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Monday, November 19, 2007


In 1942 RKO Radio Pictures released 'Valley Of The Sun' a western comedy adventure staring Lucille Ball, John Craig, Cedric Hardwicke & Dean Jagger. This rare Publicity Press Still shows Lucille Ball carving the Thanksgiving Day dinner turkey between takes for Indian cast members Eliseo Concha & Adam Trujillo.

Wow, I have never seen this movie & being a Lucille Ball fan I will definitely be looking for this little gem.

Thanksgiving Day always brings memories of family & friends gathering around the scrumptious bountiful dinner table for Mom's favorite holiday comfort food delights. Juicy turkey, mushroom & turkey gravy, mushroom & French bread stuffing, buttered mashed potatoes, sweet potato au gratin, sliced string bean cheddar cheese casserole with crispy onion topping, red potato salad, deviled eggs, condiments of black & green olives, baby sliced dill pickles, iced celery & carrot sticks. Not to mention the deserts: pumpkin pie, apple pie, coffee cake with cinnamon sugared cream cheese icing. AND herbal teas & flavored coffees. Is your mouth watering yet?

Relaxing in the family room having cozy conversations with family & friends. Looking through family photo albums & reminiscing about the good & sad times we all shared together. Like Nat King Cole sings 'Unforgettable'...

Unfortunately my dear parents have passed away & so has some of my best friends. In their memory I will set a place at our table this year for them all with one empty chair, one empty plate & many lit candles. I will always treasure those memories & give thanks for the time I had with my sweet Mother & Father & wonderful friends.

May you all have a BLESSED & HAPPY THANKSGIVING, Lyndy

• 1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust
• 3/4 cup white sugar
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
• 2 eggs
• 1 (15 ounce) can solid pack 100% pure pumpkin
• 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
2. Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger & cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs lightly in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin & sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell.
3. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 F.; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. (Do not freeze as this will cause the crust to separate from the filling.)

*Bon App├ętit & Happy Turkey Day!!!
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Carolee said...

What lovely memories, Lyndy.... I really like the idea of setting an extra place at the table. :)

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Carolee

DesignsbyCK said...

Dear Lyndy,

What a lovely read on your family's Thanksgiving tradition! Thanks for sharing that and your dearly departed Mom's pumpkin pie recipe! Yum!! :)

Here is hoping you and yours has a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!!

PS: Love the new blog music! '-)

Chris :)


Hi Carolee, thank you. You are all in our prayers.

Blessings for Health & A Happy Thanksgiving, Lyndy


Hi Chris, I miss my parents dearly...


Bright Blessings & Happy Thanksgiving, Lyndy

Witchy-Poodle-Art said...

Happy memories are so important to keep close to your heart. My Mom's Thanksgiving specialty was a jello & cream cheese recipe, with cherries and walnuts. She'd serve each slice on a piece of lettuce. My Dad was the one who roasted the turkey, made the mashed potatoes and gravy, and Mom did the rest.

I wish you a lovely and Happy Thanksgiving!



Hi Becky, your Mom's holiday recipe sounds yummy & refreshing. I'll have to try that one. I know you'll have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Life has a way of really living up to my Mother's last words: 'Everything Happens For A Reason'! I know Joe is reading 'The Secret' & to make The Secret work think 'Positive' about everything...

May you & yours have a beautiful Thanksgiving!

BLESSINGS With Love Always, Lyndy

DesignsbyCK said...


I bet you do miss your parents and everything does happen for a reason!

What a lovely/loving tribute to them and absent friends with your extra place setting!

Positive begets positive always!

Happy Holidays! :)



Hi Chris, yes positive begets positive & unfortunately visa versa... But yes again, Momsies right everything is happening for a reason! Got to always make lemonade out of lemons (if you know what I mean)... You're so thoughtful, I wish I could give you a great big hug in person.

Have a wonderful warm & fuzzy Thanksgiving Day, Lyndy


DesignsbyCK said...

Hi Lyndy,

Hoping you and yours has a wonderful Thanksgiving too! :)

Ditto & BIG HUGS,


Anonymous said...

I LOVE LUCY, so this really is a wonderful memory for my hospital Thanksgiving stay. Thanks for the memories of the delicious holiday menu too. Hopefully someone will sneak in some leftovers because hospital food sucks, even during the holidays. I love your blog it's really fun. Can't wait for your next Dear Lady Lyndy on black cat art. I have two black cats Cleopatra & Morticia. So I emailed you a question on that topic for Ms. Sorceress Of Light.

Have A Great Thanksgiving Day, Jenny Kaye

Jodi said...

Beautiful thoughts from a Beautiful Lady.... thank you for sharing Lyndy... warm goodness from your hearth and heart!


Jodi and Richard

Carolee said...

Wishing you a wonderful day today. Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Carolee





DesignsbyCK said...

Thanks Lyndy 4 that! '-)



Hi Jenny, sorry you're spending Thanksgiving in the hospital. I do hope your family brings you your favorite treats from the Thanksgiving dinner.

