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The Good & Bad of Thanksgiving

2011 November 21

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.

No presents, minimal decorations, and the only shopping you have to do is in a grocery store. Everyone eats until they are sick because they can and it’s expected. No one counts calories or worries about adding butter. And I get to make super cute turkey onesies like this.

We are really looking forward to our trip West (Columbus, NE) to visit Stu’s Mom’s family for the four day weekend. Ethan will get to meet great aunts and uncles and cousins for the first time, and Baby Weston will be there! I can’t wait to hold that little peanut. I know I’m going to want another one after spending the weekend with a wee one. Heck, I teared up and got the baby tingle after watching Bella give birth in Twilight: Breaking Dawn! That’s right, I saw it last night with some girlfriends and it. was. AWESOME!

(NOTE: I am in two very important weddings this summer…no babies until fall).

While I am excited about the trip and a chance to relax with family and food, I can’t help but feel a little blue. For the last four years we’ve visited family over Turkey Day. And since we fly ON Thanksgiving to get the best rates, it’s been four years since I’ve helped cook, much less made, The Meal. If anyone knows me, they know I love to host. And I miss hosting Thanksgiving so much!

I walk around town and see all the Thanksgiving decorations and people shopping for the company they have coming. I honestly feel a little left out. It’s my own anxiety that is making my crazy, I am totally aware of this, but I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out.

If I WERE going to cook The Meal, I’d make the following:

  • Traditional Turkey
  • Turkey Gravy
  • Sausage Stuffing – just like mom makes
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes with brown sugar and pecans
  • Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
  • Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese
  •  Sautéed Fresh Sweet Corn
  • Real Cranberries with a little Orange Zest
  • Warm Rolls
  • Cherry Pie
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Real Whipped Cream
That’s right, I’m a traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving. No cornbread stuffing, no marshmallows, no jello anything. Not that those things are wrong or bad, they just aren’t what I grew up with and don’t go on my Turkey Day table unless someone else makes them.
And the best part of hosting? Leftovers!!!! A turkey sandwich on fresh baked bread with a little stuffing and cranberry sauce in the mix…drool.

 

My dream table would look something like this:
 
Maybe next year will be our year to host! And I’ll have this post and my Pinterest boards to look back on for inspiration. I’ll get all stressed out and controlling as usual, yelling will be involved I’m sure. I’ll make list after list of what we need but Stu will probably come home with frozen turkey (again—yes this happened once already) and I’ll end up forgetting an ingredient and/or burning something. Good thing there is a grocery store two blocks away.

 

So, the more I think about it, I really appreciate these ‘traveling holidays’ more then ever. Stu and I will be taken care of by Mom and Grandma. Ethan will have constant entertainment by the dozen or more family members traveling in for the big day. And I know there will be LOTS of laughing. Some consumption of adult beverages. And no grocery shopping.



And, though he can’t possibly have a clue, Ethan is ready for some turkey. The kid is stuffing his face with anything we put in front of him. This weekend he tried pancakes, frozen yogurt, and pineapple.

 

Is this a happy face or what? And it’s over squash and cheese! Wait till he gets his lips on some mashed potatoes…



With Ethan in the picture, my taste in holidays could shift in favor Christmas and birthdays, but I’m holding firm on Turkey Day for 2011!

 

 

3 Responses
  1. November 22, 2011

    Excellent, you already have my name tag pear ready to go. Sign me up for a Becky feast!!! :-D

    Hope you guys are doing well. We are leaving for Sioux Falls tomorrow, when are you guys flying back out to DC? Hopefully we can say hi (and finally meet Ethan!!).

  2. Sandy Schon permalink
    November 22, 2011

    Loved the blog so much!!!! Yes, you will have your Turkey Day soon enough, but for now just let us spoil you. I will miss having Thanksgiving this year, but will enjoy the festivities with two huge families that divide up the meal and cart it all to a indoor camp facility. I’m thinking I might have to cook a turkey the following weekend just for fun.

    We’ll miss you guys this year at Thanksgiving, but know you’ll have a great time with Stu’s family. Would love to see them again. Have a safe journey and we’ll see you soon.

  3. Joe Schon permalink
    November 22, 2011

    Love the Thanksgiving Prep Blog.
    But it’s a couple days late………
    I just tossed out all the gourds and deco-pumpkins which I could have spray painted white and used as table decorations……..they do that to thistle and tumbleweeds out here you know, and charge a bundle for them.
    But most of all,
    I love that snap of Ethan……….
    Yup! He’s ready for mashers.

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