Category Archives: Thanksgiving
“Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for — annually, not oftener — if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man’s side, consequently on the Lord’s side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments.”
Tomorrow, A Vintage Postcard
How did people light their homes before electricity? Below is one example. It is called a “Little Buttercup Lamp” that belonged to my great-great-grandmother. It dates to the 19th century. The lamp was filled with kerosene and carried around the house. The light was increased or decreased by raising or lowering the wick. Since it is in excellent condition and still has the glass intact, it’s worth somewhere around $50 – $100. Of course, none of our pack-rat treasures are for sale. Rita
This is one variation of a southern favorite.
3 eggs, beaten
¼ cup melted butter
1 cup corn syrup
½ cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 cup pecans
2 tsps flour
Line commercial unbaked piecrust with pecans. Beats eggs well and add butter. Mix in other ingredients. Pour into shells. Bake at 425º for 10 minutes, then 350º for 40 minutes.
The tool on the right I’m not exactly sure about. We have an antique post hole digger, but this is different. It is MUCH heavier and has two handles and is well over five feet tall. I think it was used for digging wells. It’s one of the tools my father brought back from North Carolina that belonged to his ancestors. Daddy was a dowser or diviner. He could walk around holding in his hands two pieces of metal that joined into one and find water underground. When he walked over water the rods would start to vibrate and then point down to the ground. He would do it for friends but that was all. I saw him do it but I don’t think it’s paranormal or anything, but it always worked. Don’t know where the divining rod is now. Probably lost when we cleaned out TWO huge tool sheds after he died. If you know what it is, please comment and let me know what it is.
This is from a very old recipe. There are not a lot of directions, but it makes an easy meal in a pot.
1/2 cup each of diced onions, carrots, celery, and turnip
4 potatoes quartered
Add to 1/8 lb salt pork
2 pounds venison, lamb or beef cut in small pieces and cooked 1 hour in 1 pint of water with 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ tsp. Pepper
Cook all together for one hour Dumplings can be added. Canned biscuits can make a nice dumpling or try this: in a large mixing bowl beat together one egg and ¼ milk. Add 1 ¼ C flour, 1 tsp salt and 1 ½ tsp baking powder and mix all together. Cut 2 Tbl butter into the flour mixture until crumbly. Divide into 6 large spoonfuls and drop into stew. Cover and cook ten minutes.