Thanksgiving Day

Each year for Thanksgiving we break out the table top decorations that mom gave Amanda about 5 years ago. Peter loves these figurines and played with them a lot last year. He didn’t remember them, so it was like opening new toys again this year.

But unlike last year, Penny Lane also showed a lot of interest in the Thanksgiving figurines. Though she seemed to like the miniature salt and pepper shakers better. They were more her size.

I am grateful that we had beautiful weather on Thanksgiving Day, even if today was cold and rainy. Yesterday we played out on the porch. Penny loves to play t-ball lately.

We’re still working on her form. And someone needs to tell her that even if it’s 80 degrees on Thanksgiving Day, it is still football season. Peter’s on top of that one.

Meanwhile, Mike and Amanda prepared our assignment for dinner: pies, stuffing, and rolls.

Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday. What’s not to like? A whole day of anticipating great food and good company. Although, I wish I could spend it with the rest of my family, too. Until then, I will feel close to them through mom’s delicious rolls.



  1. Mom · November 27, 2010


    • 2 1/2 – 3 cups hot water
    • scant cup powdered milk
    • 2 T yeast
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
    • 2 1/2 tsp salt
    • 6 – 7 cups “best for bread” Gold Medal flour

    Add first four ingredients and let sit 5-10 min. Add eggs, butter, salt to reduce yeast action, and add 4 cups flour. Mix until an extremely smooth sponge is made. Add the rest of the flour one cup at a time, mixing well each time. Finished dough ball will be light and only slightly sticky but will stretch as you pull a large fork through it. Cover with plastic wrap. Place in oven with pan of boiling water on the bottom rack and let rise for 35 min. Punch down and let rest 10 min. Dump out onto a floured flat space, shaping into a rectangle about 24″X18″, about 1/4″ thick. Spread 1/3 cup melted butter over this dough. Using a pizza cutter, divide into three rows (8″) of strips about 1 1/2 ” wide. Roll each strip and place in 9″X13″ pan four rows of three each. Place back in oven with hot water on lower shelf and let rise until double, about another 30 min. The rolls will touch. Remove gently, set oven at 375 degrees and placing pans back in hot oven, bake for 13 min. or browned as you wish.
    Brush with melted butter if desired. This recipe makes 3 dozen rolls.

  2. Amanda Nicholas · February 18, 2011

    My mom is the BEST at making the YUMMIEST rolls. I’ve tried and tried to get them just right. This year I think I got the closest I can. Each time we make them it’s like she’s there with us. They really make you feel like home, the best comfort food for sure:)

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