Elizabeth Melton Parsons

Writing~Art~Life


37 Comments

Giving Thanks

thanksgiving

First Holiday since my husband passed so I’m not in a celebrating kind of mood, but I do give thanks for my sons who will be with me today. I couldn’t let Thanksgiving go by without also giving thanks for all of you. I’m grateful. For all those celebrating Thanksgiving today I wish you a joyful day and for my friends in other countries not celebrating Thanksgiving, as always I wish you the very best. Love you all. ❤


44 Comments

Tis The Season

Christmas Wallpaper

Tis the season to be jolly. Unfortunately things have not been especially jolly around here lately. If I believed in curses, I’d swear someone had put one on me. Seems as if anything that can go wrong has done so. But having said that, I am jolly all the same because I had a fantabulous Thanksgiving!

A house full of adults talking, laughing. Kids running around and being silly, the dog going nuts from excitement, The food was perfect. Of course that could be my own biased opinion, but since I received many compliments even from those who are not above telling you exactly what they think, I’m pretty sure it was okay. I was very tired (a happy tired) from cooking for two days, everyone ate too much except myself. Unfortunately I must watch my diet even on holidays, so while everyone was rubbing their tummy and moaning, I was feeling smug. It was wonderful. 😀 That is until I began slicing the pumpkin pies I’d made and realized I couldn’t have any. Then I was the one moaning. 😦

Eventually all the guests left and Eric headed back to IU. So now I’ve been decorating for Christmas. I’ve finished inside and will start outside as soon as the atrocious weather clears a little. Hope all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a day as wonderful as mine. I’m trying to work through my list of return visits to you guys. I have a lot to make so it will take a few days, but I promise to visit you all asap. Many hugs from me to you. ❤


23 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving, a day of thanks for all our blessings. Last year I wrote a list of a few things I am especially thankful for and that list still holds. I’ll be busy baking all day today and tomorrow I have guests coming so I won’t be around again until next week, but wanted to come on here and wish everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving a glorious holiday. And a very happy, peaceful day for those of you in places not celebrating Thanksgiving. Since I’m pressed for time I’m re-posting one of my old Thanksgiving poems. Love you all! ❤

Thanksgiving-Postcard

Thanksgiving at Grandma’s

Grandma’s pumpkin pies

Cinnamon, ginger, all spice…

the scents of heaven.

The old farm house…

filled with family,

filled with love.

Grandpa saying grace…

Giving thanks for family, friends…life.

The crackling of logs on the fire

bringing warmth to the chill of Autumn.

Grandma’s smile…

bringing warmth to our hearts.

Bowing my head with the others

I give thanks…

For Thanksgiving at Grandma’s.

Poem Copyright: Elizabeth Melton Parsons

Beautiful Graphic from: http://justsomethingimade.com/


17 Comments

Twenty Things I’m Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

I don’t normally make a lot of lists, but thought I’d share a few things I’m thankful for this year. This list is in no particular order.

  1. God’s many blessings and small mercies.
  2. There’s been so much illness and death in my family over past several years, I’m most thankful everyone is okay this year.
  3. I’m thankful for the laughter, tears, beauty, ugliness, inspiration, support, encouragement, instructions and yes, even love my blog family shares with me on a daily basis.
  4. I was still too weak last Thanksgiving to cook dinner. My oldest son who happens to love to cook and is quite good at it prepared our meal. I’m thankful I’m more than able to cook dinner for them this year.
  5. I’m also thankful we have the food to cook. Sadly, some do not.
  6. My wonderful children.
  7. My dear friends who are always there for me.
  8. My hardworking, adorable husband.
  9. Heated homes. I can remember a time when I reveled in the wintry cold and snow. Not so much now. I freeze all the time, so I am eternally thankful I have a home and heat to keep me warm. There are those not so fortunate.
  10. Bluebirds, Robins, Goldfinch, Catbirds, Woodpeckers, Song Sparrows, Hummers, and all the other birds that grace my yard and birdfeeder.
  11.  I’m thankful for the pesky squirrels that raid my birdfeeder and make me laugh.
  12.  I’m thankful for rain.
  13.  And sunny skies.
  14.  Being able to read.
  15.  Books and all the writers and poets out there.
  16.  I’m thankful my son Eric is able to attend college.
  17.  Schools and the teachers in those schools.
  18.  Music and musicians.
  19.  Paintings and sculptures and the artists who create them.
  20.  And last, but definitely not least, I am SO THANKFUL my bath renovation is finally moving forward again.

This is a very small sampling of the many things I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving. I wish you all a very Happy and Stupendous Thanksgiving holiday. Big squishy hugs to you all. See you next week. Elizabeth

 


Leave a comment

Grandma’s Stuffing Recipe

Happy Thanksgiving!

Grandma’s Giblet Stuffing

This recipe has been passed down in the family. It will feed from 4-6 and can be increased or decreased to feed more or less.

Four cups toasted breadcrumbs in large mixing bowl.

Four boiled eggs chopped

1 can cream of mushroom soup

½ cup milk

3 cups giblet broth

Chopped giblet meat

One medium sweet onion chopped

Two celery stalks finely chopped

Two garlic cloves minced

1/2 cup chopped parsley

3 tsp sage -2 tsp salt-1 tsp pepper (add more or less seasoning as preferred)

Boil giblets until done, remove from broth and set aside to cool. Save broth.

Boil eggs and set aside to cool.

Sautee onions, celery, garlic and seasonings until onions and celery are tender. Add to breadcrumbs along with meat from giblets and boiled eggs. Add broth and stir. Add milk to soup and stir with fork before adding to breadcrumbs. Stir breadcrumb mixture well and put into baking dish. Bake in 325-degree oven until top just begins to brown.

POEM: Thanksgiving at Grandma’s


7 Comments

Poem: Thanksgiving at Grandma’s

thanksgiving-clipart-41

Thanksgiving at Grandma’s

Grandma’s pumpkin pies

Cinnamon, ginger, all spice…

the scents of heaven.

The old farm house…

filled with family,

filled with love.

Grandpa saying grace…

Giving thanks for family, friends…life.

The crackling of logs on the fire

bringing warmth to the chill of Autumn.

Grandma’s smile…

bringing warmth to our hearts.

Bowing my head with the others

I give thanks…

For Thanksgiving at Grandma’s.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving…Elizabeth

http://elizabethmeltonparsons.com