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November 26, 2013

Our Thanksgiving meal will be a simple one of mostly things we grew this year.  Celebrating a good growing year with a harvest meal suits us just fine.  My hubby is on call to the city for the holiday so there definitely won’t be too much celebrating 😉

In no particular order, we’ll be dining on…

Brussels sprouts.

gravy train Jane

gravy train Jane

Milk gravy.


Final row dug! 10-8-2013

Final row dug! 10-8-2013

Garlicky mashed potatoes.



Ruby Ball F1

Ruby Ball F1

Braised red cabbage.

Pumpkin pie.

Blueberry pie.

Rhubarb wine.

Rounding out the menu with stuff not from here – cranberries, flour for pie crust and to make bread for stuffing, and I think that’s about it.

What’s on your menu for Thanksgiving this year?

22 Comments leave one →
  1. November 26, 2013 10:34 am

    The wife is cracking the whip and it is all coming together (thanks for the suggestions) at the last minute. Besides things you said, we’ve got some delicate squash soup in store. Maybe a pecan pie, if I play my cards right…

  2. Chris permalink
    November 26, 2013 11:07 am

    Oh the blueberry pie and rhubarb wine sound divine!! 🙂
    Happy thanksgiving to you and your family Nita!
    And thank-you for your wonderful blog!

  3. November 26, 2013 11:09 am

    Lovely! This year we will be having one of our own turkeys. Our own eggs go into the pies. Some herbs and greens for the salad, and our very own blackberries for a pie. Squash is local, but not home grown. Potatoes, milk products, and wild rice from the grocery store.

  4. Charlotte permalink
    November 26, 2013 11:44 am

    What?!?! You mean to tell me you didn’t grow your own wheat for flour!
    …just kidding….
    Have a blessed and beautiful day with your family.

  5. November 26, 2013 11:57 am

    Did in October, being Canadian, but we had home grown roast chicken (homegrown rosemary and garlic), homegrown carrots and green beans (the last), local potatoes (roasted), local cranberries, apple crisp and blueberry pie. Local hard apple cider and sparkling apple for the younger set. It was pretty good…and leftovers were even better.

  6. November 26, 2013 12:13 pm

    We’ve partaken of a few Thanksgiving meals and I am so pleased that yours does not include marshmallows on sweet potatoes. Why? (As in why do people do it?) Takes all sorts I suppose. We will be attending the Latvian Alpaca Association meet up and so no idea what we will be eating, but I guess it won’t be a Thanksgiving meal. Enjoy yours, you deserve it.

  7. Traci permalink
    November 26, 2013 12:21 pm

    Would love to hear more about your rhubarb wine. Sounds fantastic. I have a huge rhubarb plant growing in my garden and I’ve made a syrup with it which ai add to sparkling water or to prosecco, but wine sounds extra special. Would you do a post about it in the spring?

  8. November 26, 2013 1:10 pm

    We are doing the same as sailorsmallfarm – having one of our chickens as it is just the two of us. We are thankful for the meal one of our cockerels will be providing us. Thanks for the rhubarb wine link – I have a lot of rhubarb plants and one can only eat so many rhubarb pies…

  9. November 26, 2013 5:06 pm

    Yes, the rhubarb wind sounds so interesting! We’re having nothing unusual. What type of pumpkins are those?

    • November 26, 2013 5:59 pm

      Sweet meat squash…makes the best pumpkin pie 🙂

      • November 27, 2013 6:19 am

        Squash! I just recently found out that what sells as pumpkin in a can is actually blue hubbard squash. The USDA said it’s okay to label it that way.

  10. Bee permalink
    November 26, 2013 5:47 pm

    Wild turkey for us (hey, if they’re going to share the grain hay we feed, we’re going to harvest a few). I have so much extra honey this year that I wanted to make some mead, but life wouldn’t cooperate. Maybe for Christmas…

  11. Bev permalink
    November 26, 2013 7:05 pm

    Going to be on the road tomorrow. We wanted to take the time to give thanks for you, your family and your blog. Always smile, enjoy learning more and so enjoy your sense of humor. Plus the beautiful pictures your daughter takes. Your menu looks scrumptious. Thank you. Have a blessed Happy Thanksgiving.

  12. November 27, 2013 2:44 am

    sounds lovely – enjoy

  13. November 27, 2013 2:53 am

    I’m not really feeling it this year. Gratitude always, but the big meal? Too much work for a girl as behind on her to-do list as me.

    The rhubarb wine sounds like a great idea – I’ve been meaning to do dandelion wine for years now, and have even gotten so far as gathering the dandelions. But, picking the petals from their green stems is where that project always gets ditched.

    I think I can manage to get the rhubarb into the bottles and It will relieve me of the guilt I feel about neglecting the rhubarb since I don’t really love it all that much anyway.

    Speaking of thankfulness – I’m very grateful for all the work you and your daughter put into this blog – we’ve all learned so much here. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, two-legged and four!

    • November 27, 2013 6:48 am

      I know exactly what you mean, I think I will spend a big part of the day hauling in more firewood before it really gets cold. We’ve had a long dry stretch which will soon be wet I’m sure. More wood in the basement is more on my mind than cooking! Hubby most likely will have to work anyway… 😦

  14. November 29, 2013 5:22 pm

    I thought of y’all yesterday when a water main broke next to my MIL’s house where we had Thanksgiving dinner, and we had no water most of the day while city workers were fixing it. Fortunately food was already ready and we had wet wipes and lots of bottled drinks.“

  15. M in NC permalink
    December 1, 2013 7:10 am

    We didn’t have any vegetables from our garden this year, but it was a simple meal for 4 .. roast turkey, cornbread dressing, carrots,greenbeans (PLAIN!), rice and my one extravagance was making a small potato galette. (Definitely no marshmallows!)

    I also thought about you and your family on Thursday morning, when I found a large gurgling water leak in the road one house away uphill. I called the appropriate number and reported it. It took them over 3 hours to fix, but they finished before dark. Hopefully they didn’t have too many other issues and were able to enjoy a family meal and a good nap.

    How do utilities, appliances, cars etc know the most inconvienent time to fail?

  16. Kim permalink
    December 1, 2013 3:43 pm

    Awesome. This is a dream of mine, to have nearly everything on the Thanksgiving table be food that we grew. (I’m trying out raising turkeys come spring).

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