taste. I added 1/2 tbsp of smoked paprika, 1/2 tbsp chilli powder, 1/2 tbsp pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp salt.

6. Add in Cannellini beans and last 1/2 cup of water to make sure all the ingredients are covered (if needed).Setp 4

7. Put a lid on the pot a simmer on low heat, untill the beans are warm or until you are ready to eat. Stil occassionaly.

8. Serve with grated cheese, sour cream, and green onions on top 🙂 Step 5

Other tips and tricks :

You can add in cumin, tamarack, or use regular paprika.

You can use any type of cheese, I use colby monterey jack.

You can use ground chicken if you want instead of turkey.

Instead of water you can add vegetable or chicken stock (adjust your spices accordingly). Add the liquid as needed to keep the ingredients covered.