Glad to hear it...always good to be blessed by the Almighty.
I'm thankful for both my blood family (back in the Apps) and my adopted family here in the Ozarks (who knows, for they may be blood, too). Between the two, me and Beth have enough support to counter any quandary.
(Psst--thankful for my digital family on FHO as well)
On a lighter note, I just finished some of Beth's apple pie for desert (scratch from our apples, of course), and for a change, put some melted cheddar cheese on top--it was good, but I don't know...not really customary...WDYT??
I've heard of people putting cheese on apple pie but I never tried it myself. Sounds kinda...well sorta "wrong," for lack of better word...but I guess I'd have to actually try it to know for sure. Ice cream works for me so far, though. I love apple pie or anything made with home grown apples...yum. I miss having apples of our own.
We had pumpkin pie. The only time we ever make it is on Thanksgiving and Christmas...lol. Other than that, I just cook pumpkin with butter and cinnamon during the rest of the year when we have it. I think I really like it better as a squash/veggie than pie...but it is a very good thing to have a certain pie only once or twice a year...like cranberry relish...I make that only two times a year too. It's good stuff, but kinda special because we never have it except on Thanksgviing and Christmas. Same with stuffing...what we used to call dressing back when we weren't afraid of cooking it in the bird. But I really do not like to make stuffing/dressing...seems to be an enormous amount of work to me...but I do love the two days a year when I get to eat it.
Speaking of stuffing...I'm pretty much feeling stuffed right now, myself...didn't mean to eat so much. And our little family did talk about how fortunate we are and have been all year...very much to be thankful for, and I hope the same for everyone here.
Well speaking of Happy Thanksgiving (and to all this I wish...although getting late in the day for it now), apple pie, Ruben's Train on banjo and fiddle, brave tribal folks from Pakistan, and all related things, here's an interesting video I ran across...
That video is, as Arte Johnson would say, "very interesting..."
We had punkin pie, too...mostly freeze it to use for holidays...punkin and butternut squash also makes a good soup. Pumpkin vines tend to grow like crazy, though, through the fence into the cow pasture, so the cows and varmints get the heads unless we constantly pull them back in during summer. Good problem to have! Glad you had a good Thanksgiving!
Beautiful apples, Doug. Are those yours? I'm gonna have to bring myself to try the cheese on apple pie one of these days.
We get the pumpkin vines but always have trouble with squash vine borers...I don't put poison on anything so I skipped a couple of years growing winter squashes and it did seem to help. We get a lot more vine than pumpkin or squashes because those SVBs are really bad. Much easier to get a huge crop of sweet taters and they make pretty good pies...nothing happens to them...we don't have any animals now, but our goats could eat all the vine they could get to and it doesn't seem to hurt the sweet tater crop at all...plus, people can eat the leaves of the sweet tater vines too, not poisonous like white potatoes are. Sweet tater vines are edible greens too.
I grew the bird house gourd one year...only one year...wanted to make banjos...well we got a lot of gourds but the banjo makin didn't happen, but I won't grow those again because we have a very tiny space to grow anything at all, and the BHgourd took over everything else...it creeped up all around the yard like it was gonna smother the whole universe. We hung up the gourds to dry out over the winter and the squirrels got in the shed and ate most of them. I had one left, and rather than attempt a banjo, I just painted something on it...lol...so...I found a veggie that grows the same way as BHgourd...Malabar spinach...it'll take over the whole place...that's the kind of plant I like...takes over, you gotta always be harvesting it to get it out of the way, bugs don't like it...it drops seeds all over the place...etc. When you live on a postage stamp, that's the way you farm...lol. Of course, when I first ate Malabar spinach, I was sorta like the Pakistani tribal folks trying the western stuff...but I've noticed the other Asian greens grow really good around here and so I've learned what to do with those.