Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Retro Wednesday.....




Hi Everybody....
With Thanksgiving just a day away, I usually carry on a family tradition started by my Grandmother by setting out a bowl of nuts with these nutcrackers. These have been used every holiday since I can remember. Although I will say that jumbo walnuts and paper shell pecans were a rare treat. We usually had a bowl of hickory nuts, butter nuts, or black walnuts setting out instead...Those were the nuts that grew wild in our neighborhood, and we could pick up and gather them for free!
These old crackers still work great. I know that it's much easier to buy quality nuts on sale that are already shelled, but ya know....
Sometimes you just need to Bust a Nut!!!
See you tomorrow.
Peace...!!!

23 comments:

Susan Anderson said...

Mmmmm..nuts in your mouth, LOL. See you Friday!

Mama Zen said...

I have some just like those!

big Jenn said...

I have nut crackers too and a bowl of nuts on the table mean Christmas to me. My polock dad used to insist on kolaczkis made with hickory nuts, ugh! Now that's a lot of work! jeNN

Serena said...

We had nutcrackers like that when I was a kid. I haven't seen one in years, but I'm not surprised that YOU have one.:)

Thom said...

Nothing better than cracking hard nuts. LOL. My grandmother did the same thing. Happy Thanksgiving

secret agent woman said...

My grandmother always did this, too, and then my mother, and now me.

secret agent woman said...

(Incidentlaly, we also use these for getting into boiled crabs.)

Tall Kay said...

You are so funny and witty! I have one of those too...is it old fashioned? What else do people use to crack nuts? I really need to get out more often...

Hey, are we doing gratitude 55's this week?

Larry said...

I've always looked for the first sign of the nutcrackers lying around the nutbowl because I knew it was time to get crackin and theres nothing like bustin a nut the day before a holiday if you know what I mean. have A Great Turkey Day Galen.


Monkey Man said...

I don't think of nut crackers as being old fashioned, but I suppose my grandmother didn't think of a butter churn as old fashioned either.

Shadow said...

i still have my mom's nutcracker. from pre-ww2 days. and it works. i love my nuts over christmas...

the walking man said...

I can finally say "Galen I have some of those nut crackers too" I had to hide them from the old lady though.

Nessa said...

We have nut crackers like that, too. There's something very satisfying about having whole nuts in your hands (he, he.)

Have a Happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate and a Happy Thursday just to celebrate.Wild Turkeys

Lynn said...

I have one of those nutcrackers, too. I bought a wooden bowl at an estate sale and like to put nuts that you have to crack in it.

Jessie said...

we used to have a nutcracker like that, and i bet my mom still has it!
i hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

smiles,

Fireblossom said...

There is a huge walnut tree which leans over my house. When the nuts in their tough green shells start to fall, it is like my roof is being bombarded! The squirrels clean them all up for me. I am too lazy to do all that needs doing to make them edible.

buffalodick said...

We did that, too! I loved to spend an hour cracking walnuts, for my mom's baked goods when I was a kid.. Thanks for the memory..
F.Y.I.- Macadamia nuts have the thickest shell ever! You crack them in a vice!
Happy T-day!

Lulda Casadaga said...

Memories...and how about some clemintines to go with those nuts!
Enjoy your pecan pie tomorrow!! You Big Nutter you....;)

Larry said...

That isn't a n early post Galen it's a blogger screw up as always but I'm ready to post my Flash 55 Though. Will see you friday Buddy.

Brian Miller said...

oh my...lol. my wife was a ballerina....this time of year nutcrackers invade the house....and i walk softly. hope you have a great holiday!

enchantedoak said...

I didn't know my nutcrackers were antiques. We had to crack walnuts and almonds when I was a kid, and when we were really into it, we had to tackle the black walnuts too. Those suckers are something else entirely. So hard a shell for so little nuts, but boy did they taste good.
Re your comment on my post about the price of tamales in our neighborhood: The price is definitely right, and I'll see you tomorrow when the tamales are offered up with the turkey.

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Can so relate to this post, G-man!
My mother was born in Germany and brought the tradition here when my mother & father emigrated! You should see their Nutcracker collection! I'm not into chotchkies, but some of them are absolutely beautiful. And the nuts aren't bad either! ;)

A blessed and Happy Thanskgiving to you and your loved ones, Galen! :))

lime said...

i agree, cracking nuts is just fun.