Where I Am From: a Recipe for Thanksgiving

I am from pick up trucks, from mason jars and the fragrance of windswept prairie.

I am from the homestead…hard-working, early-rising, working for yourself.

I am from the wheat, the yarro.

I am from dinner at Grandma’s and brown eyes, from Cousins, Aunts and Uncles.

I am from common sense and brown hair and big feet.

From “It’s too pretty to be inside,” and “You’re in my light”, and “‘Gosh durn’ kids left on every light in the house.”

I am from The Old Rugged Cross and Saturday night mass.

Iโ€™m from Far and Away,  and Silkwood ;deviled eggs and chicken & noodles and Marlene’s rolls.

From riding shotgun with Grandma, playing with fire in the flower shop, and 89ers Day.

I am from the Grandma’s living room, Leona’s house, and periwinkles and coleus and calladium.
I am from understanding I’m loved no matter what, covering a multitude of mistakes, realizing how rich I am, finding my anchor hold in gratitude.
Aunt Marlene’s Recipe for Home Made Noodles
4 eggs, beaten                                       1 stick margarine, melted
2 t. milk (yes, teaspoons)                       2 t. salt
3 to 4 c. flour
Mix eggs, margarine and milk.  Add flour and sale to make a thick dough.  Roll thin, using plenty of flour.  Roll up like a jelly roll.  With a sharp knife, cut diagonally into narrow strips.  Can be cooked immediately in chicken broth or frozen to use later.

I am participating in Mama Kat’s writer’s workshop prompts 2 and 3 because they work together so well.

I am also sharing my awesome with Jennifer @ Momma Made It Look Easy.


  1. Beautifully written! I love your addition of the noodle recipe.
    stopping by from Mama Kat's

  2. I'm really enjoying reading these. =) And bonus! Yours has a recipe!

  3. Perfectly lovely.

  4. Very nice! I love it, and I'm going to have to try that recipe!

    Stopping by from Mama Kat's!

  5. I think…no, I know I was told every one of those quotes especially the "you're in my light!" one.

    And your last line? So get that. Simply beautiful.

  6. Wow. Since I am an Army brat, I never got to stay in one place for very long. You make me a bit wistful about that.

  7. Great idea to combine both prompts. And how wonderful to know this with certainty — "I am from understanding I'm loved no matter what, covering a multitude of mistakes, realizing how rich I am, finding my anchor hold in gratitude."

  8. I love that you included a recipe! – what a great idea!

    I adore that last sentence the most. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Beautiful and comforting! Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Oh wow, homemade noodles? YUM!! I love where you're from. I had to laugh at the "leaving on the lights in every room" one. Reminds me of my house TODAY!!

  11. I love how simple your poem was, but still filled with so much meaning!

  12. I loved this. It certainly brings back a lot of memories from our family times. We have a great family, and we are very blessed. Marlene's recipe is a little different than your Great-Grandma Stadler's, but I am sure Marlene's is favulous, too Love ya!

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