12 November 2007

Over the River and Through the Woods…

I remember singing this in the car on the way to my grandparent’s house Thanksgiving morning……

It was cold and crisp and I was waiting to get to grandma’s to see my cousins and of course eat Thanksgiving dinner. Grandma was the best cook and there was always so much to eat. After dinner my dad would fall asleep on grandma’s couch while my uncles sat and talked. ‘The women’ cleaned up, of course!

Have you taken the time to think about the Thanksgiving holidays you spent with your family years ago? Have you written those memories down? Do you have the recipes for your mom or grandma’s gravy or mincemeat pie? I never tried mincemeat pie at grandma’s. I couldn’t figure out what type of meat mince was!

This holiday season take the time to write down those memories, collect the recipes and share them with the rest of your family, maybe in a family newsletter or our society cookbook!
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Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandfather's house we go;
the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandfather's house away!
We would not stop for doll or top,
for 'tis Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river, and through the wood-
oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose,
as over the ground we go.

Over the river, and through the wood
and straight through the barnyard gate.
We seem to go extremely slow-
it is so hard to wait!

Over the river, and through the wood-
when Grandmother sees us come,
She will say, "o, dear, the children are here,
bring a pie for every one."

Over the river, and through the wood-
now Grandmothers cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

This song originally appeared as a poem written by Lydia Maria Child. The poem appeared in Flowers for Children, Vol. 2 in 1844


  1. Thanks Pattie, Your post made me go back to my childhood and remember the food, the fun and family. I enjoyed reading the little history lesson about the poem.

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  3. Thanks, Pattie, for the memory and for the cookbook plug. PCGS is encouraging our members to write down some memories and receipes so we can publish a members' cookbook. If you haven't done it yet, there is still time for you to get your memory written down and submit them to the cookbook committee, Peggy Fortner, Margaret O'Dell, Vera White, Virgina Abbey and Virginia Britten. Hopefully, during the Holidays, everyone can relive some great family moments. And, Pattie, there will be a recipe for mince meat included in the book.