Over the past couple of days I've seen many lists of things that people are thankful for--okay I'm good with those. Just go and check out any of those and you've got some the things that would be on my list as well. No need to be repetitious. And besides I'm focusing on Turkey Day and NaNo.
I'm doing most of the cooking for the big dinner. We'll have about twenty or so guests coming over. It's become the tradition that I fix the dinner. I get some help with the mashed potatoes and sometimes with chopping onions and celery. But it's essentially my version of the dinner my mother passed down to me.
Since I can't be in Tennessee to enjoy my mother's dinner, I have to fix my own. Here's the menu: Besides the turkey we're having a Honey Baked Ham and another ham we bought from Costco. We'll have two kinds of dressing--one with fruit and sausage and another with oysters (this is mostly mine since hardly anyone else will try it and that's okay with me). There'll be the much beloved by all sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows. Mashed potatoes, of course, and this year I just got canned turkey gravy (for some reason hardly anyone here eats gravy so I'm not going to make it myself--lazy me). Dinner rolls. I also have an array of vegetables which includes peas with pearl onions, yellow corn, pickled beets, cranberry sauce, and that good old-fashioned green bean casserole topped with those canned onion ring things.
Later on we'll break out a fruit salad that my brother-in-law will be picking up from the Mexican bionicos place, which to my surprise is open on Thanksgiving. We ordered it yesterday, but wanted to get it after it's been freshly made. There'll also be ice cream available for later, but, alas, I didn't get any pumpkin pie. But we will have egg nog spiked with brandy and also a toast of champagne to celebrate one of our daughters's recent attainment of her PhD.
It will be quite the feast that will be possibly be repeated on Friday for my wife and I if there are any leftovers. I love Thanksgiving!
I wish each of you a very festive feast day. And be careful of those sales on Friday if you're going shopping!