Creating Thanksgiving Traditions, Decorating Tips For That Special Table and Some Yummy Fixins!


| 11/30/2012 1:57:13 PM


Tags: Thanksgiving Traditions, Decorating, table arrangements, recipes, dressing recipe, cranberry salad recipe, Jean Smith from The Garden Gate Farm,

Fall gardens
Fall fields behind asparagus in one of our gardens. 

Jean SmithAutumn is my husband Neil’s favorite time of year… he is an October baby.  The leaves changing into their majestic colors of rust, scarlet and turmeric… that lovely crunching sound they make under foot… the smell of the wood stove burning… home made chicken noodle soup slowly cooking and filling the house with all those wonderful scents of the harvest we have reaped from the summer’s bounty. I love the honking that all of a sudden appears above us as the Canada honkers head south to warmer days.  I love the feel of crisp air as it surrounds my face as I take my morning jaunt to the chicken coop… What it boils down to is I just really love my life on our farm. I love the freedom it has given us to be able to raise our own food…to watch our children play pond hockey on the neighbors pond…to hear their laughter ring through the barn as they play cowboys and Indians… to see the night sky lit up… to hear the crickets chirp and the Spring peepers come to life. Although I am all about summer, (I’m an August baby) I love this time of year as well.  

~Family Traditions… 

Neil and I both brought ‘traditions’ from our homes and now we are enjoying creating new ones with our family. When the word Thanksgiving starts ringing around our home, it seems to evoke this happy, warm, fuzzy kinda feeling… ya know?  I am originally from Canada but have made Michigan my home for the last twenty one years with my husband and our six children. I have many happy memories from back home in Ontario and we did many of the same things we do here in America… although there is something different… something more traditional…  it’s one of those things that you can’t describe.  Anyway, we now have several traditions that we do as a family that I thought would be fun to share here with all of you.

*A few years back Neil got the notion that we should make Cabbage Rolls.  Not just a pan for the feast, but several pans to put in the freezer for several feasts. After all we grow cabbages… lots of cabbages, so why not do something fun that will last awhile! So now we make several pans of cabbage rolls to put in the freezer…and a few to give as gifts~ share the bounty!  See below for my recipe!

*Our family loves to play games. Especially word games like Scrabble, Boggle and Up Words. Battleship, Othello, Checkers and Chess are all fun games as well.  Games allow a family to sit around the table and talk to one another.  After all the big dinner clean up is over, some of the men go hunting while others stay and visit. Usually we ladies and children get out the games. If you have several guests, assign teams; you can have several games going on and then a championship game with the final two or four! Write the names of the games on strips of paper, fold and place in a bowl.  Then let someone choose a game name and that is the game that will be played last to determine the champion.  As they say, a family that plays together stays together. 




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