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‘Twas the Day Before Thanksgiving…

…and all through the house all the creatures were stirring…and stirring…and stirring.

We’re into the hectic countdown before the big day, and I’m loving every minute of it. Okay, okay, almost every minute. Rebecca, my only daughter, arrived last night, and as reported before, Chloe and Gentry have been here since Sunday afternoon. Their parents, Andrew and Shawnna, were scheduled to be here last night, but Andrew worked late, so they delayed coming until today. Right now they’re on their way and should walk through the door at any minute.

What’s stirring?

Jerry has gone to the post office to buy Christmas stamps and mail invitations to our annual (almost annual–missed last year) Christmas party.

Rebecca, Gentry and Chloe have gone to the local grocery store, where they will pick up more food for this already stuffed pantry and refrigerator. Rebecca is cooking pumpkin pies and refused to use the pumpkin I had already bought. “Nope, this is my contribution…I’ll buy my own,” she spoke in a definite way.

Tena, Lennie and their boys (Shawnna’s sister and family) arrived here in the mountains last night and are at a bed and breakfast in the area. They’ll be here later in the afternoon.

This morning when I checked on Tom Turkey, who had been stuffed into the refrigerator last Friday as a frozen ball, I found him to be still not completely thawed. Snatched him out, and put him in the sink and surrounded him by cold water. When I pressed on his thigh a few minutes ago, it had a certain give, suggesting complete thawing. He will be submerged in a brine in a few hours where his tangled strands of flesh will become loose so that his cooking juices will be absorbed, making succulent slices of meat when he is carved.

The cornbread is cooked and partially crumbled, awaiting the sage, onions, celery and turkey drippings that will bring about the delectable transformation that will produce a savory dressing to be tucked into Mr. Tom.

The cranberry salad is mixed and dished into a crystal dish and awaits in the freezer.

Four loaves of banana bread have been baked and are securely wrapped. Tasty, too. I know for I checked on one.

What’s stirring at your house this day before Thanksgiving? I’d love to know.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

11 replies on “‘Twas the Day Before Thanksgiving…”

What a fantastic meal. Not only was the table settings and dishes a work of art, Shirley and Rebecca are absolutely fabulous cooks. Tena’s cookies are everbit as good as Mrs. Fields Cookies.


Just took a pecan pie out of the oven. (my Mother’s recipe) Finished 3 coconut creams this morning. Taking one to Bobbie and Jimmy because that recipe is Sis. Opal’s (Bobbie’s Mother). My pie crust is scrumptious, if I say so myself. (just sampled) LOL The rest is on my blog. Love you, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


I made deviled eggs this morning, and I just finished assembling the lasagna about half an hour ago. Us Italians, we have to have our lasagna at every holiday get together! I’m going to be make my french bread in a little while and a sour cream apple pie. Tomorrow, I’ll be making mashed potatoes while Jen makes English pea salad and her homemade cranberry sauce. My sister Karen is bringing the turkey stuffing and some cheesecake. In all the years we’ve been married, I think I’ve only cooked a turkey three times. My husband also bought a small turkey that he is planning on smoking overnight in our smoker. He has a way with meat, so I’m sure it will be good.

Don’t Helen’s muffins sound delicious? I wish I could sample a little bit of what every blogger is making, but of course, then I would have even more weight to lose. Okay, I’m heading back to the kitchen. Happy Thanksgiving to all!




Pies, Pies and more Pies. Apple, Pumkin and Pecan pie are in the works for our contribution to a Thanksgiving Feast at our Pastors home. Oh and the kids have requested by rice crispy treats. Other contributions will be vege and fruit tray and a large salad.

Your feast sound wonderful. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving Day.


Looking forward to lots of good food and company tomorrow at my mom’s. My contribution to the feast is macaroni and cheese – hot and bubbling. My niece tells me she waits all year for Aunt Denise’s macaroni and cheese.

My big cooking will happen on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, when I make a Thanksgiving feast for our church (Our congregation is predominantly homeless). I thouroughly enjoy giving them at least a little taste of “home.”

Shirley, please tell me about the brine for the turkey. I have never heard of it, but you make it sound like it is the only way it should be done. I would love to learn something new!

Blessing to you and your family,



Pumpkin nut bread made. Apple pie made. Both are cooling on the stove

Tomorrow I will make sausage balls in the morning, then pop the turkey, still thawing now in the fridge, into the oven. We’re not big stuffing folks, so I make the stovetop kind. I’ll also make mashed potatoes and green beans. As for cranberry sauce, I’m using canned this year (usually, I cook the berries).

It will just be the four of us, unless Victor’s roommate, home after finishing basic training for the Marines, comes. He may have somewhere else to go. Plenty of food, plenty of football!

Somewhen this weekend I’ll make Bobsled Blueberry Muffins. The recipe came from a cookbook of recipes from Olympic athletes. These muffins have a full (8 oz.) package of cream cheese and 2 cups of blueberries and are drizzled with freshly squeezed lemon (or lime or orange) juice conbined with sugar (in equal parts). Definitely low cal. 🙂


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