“Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience.
Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye littles ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the daytime, on Thursday, November 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.”
–Plymouth Governor William Bradford’s first Thanksgiving Proclamation
Our day began with worship at church, giving praise to God for the many blessings He gave us, in His great merciful benevolence this year.
The table was set. Two of our hand-dipped beeswax candles stood in the pewter candlesticks.
Between a couple of turkey bastings, Technohubby and I took the dog for a walk. Fresh air on such a food-laden day is always refreshing. And brisk air it was! A high of 39 degrees was reached at our house today.
Walter and Felicity spent the late afternoon and evening with us. She starting to look adorably pregnant. A new son-in-law and a grandchild on the way are among the many blessings we're counting this year.
Our Traditional Cheeseball
Green Salads with Dried Cranberries and Pecans
Vermont Turkey (dry-brined)
"The Good" Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans with Onions (from this summer's garden)
Caramelized Pearl Onions
Sparkling Cider and Sparkling Pear Juice
Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream
Ahhh...a clean kitchen at the end of Thanksgiving Day is a beautiful sight, isn't it?
I hope your day was lovely.