2020 Thanksgiving: The Thanksgiving I Nearly Forgot

I was to deliver to you today Part Two of my story of how I got stuck in the barn door, but this entire election scandal has nearly clogged up my brain. I was so consumed by the highjacking of the great American privilege to vote, I nearly forgot Thanksgiving was approaching. We sure could use some uplifting pumpkin recipes about now.

I think the majority of America was glued to the television on Tuesday, November 3rd. While watching the overwhelming support for President Trump flood in, I began to be mildly concerned when the American voter’s “firehose” of support abruptly shut off. I went to bed perplexed by this odd occurrence.

Black Hole of despair

No matter who you voted for, we all are invested in a legally cast vote, properly counted, without algorithmic internet programed interference or malicious intent by human hands. Voting is a special, privileged part of life as a free citizen in the United States of America.

There seems to be no ability to present or discuss truth in the current political climate. People refuse to be objective and use common sense. One political party sees America as bad from its inception. The other party believes America as having a great spiritual foundation, individual liberty able to pursue hard-worked endeavors, along with enjoying the fruits of those labors. We are definitely a nation divided.


Right now, as I type this article there are awful things being said about Thanksgiving in articles on the internet. As I was looking up the history of Thanksgiving one article after the other waits to tell you “The Brutal, Dark Origins…” another “The Horrible History of Thanksgiving” and so on.

But don’t let the squashers and internet truth scrubbing trolls destroy the true truth. Thanksgiving was about thankfulness. People who were thankful to be alive, thankful to have what little they did and to share it with others. Thankful to come together in the community and be grateful for the friendship despite uncommon background or geographic origins.

Most importantly, Thanksgiving was about recognizing God and his hand on and within our lives as people- minus skin color or gender. We were given life to live in honor and celebration of Him. To use our gifts, individual and corporate to further His kingdom.

Squashing Thanksgiving and America

As I write this, several governors are scrambling to “cancel” Thanksgiving. They urge you to cancel your plans, mask up, sanitize, don’t gather in groups of more than xx people, bring your own food, sit outside, no indoor activities, frequent bathroom cleaning… the “rules” for “celebrating” this holiday go on and on.

Friends, WE ARE FREE PEOPLE. F R E E! We are AMERICANS who come from a sturdy stock of survivors. Survivors of disease, survivors of drought, survivors of wars, and survivors of personal tragedy. We will continue to survive as long as we keep God in the forefront while fighting for and cling to our American Republic and Constitution as founded.

It always amazes me that the leading faction of Anti-American folks spout all forms of ill about America from a platform of freedom. They enjoy their positions, their travel, their occupation, their income… all courtesy of American freedoms. It boggles my mind.

Keep calm and pumpkin on

Cheer up my friends. God’s plans continue regardless of who is President in America. Enjoy the following pumpkin recipes!

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie

  • Carton of Vanilla Ice Cream softened
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1 cup cream, whipped

Line a 13 x 9-inch pan with waxed paper and spread softened ice cream for the first layer. Place 13 x 9 with softened ice cream into the freezer to freeze. While your waiting- beat the pumpkin, brown sugar, salt, ginger, and cinnamon together. Add 1 cup whipped cream. Whip together and spread over frozen ice cream.

Pumpkin Bread

Image by HomeMaker from Pixabay
  • 2 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 2 cups pumpkin
  • 3 1/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup nutmeats
  • 2/3 cup raisins or chopped dates

Cream shortening and sugar thoroughly. Add eggs, pumpkin, and water mixing well, and set aside. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices then add to pumpkin mixture, mixing well. Stir in nuts and raisins or dates. Bake in a 350° oven for one hour. Makes TWO loaves.

You bless us by your readership and in buying a subscription to the Edgerton Enterprise. For that, we thank you all! As always here is to good food, good friends, and free well-lived life. Happy Thanksgiving!

About Michele Bruxvoort

Michele Bruxvoort is sure to draw you in with her delightful sense of humor and love for living life.   She enjoys reading, repurposing,  as well as remodeling the family home with her husband. Drawing from her life experience as wife, mom, and follower of Jesus, Michele brings you a very honest and real perspective on life.  When you don't find her writing, you can find her mowing lawns, stocking shelves, taking care of her grandbaby and tackling her latest life adventure. Wisconsin native and empty-nester, she now makes her home with her husband of 27 years in the South West Prairie plains of Minnesota.

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