Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving dinner

I've always loved Thanksgiving, although as I age, it gets to be a little more work than I like to do. However, since it's not the big production it once was, I keep the feast going.
The daughter's husband and their two girls are spending the actual Thanksgiving Day (and two days following) with his family at Carthage. My daughter has to stick around here because she works Friday.
My two oldest grandchildren really, really want the big dinner each year, or else I'd probably skip it; if I scheduled the feast for Thursday, it would only be me, Cliff, Rachel, Arick and Amber. Oh, and Cliff's sister next door. As much as Arick insists I do the annual feast, he also goes to two others on the same day. Which means his heart isn't quite in it, as it would be if he had no other place to go. He has to pace himself.
So I decided to have our feast on the weekend: Sunday, to be exact, since Amber works Saturday. I've asked each person what food item they absolutely MUST have, so I'll be sure and fix their favorites. The son-in-law and his girls should be back by then.
Sunday's menu: turkey and dressing (Cliff), noodles and mashed potatoes (Amber), broccoli-and-rice casserole (Arick and Rachel). Those are the requests. Of course I'll make my home-made rolls. My daughter said Kevin really loves sweet potato casserole, but personally, I don't. It's too sweet; everybody requests it, but I'm always left with a whole bunch left over. I might try a butternut squash version of it, since I'm blessed with lots of squash. Dessert will be Oreo delight and probably apple pie; I might even break down and bake a genuine pumpkin pie.
By the way, am I the only person in the world who hates that green-bean stuff with the canned onions? I've never made it.
As for Thursday? Cliff and I will probably eat soup, or something equally easy.

10 comments:

Lindie said...

I dislike the green bean casserole too. I made a pumpkin pie a few days ago after roasting a little pumpkin. Very good!

Rachel said...

I love Love LOVE the green bean stuff with the onions.

Anonymous said...

That's a great menu, I love turnips but family doesn't. I tend to honor requests too. Vicki

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Great idea to have it when more can come. If you are going to all that work, might as well have them all. In order to avoid some of my kids going to 3 meals in one day I do it the Sat. before the holiday. Much better that way. I am one of those that loves the green bean casserole...there just isn't much I don't like. Happy Thanksgiving!

madcobug said...

Sounds like Rachel wants the green bean stuff. The menu sounds great.
Helen

Lori said...

I don't like that green bean casserole either. I like my green beans as just plain seasoned green beans or cooked with new potatoes and some seasoning meat.

Paula said...

John and I both love green bean casserole (wassa matter you got a fever) and John's daughter-in-law always makes it.

Rachel said...

I love the stuff, that's true. However, I do NOT want it on Sunday. What you make is FAR better than any old green bean casserole. I appreciate Helen wanting it to be made for me, but green rice trumps GBC any day of the week.

Debbie said...

Your menu sounds delicious! I don't care for green bean casserole either. It just doesn't taste right to me though I do love green beans.

Tango said...

Sounds great...can I come over?

I've never had green bean casserole with the onion stuff. I love my green beans with new potatoes and salt meat or slab bacon. :)