Susan Spess Shay

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Breaking Fall

Know what’s going on in C-Town?

FALL BREAK!!! (Kids and teachers are thrilled.) When I was a kid, we got out for State Teachers’ Meetings, but it was really fall break. Now they don’t even pretend. It’s just time to get away. 🙂

Who cares which it is?

I love fall, don’t you?

Last year at this time, I left town. Grist MillRecognize that? I’ll give you another hint–

The wheel that turns the millGive up? It’s Wareagle! The coolest arts and crafts festival (biggest I know of) anywhere.

I love going. I love shopping. I love seeing what’s hot in the A & C world.

made from orange horseshoes. Now I just need to find an orange horse.

Wareagle is where I found Matilda.

Matilda

She still has the same sweet personality as the day I found her. (Her cat doesn’t make a mess, either.) 🙂

But Wareagle isn’t the only reason I love autumn. I love the cooler temperatures. And pumpkins.

frost on the pumpkin

And gorgeous leavesLove the colorAnd Thanksgiving and family and caramel corn and apples. Lots and lots of apples.

Is Autumn your favorite season, too? What’s the best part for you?

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Thanksgiving Smiles

Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Were you grateful yesterday? I was so thankful, I nearly exploded to prove it!

Oh, my stars. The food the Shay/Spess family can cook! YUM. And it’s not just the women who have talent in the kitchen. Our guys are super handy at the stove/oven/sterno/campfire, whatever!

I remembered this morning that we forgot to sing our Thanksgiving songs. G-Man’s answer? “I don’t know any.”

My answer? “Pfffft. You do, too. What about, Over the River and Through the Woods? What about, We Gather Together to Ask the Lord’s Blessing? What about, A Turkey Sat on a Backyard Fence?

He tuned up, and we sang our way through the rest of breakfast.

Not! (LOL.)

Smile 1:

So, Thanksgiving memories? My favorites are the ones when Mom and the Grands were alive. Those ladies could cook! They were so good, they put Rachel Ray and Paula Deen in the shade. Grandmother made a Pineapple Chiffon pie that made your tongue lap your brains out. (I thought I’d posted that recipe. Sorry.) Grandma made hot rolls to die for. Here’s her recipe.

Everything Mama made was delicious! (And I have the ongoing weight problem to prove it.) Many years on Turkey Day, all Mama’s side of the family would come for dinner. She had six brothers and sisters and they all had at least one or two kids, so it made for a full house!

Sometimes Grandmother would have the Spess side at her house while Mama had the Reeves side, and since they lived next door to each other, that made for a huge crew! We had a ton of fun with all those cousins coming and going.

I know churches that don’t have as many members as I have close family. By close family I mean brothers, sisters, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins. What a crew.

One memorable Thanksgiving, a cousin’s son even tried to walk on Mom’s pool cover. (That kid still can’t walk on water. LOL!)

Smile 2:

I don’t know about Mr. T here, but I was certainly stuffed yesterday afternoon.

So you won’t be disappointed, I’ll share Grandmother’s Pineapple Chiffon Pie recipe here:

1 1/2 C milk

2 T flour

3/4 C drained crushed pineapple

3/4 C sugar

2 eggs, separated.

Put milk on to heat. Mix sugar and flour. To the hot milk, stir in sugar mixture. Stir in beaten egg yolks. Boil until real thick (7-8 minutes.)

Remove from heat and add drained pineapple. Fold in beaten egg whites. Pour into baked pie crust.

Refrigerate until cool. Before serving, top with HOMEMADE whipped cream. (Not Cool Whip.) (I added that last part, but it makes a big difference.)

If you make this pie, let me know how it turns out. It was always one of my favorites. 🙂

frost on the pumpkin


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You Autumn know, I LOVE FALL!

I love fall! I really do.

 Is there a season that’s any nicer?

Fall colors, fall clothes, fall leaves. No, not fallen leaves. AUTUMN leaves.

When we had the dress shop, going to market for the fall season each year was my absolute favorite buying trip. Wearing those clothes a few months later was great, too. (Sweaters and jackets hide cover a multitude of sins.)

I like to take long drives (or even whole vacations) just to look at the beauty God has put on display for us.

