Showing 6 notes tagged #thanksgiving. The fourth Thursday of November, naturally.

Grandma’s holiday open house notes

After a rotten week health-wise, it was really nice to be able to celebrate Thanksgiving yesterday with a few friends. The image above is one of Grandma Piper’s very many post-party notes, a sort of debrief she wrote to herself about what she made and what she might change next time. This particular page seems to be her neighbourhood holiday open house plan from early December 1971 for around 110 guests (guest list is on reverse). I expect she found these notes super useful, particularly since she seemed to keep every single one of them. Here’s what I made this year, documented for a similar purpose.

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Sweet Potato Pie recipe from Joy the Baker 

It’s hard to find the right ingredients for pumpkin pie in the UK. This has much the same effect looks- and taste-wise; I actually prefer it.

Rosemary Pecan Pie recipe by Ruby Tandoh

Have to start gathering recipes for Thanksgiving again. Made this last year and it was excellent.

Edit 6/12/15: This past Thanksgiving, my cousin made this with the gluten free press-in pie crust, worked really well.

Herb-Roasted Turkey with Shallot Pan Gravy Recipe, on

“Fresh” cranberry relish from dried cranberries

Makes about 2 cups of relish, enough for at least 6 people


  • Grated zest and juice of 2 oranges
  • 350g dried cranberries
  • 100mL water
  • 1 tart apple, peeled and cut in to chunks
  • Sugar (to taste)

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Time to bust out favourite games for the winter holidays…

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