Cool black cat names! I bet you named your cat's Cleopatra & Morticia because you are an Addams Family fan. Cleopatra being Morticia's pet plant right? AND yes Dear Lady Lyndy will be answering your question on black cat original art. Look for the second edition of the Sorceress Of Light Advise Column in a few days...

If you can, try to have a wonderful Thanksgiving visit with your family & friends when they can be with you.

(((((Healing Hugs & Blessings Of Lot's More Fun))))), Lyndy

Johanna Parker said...

May you have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving too Lyndy! I'm sending warm wishes for a day filled with sweet memories, laughter, love and tasty eats....

~ Johanna


Hi Jodi, may you & Richard have a sensational & delicious Thanksgiving Holiday. You two are hands down the most awe-inspiring SUPER STAR ARTISANS!

Lovely Jodi, I give thanks for having a wonderful & caring friend like you!

Sending You Blessings Of Love, Health & Wealth Always, Lyndy

Witchy-Poodle-Art said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Lyndy! (I'm wishing it again.) May you and Tom have a wonderful day full of loving memories!

Lots of Loving HUgs,

*retro-rudolphs* said...

Happy Thanksgiving Lyndy!
I too think that leaving an empty chair, place setting and lighting candles is a fantastic way to honor and remember past loved ones.


Hi Chris, I always save that turkey wishbone for a special day. After cleaning it, I wrap it up in a box with a bow & give it to my honey for New Year's Day & say Now Wish Away.....

XOXO, Lyndy


Hi Carolee, I hope this day finds you, John & your beautiful daughter (of course all you darling fur babies too) in health, happiness & making bewitching memories.

Healing Hugs With Blessings Of Goodness Always, Lyndy


Hi Johanna, thanks for posting & I know that 'Johanna Of The Forest' is having one of the most magickal Thanksgiving Day's Ever!!! Sweet kisses to all your fur babies & winged friends.

May You And Yours Have A Wonderful & Yummy Thanksgiving Day, Lyndy


Hi Enchantress Becky, I just love your darling Holiday Poodle PICs!!! They are almost as darling & sweet as you. Thank you for being such a sincere, trueblue & indubitably genuine kindred sister. You will always be a sister to me. We have the same dreams..... AND yes they will all come true!!!

Happy Thanksgiving To You, Joe & All Your Beautiful Fur Babies.

Bountiful Blessings Filled With Love, Joy & Wealth, Lyndy


Hi Cutiepie Lori, thanks for posting. Memories can be magical. My loved one's (departed & living) will always have a special place in my heart & soul.

May You & Yours Have A Magically Wonderful & Delicious Thanksgiving Day!

Hugs & Tons Of Fabulous Blessings, Lyndy

Random York said...

Beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving Lyndy!

vintagepaletteart said...

Happy Thanksgiving Lyndy! What wonderful memories and a loving tribute to family and friends. =o)


CCs Whimsies said...

So beautifully written Lyndy. Thank you for sharing your warm memories and tribute to the ones not here.... I hope you day was warm and filled with love. Christy


Hi John, I just listened to your new guitar solo Christmas CD & Noel is absolutely beautiful. I think you play with a lot of emotion straight from your heart. Where can I buy your complete Christmas CD? I majored in music in college (UCLA, CSUN & Pierce). I studied voice & keyboards & I minored in art. I was a musical therapist & privately taught piano for 25 years. I love playing classical & I think your guitar playing sounds like a mix of classical with light jazz. Kind of a Christmassy jazz classical fusion.

Thanks for stopping by & posting, I miss your wit & humor. Hope you & yours had a very Happy Thanksgiving. AND have a beautiful holiday weekend.

Blessings Filled With Joy & Merriment, Lyndy


Hi My Favorite Fairy Blog Queen Lori, thanks for stopping by & posting. Hope you & yours had a very Happy Thanksgiving. I can't believe how fast this year went by, yet more memories to behold. And that's A GOOD THING...

Have A Beautiful Holiday Weekend!

Bountiful Merriment Blessings, Lyndy


Hi Christy, I've missed you. I appreciate you stopping by & posting. Hope you & yours had a pleasant & comforting Thanksgiving even though there was the absence of your dear father, knowing he is in your hearts forever.

As always your art work sparkles & shines with whimsy. Congrats again on all your accomplishments & especially your retail reproduction contracts. Your Wizard Of Oz series is lovely.

Have A Beautiful Holiday Weekend!

Bountiful Blessings With Love Always, Lyndy

Random York said...

Lyndy, what a wonderful blog you publish! Thanks again for the comments. Now the real reason... I tag you to write 5 random things about youreslf... you can see details on my blog...
Sincere warm wishes,


Good Morning JR, thanks for the compliment. Five random things... as in random or Random York??? I'll have to fly by & see. Be by soon!

Merry Music Blessings, Lyndy