Friday, November 28, 2008


"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. "
~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

No, this is not a deleted scene from the Labyrinth (remember the helping hands?), I got camera happy and started doing a series of just hands. They can tell a lot. I was able to get four generations of helping hands. Pretty sneaky huh? This is my Arkansas family portfolio. Texas family look out!

There were several new traditions brought to the table this year. First off, Kalin prepared his Grandma Lois' oyster patty recipe. Apparently these are a New Orleans tradition. When we were in Hammond, Louisiana this weekend...visiting Kalin's Grandpa and working the show ...we picked up the pastry shells and oysters for the recipe. They were a big hit.

I decided to make my Mama's sweet potato delight and Cranberry Orange Salad recipe. Yum! Everyone raved about those as well. My other contributions were green beans with bacon and onions (deglazing the pan with wine is the secret) and Grandmother's buttermilk pie. We had a very small attendance this year, which made it rather nice! (16 instead of 30-50)

Violet had her own contributions this year. She made pumpkin cupcakes and her own teeny versions of the pies that were being created around her.

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