I have finally mastered the preparations for Thanksgiving by spreading the work throughout the week. Nothing is left to the last minute. My table was ready in the morning. All that had to be done the day of was the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans. And any prep work for that had been done too.
Carla (with a cute new cut) and Scott arrived first, followed by my daughter Taylor and my niece Tish and her fiancee Jason.
We had drinks and hors d'oeuvres which included a scrumptious cheese selection and some great shrimp that my son Johnny made. Some families don't enjoy the cheese and other hors d'oeuvres before dinner but my family does.
Here is a picture of Scott and Tish. Tish had recently gotten over DENGUE FEVER
and had lost a lot of weight so maybe she shouldn't have had quite so much to drink.
Dinner was excellent. Unfortunately I guess I was so eager to eat the food that I didn't take any pictures. The usual suspects were served. Turkey, sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, rutabagas, green beans, cranberry sauce, a mixed greens salad w/pears, pecans and chevre only I forgot to add the pears. My only screw-up. The whole time I am eating the salad and people are complimenting me on it I am thinking 'this is good but something is missing'.
You might notice there was no sweet potatoes on my menu. That is because my mother (who was otherwise an excellent cook) used to make these bourbon sweet potatoes when we were children. I don't know if it was the bourbon or what but they used to make me gag. I am not the only child in the family who as an adult has an aversion to this tuber. Perhaps if she had made that marshmallow kind I would have a different view of the sweet potato.
When dinner was over my daughter immediately got up and started cleaning and then enlisted her siblings. Ahhh....
Taylor said if Michael were home she wouldn't have even had to ask him to help. She believes the younger two don't receive the discipline her and Michael did and are spoiled.
Anyway we just sat there while the children cleaned up.
After dinner we made an attempt to squeeze in some dessert but again I took no food pictures. Pumpkin pie, lemon brulee, and apple pie were on the dessert menu.
I tried to take a picture with my younger sister Carla but I was never happy with the results. She always came out looking...younger dammit! I didn't like the way my hair was looking so fakey. (Lukku, notice the blemish on my chin. That's for you. I'm 43 okay!)
So it was a great Thanksgiving. Good food. Good company.
Now I am off to spend the day with my daughter.