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Mama and Bigmama

As kids, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at Bigmama's house were so much fun!  We would hear Bigmama and Mama preparing for the meals days leading up to the holiday – finalizing the menu, grocery shopping, and always checking to see who had chittlins, sweet potatoes, and fresh mustard or collard greens available!

It was so exciting to see Bigmama and Mama in the kitchen; the time and effort they put into carefully preparing such special family holiday meals – it was so personal to them.  We would help at times, but we really didn't feel qualified.  And, it wasn't like Bigmama had any written recipes to follow.  Plus,  everybody really just wanted Bigmama's and Mama's cooking!  

That wonderful aroma filled the house - you could even smell the food cooking outside.  We couldn't wait to eat!  We kept passing through the kitchen  "Is anything ready yet?"   You see, Bigmama didn't believe in making her grandkids wait until dinner to eat - so we got to taste whatever they were cooking! 

Finally, dinner was ready!  Turkey, baked ham with pineapples, chittlins (with hot sauce), cornbread dressing, mustard and collard greens, black-eyed peas, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce,  homemade rolls, Mama's famous pound cake, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and Bigmama's sweet potato pie! 

After the family blessing of the food, we would all sit down to eat - tables were set up everywhere.  The house was full of laughter and everybody had a story to tell!  Then, we'd all fall asleep watching the football game…and before long the eating would start again!

Holidays, family, and plenty of love at Bigmama's house!