Posts Tagged ‘family traditions’

NOOOOOOOOOOO!

August 28, 2011

Tomorrow is the first day of our ELEVENTH year of homeschooling.  We ALWAYS start off the year with a trip to Krispy Kreme doughnuts… but not this year.  I just found out that the one near our house closed down.  In fact all of the Arizona KK’s closed except for the one in Mesa.  That a 56 minute drive (according to mapquest) for 1st Day of School Doughnuts.  But it IS a tradition.  Hmmmm.  Maybe it’s time for a new tradition.

And yes, it’s because tomorrow is the first day of school that I have been a lacking blogger.  Sorry, folks.  The other day I was sitting in my green birthday chair in my room with my feet up on the stool…. and I realized that I need to make time every day for the things I truly enjoy….. right after the things that I truly need to do (specifically, Bible reading, prayer, exercise and eating right.)  This got my mind a-wandering to those things I truly love…. water-color painting… writing… scrapbooking…. gardening….. reading.  Starting tomorrow (since we are starting other important things tomorrow), I plan to add 30 minutes for ME!  We’ll see how this goes.

Did anyone else notice the creepy little girl in the Krispy Kreme advertisement?  I don’t know if this is good advertising on their part.  She looks like she’s eaten 27 KK sugar bombs already and is tempted to bite the nicely manicured hand in the photo.  One of those things in life that I find strange.

Happy New School Year to all those moms and kids out there.  Do your best… teaching and learning!  This is the most important job on earth!

Thanksgiving Traditions

November 27, 2008

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Happy Thanksgiving Day to all you fine readers!  I pray you are thankful and full. 

I found these pictures from Thanksgiving 2006, but they are exactly what we are also partaking of today… in 2008.  In fact, as far back as I can remember… and that’s about 38 or 39 years…. we’ve relished the first three: Stove Top Stuffing, Mom’s Pumpkin Pie and Turkey.  The homemade buns were added to the spread circa 1993.

Now I’ve had gourmet stuffing with wild rice and bits of apple, celery and wild mushrooms.   I’ve had cornbread stuffing with almonds and cinnamon.  But none illicit memories of “home” like, as we affectionately call mom’s stuffing, Stove Top Trailer Trash Stuffing.  It’s predictable.  It’s constant.  It’s yummy… and it sings “Welcome home” to me every Thanksgiving Day.

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Mom’s homemade pumpkin pie is also the bomb.  We have tried deviations through the years with pumpkin cream cheese rolls and pumpkin cheesecake.  But are they on the menu the following year?  Nada.  It’s the old, familiar pie that returns and is welcomed with glee and with Cool Whip.

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Nothing smells as good as a home where the turkey is roasting in the oven.  And when that little red dealie pops out, sweet mercy, IT’S TIME!  I’ve read suggestions and ideas and recipes to improve Thanksgiving Day turkeys, but like the pumpkin pie and Stove Top, we keep going back to the ol’ turkey in a pan.  My favorite sure-fire turkey cooking idea was the popcorn stuffing.  It’s the easiest recipe to tell when the bird is done because when the popcorn blows open the door of the oven … it’s ready. (Don’t try this at home.)

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Here we have the newest addition to the Nikander Thanksgiving menu… Coral’s Buns… which have been renamed and are now known as Linda’s Buns.  I learned to make these from two dear friends in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Coral and Marilyn.  The buns are sweet and soft and melt in your mouth and sop up gravy like nobodies business.  I made them yesterday and my brother happened to stop by as they were in the oven and the aroma assaulted him at the door.  About five minutes after he went home, the phone rang.  He said, “Julie made her homemade soup and we were wondering if you wanted to come for dinner and bring your buns.”  How can you refuse an offer like that?

Keep the family Thanksgiving traditions strong in your home and may God bless us each and every one.