Thankful

I’m off work today, getting ready for tomorrow’s festivities. Yesterday, I did a lot of prep work that was easy to slide in between work commitments. Those mundane chores like general cleaning, washing all the plates and flatware. Hauling out some temporary tables, finding the tablecloths, gravy boats, and my “I could have been a professional caterer” warming trays.

Today I am tackling the kitchen and cooking.

I’ve hosted Thanksgiving here for the last 5 years or so, really only because no one else wants to do it. lol.

I’ve learned the hard way that planning a “simple” Thanksgiving is far more complicated. And time consuming.

The up-side is my Dad gets to do the serious cooking. He’s the turkey, gravy, and stuffing man. His recipes are top-secret. Hands down the BEST turkey and sausage stuffing I’ve ever had in my life. He loves to cook, and arrives at my door with perfectly cooked and arranged food ready to dig in.

I handle a majority of the sides. This year I am ripping off a few recipes from my cyber blogging buddies. My mashed potatoes and creamed spinach from Ree, and my string beans from Natalie.
It’s good to have friends that share their culinary secrets!

Dessert is often the omigawd!! moment after we are all stuffed with turkey and 6 or so sides. Everyone who attends wants to bring dessert, so we often end up with completely uneaten desserts. And then everyone leaves them with me. Such a bad idea. So this year the rule is… if you bring it, and there’s extra, YOU take it home.

I can’t eat start eating like a pig now, I’ll never make it to Christmas.

Every year, S. complains that he gets stuck with the worst jobs pre- and post-Turkey Day. Yes, my man is the anchor of the holiday. After everything is “just so” to my liking he cleans the bathrooms and floors. Then he gets the clean-up duty after we are all stuffed to the gills.

That’s why I love him so!

After the leftovers are refrigerated, we have a pretty packed weekend of fun planned. On Sunday, we are driving into Pennsylvania with my brother, SIL, and his kids to take a ride on The Polar Express! Ok, not the real one, but it looks like a lot of fun. Food, hot chocolate, Santa, and an hour or two steam train ride.

I told David that he only gets hot chocolate if he catches it in mid-air from one of the stewards (if you haven’t seen the movie, this won’t make sense). The funny thing about dealing with a five year-old… he thinks I am telling the truth. hehe.

Hopefully, I will have lots of stories to blog about.

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful that I get to celebrate the holiday with my family. And instead of focusing on what I don’t have, I am focusing on what’s in the here and now.

Food, family, and a warm home.

Wishing you and yours equal blessings for a wonderful holiday weekend.

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

~ Author Unknown ~

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