Friday, November 16, 2007
My hope is that all who visit ere will be spending the day with your loved ones and enjoying their company.
This year we will be having a small party of 10-1/2. It will be our grandson's first holiday season.
While he's not quite able to enjoy chowing down on much of "the bird", I'm sure he'll have great fun trying all the different dishes: my famous mashed potatoes, his great-grandma's stuffing, the pumpkin pie his paternal grandmother is bringing, the rolls and traditional cranberry jelly his mom is adding to the table.
True to our nature, my husband and I went way overboard with the size of the centerpiece. Funny, 21 pounds didn't look that big until my ever-lovin' tried to fit it into the bottom basket of our freezer. It began pushing the shelf above it right off it's holders. I just hope that it fits on the top shelf of our refrigerator when I start to defrost it-otherwise, I'm in BIG trouble!
Since I enjoy the cooking activities, but not the clean-up, I've decided to go with as much disposable items as possible. I'll use "real" silverware, but it's paper plates all the way, baby!
By the end of the day, I'll only have that and the few pots and pans that couldn't be switched out for foil pans. Oh and the much honored coffee pot (remember, we're coffee hounds in this family).
Our menu will be minute compared with years past-when our numbers were closer to 30.
Besides the dishes already mentioned, there will be some homemade whole cranberry relish, a crudite tray and, if I'm up to it, I'll make some of my dad's favorite rosemary-pepper biscotti. Sparkling cider for those who'd like a glass.
My hope is that everyone enjoys our potluck, goes home with full stomachs and full doggy bags (especially of what I'm sure will be an overload of turkey)and that the tryptophan doesn't set in until they're safe back in their own homes.
I'm thankful for many things this year: a fairly healthy family, as well as good friends and co-workers. I'm thankful to all of you who faithfully read my musings and let me know that you enjoy them.
May all of this fortune continue for many, many years to come.