South Waltoners count blessings on Thanksgiving

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 16:53 PM.

In addition to time spent with family, Thanksgiving also conjures up thoughts of special foods.

In addition to time with family, Seagrove's Donnelle Clark especially looks forward to eating ambrosia on Thanksgiving Day, which is made with her grandmother's recipe and eaten with a piece of coconut cake made with fresh grated coconut.

When family and visitors ask Gulf Place's Bill Freeze the best place in the area to eat, he always says "my house" because Cheryl Freeze is a tremendous cook. So, to give her a holiday and keep her out of the kitchen, he is taking Cheryl, her son and daughter and their children on a cruise to Nassau for Thanksgiving. But on her return she must fix her famous dressing for all, said Bill.

Santa Rosa Beach's Carol Wenrick remembers when her clan all gathered at Mom and Pop's home in New Jersey and Carol did the cooking, but they are both deceased now. In the past 10 years they have gotten together with friends. But last year and this year, they are joining Denny’s sister and her husband at a cabin in the woods; last year in Gatlinburg, and this year northwest Georgia.

As a child, Alys Beach's George Hartley remembers seeing his cousins at his grandparents' house, and, of course, dessert. As an adult, his tradition is seeing all his kids home, and, of course, dessert.

Sandestin's Gerry Christman's tradition is fairly simple: cranberries.

Artist Aaron Sutton says his wife and mother-in-law always make amazing chocolate-chip cookies with chunks of dark chocolate bars rather than regular chips. "They are awesome. A glass of milk and three of those and I'm done!" he said.



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