Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I recall my mother’s flaky pie crusts and tasty pies. Blueberry, apple and pumpkin to name a few. She learned from her mother, my Nana Mooney. Admittedly, I love cooking and won the Colorado State 4-H Champion purple ribbon for the dinner I prepared for four on a budget of $2.50. This was in the early 60s and hence the price. Somehow I did not inherit the pie-making craft from my Nana and my mother. I tried my fair share of lemon meringue and chocolate cream pies, but the crusts were not as flaky as Nana’s. At least one of my sisters inherited the pie-making gene!
Since we just had a brief family reunion for one of our friends in West Virginia, my husband and I will go out for our festive dinner. No mess. No fuss. No cleanup. The cooking will be done by the pros although by now, I should also be one.
We wish everyone a lovely Thanksgiving with family reunions, laughter, conversation, music, dancing, sharing meals and wonderful family moments. I have fond memories of family Thanksgiving dinners in Pueblo, Colorado. After saying grace, we enjoyed a simple meal of turkey, dressing, stuffing cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and relish dishes of carrot and celery sticks with a dash of salt and lemon juice plus dishes of black and green olives. For dessert, we had pumpkin pie. We played a family board game of Monopoly some years or Scrabble. Or one of us played the piano and the family sang a few songs. Just simple times of a loving family making memories.