Thanksgiving, Family Memories & a Holiday Giveaway!
One last ode to the harvest season before one more holiday of the year is quietly ushered onward.Another metamorphisis has occurred here at our farmhouse, the jack-o-lanterns have been put to rest in the barn for another year, and the pilgrims have been put out upon the shelves. Psst...you can now click on my photos to enlarge them if you like...
We have a standard menu prepared homemade each year, I like to try at least one new recipe to add to our traditional fare each year so I will be searching some cooking blogs to find the perfect one to try this year.
My favorite holiday item would probably have to be our sweet potatoes praline, a recipe added to my holiday menu years ago. One passed on to me by my sweet SIL's mother, someone dear to my family. She has been so good to us....Aunt Me-Me, but she and Uncle Sam are really another set of grandparents to my children. A name given to her by my oldest daughter when just a little tot because she couldn't properly pronounce her real name. So they are known to us as Me-Me's Sweet Po-tater Pralines....(You have to say it with a Texas accent too, since our Me-Me is from Texas all the way)......mmmm....like a dessert for a side dish. Speaking of my favorite dessert.....Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving for sure!
I have so many wonderful memories of the holidays as a child too. The bowl of mixed nuts my Na-Na used to put out that my brothers and I would sit and crack the shells so much that our finger tips would be stained from the wallnuts with a tinge of pink because they were so sore. The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade would always be on the Television while the meal was being cooked, and the ever so popular kids table. I don't think that I got to sit with the adults til I was married! But what a glorious day when you were asked to sit amongst the adults! Later, I was a cheerleader when I was a teenager and there was always the Thanksgiving Game, we froze our tails off! These days I cook for my inlaws, my husband and children all join in the preparations.
All the preparation and love that goes into the holiday, the childrens faces and the simplicity of graciously enjoying one anothers company and good food.....
I have been making preparations for the Christmas Season here at the farmhouse, in addition to painting many, many signs, making gifts and crafts but I like to take things slowly season by season. I will be doing a Christmas post after Thanksgiving has been given its appropriate recognition. You can however, do some Holiday Shopping in the Mercantile (link top left hand column). Be sure to head on over the and check it out!
And now for the last giveaway of the year......Mrs. Claus Corner Cafe sign for the holiday season.......
Mrs. Claus Cafe....a distressed and glittered with diamond dust sign accent for your holiday home. What would I like in return you say? Nothing, the only requirement is that you are a follower of Farmhouse Country Style blog....If you would like to put it on your blog as well please feel free to link to this post, but it is one entry per follower who leaves a comment below.
A bonus to any customer of Farmhouse Mercantile, my sale blog, is that if you have purchased a sign from me in the past year, then your name has automatically been entered twice into this drawing! So be sure to leave me a comment below if you are interested in this cutie pie sign! I hope that you like it too! The giveaway will close at Midnight, Dec. 1st...be announced on the 2nd after 5pm....and shipped out by the following Saturday. Good luck!
I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and eat lots of wondeful foods that fill your tummies with love and gratitude!