2010. Happy Thanksgiving!

Every year, apart from whose turn it was to cook the turkey, the Haslett family drew lots as to who would bring what on Thanksgiving. Over the years it had crumbled a little into abeyance because Olga always did the pumpkin pie. In fact she usually did two pumpkin pies. Even those who detested pumpkin pie thought that Olga’s pumpkin pie was to die for.

With her husband off work now with various shut-downs, money was a little tighter than usual so Olga was pleased that in an earlier time she had made some pumpkin purée and stored it in the freezer. Everyone else was a little hard-pressed for cash too, so they all jointly decided that they would make do with ingredients they could find without too much extra expense. Decima’s husband had an excellent vegetable garden so the responsibility for side dishes fell to Decima – although Stacey said she’d do a salad. It was Connie’s turn to do the turkey, and Arnie was an expert at concocting homemade apple cider.

All went hummingly. It was pumpkin pie time! It didn’t look quite right, but Olga said she had varied the ingredients a little according to budget demands. Oh dear! It turned out not to have been pumpkin purée at all, but carrot soup. Both are orange. Everyone screamed with laughter, but coupled with an extra glass or two of Arnie’s homemade apple cider, all agreed it tasted none-too-bad.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!

21 thoughts on “2010. Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. noelleg44

    What a great story! Not sure a carrot pie would do, but it’s the thought that counts. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Bruce. We have a 14 lb turkey with my great-great-grandmother’s meat stuffing, creamed turnips, squash, sour cream mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry relish (I make from scratch with fresh cranberries, apples, oranges, apricots, nuts etc), and Ina Gartens applesauce cake with bourbon-soaked raisins, and a rum pumpkin pie. You’re invited!

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    1. Bruce - Weave a Web Post author

      Thanks for the invite. Unfortunately I don’t have a mask. Although New Zealand doesn’t have American Thanksgiving we always celebrate it because we lived there and it’s such a great feast. We are having artichokes with pre-dinner drinks! Turkey, green beans, garlic mashed potatoes, mushroom stuffing, cranberry sauce that I took out of an ancient recipe book from NC that uses ONLY cranberries and water (delicious!) and pumpkin pie and ice cream. We have it in the evening and spend all day getting out the Christmas decorations! One of my favourite days!

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  2. badfinger20 (Max)

    Carrot Pie sounds interesting to me! Happy Non Thanksgiving in New Zealand…I see that you celebrate it anyway! Have a great one Bruce and btw…eat too much…that is the American way!

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  3. Kally

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.

    “Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.”
    – Joyce Giraud

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