Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thanksgiving Blessings

Thanksgiving was a sweetly blessed time this year.  Dear friends of ours invited us to their home for to celebrate Thanksgiving with them for the first time in their new home.


The table was lovingly set with china passed down from her grandmother's collection.


All the abundance of food for our family included the traditional Thanksgiving favorites.  She made homemade sourdough rolls, and fresh homemade butter too!



A true feast of thanksgiving, with happily stuffed bellies!


But I think the one who enjoyed the meal most was our friends' daughter who upon finishing all the food on her plate, thought she could do better by licking the plate clean.


Is there any better thanks for a Thanksgiving meal than this? {smiles}


After dinner we went outside to stretch our legs and do a little practice shooting at their outdoor shooting range.  All of us got to try our hand at the target practice!  Afterwards we came back inside for hot cocoa or tea around their cozily blazing wood fire, and we enjoyed a lovely evening of good fellowship, and a blessed time together.


Since I cooked the turkey for the meal, after carving it I placed the bones back in my grandmother's roaster, and added a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, and slowly simmered the bones covered in water for about 24 hours on the stove top.


16 cups of rich turkey bone broth ready to go into bottles.


This amazing bone broth is full of flavor, and packed with nutrients.  My family has made bone broth long before it became popular to do so.  I remember my mother using this same roasting pan and cooking the bones in water overnight and then making soup out of the bones.  Amazing isn't it, how family traditions that our family always enjoyed and never even realized the health benefits to it!  Now that it has become quite popular to make bone broth (visit this website here to read more about the benefits of bone broth), I take joy in continuing in the tradition that that our family has been doing for many, many years.


One of our family's favorite meals after Thanksgiving is turkey soup, made with this bone broth.


It is just a simple soup, chock full of potatoes, carrots, corn, and broccoli with just a bit of salt and pepper needed to round out the flavor.  Served up with a platter of my iron skillet biscuits,  the joy of Thanksgiving continues to bless our tummies for another meal or two!


53 comments:

  1. What a beautiful table setting. Licking the plates tells us how yummy the food was, very cute photo. Bone broth is very very good for you. I need to learn how to make that myself one day.

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    1. Bone broth is so full of nutrients and so good for you, easy to do too! Thank you for your visit, always so appreciated!

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  2. Yum! The broth looks just wonderful! And, that little girl! Talk about being good to the last drop! That is just adorable. Thank you for sharing about your wonderful day with us here! Sending you lots of love and hugs, sweet friend. :) God bless you!

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    1. Wasn't that the cutest picture, it was so cute to watch her! It was a wonderful day, hard to believe we are now looking at Christmas! Many hugs to you too dear friend!

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  3. I enjoyed your sharing thoroughly.
    Glad that you had great time with friends in their new Home how lovely to have such precious gathering.
    You captured so nicely the little angle 's innocent move.I agree she displayed beautifully sense of deep gratitude.
    Your food looks amazing. Traditional way of cooking is tribute to our grandmas and moms who taught us this.
    My mom used to have lots of chicken in home back in village so the bone broth were regular part of the meal then but due to stomach disorder I miss it alot now .
    Love and best wishes dear

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Baili, how interesting to hear that in your village they also made bone broth! It is so amazing, and tastes so delicious. It was a very blessed and beautiful day that we had. Appreciate your visit so very much!

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  4. It looks wonderful Marilyn. I'm glad you had such a great Thanksgiving with friends. Love the photo of their daughter licking her plate clean. Have a blessed week ahead.
    Pam

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    1. It was so cute to see her enjoying the meal so much, and we were blessed with such a lovely Thanksgiving. Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  5. How nice that you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends. The food looked so good!!

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    1. Thank you Mary, it was so very blessed and special! Appreciate your visit so much!

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  6. The pictures of the little one licking the plate clean is adorable!

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    1. That was so fun to watch her, I love the innocence of children! Appreciate your visit Wendi :)

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  7. Marilyn, How sweet that you were able to spend Thanksgiving with friends! Their daughter is adorable. :) Your soup looks amazing! I can imagine it tastes just as good. {{hugs}}

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    1. Hugs to you too dear friend, so hard to believe that Thanksgiving is over and now we are anticipating Christmas!

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  8. Hi Marilyn! Sure sounds like a lovely Thanksgiving. It's always fun with children too, such a cute photo of 'licking the plate clean'.
    My daughter and her family just left yesterday after a long weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving with us. It was high-energy that's for sure, with three children under five. We are very blessed.
    Happy Monday!
    Ceil

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    1. It does sound like you had a very busy but wonderful Thanksgiving! Little ones always make the holidays so much fun! Hard to believe we are getting close to Christmas now! Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  9. Your lovely photos are making me hungry. But I am intrigued. What are those blue and red pins on a board? They look like the little cups on which one places the golf ball before hitting it with a stick !!!

    God bless you and your family.

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    1. Those red and blue pins are a little tic-tac-toe kind of game. You can find these little wooden games at many restaurants here in America as a kind of easy passtime while waiting for your food to arrive. The goal is to jump the pins until you hopefully only have 1-2 left. The more you have left, the higher the point you get, and the goal is to get the lowest score. Hope you can understand this description, lol! The little pins do look like golf tees, very true! Here is a link for you to see what they look like a bit closer: http://www.officeplayground.com/peg-game-p1691.html?gclid=Cj0KEQiA4JnCBRDQ5be3nKCPhpwBEiQAjwN1bpuoasBPnG493SPSpeULDrDEXslsZTAA4Q4gnSZXq5kaArLI8P8HAQ Hope this helps! Have a wonderful day!

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    2. Thank you for the explanation. Yes, I know realise I've seen ti-tac-toe games.

      God bless you.

