This year I’ve been researching my ancestry. Many (many) years ago, when I was in fourth grade, my great grandmother wrote to me relaying all she could remember about my family history that intersected with her part of the family. One thing she revealed was that we had direct descendants who arrived on the Mayflower. At the time I didn’t consider the magnitude of this information, which I was finally able to confirm this year (at some point I will write more about this). At this time of year I can’t help but reflect on the importance of that first feast of thanksgiving. Little is really known about it, but one thing we do know is that those hearty souls experienced nothing like the bountiful tables around which so many of us are now privileged to gather.
This year I especially give thanks to my Soule, Mullins and Alden family members (and all the pilgrims) who traveled to this new world and were a part of that first autumn feast, shared with their Native American allies who graciously helped them learn to live in this new land. As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, may we pause and give thanks for living in a blessed nation that still offers people seeking freedom and opportunity a place to call home.
Happy Thanksgiving to you!
In coming days I’ll post some new favorites, but first I want to share (again) our family’s favorite Thanksgiving menu (link to the recipes are below)!
Roasted Turkey with Herb Butter
Apple Cider Gravy
Smashed Red Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onions
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon
Crème Brulee in Sweet Dumpling Pumpkins
THE RECIPES: A Local Thanksgiving Feast — menu & recipes