Monday, November 8, 2010

Scent of Thanksgiving


by Kelly Flynn from Maggie Sefton's SKEIN OF THE CRIME



Thanksgiving is almost here. Yay! I love Thanksgiving. I love the smells, I love the food, and most of all---I love getting together with friends. It reminds me of when my dad and I used to travel back here to Colorado to spend Thanksgiving vacation with his sister, my Aunt Helen and Uncle Jim. They're all gone now, and sometimes I get a little sad when I remember all those wonderful Thanksgiving dinners around Helen & Jim's table here in Fort Connor.



Maybe that's why I like it here at the Lambspun knitting shop. The shop owner, Mimi, bought Helen's & Jim's farmhouse years ago and turned it into a wonderland of fiber. She didn't change the building, though, so whenever I come inside, it's like I'm back in that wonderful old Spanish Colonial beige stucco, red tile roofed farmhouse. Except now, it's filled with color.




Anyway. . .this Thanksgiving will be a little different. Most of us will gather at Curt Stackhouse's ranch house for Thanksgiving dinner. Not all of us, however. Megan and Marty will be having dinner at Marty's parents' house. And my "former" boyfriend, Steve won't be there, either. He'll be with his family, too. But the rest of the gang and I will show up at Curt's and bring our appetites.




But we won't be free-loading. We'll each be contributing to Thanksgiving dinner. Jayleen will bring her famous Texas Chili, and everyone has begged me to bring Aunt Helen's Gingersnap Cookies. It's the only thing I know how to cook. . .uh, bake. Normally I don't cook. Period. If I can't nuke it, it's not happening. So----Aunt Helen's yummy gingersnap cookies are the only things I've EVER learned how to make. I guess the gang appreciates them, because they disappear fast.


Which reminds me, I'd better take that recipe with me to the grocery store now while I'm out running errands. Better buy the ingredients before I forget. Now. . .where did I put that recipe? I could have sworn I put it on my desk beside the laptop. Where is. . .



Wait a minute! Hey! Is that Helen's recipe? What are you doing with it?


Uhhhhhh. . .who me?


Yes, you! Give me that recipe. I need to go to the store. (Walks over and snatches recipe from "her" hands).


I was only reading it.


Well, you can read it later. Honestly, you get into everything! (Slams door on way out of the cottage).


Well, darn. I guess I'll just have to wait till Kelly returns so I can copy that recipe and post it on the Cozy Chicks Blog tomorrow, Tuesday. It's really MY gingersnap cookie recipe but don't let on to Kelly. She thinks Aunt Helen came up with it first. Shhhhhhhhh.

20 comments:

  1. Mmm! Gingersnap cookies. :) Can't wait to hear the recipe--whoever's it might be!

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  2. Yum. I guess we'd all better head over to the Cozy Chicks Blog tomorrow for Ma--, I mean Aunt Helen's recipe.

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  3. Oh snap gotta wait till tomorrow :). I will be sure to stop but and check out Aunt Helen's recipe.

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  4. Can't wait to see the recipe. I'll meet you at the Cozy CHicks tomorrow.

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  5. Kelly, you had me at gingersnap cookies!! I send cookies to the troops overseas and I'd love to have it.

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  6. Kelly,

    When I first left home I felt the same way about cooking (mostly because my mom and the rest of the family were such good cooks). But after the cooking contest (Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry) that my mom dragged me into, I find I kind of like being able to make good food.

    Skye

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  7. You'll love them, Elizabeth. You gotta try them.

    Thanks for telling me, Janet. I KNEW "she" was up to something. Snoopy, snoopy.

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  8. Babs & Dru----What nerve! Aunt Helen was MY aunt, not hers. She didn't ask MY permission to use that recipe. She is SO annoying.

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  9. Mary, I can promise you Aunt Helen would be delighted that you are sending her recipe to all our troops overseas.

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  10. What was that, Skye? Did you say Chocolate Covered Cherries? Where? Whoa. . .don't even THINK about Murdering a Chocolate Covered Cherry! Chocolate is a serious subject with us. The Gang, I mean. We take chocolate verrrrrrry seriously. Uhhhhhh. . .what are you doing for Thanksgiving?

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  11. Kelly, I suggest you just make Maggie a copy.

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  12. MMMmmm!!! I love gingersnaps, but I haven't made them in forever. Can't wait to read the recipe tomorrow.

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  13. Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. I get to do one of the things I love most. Cook for others. Let's see, there's the turkey, home made gravy, mac n cheese, glazed carrots, candied sweet potatoes, rice dressing, cornbread dressing, creamed potates, greenbeans, cranberry sauce, pecan pie, sweetpotato pie and warm rolls from the oven. I think that just about wraps it up. Everyone has there favorite. Me? I love it all! LOL Well hope you're all having a great evening. Here's a thought for those of you who have a relative that makes a favorite dish. Get your relative to write down the recipe and share it with others in the family. Many a recipe have gone to that big kitchen in the sky with cherished loved ones. It took me years to figure out one of my grandmothers cake recipes. And some of our older generation don't measure when they cook so it's up to us to watch and record the recipes. Well I've gone on long enough. Have a wonderful holiday ya'll.

    Brenda
    NOLA

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  14. I loved gingersnaps when I was very small, but nowadays I'm not drawn to them at all. Maybe if I got "Aunt Helen's" recipe and made a batch I would change my mind! :D

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  15. So cool to have a potluck sort of Thanksgiving. My favorite kind. Enjoy!

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  16. Shel----Yeah, I know. I made her a copy after the trip to the supermarket. That way she'll stop going thru stuff on my desk. She's got some nerve.

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  18. Merry Lu---I think you'll really like Aunt Helen's recipe. They're yummy.

    Brenda NOLA---Thanks for those lovely Thanksgiving memories & the suggestion.

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  19. Donna---These gingersnaps have lemon rind in them & dark brown sugar. I just LOVE brown sugar!

    Hey, Vickie---You might like these enough to make them for your own Turkey Day celebration.

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  20. Kelly, What would you do if Steve showed up for Thanksgiving dinner at Curt's. I so wish you two would get back together. After all, the holidays bring people close together. Think about it.

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