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A historical Thanksgiving

November 12, 2012

Katie still talks about going to the Atlanta History Center 3+ years ago for their Thanksgiving program and was more than delighted to hear that we were able to go this year.

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Not only did she get to grind the corn to make cornmeal, but she also got to pick and schuck the corn…even better than years past.

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Michael was all about the “power” it took to shuck this particular cob and break off the end piece. Katie, however, wanted to know how to pick the best one and of course how to dry the cob for grinding. Just in case you didn’t expect it, we did indeed bring home our cobs in an attempt to dry them and then grind them between two bricks for baking. I guess I am a true homeschooling mom…sure kids you can do that despite the fact that I have a bag of cornmeal in the pantry.

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Cousin Julius and Aunt Jenny joined us for the last hour of the day, just in time to head back to the farm to show Julius the sites.

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Michael took the time to stuff a life-size scarecrow with hay and corn shucks.

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Clare just wanted lunch.

And explore everything on the ground…spider webs, rocks, leaves….

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Katie was so excited to visit with the baker, assist her in making her biscuits, and then getting out of the hot wood-fire heated room. She didn’t leave, however, until she’d written down the lady’s recipe…a mix of modern and original ingredients. After getting home, she made her biscuits, only to decide they were a little too “weird” and throw them out. Oh well. Now we know.

Now, I think we will start preparing our thanksgiving menu. I hear we get the luxury of a PJ Thanksgiving with friends. Sweet!

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