This Thanksgiving was a very happy occasion. We all rejoiced to have our son and brother safely home from Iraq. There is so much for which to be thankful. Grandson number two is on the way and my niece is expecting her second child.

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Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when you can starch your clothes from the inside out.

This year my husband actually liked my cornbread dressing. The finger rolls turned out well and my daughter, Charlotte’s boyfriend liked them. We spent Thursday and Friday close by the Thanksgiving table. The pies were great. (if I do say so myself) I made Kentucky Derby Pie and Mincemeat Pie with Hard Sauce. Charlotte made pumpkin cookies and Kate made some delicious pies, (apple, pumpkin and pecan) and sweet potatoes. It’s fun to see one’s daughters turn out to be excellent cooks.

We didn’t go out at the crack of dawn on Black Friday to shop but did later. (and all day Saturday) The crowds were massive and cheerful. Or maybe it was just my mood. Seeing all the shops dressed up for Christmas and the lines of people purchasing their gifts was a pleasant thing. America celebrates at the table and the store.