The colors, holidays (who doesn’t love Halloween and Thanksgiving?) yummy food–I love soups, stews and chili!– pumpkins, cooler temperatures. What’s not to love?

  And I love fall because some of my favorite people were born in the fall. 🙂

 Matt and me when he was two.

Matt at his favorite passtime.

 Pops

Jeffrey with his son.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that fall weather will hurry up and get here!


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‘Sgiving Twice

I think I mentioned we were doing the turkey thing on Thursday AND Friday. We did. And we did our best to get rid of all the food before it could turn into leftovers. 😉

Why is it everything tastes better on Thanksgiving?

Anyway, we went to Dad’s on Thursday, where we ate in the garage. We really aren’t that bad (most of us are very nearly house broken) but we usually eat out there when we’re at his house. The fact that there was thirty or forty of us and his kitchen area is fairly small and the dining area even smaller might have something to do with it.

We visited with relatives, in-laws and outlaws and people we only see every year or so on Thanksgiving. Talk about a great time! The kids were a delight. The adults fun and entertaining.

About the time we finished eating, Sister Cindy and her husband came. (Sister Cin had to work, but she made it to the garage as soon as possible.)  😉

Someone told a joke on Thanksgiving.

A waitress walked up to a man in a restaurant. He looked at her name tag and grinned. “Debbie, huh? Cute,” he said. “What’s the other one’s name?”

That’s the punch line. The end of the joke. My sweet nephew, a senior in high school answered, “Susan.”

I’m still trying to figure out why anyone would name their shoulders.

Late in the day, our niece and her husband came and brought their two. None of us can stay away from the sweet babies.

Isn’t she adorable?

They didn’t stay nearly long enough, but at least we got to spend a little time with them.

Only one of my kiddos and his wife were able to make it for garage dining, so the next day, I got up and started baking and cooking for the other two boys and their women.

 

Grandma Reeves Blue Ribbon Hot Rolls.

Sadly, these wouldn’t have won a ribbon. Even when they were straight out of the oven, when I tested one to see if it would poison us (it didn’t) it didn’t taste the same as Grandma’s did back in the day.

I’m not sure if it’s the yeast (Grandma used cake) or the locality (Grandma lived at Park Hill, near Tahlequah) or maybe the hands (Grandma made them for every get together) but they just weren’t quite right. Definitely, they needed more salt.

I wonder where I can buy cake yeast?

This is my dining room table. It’s not in the garage because our garage is full of cars and tools and silly stuff like that. It looks kind of empty in this picture, but when the food was ready, it got full really fast.

 I have a few turkeys that I set around at Thanksgiving to remind me of Mama. No, she wasn’t a turkey. (You really didn’t think that, did you?) She had a bunch of turkeys she set around to celebrate the season.

In the picture above, I tried to make mine look like a real flock of goblers, but the best I could do was a drill team.

I consider this one the mama turkey because she’s the biggest. And white. But I think it’s really a tom.

We had a great time

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both days. And in case you’re wondering, Dad has the CLEANEST garage I’ve seen since we ate one year in Brother Jeffrey’s garage.

Garage dining–a Spess Family tradition. 🙂

Hope your Thanksgiving was as much fun as ours!

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 1 Thess. 3:12


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Four F’s for a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

It’s Thanksgiving Day (if I set this blog to publish at the right time.) BRING ON THE TURKEY!

Just about everyone loves Thanksgiving, don’t they? All you need for a perfect day are four F’s:

Food, Family, Friends and Fun!

Of course, it’s much more fun if everybody pitches in to help cook and clean up, but you can’t always get what you want.

 I’m not positive everyone will be able to be with their friends and family, but I’m posting these cartoons, hoping to add to your fun.

LOL! I love Snoopy. He says so much without ever speaking at all. (See the bubbles coming from Snoopy? That’s proof he’s not talking.)

This is from my walking buddy, Carollea–

A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York the day before Thanksgiving and says,” I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.

“Pop, what are you talking about?” the son screams. “We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer,” the father says. “We’re sick of each other, and I’m sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her.”

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. “Like heck they’re getting divorced,” she shouts, “I’ll take care of this,” She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at her father, “You are NOT getting divorced. Don’t do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back, and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?” and hangs up.

