Friday, November 28, 2008

A Thanksgiving Dinner That Couldn't Be Beat

Prarie Creek

Thanksgiving Day was as beautiful and perfect a day as you can have in Arkansas in November. The temperature was almost 70 degrees with clear skies. I started the day by listening to Alice's Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie. Listening to Alice's Restaurant is a Thanksgiving tradition for me. If you have ever heard the song, you know that Arlo's troubles began on Thanksgiving. You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant.

After everyone got up and had breakfast, Autumn wanted to go outside and play. I took her and her dog Sally down to the creek behind the house. Autumn had a great time throwing rocks into the creek, and Sally spent her time splashing through the creek until she found a swimming hole. She spent a half hour or more just swimming, then getting out and shaking on Autumn and I, and then swimming again.

Down By The Creek

Sally Swims

The day was spent cooking and cleaning up the kitchen. Our kitchen is small, so we have to keep things washed so there is room to cook. It is agreed that I should not do any cooking, so I try to keep the dishes washed as the cooking progresses. There were pies being baked, and a turkey in the oven. On Thanksgiving Day, Gina is thankful for our double ovens. There was stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, Gina's awesome homemade cranberry sauce, and Christmas jello salad. Cynda loves the Christmas salad so much, that it has become a Thanksgiving tradition also.

While we were waiting for the turkey to finish, The girls wanted to play outside. Cynda raked leaves into a pile so they could jump in them. Everyone had so much fun raking and jumping.

Autumn Leaves 1

Autumn Leaves 3

Autumn Leaves 3

Rebekah liked being outside, but she didn't understand jumping in the leaves. she was content play with the rake, or just watch. "Why would you want to jump in a pile of leaves"

Rebekah Smiles

It was great to have everyone here for Thanksgiving. My folks came over and enjoyed visiting with the kids. Daddy brought his 1950 Ford, and we took it for a drive. Rebekah liked pretending that she was driving.

Rebekah Drives

When the turkey was done, we all sat down to a marvelous meal. The table was decorated with pilgrims that Autumn had made out of toilet paper rolls. We decided that one of the things we were thankful for was toilet paper. At each place setting there were five kernels of corn. Each person took the kernels in their hand, and with each kernel told of something they were thankful for. Thanks Pastor Dan for the idea. I'm sure it will become a Thanksgiving tradition for us.

There were so many leftovers that I know we will have another Thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat. I'm looking forward to it.

Grant Family Thanksgiving


  1. Those little grand girls of your are so precious.
    Happy belated Thanksgiving. I can tell your day was filled with wonderful new memories to cherish.

  2. What a marvelous day; thanks for sharing your new memories. The children are beautiful. We had a lovely day here, too, with 15 immediate family members gathered at my son's home. I have many, many things for which to be thankful.

  3. Looks like you had a great thanksgiving,with your family around you,lovely.Beautiful photos of the children and the dog.Is it a Labrador retriever?
    Have a nice day!

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving! Love the picture you shared. Pretty country you live in, looks a lot like PA where I am from. I love the idea of the corn kernels in the hand and saying the thankful list. I might have to borrow that one for next year, if that is okay with you. I am going to go read more on your blog. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the beautiful scenery for me I miss the fall colors. Hugs, Bobbi Jo-AZ

  5. Thank's for the nice comments at my blog:) It's always a pleasure to read them:)

    What a lovely family you have. Wonderful photos of your cute and beautiful grandchildren:) Your lovely dog looks like he had a nice time in the water;)
    Thanks Giving must be a lovely tradition. We dont have that here in Norway. Maby we should;)
    We have much to thank for.

    Nice to hear that you had a wonderful Tanks Giving:)

    Have a nice weekend:)

    Cheers, Pernille:)

  6. Happy belated Thanksgiving. What a wonderful time you had with your girl outside. Love your family picture. The little girls are treasures.
    I love all the pics, especially Autumn in the leaves.
    Thanks for your prayers and wishes. The city should recover from the shock and get busy by Monday. Have a great weekend.

  7. I love your photos. You have a good eye! And I enjoy reading your blog. Very well written!

    May you and your Family enjoy the Blessings of the Season!