Thanksgiving Family Recipe

Tom & Donatta 12Emily age 2.5 yrs.0001IMG_0302Mary & John Niemczura wedding 1941 gardenia corsage0001Grandma & Emily 19920001IMG_0904

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fall in CNY


one mother
one father
two or more children
several relatives
many friends
dogs & cats (Milli, Beau, Ruby, Mady, Cassidy)
fish swimming in the fish tank and fed ahead of time
apron(if cooking at home)
oven mitts(if cooking at home)
appropriate oven utensils
festive tablecloth on the table
cloth napkins
one or more vehicles
love, hugs, kisses, laughter, memories

1. Follow directions provided with all the ingredients if preparing the meal at home or follow the directions listed below, if not cooking at home.

2. Pick up family members at the airport. Give directions to the house to relatives and friends.

3. Shop for all the trimmings for the Thanksgiving meal or meet at the restaurant. Add generous amounts of kisses, hugs, smiles, love, laughter, good memories, sleep and walks together.

4. Enjoy the meal together, take naps as needed and watch television as needed. Visit with everyone and catch up with what is going on in their lives.


My own personal Thanksgiving meal memories included eating turkey, trimmings and enjoying desserts and being too full to do much besides take a nap. Our mother always had relish dishes of carrots, celery and olives on the table. We used to sneak some of this before the meal. Our mother would then ask if we were eating anything yet. She would add for us to save room for dinner. One look at the relish dishes told her what we had been eating them ahead of time.

Our meals always commenced with saying grace and then eating and carrying on conversations. My father wisely let his women talk while he ate. Suddenly we noticed he was just sitting at the head of the table quietly waiting because he was finished with his meal. We girls would then remark to our mother that he had his “dessert face” on. It was then that dessert was served. Usually it was pumpkin pie. My mother like her mother, my Nana, made the best pies with flaky crusts. Try as I might, mine didn’t seem to ever be as good.

So I hope you enjoy this recipe and have a Happy Thanksgiving with you and yours! 

Grandpa & Thomas Aug. 1984, Pueblo, CO0001

Dad and I0001

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10 Responses to Thanksgiving Family Recipe

  1. says:

    Liebe Mary Ann, das ist eine wunderbare Darstellung deiner Familie.Die Herzlichkeit ,die aus deinen Worten spricht beeindruckt mich sehr.Für mich bist Du in jeder Hinsicht bewundernswert.Du kannst stolz auf deine Familie sein! In Gedanken herzlich umarmt, Dein Arno und Lilly

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    • Herzlichen Dank! Thank you for commenting and understanding my feelings for family and friends. We celebrate Thanksgiving next Thursday, and I wanted to provide a recipe for others. I’m glad you understood it! All the best to you and yours.


  2. I’m Canadian, so we had Thanksgiving back in early October, but it really doesn’t matter when or what the reason for a family celebration is, the ‘recipe’ is good. This is our first Christmas coming without either of my parents alive, so it will be a bit different, but siblings and nieces and nephews will all be together, making a new tradition.

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    • Yes, and I hope your Canadian Thanksgiving was special. It is hard when our parents are no longer alive, but we carry on the traditions we had with them. I know I do including using the same relish dishes from my mother. It sounds as if your Christmas will be filled with family and joy. I appreciate your comment and like the fact that you shared something about yourself in doing so. Thank you.

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  3. Elyse Reine says:

    Maryanne, this is a wonderful post. It is all about family that day. Your family photos are lovely. Have a wonderful holiday

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  4. Bob Gaetano says:

    Loved the photos and memories.

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  5. Tom says:

    Wonderful post. Very creative 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

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