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Quote of the Day: Little House on the Prairie

November 24th, 2011

Thanksgiving dinner was good. Pa had shot a wild goose for it. Ma had to stew the goose because there was no fireplace, and no oven in the little stove. But she made dumplings in the gravy. There were corn dodgers and mashed potatoes. There were butter, and milk, and stewed dried plums. And three grains of parched corn lay beside each tin plate.

Laura Ingalls Wilder –On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House, Book 4)

I love the combination of what they had at this meal, simple, seasonal, and local.

One of the reasons I enjoy Thanksgiving so much, is that it’s one of the few remaining semi seasonal meals left in our culture: cranberries, turkey, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and squash. We’ll not think about the green bean casserole or the jello mold that sometimes appears on the table at some gatherings.  Whatever you happen to be eating today – enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving from Chiot’s Run.

12 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Little House on the Prairie”
  1. kristin @ going country on November 24, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Likewise, Susy.

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  2. Stone Soup on November 24, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Susy, enjoy your bounty!

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  3. Kathi Cook on November 24, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. daisy on November 24, 2011 at 8:40 am

    What a lovely way to think about this very special day.
    Enjoy your holiday!

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  5. B ryan N. on November 24, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  6. tj on November 24, 2011 at 11:02 am

    …”Happy Thanksgiving” Chiot’s Family! :o)


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  7. goatpod2 on November 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving!


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  8. Melissa on November 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    What always interests me is the difference in seasonal foods depending on where you live. We had green beans with our meal that came out of my garden last week. We just had our first real frost last Thursday. I’ve been storing up green beans in the freezer for about a month now to have enough for thanksgiving. And my mother in law brought me two boxes of tomatoes from Florida- no frost there yet! Such difference depending on where u live! I love the diversity!

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  9. Jodiana on November 24, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  10. Sophie on November 27, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Wow–I loved the Little House books as a kid (I probably still would enjoy them on a re-read). I wonder if that explains my affinity for local, seasonal, made-from-scratch foods. Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving.

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  11. KimH on November 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    The Little House books were my most cherished childhood books.. I loved them and read them hundreds of times over… I passed them on to a family friend many many years ago, but sometimes I wish I had kept them.. ;)

    I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.. Its my very most favorite holiday of all. Giving thanks for the bounty that comprises of my life, family, & friends is huge to me. I do give thanks & daily, but I love the pageantry of the yearly feast, the tradition, and the gathering of loved ones..

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  12. Jane on November 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I love this quote! I loved The Little House books as a kid, and still today! It really does highlight the difference between that time period and today! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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