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  10. Haha! I love that plate licking little girl! If that is not the picture of joy at the end of meal, I don't know what is. Your soup looks delicious....nothing better than leftover turkey...anything! :)

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    1. I agree, the leftovers with turkey are the best! I have made two big pots of turkey soup so far, and will probably get one more out of the frozen broth and turkey leftovers one day soon. So awesome, I agree! :)

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  11. Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And that precious little girl enjoying every morsel off her plate! So very cute. We enjoyed ours as well. Very cozy and simple. I just finished off our leftovers, so I guess now I need to cook something for dinner without turkey! Ha!
    Slowly decorating for Christmas and we will be decorating the tree this weekend! Yay!
    I'm going to savor each day this holiday season!

    Hugs, Amy

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    1. I love turkey leftovers, so wonderful for the days after T-giving to not have to cook, just enjoy leftovers! Hard to believe we are now looking at Christmas! Have you gotten any snow yet? We still have no snow on the ground, lol! Enjoy the season dear friend!

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  12. I always make the broth and soup as well. We don't waste that food or flavour either, SUI.

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    1. That's awesome to hear that you make broth too! So wonderful to savor and enjoy every bit of that turkey! Appreciate your visit :)

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  13. A lovely post to read and look at ... just loved the photo 'licking the plate clean' she obviously thoroughly enjoyed the food!

    Bone broth is so good isn't it.

    Enjoy the remainder of November, this year has passed by so quickly - it's hard to believe December will be here very soon!

    All the best Jan

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    1. It was a precious picture of our little friend so enjoying her Thanksgiving meal! And bone broth is just the yummiest ending to it all, love it! It is hard to believe that we are now preparing for Christmas! Hugs to you today :)

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  14. Sounds like a lovely time on Thanksgiving. Not only good food but friendship as well! We make the turkey soup also. Amazing how the old timers taught us to waste nothing! Your photos are wonderful.

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    1. There is so much to learn from the generations before us, I agree! Appreciate your visit Mary :)

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  15. That was so sweet of your friends to invite you to share Thanksgiving with them. Their daughter is sure a cutie! I miss making turkey soup with the leftover bones. I have not cooked a turkey in years since Heather's mom always does that. I did make some homemade chicken noodle soup this week though. ;)

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    1. That was such a cute picture, I think I shall always remember this Thanksgiving with her sweet face symbolizing the joy of it all! Homemade chicken soup is so awesome too! Blessings and hugs to you today :)

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  16. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving comments. Come back any time. What a nice Thanksgiving you had and with leftovers to enjoy, makes it even better.

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    1. So happy to meet you Linda! I will most certainly be back to visit you! Appreciate your visit here so much :)

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  17. Lick that platter clean, girl!

    And yes, yes, to hearty soups made from those ol' bones. Yum.

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    1. Indeed, yum! So good for you too! Hugs to you today Linda :)

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  18. What delightful photos :0) Thank you Marilyn for sharing... :D mari

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    1. Thank you Mari, I appreciate your visit so much :) Hugs to you today!

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  19. Oh I love the fact that you used your Grandmother's roaster. What a blessing to know she cooked a Thanksgiving dinner in the very same pot!

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    1. Yes, it is so wonderful to have things passed on from generation to generation! Appreciate your visit Christine :) Hugs to you today!

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  20. How sweet to spend Thanksgiving with your dear friends, and that little one certainly proves that your meal was delicious.
    I love the idea of your turkey broth and canning it. I never thought to do that, just freeze it.
    I'll have to do that with our Christmas turkey.
    I too have my grandmother's roaster and it's been well seasoned and used. :-)

    So nice to visit with you, sweet lady~~

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    1. I freeze the turkey broth in freezable jars. I use it up so quickly, it doesn't last long in my freezer! It is a great way to make use of such amazing broth. How awesome that you have your grandmother's roaster too! It is a joy to have these treasures from one generation to another! Appreciate your visit so much, hard to believe we are now getting ready for Christmas! Hugs to you dear friend :)

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  21. Looks like a very happy and friendly Thanksgiving.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. It was such a wonderful Thanksgiving, sweet memories! Hugs to you today :)

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  22. Your broth looks wonderful!! And those wee ones licking their plates how funny! Well now Christmas is just around the corner... Enjoy it all my dear friend!
    I love that you always choose JOY
    Blessings, Roxy

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    1. Joy is the best way to live! I try to find joy in everything, and life is better that way :) Hugs to you Roxy, always appreciate your visits! Hard to believe we are now preparing for Christmas!

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  23. Wow, your dinner plate full of Thanksgiving food looks delicious! I love that meal every year and we also do exactly the same for Christmas Day! Can't wait! Sounds like everyone enjoyed the day! Especially the little girl! LOL! Thinking of you and hope you are having a nice weekend. It's chilly here!
    xo
    Linda

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    1. It was such a blessed and special Thanksgiving, and I will always cherish the memory of our little friend's face! Hard to believe we are preparing for Christmas now, oh my! Hugs to you today :)

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  24. Every time I visit your lovely blog, Marilyn, I am always licking my lips at the delicious food you always showcase. Your thanksgiving meal looks so very yummy! Gorgeous photo of the little girl licking the plate clean. I think I would have too!

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    1. It was a memory I'll always remember this Thanksgiving by with our little friend's face! A keeper for sure :) Hugs to you Kim, appreciate your visits so very much :) Hard to believe we are in the Christmas season now!

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  25. I am a life long vegetarian so can't relate to that but I do have a vase that belonged to my grandmother and I do use it regularly. In the winter I put fake flowers in it and I know how these items are a wonderful reminder of just how special they were. I hope your Christmas preparations are coming along nicely....

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    1. How wonderful it is to have things passed on from generation to generation! And yes, it is hard to believe we are now in the Christmas season! Hugs to you today dear friend :)

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