Appetizers – nuts, dried mango, dark chocolate covered almonds with sea salt, herb and garlic goat cheese with crackers, spinach and artichoke dip (from trader joes) with flat break (we general skip lunch and snack all afternoon)
Dinner – turkey breast, cranberries from a can, sweet potatoes (my own recipe), stewed green beans, buttermilk biscuits from scratch, gravy – can’t forget the gravy
Note the sweet extra of napkins with machine embroidered names my mom made. No more “who’s napkin is this?”.
Dessert – pumpkin pie with whipped cream and apple upside down cake
A new tradition was born this year – thanksgiving haikus made up on the spot. Here are a couple we enjoyed:
Brown bits, oh brown bits
You make gravy the greatest
Oh, burnt turkey fat
Pumpkin pie, whipped cream
Dessert is my favorite
Roll me to the couch
The kids favorite, was the canned cranberry sauce. They could have eaten it all themselves, and nearly did. So, of course, a haiku had to be written. The great difficulty here was trying NOT to make it dirty sounding. We did not succeed:
Straight out of the can
Taste, color, rings of jelly
Ribbed, red tube of joy
It was a great day. To be sure it wasn’t all roses – I had cramps, ripped my one and only pair of jeans and shattered a pot lid. But still – smiles, love and full tummies all around. The good always outweighs the bad.