Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions

8:26:00 AM

Seeing as tomorrow is Thanksgiving I wanted to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving day traditions. Usually my dad and I start out the day by running the Turkey Trot, a local fun, holiday run, 5k. After that we come home and I help mom in the kitchen while usually my dad does some sort of work around the house and my brother and sister watch TV. One of my absolute favorite thing that we all do every Thanksgiving though would have to be make dumplins! My grandmother used to make them every year while I was growing up, and when she passed away, my mom year after year has worked to trying to get her recipe down. The last couple years they really have turned out perfect, but let me tell you, it is quite a process. Our family is from the south so we don't half-ass anything when it comes to cooking!

Grandma's Dumplins
Now I'm not sure on the specifics of the recipe, but it is actually quite simple once you get it down. You start by soaking the chicken, or turkey in this case, gizzard and other parts in a large pot of water overnight (we usually use the gizzards and things from the turkey that we buy). After letting them soak for hours and hours, you remove the organs and begin boiling the water.  After the water is brought to a boil, you take some pre-packaged croissant dinner rolls and roll them out very thin on a floured surface. Usually we roll them out to be about 1cm or so thick. If you have ever made pasta, it is just like that. The fun part is now dropping the dough into the boiling water, always dropping it into a hole, as fast as possible. Grandma used to let the kids help at this part :)

After each piece of dough has been dropped into the water you then let it all boil for a minute or so you remove it from the heat and add flour, salt and pepper to the water mixture, this makes it more like a gravy sauce versus a soup...mmmm mmmmm

Grandma's dumplins are one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving dinner. My other favorite is the stuffing :) Oh, my mouth is already starting to water thinking about all of the yummy food in store for tomorrow!

They will look something like this, but I will show you the real thing tomorrow
After an early dinner, at around 3 o'clockish, we all disperse from the table, usually take a little nap, and then all go play outside in the yard. As a child, Thanksgiving was always held at my grandmother's house and us kids would be running around doing something crazy. I remember my cousin, Brandi and I used to braid each other's hair in super tiny braids and our moms would get so mad, telling us that they wouldn't come out.

We also used to play croquet is the front yard every year, but now we have updated to playing corn hole.

Croquet at its best...hahahhahahaha

The new addition to our Thanksgiving day activities

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving memory or tradition?

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