Homegrown in the Heartland
Well guys, Thanksgiving is just a few days away! I love this week. I love Thanksgiving. It is hands down my favorite holiday, for several reasons. I think I just love the simplicity of it. It’s a time to be thankful for what God has blessed us with, to spend the day with family and friends and the people that we love, and to eat some really good food. And, in my family, we celebrate the end of harvest season this time of year. It’s a signal that life on the farm is ready to slow down for a few months. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas too, I really do, but there is just something special about Thanksgiving.
Of course there are the traditions. We always have the traditional meal…turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, green beans, sweet potatoes and my mom’s home made rolls. And, there is always oyster stuffing and everyone (my brother Dustin, and my cousin Colby in particular) looks forward to Aunt Bobbie’s layered yellow cake with chocolate frosting that she brings in the avocado green and white tupperware cake dish. Every year. Then, there is usually a game of football in the back yard. The annual game of football, from which we have so many legendary family stories. Then we eat a little more, and always play a few rounds of cards. Pitch. That’s our game, we always play Pitch. (By the way, is that just a mid-Missouri thing? Does anyone else out there know how to play Pitch? I’ve always wondered that. I never hear about other people playing it, but it’s the card game of choice around here.)
What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Any special dishes that always make an appearance?
Also, I’d love to hear what you are having for your thanksgiving meal? I’m planning on helping my mom out in the kitchen. And, I’m also making a pie of some sort to add to our desert table selection (which is always way too big!) I’m thinking about making this one, or maybe something along these lines, or this one is always a winner. I’ll let you know how that turns out.
Do you want to know one of the worst feelings in the world? It’s when you have been working for hours upon hours cutting paper, mixing ink, setting up the press and printing some really beautiful wedding invitations, and then when everything is printed and you go to trim the edges with the big giant guillotine paper cutter, in your haste you measure wrong and don’t catch your mistake, and then you accidentally chop off the ends of half a stack of RSVP cards. I did that. Yesterday. It’s a real bad feeling. Kind of made me nauseous.
I know you’ve probably done something like that before. Admit it. Doesn’t feel too good does it?
To the bride and groom, if you happen to be reading…DON’T WORRY!!! I picked myself up, took a deep breath, and headed back to the press to print some more. No problem. I just spent a little more time in the print studio that I had anticipated, but the invitations are spectacular!
In better news, yesterday Beth and I spoke to the senior graphic design class at our alma mater, the University of Missouri! How about that? We told them all about what we’ve been up to since our days at Mizzou, how we started our little business, and some of the things we’ve learned along the way. A big thanks to Deborah, Ric, and Jean who invited us to come, and to the students who asked great questions – we loved your enthusiasm! It’s also pretty great to be able to give back a little bit to a school, and faculty, that did so much for us!
Hope you have a FANTASTIC weekend!