Homegrown Thanksgiving

I always do my deserts the night before Thanksgiving, so I don’t have as much to do on the big day.

Blackberry Jam Swirl Cheesecake

Pumpkin Pie

I was thinking about how much of our ingredients we grew this year.

The pumpkin for pie, blackberries for cheesecake, green beans, potatoes for mashed potatoes, the chard for wilted greens, the corn for corn salad, all the onion, green pepper, and herbs that will be used.

We didn’t grow the brussel sprouts, yams, flour and yeast ( although I could have used my starter but don’t plan to) or any of the meat, eggs or milk.

My food bill for this Thanksgiving was still out of this world, counting all drinks and the few above items.

Next year I need to try and grow the brussel sprouts and yams. I also might look into some chickens for eggs. I don’t wish to be tied to a milk cow however..lol.

A homegrown Thanksgiving takes a lot more than one can imagine offhand. I appreciate the pilgrims a lot more…


4 thoughts on “Homegrown Thanksgiving

  1. Sounds like you did an admirable job of utilizing as much as you could from your bountiful garden! Congratulations! I do remember my mother having to cut fresh bread to make cubes for the stuffing. Then they were dried overnight in the laundry room. One year I think she made home made bread so it would be a more like a country loaf bread. Then Pepperidge Farms introduced the package, and I did use that for years and years. Amazing how we get accustomed to being able to buy things. My grandparents did a lot of canning over the years, and there’s such a resurgence of it. Not me, though. I only have so much freezer space and don’t really plan to learn canning methods. So go to it!!!

  2. I admire you for trying to use as much home grown products as possible. Have you read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver? Great book. Your pumpkin pie and cheesecake look delicious!

  3. Thanks guys, I sometimes want to make things harder than they are..lol

    By next Thanksgiving, while I love to imagine I can do all this, I might only feel like buying frozen Swanson turkey dinners..lol

    Oh my whims..

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