The old man hangs up the phone and turns to his wife. “Okay,” he says,”they’re coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way.”

 

Okay, maybe that last one is a little dark. But some people like dark meat. Right?

Which ever you like best, dark meat or white, I hope you and yours have a beautiful, bountiful, boisterous Thanksgiving!


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Ready for Thanksgiving?

Pecan Pie

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I’m not ready. I rarely am, but I get there even if it means staying up all night to do so. *wink*

We’re having two Thanksgivings this year. (And I wonder why I can’t lose weight. LOL) One at my dad’s and one here at home.

I’m fixing the main stuff for here at home–turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and ham.

To dad’s, I’m taking Green Rice, cupcakes from the Tuela’s Applecake recipe , and Nina Gay’s Pecan Pie.

Nina Gay was one of Mom’s best friends. Her pecan pie recipe is in the FC3’s cookbook I mentioned yesterday. Mom has one in it, too, but she confided in me once that she liked Nina Gay’s better. Maybe it’s because Nina Gay doesn’t put syrup in her pie, so the flavor is just a little different.

Anyway, I’m taking Mama’s recommendation. 🙂

♣ Nina Gay Ferguson’s Pecan Pie ♣

1 C. brown sugar (packed)
1/2 C sugar
1 T flour
2 eggs
2 T. milk
1 t. vanilla
1/2 C. butter melted
1 C. chopped pecans
unbaked pie shell

Mix first 3 ingredients. Beat in eggs, milk, vanilla, and butter. Stir in nuts and pour into shell. Bake in moderate oven (375 degrees) for 45 minutes. Cool.

In case you really like that flavor that syrup in a pie gives, I’ll share Mama’s pecan pie recipe, too.

♥♥♥ Mary Sue Spess’s Best Pecan Pie ♥♥♥

1/2 C melted butter or margarine
1 C sugar
1 C light corn syrup
4 eggs, beaten
1 t. vanilla extract
1/4 t. salt
1 C chopped pecans
1 9″ pastry shell

Combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool. Add eggs, vanilla and salt; blend well. Pour filling into pastry shell, and top with pecans. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 to 55 mins.

I’d love to make Grandma’s Blue Ribbon Hot Rolls. We’ll see if I have the time and energy. 😉

 


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Top Turkeyday Treats

There’s one in every family. You know the one I mean. The dish that has to be on every holiday table. It’s so good, there’s rarely any left at the end of the day, no matter how much you make.

When my kids were growing up, I thought it would be a fruit salad my husband’s stepmother made–Mattie’s Fruit Salad. It was good, but not quite as good (to my boys, anyway) as the salad my mom had been making forever–Strawberry Salad. I’m never sure if it’s a salad or a dessert, so I just put it on the table and we eat it through the entire meal.

Cheryl Allen put the salad in our church cookbook.

  My cookbook is well worn! LOL.

Here it is:

STRAWBERRY SALAD

1 large package strawberry Jello
2 C. boiling water
1 lb. strawberries (one box, frozen)
1 small flat can crushed pineapple.

Mix all and set. (I use frozen strawberries and add them instead of the cold water to the Jello.)
Before serving, add sour cream over top of Jello mixture.

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My mother put half the Jello mixture in the fridge to set, put the sour cream on it, then topped with the other half so there was a stripe of sour cream in the middle. I found Cheryl’s way to be much easier unless doubling the recipe. (I hate having unset Jello in my way, on the counter, waiting for the first half to jell.)

And since it’s Thanksgiving, and I’m thankful to have had her in my life, I’m going to share Mattie’s Fruit Salad.

1 box frozen strawberries
one can fruit cocktail, drained
1 apple, peeled and chopped, and/or 1 banana sliced and/or a bunch of seedless grapes
1/2 pint container of sour cream
Defrost strawberries and drain juice. Mix strawberry juice with sour cream and pour over thawed strawberries, fruit cocktail and other fruit and mix until all the fruit is coated well.

These recipes are oh, so good!
Now you have two great salad recipes that just might do as a dessert. 🙂 Help yourself!

What’s the must-have dish for your table?