Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving in Greenville SC

thanksgiving in greenville sc
A yearly holiday that occurs on the fourth Thursday in November. It is based on the original colonial Pilgrim’s harvest meal from 1621. But what did they really eat?
  • Turkey. No records exist stating what the original meal contained however there is a journal left by pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow that states William Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission. Wild turkey was plentiful in the region and would be a common food source for settlers and Native Americans. But the team could have returned with other birds such as ducks, geese and swans. Locally found items such as herbs, onions or nuts would have been used for extra flavor. There is also notes by Winslow that the Wampanoags arrived with an offering of five deer. If roasted over a open fire the colonists could have used the prepped version to create a hearty stew.
  • Fruits and Vegetables. The first Thanksgiving might have also contained local fruits and vegetables available to the local natives. These would have been onions, beans, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, carrots and maybe peas. Corn was plentiful but most likely ground into a cornmeal and pounded into a thick mush or porridge and sweetened with molasses. Indigenous fruits would have included blueberries, plums, grapes, gooseberries, raspberries and cranberries.
  • Fish and Shellfish. Culinary historians think that a lot of the first Thanksgiving was made up of seafood. Mussels were abundant in New England and easily gathered. Other options could have been lobster, bass, clams and oysters.
  • Potatoes. Potatoes were originally introduced to Europe from South America when the Spanish brought them back around 1570. But by the time the Pilgrims headed out they were not popular enough for the Pilgrims to take them along. Native Americans ate other tubers like Indian turnips and groundnuts.
  • Pumpkin Pie. Without an oven or wheat and flour, early Pilgrims lacked the amenities for making pumpkin pie. But they could have hollowed out the pumpkins, filled them with milk, honey and spices to make a custard and then roasted the gourds in hot ashes.

 Our Thanksgiving today is much more refined than what the pilgrims had available to them. Our current traditions are more based on what has been passed down from generation to generation in the form of family traditions. Most often the women of the family carry on the traditions of their mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers with input from their spouses in the form of favorite items.

Nearly 90 percent of people today eat turkey in one of the many preparations. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Communities also put a lot of effort into providing the less fortunate with a “traditional” Thanksgiving meal. In many cities, local food banks and volunteers give out the ingredients to make the meal or work in a shelter fixing and serving meals.

Use this opportunity to give thanks this year for what you have and make it a point to be happy on our day of thanks when you spend it with family or friends.

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Just Listed - 203 Spring Meadow Rd, Simpsonville, SC 29680

203 Spring Meadow Rd, Simpsonville, SC 29680
203 Spring Meadow Rd, Simpsonville, SC 29680
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Levels: 2
Square Feet: +/-2398
Type: Detached Single Family
MLS # 1379996
Price: $200,000

This 4 Bedroom/2.5 Bathroom ~2400 HSF traditional-style home is situated in a mature neighborhood with trees and space between you and your neighbors. Located in the quiet neighborhood of Foxwood, you are in the city limits of Simpsonville with the feeling of a country setting. The layout of this home allows you to spread out and not feel cramped for personal space. There is a Formal Dining & Living Room, Family Room with a gas fireplace, with doors leading to the back deck and yard. This is a well-maintained home featuring the following items updated: Master Bedroom was painted, and new faucets and new light fixtures were installed over both sinks. In the Secondary bath was painted, and a new light fixture, new faucet and towel racks were installed. The 4th bedroom measuring at 19x18 could double as a Bonus Room. The spare bedrooms, living room and dining room were painted, then crown molding was added to spare bedroom that faces the back yard. In the Kitchen, it was painted and updated with Stainless Steel appliances, the stove was recently purchased in March 2018. There is tons of cabinets and counter space in this kitchen. The Family Rm was painted, then added the hardwood floors (extra planks are in the garage), installed a new ceiling fan, gas logs were installed. Piedmont Natural Gas came out on November 6th, 2018 checked and fireplace is working as intended. The recently-stained deck has been expanded and is great for entertaining, grilling, or enjoying a quiet moment. The garage was painted and a new garage door unit with a keypad and 2 remotes was installed in October 2018. In the backyard, fencing for a dog pen was installed. September 2018 a new downstairs HVAC unit was installed, and the Upstairs Unit was serviced, and is in good working order. The Roof is adorned with Architectural shingles and was installed in 2010. Great Area, Great Home, Great Neighborhood, near 385 for easy access, close to Downtown Greenville, and Shopping.

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The interactive map below shows 203 Spring Meadow Rd but not necessarily the exact location of the home itself. Directions: 1-3855 to Fairview Rd Exit - Turn Right then Immediately Right on
Grandview; 1st left on Davenport just pass Church; 2nd Right on Spring
Meadow Rd; Home on Left.