two or more children
dogs & cats (Milli, Beau, Ruby, Mady, Cassidy)
fish swimming in the fish tank and fed ahead of time
apron(if cooking at home)
oven mitts(if cooking at home)
appropriate oven utensils
festive tablecloth on the table
one or more vehicles
love, hugs, kisses, laughter, memories
1. Follow directions provided with all the ingredients if preparing the meal at home or follow the directions listed below, if not cooking at home.
2. Pick up family members at the airport. Give directions to the house to relatives and friends.
3. Shop for all the trimmings for the Thanksgiving meal or meet at the restaurant. Add generous amounts of kisses, hugs, smiles, love, laughter, good memories, sleep and walks together.
4. Enjoy the meal together, take naps as needed and watch television as needed. Visit with everyone and catch up with what is going on in their lives.
My own personal Thanksgiving meal memories included eating turkey, trimmings and enjoying desserts and being too full to do much besides take a nap. Our mother always had relish dishes of carrots, celery and olives on the table. We used to sneak some of this before the meal. Our mother would then ask if we were eating anything yet. She would add for us to save room for dinner. One look at the relish dishes told her what we had been eating them ahead of time.
Our meals always commenced with saying grace and then eating and carrying on conversations. My father wisely let his women talk while he ate. Suddenly we noticed he was just sitting at the head of the table quietly waiting because he was finished with his meal. We girls would then remark to our mother that he had his “dessert face” on. It was then that dessert was served. Usually it was pumpkin pie. My mother like her mother, my Nana, made the best pies with flaky crusts. Try as I might, mine didn’t seem to ever be as good.
So I hope you enjoy this recipe and have a Happy Thanksgiving with you and yours!