Friday, November 28, 2008


Ohhhhhhhhhhhh! I don't know about the rest of you but I think I ate too much! ha I got FULL and I got FILLED with the Thanksgiving Dinner that my daughter and I cooked for our family. (Normally DIL would have helped cook too but we let her rest since it was her birthday AND since she is due to deliver our grandson at any minute now!)It was a great time of eating and visiting with the kids. Our oldest son asked before dinner if I had assigned seats at the table yet and I told him that I hadn't. So he suggested for this one to sit here and that one to sit there until he had named everyone at the table. There were 9 of us. I immediately recognized that he had put himself and his brother and sister at approximately the same place that they used to always sit when they were young and living at home. That was very nostalgic to me. It brought back many good memories. Sprinkled in between our three kids were a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, a girlfriend, and a grandbaby! We all ate until we were absolutely FULL...and FILLED!

In case you are wondering what was on our plates, here is what our menu consisted of:

Chicken & cornbread dressing
Giblet gravy
Cranberry sauce
Creamed potatoes
English peas
Green beans
Whole kernel corn
Candied potato pumpkin
Sweet potato casserole (daughter made this yummy dish)
Deviled Eggs (daughter made these too)
Home-made whole wheat rolls
4-Layer Strawberry Cake
Pumpkin Pie
Sweet Tea

Ummmmmmmm! Makes my mouth water just looking at the picture and thinking about it! I usually only make dressing at Thanksgiving and at Christmas so I make a huge pan. Then after we eat all we can hold at dinner, I get out the empty Cool Whip bowls that I have saved and fill them up with dressing for the kids to take home with them. Our daughter laughingly reminded us of the time when she was attending college about 12 hours from home and wanted to take some dressing back with her. We froze a plastic container full of the dressing and then when it was time for her to leave we wrapped it really well and she put it in the middle of her clothes in her suitcase. Since she flew back to school it didn't have time to defrost and she was able to heat and eat it and share with her roommate who had never tasted southern cornbread dressing before!

Seems like I always want to be eating something! I am almost always hungry! But that's my physical body. On the other hand I sometimes have to force feed myself the spiritual food that I need! Such a pity that I don't hunger after the Word of God as much as I do food. It's even more important! Jesus said, "I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." John 6: 51 (KJV )

My goal is to be more hungry for the Living Bread than for a piece of cake! I like to be "full and filled" with food but I'd rather be "fulfilled" with the Spirit of God. How about you? What do you hunger for?



Leah said...

Great post!! My prayer is always that I increase in my hunger for the Word. Your dinner sounded great.

We went the non-traditional route this year. I did a roast in the crock pot with a sweet tomato sauce and parsnips and sweet potatoes. It is a to die for recipe and was a big hit with the family. Also, corn, deviled eggs, pinto beans and turtle trifle for dessert. Yummy!!

Have a great evening.


Joyful said...

YUM that all looks so good. Glad you had such a wonderful celebration.

I'm having my family over tomorrow - can't wait! This will be our second Thanksgiving this year :o)

I want to hunger and thirst after righteousness. More of Him and less of me.

Thankful for your precious friendship,
Love & prayers,

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Your dinner sounds good too! Pinto beans are a staple in our house! :) Think you could give us a recipe for the turtle trifle or is it a trade secret? (wink!) I love chocolate and caramel.


Bro.Rick said...

Yum, that sure looks good. I am sure you are a great cook, seems to run in the family. LOL

Cousin Rick

Peggy said...

You are absolutely right about our need to hunger for the spiritual food; but oh our carnality gets in the way.
Your plate looked very good.


Cindy said...


My prayer for my entire family is that we would hunger for the Word above all else.

We didn't get to have our traditional Thanksgiving fare this year. We were all under the weather.

Sheri said...

Oh Marylin, it sounds like your family had a very special and yummy Thanksgiving! What a menu!

And, I loved your comment, "My goal is to be more hungry for the Living Bread than for a piece of cake!" That's my prayer too!

Andrea said...

Sounds wonderful. I miss those great "southern" foods. Most of our family was traveling this year and we were invited to our future son-in-laws parents. GOD blessed our time together!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Cake and Jesus go together. Ever noticed how many "good" and gracious things happened over a meal in scripture? Joining you at the table this Advent.


Jana said...

WOW! I'm coming to your house next year! ;) I think I ate a whole pecan pie by myself over the span of four days. *gulp* I'm ready for Christmas dinner! ;)

Yolanda said...

Beautiful, yummy and what a visual.

Care to share a recipe or two?

Blessings Marilyn as we come to the table hungry for more of God.


Alene said...

Man, we had a feast like you. Now reading your post - I'm hungry again! However, today I'm going to fill up on God's bread. It's fat free, girl!!!! Hallelujah.

Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

Filled with the living bread...AMEN! That is my goal also. Your meal looks so so good!!