Growing up in Plymouth, MA – Thanksgiving Memories

Growing up in Plymouth, MA - Thanksgiving Memories: Daily DIY

When you grow up in one of the most historic towns in history, you don’t appreciate what you are surrounded by until you become an adult. Plymouth, Massachusetts is my home town. I was born roughly about 2 miles from the Mayflower and the Plymouth Rock (in a hospital of course). As a kid growing up in Plymouth, MA all of the historic dates and events are covered thoroughly in school. Complete with field trips and activities to all of the big historic sites. As a kid, that is exactly what it was to us … a field trip! A way to get out of class and school work.

I moved away when I was about 15 years old, and made my way back home after about 20 years. As an adult, you appreciate what the history of your home town is so much more than you did as a child. The beauty of knowing just miles down the road, the Pilgrims and Indians were once breaking bread. You learn to appreciate what they had to go through in that time and how it has shaped the world.

Here are a few pictures taken by my sister (Hey Tiff!! ) when she was visiting last spring.

Growing up in Plymouth, MA - Thanksgiving Memories: Daily DIY

Growing up in Plymouth, MA - Thanksgiving Memories: Daily DIY


The Plymouth Rock! This is not the original rock. There is rumor that the original one was stolen. But realistically I think it just deteriorated over time. See all those coins in there? It is also used as a “wishing rock”. I wonder just how many coins are at the bottom of the ocean now. When it is high tide, the water does come in the enclosure.

Growing up in Plymouth, MA - Thanksgiving Memories: Daily DIY

Statue of Massasoit out side of the museum. At the top of the same hill across the street from the Plymouth Rock.

Growing up in Plymouth, MA - Thanksgiving Memories: Daily DIY

Down the road a bit, this is the Plymouth water front. Complete with docks and delicious restaurants with amazing seafood! I miss New England seafood so much!
Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Ma is celebrated greatly and is quite possibly the most eventful holiday for obvious reasons. Personally, I have some of the best memories of Thanksgiving dinners with family and spending the day with those we are truly  thankful to have in our lives.
Over the next week or two I will be sharing some of my favorite Thanksgiving day recipes with all of you. Today I would like to start with a delicious drink loved by all.

Spiced Sweet Apple Cider - Daily DIY


Spiced Sweet Apple Cider.


1/2 Gallon Apple Cider

1/2 Cup brown sugar

4 Cinnamon Sticks

1 Tablespoon whole cloves

Spiced Sweet Apple Cider - Daily DIY

Combine all four ingredients together in a pot. Simmer on low for 20 – 30 minutes to incorporate all the flavors. Serve warm in a tall mug.

I have also made this Spiced Sweet Apple Cider in the crockpot on low for a couple hours. That is a great way to have your cider going all afternoon on during your Holiday Meal.

Spiced Sweet Apple Cider - Daily DIY


This Spiced Sweet Apple Cider Recipe can be made in on the stove top, or simmering in a crock pot on low for an afternoon. The longer you let it simmer, the stronger the flavor of the spices will be. I hope you enjoy our favorite Spiced Sweet Apple Cider Recipe as much as we do. It is a perfect warm up for a cool fall afternoon as well as a lovely edition to your Thanksgiving Meal.

The Cinnamon Candle Accent you see in the photos was so simple to make. Here is how we put it together …

Cinnamon Accent Candle - Daily DIY


1 Candle

Dry Cinnamon Sticks

Twine or accent bow

Cinnamon Accent Candle - Daily DIY

Using a low temp. glue gun, glue your cinnamon sticks around the candle covering as much of the surface as you can. Since it is hot glue on wax, this can be a little tricky at times. They didn’t want to stay on. But a little persistence and enough hot glue .. anything will stick together.

Wrap the candle with twine or a decorative bow to add a little touch of glam to your Cinnamon Accent Candle.


Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your loved ones. I am truly and genuinely thankful that you have taken time out of your day to read our story. Have a wonderful and blessed holiday season!

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8 thoughts on “Growing up in Plymouth, MA – Thanksgiving Memories”

  1. I love the fact that you grew up with so much history around you. Looking back, you must have some great memories there. I love the history of this country and it’s so important to remember that esp around TG’ing. Thanks much for sharing! Love the cider too!

  2. Amazing and thank you so much for a look at Plymouth Rock that I have no way to see myself. It is heartening to know that the area celebrates our history so richly. The apple cider recipe looks great and I am imaging that when I make it how wonderful the house will smell.

  3. I don’t know why I expected the rock to be much much bigger like a boulder. lol Thanks so much for giving us a peek at it & living there. The apple cider sounds yummy. And I will definitely be decorating one of my candles now w cinnamon sticks looks so autumn.


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