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Thanksgiving Memories from Granny


Granny and her mother Gazzie

While Granny and I were planning our Thanksgiving dinner I asked her about what her mother did for Thanksgiving when Granny was young and still at home.

“Oh she’d cook a big meal with a big turkey. She was used to cooking for a crowd. Daddy would help her in the kitchen. He kept the fire going in the stove. My sisters Fay and Geneive would help cook. I never did I was always off doing something else. Grandpa couldn’t eat cornbread so for every meal momma fixed biscuits and cornbread. She had these big tin or metal canisters. She’d buy 50lbs of flour and 50lbs of cornmeal at a time and she kept it in those canisters. The flour and cornmeal came in cotton sacks. She always canned peaches so there’d be peaches and cake on the table. Mother made the best pumpkin pies but she didn’t even use a recipe. She just throwed it together and made her pie. She made her own pie crust too. We’d have fried sweet potatoes and stewed arsh taters. We’d drink kool-aid, tea, or coffee. All momma’s kids would come if they could, even the ones that were already married and gone.

~Evelyn Louzine Wilson (Granny) November 2018 



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    Tom Deep
    November 29, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Certainly can see where you got your good looks Tipper.

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    John Kirk
    November 29, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Lord help, but I miss my grandmother, my sweet Bobo, when I read things like this! Her cornbread dressing! She never cooked it in the bird, as she didn’t trust it to cook through, so there were big pans of this wonderful crusty, sagey stuff. May she rest in everlasing peace and the Light of the Holy Face shine on her. Love you, Bobo!

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    November 24, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Tipper. as a youngster I would watch Miss Julie,s and Dad,s grand children would come to see their. I wishes I had a grandmother to go see. I came so late in life my grandparents on both sides were dead. I thank you for sharing your grandmothers stories with us

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    Terry L Stites
    November 22, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    There are so many things I am thankful for. This year my 8 year old granddaughter stepped up in her brand new homemade apron and had a hand in everything that was on our table. She out did herself. Im so thankful she is carrying on family traditions.

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    November 21, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Tipper,On till today I thought you looked like Paps younger pictures,but seeing your Moms picture I see you showed no partiality, you look like both,beautiful! God Bless. Belva-Jean

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    November 21, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    I wish so much I had a picture of my grandmother – she had the same kindly twinkle in her eye as your Gazzie 🙂
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Tipper – and to all the Blind Pig readers!

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    Joe Penland
    November 21, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    You sure look like Granny (the lady on the right)!

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    Miss Cindy
    November 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    That’s a wonderful picture. I hope it is in a frame somewhere! That sounds just like Granny!

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    November 21, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    What a beautiful picture!

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    November 21, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Hi…I so agree that you Tipper….look so much like your Granny….and that is wonderful! Enjoy all your festivities sounds yummy!!

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    November 21, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Memories of Thanksgiving meals with our families that have passed on are truly treasures to remember in our minds. My Mother cooked like Grazzie, no receipe, and she made the most wonderful pies and cakes. I have always enjoyed cooking a turkey and the entire spread for our family on these special days. I guess it is because the kids come home and it like Christmas is a day of family sitting down together and enjoying the time together. In this world that spins so fast, it is a blessing to be thankful for slowing down and enjoying family and friends.
    Tipper, when I first looked at the picture, I thought Granny was you. My goodness – you look so much like your mother. Beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

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    Ed Karshner
    November 21, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Of all that, Tipper, it was the canned peaches that got me. I remember the joy of canned peaches in the Fall/Winter. Nothing tasted better and I always felt like I was getting away with something…bringing some of the summer out where it shouldn’t be.

    Great memories today, thank you!

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    November 21, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Sure do miss Granny Jenkins!!

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      November 21, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Becky-me too 🙂

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    November 21, 2018 at 9:08 am

    I don’t recall ever having a Thanksgiving dinner when I was growing up. I’m sure mom tried to make something special with the same food she cooked with the rest of the year. As far as I can remember, cooking a traditional Thanksgiving dinner was unheard of even among the wealthier families in my hometown.
    Granny and her mom are beautiful ladies!

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    November 21, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Ah such a sweet picture. Made me smile. A great way to start the day. I love Thanksgiving. Its a very special day when everyone can be together. Talk and catch up on whats be going on. Give thanks for all the good Lord has given us. Hope everyone gives thanks for something tomorrow. Bless your family Tipper for everything you do. God Bless Everyone! Gigi

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    Cynthia Morris
    November 21, 2018 at 8:15 am

    I agree with Sheryl. Beautiful women and photo

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    Ron Stephens
    November 21, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Yep, no recipe, just skill, making something complex appear simple.

    Love your all’s tradition Gayle. That sounds like the way communities used to come together.

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    Gayle Larson
    November 21, 2018 at 7:24 am

    We started a new tradition here in the woods. Everyone who has no family locally and for some reason cannot travel comes to our house. We call our selves the Woods family just because we live in the woods. Everyone brings something and we give thanks for the beautiful place we live and for each other. Great way to spend Thanksgiving.

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    Sheryl A Paul
    November 21, 2018 at 7:04 am

    Beautiful memories. You look just like Granniy hoping I am looking at the right one, beautiful blCk hair!

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