Thursday, October 23, 2008


It’s almost Thanksgiving and I cannot wait to gather with my family and friends for the annual Jernigan Thanksgiving. This year it will be in Hot Springs where my sister Debe lives. Of course, I am looking forward to being with my three dear sisters but……………truth be told, I look forward to the goodies, too. You know, the FOOD!

Here's the clan a couple of years ago at my house for Thanksgiving.

So, it got me thinking about holiday food and what makes it holiday food. In our group they include Mom’s Famous Lemon Fruitcake (don’t flinch til you’ve tried it-out of this world!) and Rhonda’s Cream Cheese Muffins. We only eat these at Thanksgiving. The first Thanksgiving without Mom I determined that we couldn’t go without her fruitcake so I am now the baker of that lemony, nutty sweet. You really should try some. I wish I could send a slice to everyone and forever lay to rest your misgivings about all cakes of fruit. The Cream Cheese Muffin recipe was found in a newspaper years ago and became a staple once served at a family gathering. These moist, gooey balls of dough filled with cream cheese and coated in butter and cinnamon are mmm, mmm good.

I am sure that some of you are like our family and there are items that you ONLY eat on certain holidays. Here’s your chance to tell us about your awesome annual delights.

What dish or treat is ONLY served on a holiday at your family get-togethers? And, is there a special story behind it? We love background!

I need to start my list of fabulous things to take to Hot Springs this year. I will be taking the Lemon Fruitcake as always but try to find something new to introduce each year, hoping that we will discover a new must-have, eat it once a year, only Auntievee can bake it that good treat. If you have any suggestions for me, let me know?

Fall IS my favorite time of year and I know it is because I will get to spend several days with my wonderfully dear family. I hope you are blessed as I am.


Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

Nana's noodles! No one can make them quite like her, and let me tell ya, they are fantastico! They are dense and yellow and absolutely delectable. Yum. Can't wait for Thanksgiving!!!

LoriDarlin' said...

I LOVE Thanksgiving too! All of the food is pretty special over at Mom's house because no one can cook it like she can. I LOVE her ham, it's the best. She makes it with soda pop :-)

Pleasant Drive said...

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday - all of the blessings of togetherness and yummy food without the stress of gifts! That was a crowd at your house!

FlipFlop Mom said...

I'm super jealous that your family comes together like that... My family.. well.. that's a sad situation.. but.. I'm so glad you get that at this special time of year!
When the family did get together more often.. we always wanted my husband's grandmother's rolls... now that she's older... I think she forgets to puts some ingredients in them... oh well... Ü