Every Thanksgiving, from the time I could remember until 2010, I’ve spent Thanksgiving at my grandparents house with the same spread of food. Delicious as it was, you knew what was to be expected and it was never anything I got overly excited about.
It wasn’t until traditions changed, as family members passed and
grandchildren were born, that those little things that came to me every
year were no longer a norm. My parents are now the grandparents and we
celebrate holidays at their house the same way we did at my own
This year, however, has thrown me for a large loop in my holiday
plans. My husband’s job requires him to work Thanksgiving and the days
following so a trip home is not in our cards. I’ve decided to go on with the most traditional Thanksgiving that the two of us will share
I’m very thankful for all of the Thanksgivings I was able to spend
with loved ones who have passed and those who are still with me, but
this year has me even more thankful and reflective on those past years. I
wish I would have spent 10 more minutes at the table instead of
napping. I wish I would have paid more attention to exactly how a dish
was prepared. Although we’d love to go back, we can’t, so we must learn
from the past.
I’d like to share a piece of my family traditions with you in case
you too are having to switch up your normal holiday traditions. This
recipe is the salad dressing that was used at my grandparents. My own
parents haven’t adopted it into their Thanksgiving meal; perhaps it’s
what I’ll bring to the table next year.
Things You’ll Need:
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 c vinegar
1 tbsp. celery seed
1 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1 small onion
2 c very chilled vegetable or canola oil
Mix all ingredients in a blender, place in dressing container, serve chilled.