I'm fixing Thanksgiving dinner today. Even though I had a perfectly nice turkey dinner in Wisconsin last week.
See, the problem with eating Thanksgiving dinner away from home is that there are no leftovers. Oh, and everyone else makes the stuffing in a seperate pan; I like mine in the bird, and around it in the roasting pan, soaking up all that lovely grease. (Have I mentioned I'm gaining weight since I quit work?)
Besides, I wanted a holiday meal with my daughter, who spent Thanksgiving Day with Kevin; her kids AND her parents were out of town. I'd love to have my son's family with us too, but it's a long way here from Georgia.
So the turkey and dressing will soon go in the oven. I have deviled eggs made, and two pumpkin pies, and five-cup salad. Normally I'd have several desserts, but it's only pumpkin pie this time. Unless I want to slice into the fruitcake I made last night, but it really needs to be left alone for a week or so. This may be the last home-made fruitcake ever; the ingredients cost around $25.
I'll make mashed potatoes and giblet gravy and rolls and green beans and possibly some glazed carrots.
Cliff's sister and her husband will join us for the meal. It'll be a great day.
The most miserable Thanksgivings and Christmases in my past were the ones when my son and his family were in Germany and Rachel and her family were in Carthage having dinner with Kevin's parents. A couple of those years we went to the nursing home where my mom spent her last years and took her out to eat, but it wasn't a festive time.
I'm thankful that now there are people who live close enough that I can feed them any time I feel like cooking.
1 cup marshmellows, 1 cup sour cream, 1 cup coconut, 1 cup chunk pineapple, and one can of mandarin oranges. Stir gently, cover, and let sit in the refrigerator several hours or overnight. Good stuff.