Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Mmmmmmmm, Turkey

So...no conclusive decision as far as testing go. I'm guessing that means that I probably wont do any testing. Because ignoring a problem and hoping it goes away is a good, solid, healthy plan.

On to more exciting and salivatingly addictive topics. Thanksgiving!

I love Thanksgiving when it's on THIS side of the mountain pass. For the past three years we had to make the 6.5 hour roadtrip to Big B's mother's house. There is not a moment during those trips when I can relax and let my guard down. It's always one big stress-fest, with me counting down the hours...no, minutes, until we can leave.

This year we're having it at my mom's house, although I'm bringing most of the food (including the turkey) for 15 people. It will be a teency bit strange, because my four step brothers and sisters are coming with their spouses and kids, and my "real" brothers and sisters aren't coming at all. It will still be fun, though. They're a great group of people, kind of reserved and polite, but very easy going.

This is totally unlike my siblings. When we get together it becomes A Big Competition...who can be Most Funny? who can Get the Most Attention? who can still do a headstand? (I'm serious...with my oldest brother at 50, we inevitably challenge each other to see who can still do crazy human tricks). We talk loud, disagree, sometimes say not-so-pleasant-things to each other, are completely honest about the turkey/pie/stuffing.

This leads me to my Top Ten Turkey Day Foods:

1. Mashed Potatoes (only my mom's will do...mine turn out like play-dough)
2. Sweet Potatoes (they must have marshmallows on top)
3. Cherry-O Cheesecake (this is such a nostalgic, yet horribly wonderful desert)
4. Apple Pie (my special recipe)
5. Rolls (the white fluffy kind with lots of butter and jam)
6. Carrot Casserole (sounds weird, but is awesome)
7. Cranberry Sauce (made with real cranberries, not that canned jelly stuff)
8. Ambrosia Fruit Salad (my sister's top secret recipe...terribly fattening)
9. Turkey (dark and white combo) - no gravy!
10. Stuffing (new to the Top Ten List...I'm a late adapter)

I don't think it's ironic at all that my top eight items are total carb fests. I didn't earn this waistline by craving protein. I am digging IN this year. I'll have my Belly Band in place and ready to take on an extra inch or two of bloated goodness. There's no stoppin' me now. My only regret is that when you don't host Thanksgiving, there aren't the mounds of leftovers to nuke for days later.


Stacie said...

All of that food sounds yummy! I hope you have a wonderful time!

Here from ICLW

areyoukiddingme said...

It's 10:30 am, and now I'm hungry. Thanks!

kateypie35 said...

oh my......i am soooooooooooo hungry now.

my poor husband grew up on the gelatinous lump of canned cranberry....since homemade cranberry is my number one must-have item...i almost feel like he was abused as a child. Ha!

here from ICLW...have a wonderful holiday! thanks for commenting on my blog!

Sam said...

hmmm, mashed potatoes sound lovely - perfect with sausages and lots of gravy!! ;-)

Danifred said...

What Thanksgiving isn't complete without all the carbs! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

MrsJoyner said...

Congratulations on the pregnancy and thank you for the comment. I figured, if people are reading, they won't mind my TMI, and if they do, they can go elsewhere:) Have a great Thanksgiving!!

Faith said...

Great Top 10, thought I must vote praline topping over marshmallows on the sweet potatoes. Happy Thanksgiving!

Brenda said...

Love the top 10. However, Thanksgiving doesn't seem the same unless I have homemade noodles in turkey gravy to go over the mashed potatoes and turkey....mmmmm......

Bobbie said...

Oh my goodness now, I am starving. Have a great time with your family. Enjoy all the food!

Celia said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Your mashed potato problem could be that you are not using hot milk. You should heat the milk and butter and then add it to the potatoes.


Clio said...

How fun that you and your siblings still have competitions well into adulthood. ;)
I hope you have a wonderful time at the feast.
I just made my first pumpkin pie and will still make green beans with portobello mushrooms to take to a friend's home.
happy thanksgiving!

Martha said...

Sounds delicious! I hope you didn't have to work too hard. I'm glad the stress was reduced this year. Thank you also for your nice comment on my blog.