Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving is coming (I can already feel the after-dinner yawn coming on)

I am cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year. This will be my second time hosting; last year I hosted my mother and father-in-law, my husband's grandmother and brother. This year will be my parents, sister, and aunt, as well as the four of us.

Besides obviously being in charge of the bird, I will be making gravy, cranberry pineapple sauce, stuffing, green beans, rolls, my mom's yummy salad - a jell-o/tapioca/fruit/cool-whip concoction(anyone who has ever been to anything my mom has hosted knows what I am talking about), apple pie, chocolate chip cookies, and a nibbling tray in case I am late with dinner. (Last year I was only five minutes late, but you never know.)

Mom is making her legendary sweet potato casserole that is the stuff legends are made of. :) And I talked her into making the mashed potatoes too, as one type of potato is just not enough. I love carbs, but detest peeling potatoes, so thanks, Mom. She is also bringing a chocolate lush for my sister's birthday which is Friday, so we will sing to her on Thursday while we are all together. My aunt is bringing a pumpkin pie, because you can't have Thanksgiving without a pumpkin pie.

I finished my food shopping today for the big day. I think. I will probably be back at some store this week. I thought I could stay somewhere close to my usual weekly grocery budget. I didn't. And that is okay. Since I have company over for dinner about 3 times a year, I can splurge on these celebratory occasions. And celebrating the estimated 36, 476 things we have to be thankful for is a pretty good reason to celebrate, don't you think?

A week of thanks is better than just a day, so Happy Thanksgiving Week everybody!
And to get us in the thanking spirit, leave a comment with an "I am thankful for..."
(come on lurkers, you can do it!)
I am thankful for all of you who take the time to read here. I hope you have a great time with family and friends, hearts full of love and gratitude, and bellies full of food.


Anne said...

Oooh Nanette, that stuff your Mom makes? Out of this world delicious!

Yum, yum:).

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful for...a God Who died to have a relationship with me! ...and my family:).

Kay said...

I'm thankful I got to see my BF and besties, and that I get to see Sam and Caroline on Wednesday!!!! YAY!!!!

Rachel said...

I'm thankful that my family will all be together this year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. :)

Jersey Mama said...

I am thankful for the chance to see my mom and grandparents this Thanksgiving.

Dear Abbi said...

I am thankful for the tender mercies of God.