Thanksgiving Plans

vintage 1922 kitchen prepA couple weeks before thanksgiving, the women of the family have a tea at Granny Tea’s house where we discuss who’s coming, and figure out who will make what.   Then for the next couple of weeks, we continue to invite more people so all our plans kind of have to be stretched, but we don’t mind.

We’re having three meats, because Granny Tea likes to have ham, but we have guests who don’t eat pork.  The second meat is a turkey, of course.  The third meat depends on how the hunting goes the week before Thanksgiving. It’s gone well, so we’re also having venison roast.

Granny Tea always makes the mashed potatoes and the gravy as well as the two main meats.

The Equuschick makes rolls and pies (pumpkin, apple)

It’s not our year for Thanksgiving with the Strider side of the family.=(

The daughters at our house make or provide  a strawberry pretzel salad (it’s a jello dessert, really, but we pretend it’s a side dish), two kinds of fresh cranberry sauce (a relish with oranges and a cooked sauce), pies (pumpkin, mince meat), a cake, a relish tray, snacks for nibbling before the meal is ready, coffee, teas, butter, whipped cream, sweet potatoes, and the obligatory green bean casserole.

Sometimes at the last minute for a gathering like this, I will make sushi. Sometimes, not.  I am thinking of making kimchi pajeon (파전) for one of the appetizers, though, because I think it’s fun to be quirky like that.

Sometimes one of the guests wants to do the sweet potatoes or the green bean casserole, and we accept such offers.  Otherwise, we just tell those guests who offer to bring either a side dish or a dessert.  We like to be sure that what we consider the basics is provided, because it’s crushing when a guest cancels at the last minute and you are left with no pumpkin pie.

The guests, so far:

A homeschooling family of six, bringing their famous home made cheese balls with crackers, and an epic broccoli salad.

The Two Little Boys (their mother opted to stay home and clean house. We have the boys for all of Thanksgiving break)

A single mom and her teenaged son and daughter. We don’t know the mom well. We know her ex husband much better, oddly enough, but we also usually have the son over for lunch with us at Strider’s house on Sunday afternoons. Bringing a side dish or dessert.

Possibly another single mom and her two sons, they’ve been with most Thanksgivings since we met several years ago. Her younger son is our son’s long time airsoft buddy.   She is unsure about work this year so can only let us know at the last minute.

A Filipino family of 3 my husband met when he and the husband were both working nights at Walmart last summer.

A Chinese family of 3 my husband met because he has the parents in one of his college classes

A single gal who is up here from Texas as she works on her doctorate.  We have a dear mutual friend, and we’ve met once and know that she and our girls are kindred spirits. She’ll bring cobbler or another dessert.

Another single college student (girl) who will drop in for dinner inbetween jobs

Another student (just confirmed with me)- a girl also from China.

A friend of my husband’s who is having some marital struggles

The Mop Top, of course (Poor Pip is squeezing in 3 Thanksgivings this year as she still has to meet some of his relatives)

Shasta has invited several of his college classmates and professors, and we don’t really know if any of them will be able to make it or not.

But there’s always room for one more, so if you’re going to be in the area….

vintage sharing a table


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  1. Posted November 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Just wanted to say that I always love reading about your hospitality–wishing you and ALL your guests a lovely Thanksgiving! 🙂

    • teachergirl
      Posted November 26, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

      I also love hearing about your hospitality. I’d love to be like that some day when I have my own family. Your Thanksgiving sounds like a lot of fun with so many guests. Ours have mostly been pretty low-key, just my parents, brother, and grandma, and occasionally my aunt and uncle.

      • Headmistress, zookeeper
        Posted November 26, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

        Funny thing- within minutes of posting this, the Chinese family of 3 bailed on us because they decided the 45 minute drive was too hard for their baby, but shortly after that the boys’ mother decided she wanted to come and she’s bringing a friend and the friend’s daughter.

  2. Lari
    Posted November 27, 2013 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Love that you’re hosting such a crowd!! We did this a few yrs ago and loved it. I love having a houseful of people!

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