Food, Family, Friends and Fellowship

My brother called last Thursday morning to wish me a happy Thanksgiving and inquire if I had plans. More on the plans in a few paragraphs, but we somehow got on the subject of foods eaten during our childhood. The not-good-for-us foods. My brother didn’t remember the Velveeta macaroni and cheese mom and dad made from scratch during lent and his better half bellowed a big “Ewww” when I recounted how dad made fried-in-butter bologna sandwiches on Wonder cardboard white bread. I loved both.

All of us in the United States have since survived the holiday with family and/or friends and its many offerings.

Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, family news, political opinions, polite deflection, football, etc. Oh, and the macaroni and cheese, which mom and dad never made as a side dish during the holidays. It wasn’t their “thing” and it took me a few decades to realize that this is a traditional Thanksgiving side dish for many others.

Hmmm…I would rather focus on stuffing.

The typical food menu is why many people choose to wear loose clothing. So they can eat and breathe.

The typical fellowship of these gatherings can take on many forms, but I choose to believe the higher percentage of them are heartfelt, peaceful and nap-inducing. Maybe a few loud comments over a football or board game, but otherwise a happy time.

I stayed home this Thanksgiving. Baked cookies, ate steak, and welcomed girlfriend Natasha late afternoon for adult refreshment, snack foods and two rousing games of Bananagrams. I didn’t completely stuff my face, but the stretchy pants were there “just in case” and for general comfort. We had a good time – chatting, laughing, and professing that we really, really like each other.

Food is wonderful, we need it to physically survive and most of it is yummy and satisfying. Fellowship is also a good thing, needed to survive spiritually and feel part of a community, whether it consists of only a few friends, a large family, or something in between.

When the two are combined, it can make for special moments.

Breakfast between friends who compare recent vacations and talk of furry beings.

Lunch with former co-workers, who make it okay to talk stupid and laugh over things no one else would understand.

Dinner with family and the few glasses of wine that allow everyone to keep the conversations going late into the night.

Gatherings that celebrate fellowship in marriage, in work accomplishments, in retirement, and community events.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, with fellowship and food, and if not a citizen of the United States, that you are enjoying the weeks leading up to Christmas with meals, sweet desserts and your people. The next four weeks are a busy time for us all with gift shopping, meal planning, holiday parties and stressing about getting it all done in time. Although I am a bit behind in cookie baking and cleaning the mess that is my apartment, I am looking forward to the month of December and the many opportunities for food and fellowship. From shopping with church peeps for needy families this Saturday, to a Christmas round robin with close friends a week later, to welcoming brother and his better half for almost five days to visit, eat good food, find a few microbreweries, open gifts and search out Christmas lights and decorations.

So, my blogging friends, take time to enjoy the four “F’s” and relax in the coming weeks.

Share a dish of macaroni and cheese with a friend.

Forget the fried bologna and be in community at the gym.

Pick an afternoon to shop and “wine” with a few special co-workers.

Invite the neighbor over for social communion and steak on the grill.

It’s no time like the present to enjoy what and who makes us happy and on that note, I must end this and tend to the next batch of goodies on the baking list.

Soft and chewy ginger cookies.

Yum, one of my favorites. Right out of the freezer. It’s food, people!

You can have one (virtually) if you leave a short paragraph about your favorite food, favorite person/people, or a community event during Christmas you cannot do without. Or blog about it because, after all, we are a fellowship of bloggers who like to eat. Right?

24 responses to Food, Family, Friends and Fellowship

  1. quiall says:

    Food, fun, fellowship is a recipe I can get behind. I make it often and I make it well. Not to brag.

