May we have lots of Love Cake for Thanksgiving

Peggy Cooke

Well, it’s countdown time until we get to sit down and eat that yummy Thanksgiving Dinner.

In our family, we talk about it so far ahead that our appetites have a long time to grow, and grow, and grow.

The reason for this is mostly so everyone can be sure that Christine and I don’t make tamale dressing again!

It was really my idea. I saw the recipe first and since she and Ken Esten hadn’t been married for very long, I easily talked Christine into making it. But she got most of the blame and has been ostracized since that day.

Mamaw and Boopies’ dressing recipe has to be approved to make sure that nothing has been added or subtracted (by me or Christine) and that it will taste just like it always has until we made the tamale one.

Noelia’s cooking the turkey, I’m doing the dressing (using only Mamaw and Boopies’ recipe), Kathy’s bringing green bean casserole— also once ridiculed but now everybody has decided they actually like it—and her alwaysrequested mashed potatoes and asparagus & tomato salad.

Christine is bringing her famous cookies (chocolate chip and other varieties) for the weekend.

Deb Martin brings a ton of peppermint oreos, enough for the entire city of Rockdale—only we eat every single one ourselves.

We’ll also have pecan pie, apple pie, buttermilk chess pie, Kyle’s banana pudding and no telling what else and we’ll all swear that we’re never, ever going to eat that much again! Then we’ll choose up sides and take a nap.

Since the UT/A&M game isn’t until 7 p.m., Bill said, “Oh boy, we’ll get to stuff ourselves twice before the game even starts.”

Favorite son-in-law Bill will be at the game so we will eat his second helping. No, we’ll save him a plate, (maybe!)

Oh, and we will have homemade tamales—Kyle is bringing several dozen from Houston and Noelia will make enchiladas and we’ll have another Mexican feast after we run out of Thanksgiving goodies.

I’m getting hungry already!


One thing we’re sure to have is this recipe that 1st grader and grandson Augie wrote himself. We hope you have plenty of Love Cake this Thanksgiving season.

May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner Stay off your thighs!

Happy Thanksgiving from The Reporter Gang!

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