Combine crackers and butter. Spread half in bottom of buttered casserole dish. Cover with half of oysters and sprinkle with pepper. Repeat layers. Combine remaining ingredients and pour on top. Top with a layer of oyster crackers and pinches of extra butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Enjoy - Linda
Before you hit the road this Thanksgiving holiday, check out the work of talented historian and photographer Brian Brown at http://vanishingsouthgeorgia.com. It just may inspire you to leave a little earlier, slow down, take the scenic route and look out your window! -Whitney
This is the text of George Washington’s October 3, 1789 national Thanksgiving Proclamation; as printed in The Providence Gazette and Country Journal, on October 17, 1789.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
Would you be a good turkey mom? My Life As a Turkey, (http://video.pbs.org/video/2168110328) documentary about turkey imprinting proves turkeys are social, curious, affectionate, playful and smart. Joe Hutto tries to mother the turkeys but they turn the table, not Thanksgiving table, and teach him life lessons. Be present, the future is abstract. -Linda
"A person doesn’t have to live in the South to want to share good food with friends at the end of a warm day when the breeze is just right or to bask in the rewarding afterglow of a hard day’s work in the garden. Southerners didn’t invent these sorts of simple pleasures - we just refined them."