Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! Thank You for Joining Me!



Wishing Everyone A Safe, Happy and Memorable Holiday!

Here at "The Creek" we will celebrate Thanksgiving twice.  Then I never want to see a turkey for another year!  I buy, lug home, peel and boil the potatoes for mashing every holiday dinner.  Mark adds the milk, butter and salt.  Everyone just raves about "Mark's Mashed Potatoes!"  

We are going to my mom's in Zanesville, OH on Thursday.  (Taking along "Mark's potatoes," yams with apricots and "homemade" cranberry sauce.)  I laugh about the cranberry sauce because my childhood memory of it is a canned gel, that was dumped from the can onto a plate and sliced where the can indentations were.  People love "my" version now.  All I do is whatever it says on the cranberry bag.  It's so easy it's silly to buy cranberry sauce.

This came off an email.  Looks like they wouldn't be too hard, so might try.  It says mycakeschool.com at the bottom for directions.

Saturday, we are having Mark's family for dinner (around 16 people.)  Fortunately, I don't have to make all the side dishes.  I think the turkey is the easy part.  It didn't use to be that way--I did battle with my first one and folks roared when at the table, out comes the paper bag of giblets LOL!  I use those oven bags for no mess and the bird stays juicy.  

I don't have many "separate" memories of Thanksgiving.  We pretty much do the same things and I think some folks take comfort in that.  We would watch the parades and wait for Grandma and Grandpa to come or go to their place.  Then stuff ourselves and take a nap.  Some things never change.

I tend to remember what's funny and here are two stories that stand out:

For some reason my sister-in-law had a Kung Fu Fighting Hamster sitting out.  It had nunchuks that it swung around while singing "Kung Fu Fighting."  Audra couldn't hear it because of all the chatter in the room, so she put it up to her ear.  The next thing we know, she has the hamster and nunchuks all twisted in her hair!  ROFLOL!!!  For a minute, I thought we were going to have to cut it out!

The second one just happened last year.  We try to still all fit around one table when dinner is at our house.  Mark's brother was trying to settle my niece and nephew before the prayer.  All was silent and the prayer was starting when Josh blurted out, "Dad, I can't sit next to her because she picks her nose!"  

The most important thing we all must remember this Thanksgiving is to be thankful for our family, friends, health of loved ones and all we've been blessed with.  We should try to keep that "attitude of gratitude" all year long.  Thank you so much for your friendship and support!

Warmest regards,
Gale


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