Hello, all of you stopping by to read a little and check us out I anticipated, you had a wonderful celebration and if you are in a cold area stay warm if you’re in a warm area stay dry.
Becky and I want to share some past history according to Becky and you can follow along as we journey back to a simpler time and the same yearly celebration and a little history nugget here or there and maybe even a Scrumpdelishious old Victorian recipe or two so join us
holiday cheer and bliss
Hi ya all hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving well lets begin for anyone new Hello I’m Becs I’m a real” Invisible being ” you would call a ghost or spirit I lived in a period of late 1800s in a small town in the Coconino forest next to the Grand Canyon National Park South entrance in a town named Williams.
It’s located in the Arizona Territory sorry, I mean the State of Arizona the upper northern mountains beautiful ponderosa pine trees and much lumber and trains and cattle and many did I mention lots of alcohol cowboys and miners and painted ladies brothels and whiskey?
Well let me take you back in time it’s Thanksgiving 1900s
Back then, and popular belief that all. We did not have turkeys in the grocery stores unless specially ordered in advance.
We had to go hunt our turkeys or we actually hunted a deer and elk or whatever was hunted and that’s the way I remember our holidays’ meal not always a turkey.
Momma had to work then, come home. She would make a large dinner for us she loved this time. of year always saving little extra coins to make sure we have some extra sweets or something like fresh minced meats, I always love the crisp feeling in the air
The anticipation of this dinner was very different than I have observed since I passed in the 1900s I will tell you really you all have it so easy compared to our times.
Momma.would be making special bakery and candied fruits and the baking was a week in advance. Not stored in a freezer then nuked in a microwave.
Momma had a big family my papa family was back east they sometimes came to dinners.
I remember but we did not have transportation like you do today we had more of planning six months stays with your family members for the holidays sometimes you get lucky and be able to take a vacationnnn you call it today but that was very rare because all of us had to work their fingers to the bone just to make a living to put a little bit of food on our tables so nit at all what way that I see today everybody can go pick up ready-made dinners and fixings and everything when I was growing up mother and I would start making sweet rolls and she would be making hot cross buns and she would be making apple fritters and things like that and it’s nothing in the way that you ladies now are baking in your fancy kitchens today this was back when you had to stoke a fire in the stove and it took a while for it to get hot enough and then you make everything at once there was no controls like you have today so you have to stoke the fire and get it ready put your bread in every single day yes ,we made bread and my mama would make bread for every day of the week that was just part of living in my era and she’d have cans of vegetables from the gardens that she put up as it’s called in the pantry in the larder and we would be pulling from those canned items to make a lot of the side dish and when I saw that Dusty Rose you know had of Thanksgiving a while back where she pretty much got everything from the store already made all natural and organic by the way folks all our food was organic then nothing like you today of course but, still all prepared by hand nothing was instant except popcorn andnot like today everything Dusty, she went and picked it up and then the next day presented it as a meal for the feast. I was just telling her that is not the way I remembered it at all and all the work I had to do you know I had to chop wood out in the ice with my knickers that weren’t always warm had holes in them and you know Ladies were not allowed to wear pants or jeans like types of denim we called them dungarees as you know back then a lady wasn’t allowed that we had to the layer our clothing you started out with three pantaloons and then you had to strap on an under skirt and then a padding and then another skirt and it just went on and on just to be able to get dressed for the winter and go back and forth to go to our work you know at thesportings halls so you know we didn’t have cabs in this town we had carriages we had horses and some of the rich people that came through once in awhile had one of those Model Tees you know or sometimes we see a special truck that came through the town or something to pick up the the special bull for market or speciql delivery that was a big event in our town so we never had what you have today where you can just get on a plane and go to Granny’s house you know on the other side of the United States and then come back and in add a day or two and come back home we did not have transportation like you do today we had more of planning 6 months stays with your family members for the holidays Paige just informed.me a scientific study was made recently stating people of 2019 state that can’t be around family for holidays more than 3 hours wow times you get lucky and be able to take a vacation but that was very rare because all of us had to work our fingers to a bone just to make a living to put a little bit of food on our tables so what I see today everybody can go and pick up ready-made dinners and fixes and everything all easy . When I was growing up my mother would start making sweet rolls and she would be baking buns and she would be making apple fritters and things like that and it’s nothing the way that you ladies now or baking in your fancy kitchens today this was back when you had to stick a fire in the stove and it took awhile for it to get hot enough and then you make everything at once there was no controls like you have today so you had to stoked to fire and get it ready put your bread in every single day we made leavened ead that was just part of living she’d have cans of that Staples from the gardens all that she “put up”/as it’s called in the pantry and we would be pulling from those canned items to make a lot of the side dishes and when I saw that Dusty Rose anned a Thanksgiving a while back, where she pretty much went and bought everything from the store already made all natural and organic of course but, still all prepared and everything is she just went and picked it up and then the next day presented it is the meal for the feasts just telling her that that is not the way I remembered it at all and all the work I had to do, you know i was little girl had to chop wood out in the ice with my knickers you call long johns ,that weren’t always warm have holes in them so the cold still and in my day a ladies weren’t allowed to wear pants or jeans like tou all do now I wasn’t allowed that we had to layer k clothing you started out with three pairs of pantaloons and then you had to strap on a skirt and then a padding elt and then another skirt and it just went on and on corsets and just to be able to get dressed for the winter and go back and forth to go to our work you know just” the sporting house the house of ill repute
We didn’t have cabs in this town, just as a side note,
we had carriages, we had horses, and some of the rich people that came through once in a while had one of those model T horseless carriage or sometimes we see us a delivery truck that came through the town or something to pick up the special truck or something livestock and that was a big event in our town so we never had what you have today where you can just get on a plane and go to Granny’s house you know on the other side of the United States and then come back and in a day getting or two and come back home we didn’t have that people had to travel far it was it was dangerous and there were wild animals there were on Indians so there was all in the route off everywhere around here I know that’s who killed me so anyway don’t forget it you’re talking to a ghost folks so that’s what happened and also I want to share with you that you know we go out we would hunt our game.
That would be our Thanksgiving Festival Dinner sometimes we would all get together and do like a great big potluck at the local First Methodist Church here in Williams and that would mean we would be able to feed the people in need Mama did that many times where she was with many ladies of the church so she would cook up the suppers again this would take all week here is a list of our Thanksgiving dinner see if you’re a was the same
MEAT was whatever game we could shoot deer, elk, bison,
BREAD hot cross buns sweet bread, and biscuits sometimes loaves of bread at least some bread
Sweet potatoes were prevalent in everyone’s gardens here.
Turnips parsnips any beets any squash onions corn beans
We would have fresh butter churned that day
We would have mommas pickled meats and canned goods
We would have a soup made from the broth of the game. meat or my and Dusty’s .mother w uld al ays make
mbe a ve soup pumpkin
It’s a simple recipe ( not
One pumpkin medium for you a can we ould do nicely
Then a 1/4 cup is any broth chicken is fine
Saute an onion
Add minced onion to the soup then simmer for 20 mins stirring slowly
Then serve in a bowl with a dairy topping yogurt or sour cream.
That’s my fave memory of the 1900s, Thanksgiving here in Williams Az
We would all meet at the 1st Methodist church with all that for food.
We hope you enjoyed the Holiday recalled