Countdown to T Day

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Well the countdown clock has started. My husband picked up our Thanksgiving turkey from the market yesterday. We like to get one that is all natural and a hen. We are not having many guests this year. That is fine with me. My kids will be here and a brother-in-law.

We have a funny tradition that has developed over the years. Seems like every year we take a picture of the turkey after it comes out of the oven with me standing by it. I told my husband’s Aunt Audrey, who is more like a sister friend, that I should have a Turkey Album to have a record of all the turkeys over the years. The only way you can tell the difference between the photos is that I am getting older.

I always want to make the Thanksgiving Dinner here at our house. I think it is because I like my own cooking. I like the way my own food tastes. So we usually have it here. My daughter likes to cook with me now as well.

When I was younger, I would usually be the one to do it all. The chopping of the vegetables for the dressing, the sautéing of the vegetables and giblets and making the side dishes. Over the years more and more I have let others bring some of the food and let my daughter and husband help with any preparation that goes on here.

I still make the stuffing and stuff the turkey, get it in the oven and watch over it. Last year I made the candied yams. I use fresh yams. My daughter helped with side dishes like the mashed potatoes and a vegetable. My husband chopped all the vegetables for my stuffing and made the fresh cranberry sauce. Our cranberry sauce recipe is a variation on Aunt Audrey’s recipe. She now lives in Australia and has not been able to join us every year like she used to. She always brought her delicious fresh cranberry sauce.  My daughter will sometimes make a pie. Otherwise my brother-in-law will buy the pies. I usually buy my bread rolls from a nice bakery.

It is much easier and more fun to make it a family effort. Looking forward to a relaxing and peaceful day. Many things to be thankful for. My family and our health are two big ones.

Thinking about some fellow bloggers that  are having some hard times right now and sending love their way. Celebrating a holiday like Thanksgiving is not just for people who have Norman Rockwell type families if there really are any families like that. I read an article on Next Avenue by a blogger who is estranged from some of his family and he talks about how we can create our own families. I think this is very true we can chose to celebrate with our friends.

While we are celebrating with the people we love we can be thankful for them while remembering there are people who are not so lucky.

I wish everyone to have peace and love on Thanksgiving.

 

|Nano Poblano|  Happy Thanksgiving to The Peppers and all my blogger friends!

 

 

26 thoughts on “Countdown to T Day

  1. luciledegodoy

    Deborah, I enjoyed reading your family’s preparations for TG. It’s so interesting to learn about other cultures. I must confess that as you described the food and ingredients, I wanted to eat it as well. 😉

    I wish you and your family a lovely day!

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  2. annanolan2014

    What a lovely post, Deborah! You are absolutely right about having a lot to be thankful for; I feel gratitude virtually every day – particularly as I realise not everybody is so lucky. We in Britain don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but it sounds like a wonderful tradition; my thoughts will be with you and my other American friends tomorrow. And your turkey sounds yummy!

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      1. jsackmom

        Turkey is great anytime of the year. Canadian Thanksgiving always falls on the second Monday of October. I know what you mean, I chatted with a blogger and didnt know she was Canadian until I posted about Canada. It’s fun to find out in very random ways. 😊

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  3. Sandi

    I would like to see some of those turkey pictures 🙂 It sounds like you all will have a delicious dinner; I especially love fresh cranberry sauce. (When I was a little girl, we had canned sauce, and I didn’t realize how amazing fresh sauce is.) I’m impressed by your domesticity!

    I feel guilty because my mother-in-law is cooking the turkey — but thankful for her generosity. Thanks for your reminder about looking out for others less fortunate: you have a big heart, Deborah.

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  4. nerdinthebrain

    Happy, happy Thanksgiving to you and yours…and to everyone who isn’t rocking the Norman Rockwell holiday (which I think is just everyone). ❤ And you should totally post the Turkey Album! 😀

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  5. markbialczak

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Deborah. I am proud of you slowly giving up some of the food prep responsibilities to your daughter and your husband. You deserve to let go of it some! We have our two grown kids and one significant other over, and last year, my dear wife Karen said what the heck, and went with the pre-prepared whole meal vesion the offer at our local supermarket. It’s all fresh stuff. They prep it and we cook it. It was delicious. We got it again this year. We picked it up tonight. It makes it so much easier tomorrow. Karen let go of the responsibility reluctantly, but now she admits she’s happy about it. 🙂

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Thank You Mark. I know what you mean. Some other holidays we have gotten food brought in as well. I knocked myself out for years then noticed that people did not seem to mind it at all if I did not cook. I hope that is not a reflection on my cooking. 😀 The main thing really is to be together. 🙂

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  6. Audrey Meltzer

    I feel as though I’m rolling the film backward here, having already commented on two of your later blogs, Deborah. Am here to tell everyone that I personally can confirm their observations: your good heart, creative ways, hard work, and great Thanksgiving dinners. Other meals, including other Holidays, too, but that’s for another time.
    I cannot take credit for the fresh cranberry sauce, unless it’s for my ability to read; my recipe comes from one of the original New York Times cookbooks.
    Hope you’ve been able to rest today!

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