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Time to stuff ourselves, but not a turkey

By Tara Zandra | November 25, 2010

I had hoped to get some quiet time alone this morning and had planned to blog a bit, but alas, the smaller rugrat woke me up at a good time for me, but much too early for her. She’s been camped out on the couch for the last 45-minutes with Playhouse Disney.

Today’s plans are to go to Thanksgiving dinner at my in-laws’. It will be the 4 of us, the two of them, my mom and I’m pretty sure my sister. So it will be small, but I know it will be enjoyable. I’m bringing 5 items so we got a start on them yesterday. Tabitha made a pecan pie while Daisy and I made pumpkin pie from a pie pumpkin. We did that last month too and it was really good. I enjoy the novelty of of not opening a can of pumpkin guts so I’ll probably keep doing this every year.

Last night I also made cranberry sauce from scratch. I don’t actually eat the cranberries but it’s been on my cooking wishlist for years. This was the year! They were so easy and taste pretty good, kind of like jelly. I may have some on a roll. I like cranberries in general, it’s just the canned stuff looks so unappetizing that I cannot bring myself to eat it. I never had it growing up but Chris, my MIL and Daisy all love it so they were inspiration to make some good stuff. Though the canned version will still be served as it’s my understanding that’s it’s not truly Thanksgiving if you can’t see the lines from the can!

So for today I’ll be making vegetarian gravy and vegetarian stuffing. The stuffing is sourdough bread and mushroom which sounds wonderful. I’m hoping the gravy comes out well because it’s easy and my only other recipe, though very tasty, is laborous.

I’ve been tired and extremely busy this year in general so it’s hard to remember to be thankful. But those very things that keep me busy are what I’m thankful for. We have a wonderful parent in our homeschooling park group who continually sets up amazing field trips- sure that means time off from lessons and racing to dance, but I am thankful for every one of those outings. Dance is a crazy schedule, but I am thankful for something that both my kids enjoy so much. The girls have recently decided to team up on me and seem to be seeing exactly how crazy they can drive me. They succeed on many days, but I am eternally gratefully for how well those two get along. They are poster children for how sisters should be to one another.

Of course there’s my hubby. If I had to list everything about him I was thankful for, we’d be here until next Thanksgiving. On my immediate mind, I’m thankful that when we heard a weird noise last night, he thought to ask me if I had a Diet Coke in the freezer. We got it out just before it exploded.

Lastly, I am thankful for this medium called a blog. I’ve been doing it for years and years, and though I definitely go through stops and starts, I know it’s always here waiting for me. A special thanks to all my readers, your numbers are not many, but you’re loyal :)

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3 Responses to “Time to stuff ourselves, but not a turkey”

  1. Sandy Says:
    November 25th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Z - I hope you had a wonderful day & also that your gravy was delicious! : )

  2. Mandi Says:
    November 25th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Love ya Z! :D

  3. Vanessa Says:
    November 25th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I love cranberry sauce–I bought two cans just for myself this year since Gillian doesn’t like it. :)

    Hope you all had a great day and everything was delicious!