With grandchildren in the midwest with their father for weeks, their mother and her new husband struggling to hold their new marriage together, my younger daughter just busy busy busy - all gathered yesterday for a full on thanksgiving dinner.
Have you ever tried to get a turkey in August? Four stores and then back to Target to buy a far bigger turkey than I planned. Thank you Target for coming through with the Butterball gobbler.
All the trimmings -
Aunt Jef potatoes. Yes, I said Aunt Jef. My sister's name is Jennifer but my mother dreamed up the nick-name Jef as she really didn't like Jenny. These potatoes have been made for years; eight to ten boiled potatoes, a brick of cream cheese, a stick of butter, grated onions, a cup or so of scalded milk and a bit of salt and white pepper. Mix them all in the Kithenaid mixer and heaven. Bake.
Stuffing - Mrs Cubbison's stuffing mix, a pound of Jimmy Dean sausage, chopped onion, celery, a stick of butter, 1 1/2 cup chicken broth. Bake. Oh Yeah Yum.
Green bean casserole - this time made easy with a package of Trader Joe's haricot vert, cream of mushroom soup, French fried onions, a little milk and soy sauce....you know the drill. Bake.
Mr B's gravy. All i know is that I mix equal parts softened butter and flour s thickener and he seasons, stirs et voila! Pour it over everything!
Do not think of calories. Do not think of fats. Do not think of cholesterol. Do not think. Just enjoy the food, family and laughter. A very happy gathering and all leaving with left over turkey. Did I say the turkey was bigger than I planned?
Now I can't wait for November!