We host Thanksgiving every year at our home. This year 13 of us gathered together. My Mom was visiting from Arizona, my sister Lori and her husband Denis from Wisconsin, my Aunt Shirley and Uncle Chester from Ohio and the usual Jersey suspects (my sister Cindy, her husband Bid, her daughter Melysa and her grandson Aidan as well as my gang of 3 plus me). We had great fun and lots of laughs. What a wonderful day!
Of course, it all starts with the turkey — 23 pounds this year — and stuffed (okay, jammed) with almost 4 bags of stuffing cubes melded with 4 sticks of butter, 14 eggs, 5 onions, 6 stalks of celery and
a partridge in a pear tree many savory herbs; I got up at 4:50 am to get the birdy cleaned, stuffed and tucked into the oven by 6 am. Mission accomplished, I climbed back in bed for two more hours of beauty sleep.
We start with “light” appetizers at our home: shrimp cocktail, 3 (no more, no less) cheese selections with crackers and chips and dip; I’ve learned that if I put out too large a spread early on that my guests end up groaning and rubbing their bellies before dinner is even served. This year, as usual, my bro-in-law Bid carved the bird, my Mom made her infamous coleslaw, my sister Cindy made her legendary green beans and bacon, my Aunt Shirley made her savory/sweet cranberry relish (and pumpkins bars; oh, her pumpkin bars) and I prepped the inside-out potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and rolls. We shared a feast. And many laughs.
After dinner we “surprised” my Mom with a birthday cake — a lemon-filled one — in celebration of her recent 80th birthday. Suffice to say that the birthday cake itself surprised all of us, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post.
Did you have a joyous Thanksgiving? Did you host the meal? Bring a favorite dish?