Susan loves her family and a tintilating conversation that keeps that family lingering at the table. Learn how she “mixes, stirs and pours from an envelope” for the sake of variety, fellowship and fun! –Sue
Delighted to share at Sue’s place today!
Our family does Thanksgiving really, really well! We gather at my daughter’s home where she and her husband tag team the cooking extravaganza. I call it their “Magnum Opus” cooking feat — each year they out-do the year before.
Normally, I’m in charge of a couple of sides, a ten-pound bag of potatoes, and the after-dinner, stay-around-the-table activity. We do not do the traditional “what are you thankful for” questions. I find them too ordinary and too uncreative. Everyone seems to say the same old thing year after year — boring!
I research and ponder and come up with thought-provoking questions for each table guest. The question is normally sealed in an envelope – no peeking allowed! Each envelope has the guest’s name and is placed under their place setting at the beautifully adorned dining table.
Our Thanksgiving table is quite eclectic and very progressive! I am usually seated by my husband and my “was-band.” You see, the ex- is always included in the list of guests. Some may say: How do you do that? To which I answer,
It’s not a big deal – that was a long time ago and after all, he is the father and the grandfather of those I hold most dear.
This past Thanksgiving we had so much fun at our little post-meal activity! Being the political group we are, several of the questions were focused on the election.
Our granddaughter, a sophomore at Liberty University, majoring in International Relations and Strategic Intelligence, was asked to name her preferred presidential cabinet and why.
Our grandson–an eighth grader, overactive and thirteen–had to decide what nine items he would take on a survival mission of being left alone on a remote island in British Columbia–no guns, no boat. And because this kid is such a character, he gave his answer in a true-to-life impersonation of Donald Trump. It was hilarious and this Mimz (me) was hysterical and we were all entertained!
My hubs had to name his favorite character quality of each person at the table, including his husband-in-law (my was-band) Talk about grace–his answer was nothing short of heavenly-inspired!
Another guest named nine things he would buy after winning the lottery. One listed nine things on her bucket list. How about this, “You’re on a sinking cruise ship, you have time to grab a few things and you are preparing to abandon ship. You are the only survivor in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean and it is mid-August. No land in sight. What nine items are you going to take and why?” THAT question was sealed in my bachelor son’s envelope.
We had a lot of fun with these questions and it did keep us around the table for quite a bit of time, which, of course, is the whole purpose! Our table is not completely unified in Spirit – yet. Our common thread is love and respect. It is my prayer that the love of Christ constrains those of us who know HIM, and through our time at the table, draws those of us who don’t, toward Him!
How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.
Psalm 133 New Living Translation
- 1-8 oz box corn muffin mix (to double: 2-8 oz boxes)
- 1-8 oz can creamed corn (to double: 1-16 oz can creamed corn)
- 1-8 oz can corn kernels, drained (to double: 1-16 oz can corn kernels, drained)
- 1 stick real butter, softened (to double: 2 sticks of real butter, softened)
- 2 eggs (to double: 3 extra large eggs or 4 medium eggs)
- 1 cup sour cream (to double: 1-16 oz container sour cream)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Mix well: eggs, corn muffin mix, corns, sour cream and butter.
- Slightly butter the baking dish.
- Bake 45 minutes and test for doneness with a toothpick inserted in the middle.
- A large baking dish will take a little longer.
- The top will get slightly brown.
- Serve hot.
Susan Chamberlain Shipe, a writer since the age of eight when she and her neighborhood friend wrote, edited, published, and distributed The Manor News. Things have changed since publishing with the five and dime stamp lettering set! Today Susan enjoys blogging, writing short devotions and short stories from her empty-nest home in the Appalachian Mountain Range of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, which she shares with her husband of thirty plus years, Lowell, and their beloved dog, Sam. Susan can be found musing several times a week at hopehearthome.com.