The calm before Thanksgiving is about to break…standby for complete recipes and “how to”

Vickie Lester cooksWhen I was a little girl sometimes I would wake and pad down the stairs to the kitchen early on Thanksgiving morning and my mom would already have a 22 pound bird trussed up, stuffed, and ready for roasting. Her face would be rosy, her coffee cup empty, and now that I’m older I recognize the expression she wore. Something like appreciation for the quiet I had just shattered, anticipation for the gathering of family friends to come, and gratitude. Gratitude that her nineteen year-old husband survived WWII and came home to her four years later. Gratitude that after growing up in the Depression there was plenty.

vl kitchenI have had a much less eventful life than my mom but, I have plenty to be thankful for. Things can get pretty raucous around the holidays, especially around my dinner table. And that’s what I love about it; from the quiet of the kitchen to the noise and laughter of a full house.

To good friends, and good company — I wish you a happy Thanksgiving.

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  1. November 23, 2014

    Have an uproariously good time, Ms L. 😀

    • November 24, 2014

      Happy swing into the holidays! December is right around the corner…

  2. November 23, 2014

    Same to you both 🙂

    • November 24, 2014

      Mister Leopard, hope you have a wonderful time!

  3. November 23, 2014

    Happy Turkey Day to you and yours!!

    • November 24, 2014

      Are you cooking in your gorgeous retro-cottage kitchen, or going out?

  4. Heather in Arles
    November 24, 2014

    Looking mighty Lovely in that photo!

    • November 24, 2014

      Absence of gallbladder makes the whole world lovelier 😉 !

      • Heather in Arles
        November 26, 2014

        If that is what it takes then sign me up!!!

  5. November 23, 2015

    happy thanksgiving! You have a lovely kitchen, btw!

  6. November 23, 2015

    You look GREAT! Have a lovely Thanksgiving with family and friends

    • November 23, 2015

      You too Ana! My best to you in Austin, and may it be a sparkling holiday season. xox, V

  7. November 23, 2015

    Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

    • November 23, 2015

      Sending you, accomplished author/attorney, the very warmest holiday wishes—and please post photos of your 1,200 spring bulbs when the snow melts! xox, V

      • November 23, 2015

        Thank you! I will definitely post pictures. I hope it works out. I went overboard with it, but I did have a large area to fill.

      • November 23, 2015

        I was at Longwood Gardens (in your home state?) in October for their Nightscapes—that was overboard. What you’re doing is going to be beautiful!

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