Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

    We live at a distance from all family, and so aren't able to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving Day in the traditional way with extended family. For the past few years, though, David's parents have driven into town the weekend before and we prepare a little Thanksgiving feast of our own.

     We prepared the traditional Thanksgiving foods: turkey (breast only since there are only four of us), green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, homemade cranberry sauce, "tomorrow salad" (a family recipe), and rolls. And pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream for dessert. MMM!

(Tip: I spent the previous week making one dish ahead and freezing it. That way I didn't have to spend the entire day busy and cooking. It was also easier to manage making that many dishes while also caring for a little one.)

    Tennyson enjoy sucking on/chewing a piece of turkey. At one point his piece broke to where he had a small piece in his hand and a larger piece remained hanging out of his mouth. Instead of removing it, he just kept on sucking on it- hands free! He'd look around and carry on as if there wasn't a large chunk of turkey sticking out of his mouth. He never missed a beat in sucking that thing dry. So, so funny! A comment was made about Tennyson knowing how to really smoke a turkey. I cracked up until tears flowed. He's a funny little man!

     Since we don't have family or a meal for Thanksgiving Day, I've been trying to think of other fun ways for our family to spend Thanksgiving Day. For this year, we're starting the day off with some pumpkin pancakes with sweet apple cider syrup. Later tonight we'll all watch "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" while eating the featured meal of pretzel sticks, jelly beans, buttered toast, and popcorn. I think this will be a fun tradition for the kids. I have several other ideas for games/activities for the day, but they'll have to wait until the kids are old enough to participate. My goal is to make it a fun day together.

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