We paced ourselves.. a lot of effort goes into hosting a Thanksgiving Feast! Lists are made, shopping is done, more shopping for things you forgot the first time, housekeeping is done over many days.. then the cooking begins. Dayle is our turkey and dressing master. He got a 22 lb. bird and yesterday he made his dressing, homemade orange cranberry dressing, and his honey wheat rolls. Today he stuffed the bird and put it in the oven - dinner was set to occur at 5 pm. I put the leaves in the table, laid the fresh tablecloth, got the crystal goblets out, fabric napkins and silverware - candlesticks with beeswax candles I rolled myself. Then I peeled and boiled fresh yams, and when done I added grated orange peel & squeezed some of the orange over them, butter, cinnamon, brown sugar and pecans - and covered with mini-marshmallows. I put together the green bean and onion bake and peeled the big Russet potatoes, boiled them, then whipped them with milk and butter.
The kids arrived and we began to enjoy visiting. While Dayle sliced turkey I made the gravy.
Then.... as we sat there waiting to begin I asked for everyone's attention and told them how happy I was they were here. The sad part was our youngest son Travis, his wife and two baby boys weren't able to join us as they'd come down with a cold and didn't want to expose the rest of us to their illness. Our daughter Amy brought 2 homemade pumpkin pies for dessert.
I hope those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving enjoyed a nice dinner with friends and/or family. And to those of you who visit from around the world - I'm looking forward to us all sharing Christmas together!
Peace and Love -- ((hugs)) Teresa