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We Gather Together

Thanksgiving in the U.S. became a national holiday in 1863.
In that year, during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln made his
Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. He asked his
fellow citizens to “to set apart and observe the last
Thursday of November next as a day of
thanksgiving and praise . . . .”

It was not until 1941 that Congress designated
fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day,
thus creating a federal holiday. However official, the
idea of a special day for giving thanks was not born
of presidential proclamations. Native American harvest
festivals had been celebrated for centuries, and services
dated back to colonial times.

Calendars Today by Lois

I have been trying to read the script cut in these hills,
a language carved in the shimmer of stubble
and the solid lines of soil, spoken in the thud of apples
falling and the rasp of corn stalks finally bare. The
pheasants shout it with a rusty creak as they gather
in the fallen grain. The blackbirds sing it over their
shoulders in parting, and gold leaf illuminates the
manuscript where it is written in the trees.
Transcribed into my human tongue I believe it
might sound like a lullaby, or the simplest grace
at the table. Across the gathering stillness simply
this: "For all that we have received, dear
God, we are truly grateful.
~ Lynn Unger

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From the Farmer's Almanac

Large whole pecans make a prettier pie, but they’re difficult to cut through when slicing. For a pie that’s easier to slice, use chopped pecans, and save whole nuts for decoration.

Pie Filling
  • 3 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup light-brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon Kahlúa or rum (optional)
  • 2 cups chopped or whole pecans
  • Whipped cream or ice cream
  • Single-Crust Pastry Dough

Preheat oven to 375°F. On a lightly floured work surface, roll Single-Crust Pastry Dough out from the center to an 11-inch circle, turning dough occasionally to avoid sticking. Transfer into a 9-inch glass pie plate.

Crimp edges; then put pie shell into the freezer while you prepare the filling.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and brown sugar. Slowly add corn syrup, vanilla extract, and salt, blending until smooth. Whisk in melted butter and Kahlúa or rum (if you like). Stir in pecans.

Remove pie shell from freezer; pour pecan mixture into shell. Bake until edges are firm and pie stops jiggling in the center, about 40 minutes. (Shield crust edges after 15 minutes to prevent overbrowning.)

Cool. Serve at room temperature with freshly whipped cream or ice cream.

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Remember our men and women and include them in
your Thanksgiving prayers ....

As we look ahead to the Christmas season and the meaning for the
season, let us never forget our Thanksgiving and practice it
every day. I wish all of you a very nice Thanksgiving day. My husband
and I will be spending ours here at our home and there will be
12 gathered around our table this year. Our traditional
meal consists of:
Mashed Potatoes and gravy
Mixed vegetables
Sweet potatoes
Deviled eggs
Dinner rolls
Relish and cheese tray
Fruit tray
Pecan and pumpkin pie
Homemade butter cookies decorated for Thanksgiving
Pumpkin Roll
and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ice tea, wine, coffee, soda, or water

I don't think anyone will be going
home hungry to say the least. How
blessed we are to have such a fine meal!

Please be reminded there will be no Daily Dose
tomorrow or Friday, Nov 24th and 25th.
I will be back on Monday to bid the last week
of November good-bye and welcome in the
final month of 2011, December. I have lots of things
saved for Christmas to share with all of you.
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.


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