A Joyous Christmas to All

A joyous Christmas to all.  This past sunday our Church’s choir presented a musical program based on the theme “Out of Darkness and Into Light”.  It seems that the more I learn, the more enlightened I am, even when it comes to history and ancestors.  Being able to learn, be kind, expand, hope, and give are becoming part of a great whole that includes my awe and gratitude for a leader who I esteem as my Lord and Savior.
This video clip by Spire Music/Rob Gardner made me think of dark, light, awe, and a great whole centered on Jesus Christ.

Turkey Dressing: A Family Legacy

Etching of Tom Turkey, Hen and Chicks.FOOD

Yes, food is a lovely and delicious thing.  Not only essential, but a strong element in developing and maintaining a family’s legacy.   Jeff Anderson writes:

“Food is much more than our body’s fuel; it is an integral and sacred part of human culture that unites families and transcends generations. Many families strengthen their bond and maintain their identity by passing on recipes from generation to generation.”

For full article see <http://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/preserve-your-familys-living-legacy-12-12-12/>

There seems to be one recipe that stays alive for me – it’s DRESSING.  No, not the tasty liquid stuff you put on top of green leaves, but the one made in a pan with turkey drippings.

As far as I know, the recipe has been handed down word of mouth for at least 3 generations.  The ingredients are simple but how much to use of them contributes to the legacy.  I don’t think they’ve ever been measured and recorded.  Here’s an attempt:

  • 1 round skillet of cornbread (cooked ’til brown in a cast iron pan)
  • bread pieces torn in little pieces (some hotdog buns for good flavor)
  • turkey drippings (a lot)
  • 1-2 onions (I think white ones are best, Vidalias aren’t strong enough)
  • 2-5 stalks celery (crispy fresh stalks are preferable to old, wilty variety)
  • 1-4 eggs, raw

Tear up all the bread and mix together.  Blend (meaning: whiz in a blender until you can’t tell what it is) the onion and celery with the turkey drippings (from a turkey that’s been cooking for about 8 hours in a low oven inside a foiled sealed roasting pan).  Add the blended-up liquidy mixture to the bread – and this is important – mix with your fingers.  Add enough turkey drippings/broth to moisten all the bread sufficiently so it has the consistency of partially congealed jello.  Add eggs and salt and pepper to taste.  Stir it all up (again, make sure to use your fingers).   Bake for about 40-50 minutes in a 350F oven until it starts to brown on top.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

I was listening to Ella sing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” while messing around the house last week.  The words of the lyrics jumped out at me, probably because I’ve been thinking about so many ancestors and relatives that I hope one day to see.  It’s the lyric that goes:

“Someday soon, we all will be together if the fates allow.  Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow.  So, have yourself a merry little Christmas now.”

The song was written in 1944 for the movie “Meet Me In Saint Louis”.  It was war time.  The following video was produced by the ND National Guard which shares a bit about the hard times and circumstances in which this song became known and why it became a hit.

Below is a clip of Judy Garland singing the song from the movie:

Tree, Tree, Tree

The Live Oak Draped with Spanish Moss is a Beautiful Thing

The Live Oak Draped with Spanish Moss is a Beautiful Thing

I was in my family history class last sunday when I excitedly shared that I had been working on this website.  I said, “Look up mykindredtree.com”.  My friend started typing, then stopped and asked, “Did you say My Kindred Dead .com?”  “NO”, “Tree”.

A few minutes later another class member walked in late and I said, “So, look up my new website, mykindredtree.com”.  A few seconds after her fingers started their tapping she looked at me and asked, “My Kindred Dead?”  “NO”, “Tree, Tree, TREE!”

I suppose the words “Kindred Dead” have become a phrase of sorts when talking about family history.  It was by design and purpose that this site includes the word “Tree” in it (it didn’t hurt that the URL was available as well).

Well, the Mighty Live Oak Tree has far reaching branches, is huge, and has a strength that can survive tremendous storms.  No wonder families are like trees.  Ginger

We Forgot Our Roots!


So Bill was cleaning out the garden a couple of weeks ago and found this! A carrot that we forgot we planted.  Maybe it was because Thanksgiving was around the corner but we both thought it looked like the rump of the ‘free’ turkey I earned by buying about $350 worth of groceries.

I suppose the lesson that applies is that it’s easy to forget what we plant, but our roots will remind us who we are or in this case, what we look like!


New Website About Our Family History

Welcome to this new website ‘My Kindred Tree’.  Bill and I have started it to record and share our family histories.  The plan is to include our pedigrees of those who came before us which include the surnames:  HOPKINS, DEAN, LINN, BARKER, HOLDER, BURKHALTER, DENTON, INGLETT.  There will be more.

We also want to include stories and pictures.  This is a way to share the information we have and help bring history alive.  We would like to include input from family members that are interested and want to share accurate information.

Make sure to contact us at mykindredtree@gmail.com if you have an interest in contributing.  This is a new e-mail and we’ll try to remember to check it often. If we don’t get back to you as soon as you’d like, please e-mail us at gigdean@gmail.com

I have been involved with a genealogy class these past few weeks as well as taking a class on how to make websites.  This endeavor is the combination of the two experiences.  With Christmas coming up, it may take a couple of months to fully organize the site.  We really, really want involvement from family members as we develop.  Some of the ways we’re envisioning your help is :

  • to write your experiences with family history
  • write your own personal history (things you want to share with the world)
  • share photos you may have of relatives and ancestors
  • contribute what you learn from your own research
  • compile interesting data about your ancestors (where they lived, occupations, etc)
  • share stories

There are many more ways to contribute that I’m sure you’ll think of.  Please let us know.  Of course, any information about living relatives should only be shared with their permission, including pictures.

More later, Ginger