Thanksgiving week. Here we are.
Lots to do this week, as CT and I prepare to host Thanksgiving Dinner for 12 of our immediate family members. My thoughts of Christmas and all that goes along with that are on hold until Friday, as my focus is on Thanksgiving. House needs to be cleaned, Thanksgiving linens washed and ironed (I hate the ironing part), tables set, last minute grocery shopping, food prepared, etc., etc., etc. I've feel like I've turned in to a regular Martha Stewart. Just yesterday I was surfing the internet finding different ways to fold dinner napkins! Sheeeesh - HOW PATHETIC! When did my life change from conference calls, and meetings, and projects, and deadlines, to how to fold a perfect dinner napkin? Well, if I put any more time into thinking about this one, then I'll get really depressed. So let's move on.
Without further ado, here is our Thanksgiving menu:
Roasted Turkey with Savory Herb Stuffing and Giblet Gravy
Cranberry Relish with Candied Lemon Zest
Butternut Squash Bisque with Candied Pecans
Mashed Potatoes with Condiment Bar of Sour Cream, Bacon Bits, and Butter
Baby Carrots in Dill Butter
Potatoe and Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls
Wine (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and a nice California Red)
Coffee - regular and decaf
Milk (for Katie & Ella)
So, that is our menu. Very traditional but very yummy. No Jell-O, though, and now I'm having second thoughts about Jell-O. You see, we are a Jell-O family and we grew up on Jell-O. We ALWAYS had some kind of Jell-O mold at every holiday meal or family party. There is the ribbon jello with six or seven thin layers of different jellos, or the strawberry pretzel jello, or the lime jello with cottage cheese and pineapple (I think), or the ice cream jello. And at Christmas, it is the white jello decorated with candied red and green cherries to look like pointsettias. So, my mom called me last week and said, "Are you having a Jell-O? Do you want me to make a Jell-O?" My response was, "Nah, I really don't think we need a Jell-O." So, no Jell-O this year.
Anyway, we are looking forward to Thanksgiving, where we will gather and reflect and count all our blessings and be truly grateful and thankful for each other, the wonderful feast, and all that we have in this life. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!