Every year I cook the same couple of things: homemade cranberry sauce (none of that gelatinous canned crap for me, thankyouverymuch), corn casserole, and a ham. Yes, a ham. We have turkey AND ham at Thanksgiving dinner because...well, that's just how we roll.
Get it?? ROLL?! Ahahahahahaha.
Anywho, this year was no different. I woke up at 6am on Thanksgiving morning, made a pot of coffee, and preheated the oven for the ham and started my mother-in-law's cranberry sauce recipe (one of two batches...for I had TWO events to go to that day...more on that later).
I listened to the radio that morning rather than holiday music...because it's Thanksgiving, not Christmas, so it was perfectly acceptable in my opinion to be listening to City and Colour, the Foo Fighters and the like as I cooked.
I turned on the Macy's parade at some point, showered, and tried to time out all the food, while my two sweethearts snored in the bedroom. By the way...these two darlings below? So thankful for them. They make my life so special every day.
This year, we did something that we have only done one other time for Thanksgiving. See, with all the marriages, divorces, remarriages and such, we "kids" usually have to try to squeeze 2-3 Thanksgivings into ONE day, and it's stressful and chaotic and awful. So, in 2008 we thought we'd try something new. We invited the entire family...no, really...the entire family...to my dad's church fellowship hall to celebrate and be thankful together.
Even with the inlaws and outlaws, the new and ex-spouses, the children and the family friends...everyone gets along and respects and loves each other. I KNOW, RIGHT?! AMAZING. I mean, we wouldn't want to all vacation together or anything, but for one day in the fall...we can all be together and be grateful that we all have each other.
So for Thanksgiving 2011, we thought we'd try it again. And once again, it was very special and wonderful. There were, sadly, a few missing people this year...but they were there in our hearts. The church was decorated, thanks to my dad and stepmother, and we had tons of food.
Dad carved the turkey...I'll make lots of things and try just about any recipe, but I dread the day when I might be responsible for the main course. Let the Master handle that:
I kinda love this kid...my "little" brother. I think we look alike!
Those are my sisters-in-law up there ^^. Aren't they lovely? The one on the right is just starting to show her baby bump, and I can't wait to find out this Thursday if it's my niece or nephew in there!
SO, the family Thanskgiving was a huge success. I was home for just a few hours, during which time I really wanted to nap, but I had to make another corn casserole and some stuffing for what is affectionately (or hatefully?) called "Hatesgiving" with some theatre friends, hosted and created by my friend (and the director of my recent show), Tashina. This was a much more grown-up (and not in the "responsible, some of us have to work tomorrow" way) celebration, but I was seriously proud of all of us and our cooking (and drinking) skills:
With the exception of a couple of almost disasters (mac-and-cheese that wasn't thickening and an incident in which the turkey ALMOST didn't make it from the oven to the counter but since Tashina is a ninja and saved it and suffered burns in the process, all was well), the food was AMAZING. The Hatesgiving Punch (1 part rum to 2 parts cider, plus some cinnamon sticks, heated on the stove) and the viewing of the horribly awesome film Thankskilling and the time with hilarious and awesome friends made it the perfect end to the holiday.
Now, onto Christmas! The tree at my house is up and the Indie Holiday station on Pandora is playing in my ears right now as I type.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!