  2. dweezer19 says:

    This time of year really revs my already pushed baking pedal, Mary. Couple that with hubs and I never missing a season of the Great British Bakeoff and I’m all in. When my kids were growing up it was always us who hosted holiday gatherings with family and friends who brought side dishes or desserts. The boys loved it and hubs always helped with clean up for those events. Now that it’s just the two of us here in ‘Paradise’ and because of Covid and his health we don’t socialize much. But we have a few friends we enjoy spending time with. Unlike many ‘expats’ (I don’t like labels) I put up a tree and decorate and watch all my favorite Christmas shows and bake goodies to share. We have lovely holiday memories and keeping them alive means something to me. Thanks for your post sharing your own traditions. 🤗❤️ PS Just yesterday I mad Bourbon Caramel sauce and one friend asked me what for.😳😱

    • bikerchick57 says:

      What for? LOL…anything made with alcohol is not to be questioned, but merely ingested…gladly. I imagine the bourbon caramel sauce is good over ice cream or maybe with only a spoon.
      One of my cookie recipes for this year are Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chip cookies with browned butter. They are delish! I would love to learn more about the science of baking as I think it would help when I need to make substitutions or get consistencies exactly right. Perhaps Alton Brown could make a special trip to my place? ;-p

      • dweezer19 says:

        Right! Also good over cobblers, bread pudding… We watched Alton for years. It does help to understand the science of baking. I’ve made those Bourbon Pecan cookies. Lotta work. My biggest undertaking was the time I made authenticItalian Fig cookies. Such a fave of mine. I love GBB because they talk about the processes and what could go wrong. I’d love a handshake from Paul, hug from Noel and a happy grin from Pru. 😊Happy Baking, Mary!

  3. Herman says:

    Getting together to share food with friends and family is always one of the most beautiful things. I love to have pancakes with my friends… 😉

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I saw the pancakes on your post, Herman. Blueberry pancakes are my favorite, but at the moment, I am craving pumpkin or gingerbread because tis the season!

  4. rugby843 says:

    My mom made Mac and cheese with white sharp cheddar but as a hostess in later years I loved using melted velveeta with salsa for cheese dip. I am making some old fashioned oatmeal cookies and have a good recipe for peanut butter and one for molasses too.❤️

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s funny, I can’t even look at Velveeta or bologna these days. My eating habits are far different now, but still love, love, love my Christmas cookies!

  5. Dan Antion says:

    I can taste those fried-in-butter bologna sandwiches, although , my mom used ring bologna. I would still eat those today. My wife’s church (Russian Orthodox) has a vegan fast that runs from late November until their Nativity (Christmas) in early January. While the can eat fish and crustaceans on most days, she’s not a big fan. She does like shrimp, and on Christmas, along with more traditional holiday fare, I prepare a large shrimp cocktail . We’ve been doing this for years, and it’s a very nice tradition.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      There used to be a health food store near Green Bay that had organic bologna from a local farm. It was excellent, nothing like the Oscar Mayer stuff. I would buy it occasionally, but not fry it. These days I’m more apt to put shrimp on my plate. I love shrimp!

  6. murisopsis says:

    Today I made Pfefferkuchen cookies which are like what we think of as gingerbread but on steroids… It calls for a tablespoon of ginger, and 3 teaspoons of clove, and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon! The first bite bites you back!! A staple for Christmas is the Loaded Mashed Potato Soup which happens the day after Christmas when we use up the leftovers!!

  7. Aw, your Thanksgiving day sounded delightful! It is fun to remember back to childhood moments and what food was served and enjoyed. We never had mac and cheese for Thanksgiving, so that’s news to me too. If I had to choose a favorite Thanksgiving dish it would be the now-for-me forbidden Lefsa! Fresh off the griddle soaked in butter, YUM!
    PS – the ginger cookies looked delicious too. I wish you a wonderful Christmas season. And that your tree survives in its safe spot on top of the cupboards.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      There’s nothing wrong with potatoes (mom made the best potato pancakes), except when we add butter and cream cheese and other nefarious additions. I’m glad I have the childhood memories, and now I’m making adult memories. Have a good December and enjoy the holiday fun!

      • My FIL loves potato pancakes, I haven’t had those in decades. Perkins used to have them on the menu. I don’t know if they still do. They would bring out all the syrups and all the butter…! LOL
        Same to you, have a wonderful holiday season! 🎄🎅🏻🎁📦🛒🍰🍥🎂

  8. Ally Bean says:

    I like your take on Thanksgiving and that you like ginger cookies. Me too. I have a theory that if everyone shared their favorite foods with their enemies there’d be less strife in this world. Yumminess would lead to world peace.

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