Thanksgiving and Following

We’re going to Granny Tea’s. Guests include us, my brother’s family of six, Shasta and the EC, a college chum of the girls’ (already here, as school is out for fall break and she could not go home), tootlepip’s daughter (a friend of the family since around 1997) who will arrive tomorrow, and the single mom and her two boys (I attended the birth of her second son and was the first one to hold him).

That’s only 23, and I feel like there should be more.

Granny Tea is making:
mashed potatoes
an olive/pickle tray

We’re making:
pretzel salad
broccoli salad
green bean casserole
cranberry sauce
cranberry orange relish
( we do make both of these things- from scratch)
crockpot pumpkin custard
Mince meat pies (we do not make these from scratch)
and probably chex mix for snacking before hand, possibly snappy cheese appetizers as well
baptist wine- grape juice and ginger-ale=)
Tootlepip’s girl will pitch in with a right good will, as we know from experience (she was invaluable at the wedding. Have I mentioned that we have amazing friends?)

The college chum is making a corn casserole traditional in her family and something chocolate.

The Equuschick is making crisps- apple crisp, pear crisp, pear-cranberry crisp….

I expect our single mom pal to bring a carrot dish or maybe a carrot or sweet potato pie

The only thing left for my sister-in-law is probably pumpkin pies- and she’s driving four hours down from the state to the north of us and makes divine pumpkin pies, so that’s a lovely thing.

The FYG has been planning a program of games, readings, coloring, and more for a couple of months. She’s got a folder of things she has collected from the internet.

We may or may not do the ‘what are you thankful for’ thing- it tends to lead to tears. I hope Shasta brings his guitar.

Unfortunately, Pip is going to be leaving early that afternoon to go help some friends who have an auction house- they have a big sale Thursday evening, and need help in the concession stand. She’ll spend the night and we’ll get her home sometime on Friday.

Then Friday night, we have a singing. Lots of our regulars will be gone, since they are college students and it’s fall break, but some others are coming, including at least two who are spending the night.

“YOu always have people over,” says Shasta. “Seems like every time I called last year you were getting ready for company, or just had company, or were having company right then.”

I guess it’s what happens when somebody who likes hanging out with his friends marries somebody who likes hanging out at home and would never go anywhere else if she could help it.

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  1. Sherry
    Posted November 27, 2008 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    Hubby & I are roasting the turkey. Mom is making the cornbread dressing (we are Texans in Texas, afterall). I don't like either pumpkin or sweet potato pie. I'll take a slice of chocolate, thank you.

    I'm also making a broccoli salad, & a pecan turtle pie. Joyous.

    We always miss our two children in heaven, but the only serious occurrence this year is my dear Grandmother broke her arm & leg a few weeks ago. She is 90 & she's being very brave, but therapy is hard. She'll spend Thanksgiving in the (whatever you call the place where you stay when you need long-term physical therapy).

    Otherwise, it will be lots of family & lots of potluck–far, far more than the lot of us can eat.

  2. Queen of Carrots
    Posted November 27, 2008 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    Sounds lovely.

    What with different family members scattering different places, we have wound up in the strange situation of going over to DOB’s parent’s house to spend the day just with his mother. We’re not sure what to do with ourselves without twenty people around.

  3. Anne-Marie
    Posted November 27, 2008 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    We make cranberry sauce from scratch, too–and venison mince pie, too, if someone in the family has shot a deer. We’re going to my in-laws’ as per tradition (I haven’t cooked a turkey since we moved here!). It will be us, one BIL+kids, another SIL and BIL and kids, and two army buddies of BIL’s. Altogether 23, and we agree it doesn’t feel like enough.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

  4. Beck's Bounty
    Posted November 27, 2008 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Happy Thanksgiving to your family and may God bless your gathering today.

    Grace & Peace.

  5. B. Durbin
    Posted November 27, 2008 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Mmm, cranberry sauce.

    Everybody is always so surprised when I tell them the basic recipe— it’s so simple!

    It’s also on the back of the cranberry bags. But I guess some people aren’t chronic readers.

  6. Purring Piggy
    Posted November 29, 2008 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    We did the “what are you thankful for” at Wed night singing at a church member’s house. Merry was thankful for titanium rods, Clankeeper said he was thankful he didn’t end the year with less children than he started with, and our 5yo said she was thankful Merry didn’t die this year…and then she got weepy and hugged her brother next to her. He couldn’t answer when it was his turn because he was too choked up, too. I couldn’t stop my eyes from dripping all evening after that!

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