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Don’t miss Friday’s annual rummage sale

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By Cheryl Steenerson

 I know we’re all saying it, Thanksgiving already? Yes, it’s tomorrow, not next week. Dang those five-week months.

The fourth Thursday in November sure came on fast. Traditions, on the other hand, did not.

We all have those personal memories of Thanksgiving in our families. The pictures that flood our minds when we hear the word, or walk into the kitchen or sit down at the table. Sometimes it’s a past food failure that brings raucous laughter, or the utterings of a toddler when they ask what the eggs wear when they’re dressed.

My favorite memory was untying my grandma’s apron.  She always wore one on Thanksgiving and Christmas and it was a race to see if my brothers or I could get there first. Sitting at the kids’ table and then finally moving up to the adult table was a rite of passage. Then we figured out the kids’ table was way more fun.

If this is your first family Thanksgiving, be careful what you offer to make. You may be stuck with it for the rest of your life. Be prepared to share your recipes. If it’s a big hit everyone will want it. If it’s one of those secret family recipes put someone in charge of learning it so it can be passed down. I still miss my grandma’s applesauce, just because no one wrote it down.

Your family tradition is whatever you make it, so don’t feel like you have to follow some rule book. The pilgrims first Thanksgiving looked nothing like our meals today. Birds, fish, wild game and root crops were the mainstays, along with nuts and some fruits. Beer, wine and cider were the only safe drinks.

If you are attending a big family gathering, be sure to supply the host with plenty of containers for putting up leftovers and making to-go plates. Offering to help clean up after the meal gets a bit tricky. Most kitchen queens have their own system, so always ask what you can do first, before you charge in to help.

We may all end up stuffing ourselves on Thursday but no worries, because you can always work it off on Friday. The Anderson Humane Society’s annual Giant Rummage Sale is this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and set up is Friday afternoon. Volunteer to help set up and you’ll not only get a great work out, you’ll get to shop early.

The Rummage Sale is my favorite shopping event of the year. I’ve gotten clothes, furniture, appliances, lawn tools, books, pictures, housewares, bedding, kid’s toys, holiday decorations, you name it. I even renew my membership then, so I can always remember when I’m due. Whether you’re looking to “re-home” some of your own items or searching for that favorite gift, this is the sale to attend.

Now, check the fridge and pantry so you don’t have to rush around at the last minute in search of some item. My dish is easy because I always bring the taste of summer, peaches and cream corn! If Mother Nature can blend the seasons, so can I. Happy growing.

 

Cheryl Steenerson is a gardening columnist for The Anderson News.