“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6
Thanksgiving–just the word conjures up many images and memories full of color, smells, and tastes. This one will be no different as my family gathers around my parents’ table. Games, movies, ballgames, food, songs, and talking. Lots of talking and laughing.
As I gather recipes and begin cooking, I think about what my characters would be eating in 1775 South Carolina during the Revolution. There was no official day of celebrating Thanksgiving yet. I don’t even know if they talked about the Mayflower, the native Americans, Jamestown, the past. But they did eat some yummy concoctions like:
- Chicken Pudding
- Veal Balls
- Beefsteak Pie
- Baked Pumpkin Pudding
- Sweet Potatoes and Apples
- Green Beans
- Fried Ham
- Almond Tarts
- Spice Nuts
- Liberty Tea (raspberry leaves)
This is a list I could work with and enjoy. But in truth, family is still the most important element whether in history or today.
Mmmmm the food from the 1770’s sounds delicious! I bet those dishes were very artfully-made and time-consuming to make, and enjoyed by all the family. When I think of the holidays, I remember the ambiance you set in the house. You seemed to always be preparing something, filling the house with a lovely smell. You also had and have the perfect amount of decorations, not to much to overwhelm, but enough to bring the feeling of cheer. Can’t wait to come visit for the next two holidays.