Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Wednesday before Thanksgiving...a sunny bright day, a bit warmer than usual and the fall colors were still glowing around the grocery store parking garage.
Bernie came home from work early; I was watching Cal for the day so we three headed to the store to shop for the Thanksgiving dinner.
Cal gave all the shoppers his gummy baby grin; Bernie and I enjoyed breezing through the shopping with our little grandson.
We did laugh at one point when an Asian woman checker was chatting Calvin up and was clearly falling in love with the little guy.
She finally looked up and looked at me then floored us by declaring Calvin looks exactly like me.
(I have heard white folks all look alike to Asian folks but really...I think this was a stretch!)

(Rachel table before the meal crowded out the center piece. She used my mom's ultra mid century modern looking china, a Franciscan pattern called Merry-go-round. I am so glad that Rachel likes retro china patterns and was thrilled when my mom offered the set to her.)
Our son and daughter-in-law love to cook and try new thing, so Thanksgiving dinner rarely has a "traditional" feel about it any more.
That is fine with me...
They pour over recipes, and then offer a few to me to select from.
Plus I am always to make the one traditional dish that is served each year:
Pumpkin pie.
With Cool  Whip.
This year it was to be just the Salt Lake family; four adults, one two year old and one five month old.
Bernie worked on a Andouille sausage corn bread stuffing (Cajun style) while I put together a sweet potato whip with a pecan/brown sugar/butter/ corn flake topping.
I wasn't too sure if I was going to regret not having the typical sweet potato dish with marshmallows on top.  I like the sour cream zing of that recipe, but the new one has totally won me over!
Bernie and I cooked Wednesday afternoon.
We also planted about 150 tulip bulbs in the garden.
(I thought I had lost my window for planting when our temperatures dipped in to the low teens a week ago.  Whew...thank goodness it was almost 60 degrees and the soil was workable again.)
We do have an auger that attaches to our drill to dig the holes other wise I suppose I would be hospitalized after trying to dig in that many tulips by hand.
We finished the job the next day. spring we are going to have a LOT of tulips and it will be fun to remember that we planted them on Thanksgiving!

We arrived with our dishes to Jeff and Rachel's around 2.
Rachel and Jeff were still pulling their dishes together.
Their kitchen has a huge granite top breakfast bar area that allowed for a lot of prepping to be happening all at once.

Jeff and Rachel are a great team in the kitchen.
(Jeff is sporting a mustache as part of the November mustache thing that I really don't is to bring awareness to something...oops...)

Cal kicked back on the floor.

Luke had some trains that needed shuttling...

Taking a break before serving up.

Jeff tried a new turkey recipe: It was stuffed with apple and lemon, had herbs under the skin and sat in apple cider to cook.
It was very juice and tasty; I have to admit I still rather like the sage/onion/butter flavor of a more traditional roasting recipe.

Carving up the bird...

The menfolk in the kitchen.

Waaaaayyyy too much food for our little family but boy howdy do we have some yummy left overs!
The blue cheese pomegranate spinach salad was the only dish that was completely devoured.
You might note the cute little bowl with the green flowers with the yellow grits in the center front.

 That is vintage Pyrex from 1967,
It is a pattern named Square Flowers/Verde.
Pyrex released a new pattern almost every year and then discontinued the pattern after awhile.
 Rachel got me into the Pyrex hunting group (The Pyrex Pirates they are called) here in SLC (who knew there even was such a thing?) and I found that bowl in the thrift shop. 
Later she acquired the same dish in two other sizes from fellow Pyrex hunters.
Along with glass lids for each bowl size.

The same day I found Rachel's Square Flowers/Verde at a Goodwill thrift shop, (the very first time I had ever gone out looking for Pyrex "in the wild" as it is called when one finds Pyrex in thrift shops or garage sales) I  also found a pattern called Old Orchard, from 1974 in a different thrift shop.  
The bowl cost me $2. 
I also found the smallest Butterfly Gold "Cindie" mixing bowl, the 1972 version.
(That later kicked off a search to acquire the entire Butterfly Gold Cinderella mixing bowl set.)
Neither Rachel or I had originally identified any pattern that we were interested in collecting but just like that...we both fell in love with a pattern that day.  
I knew the Old Orchard would look super cute on my counter top holding fruit, and would look just grand at Thanksgiving with the harvest gold and brown pattern.
I have since collected a larger oval casserole and a round one too.
Some day I will have to do a full blog post on the Utah Pyrex Pirates. 
 I never would have guessed I would enjoy the thrill of the chase for vintage Pyrex! 
Just for fun  HERE is link to a page that has all the Pyrex patterns by name and photo. 
 Most folks around my age recognize Butterfly Gold, but there are lots more patterns, some very rare and some very common, out there. 
It is so funny how "the Pirates" hunt, acquire, trade, sell, party with and ohh and ahh over how they have displayed Pyrex in their homes.
Mostly women in the late twenties, early thirties.
With a few middle age folks like me who remember getting some Pyrex patterns as a wedding present back when the patterns were new. you have a Pyrex pattern?
Do tell!
And I hope you and your family had a WONDERFUL day of Thanksgiving!


Anonymous said...

Looks like a wonderful cozy Thanksgiving gathering with some fun vintage thrown in. That's funny about the "in the wild" finds! My wedding gifts were the cornflower? blue pattern.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

It looks like you had a lovely family Thanksgiving celebration over there...with enough food for the multitudes! Your grandsons are most precious...and growing up so quickly!

I'm still using my Pyrex from 1971...set of avocado green mixing bowls and rectangular storage containers. Now I must see if I can identify the patterns...mostly worn off by now. :) Who knew they were a prized possession and should have been treated more carefully!

Rosella said...

Love using vintage dishes and especially on special occasions like Thanksgiving/Easter. You had me hunting my cupboards for Pyrex - I only have measuring cups but have some Corningware pieces which are similar. What a fun idea to go on a hunt for these pieces. I've bookmarked the pattern link. Looks like you had a wonderful family time - adorable grands and all that delicious food! Blessings to you.

Lovella ♥ said...

It looks like such a wonderful time together and that food looks so delicious. Jeff's turkey looks so perfect.

The most precious Pyrex I have it my Mom's Primary colored mixing bowls that are still in amazing shape considered they were her primary mixing bowls.

Sara said...

I see I forgot to comment here when I read this earlier! Your menfolk are wonderful to be involved in the cooking and that turkey looks tasty. I love all your old Pyrex, takes me back a few years (well a lot more than a "few"). So happy you had a good Thanksgiving with family. The holidays are extra special with children around I think.