Sweet friends, talking turkey today for 10 on the 10th 11.2020. Thanksgiving here in the U.S. is just a few shorts weeks away. And I venture to say this year’s holiday may look nothing like Thanksgiving from years past. Just two weeks but I am not certain how the day is going to pan out for us.
So in answering the Thanksgiving Qs for this post, I am going to be basing my As partially on holidays past and partially on how I hope this year’s turkey day will go. A girl can dream…
10 on the 10th 11.2020
I divided the questions in half. The first 5 questions are more about the hours leading up to the big feast. How does your family spend the day? Is your meal casual or fancy and festive?
- Will you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade? Football? Movies? Or maybe you keep the TV off all day, but play family football or board games. Would love to know what you do before Tom Turk is ready. When I had littles at home, we watched the parade in the morning while I was cooking. A number of years we have gone hiking before we ate. This year, I am hoping my sister Valerie and BIL Roby from Houston will be with us. And Lauren’s posse will come over to eat. So I am thinking we will spend the morning baking and cooking, showering and dressing. Eat. Then probably watch a movie while enjoying leftovers and dessert in the evening.
- Who does the cooking? Fix anything ahead of time? I think I have probably cooked every Thanksgiving but maybe a half-dozen since I became a wife and a mom. Lauren insists that the pumpkin pie be cold, not cool or lukewarm but stone cold. So I tend to make it the day before. Most everything else is fixed ‘day-of’.
- What time do you eat the big meal? Do you eat Thanksgiving for lunch or dinner or somewhere in between? When the girls were young, we ate early afternoon with leftovers for dinner. Now days, I tend to fix a late afternoon meal. PC likes having nibbles a few hours before we eat. Cheese, cocktail sausages, crackers. This year, I want to create a charcuterie board to enjoy either A) before the big meal on Thanksgiving OR B) filled with leftovers the following day.
- Do you set a formal table or keep things more casual? Place cards? Children’s table? Is it just your family coming together for the feast? Or do you have extended family and friends around your table? We have never had enough folks to require a children’s table. Besides, the children in our family like to eat at the grown up table anyway. And because that is the case, we are usually all jockeying for a place at the table around the booster seats and high chairs. No place cards needed.
- Is the food placed on the table or served buffet style? Do you pull out all the stops or keep things simple? Have you ever eaten out for Thanksgiving? I always apologize to my guests for my lack of formality. I have never seen much sense in dirtying up a whole bunch of extra serving bowls…ha!! Especially since I am the cook and the dishwasher. But with Valerie and Roby coming, I will probably dust off my bowls and platters and put them to use this year. The food is always set out on the island in the kitchen and everyone fills their plate then retreats to the dining room to eat. In another lifetime, years ago when the girls were very young, we did eat out for Thanksgiving. They were mortified!! As if it somehow reflected on them!! The pumpkin pie wasn’t spicy enough and Lauren was terribly disappointed. Never again.
These questions get down to the meat-n-potatoes of the day!!
- Ham or turkey? What’s for dessert? Who carves the meat? Does anyone make a wish on the wishbone? Most of my gang prefers ham. I like turkey. Mostly for the stuffing! I always make ham and usually a small turkey breast, too. We used to break the wishbone as kids. But now days I would rather not think about my Thanksgiving dinner having once been a living, breathing animal with bones, and assorted anatomical parts. Like gizzards. What are gizzards? And necks. And giblets. So no wishbone breaking, please and thank you. PC does the carving. We always have a pumpkin pie and usually a pecan pie, too. This year, I may make a German chocolate cream pie because Roby likes German chocolate like I do! Two years ago, I tried my hand at mince meat. It was yummy, too.
- Does your family have a Thanksgiving tradition? Do you say a blessing before you eat? Stay up late then head out for Black Friday shopping? Right after PC and I were married, I bought a gratitude tree with paper leaves on which we have written things we are thankful for. But no one likes doing that but me!! The Clingan family says grace before each meal every day, which is a lovely practice. Thinking we should at least say a blessing on Thanksgiving. Maybe go around the table and share one thing we are especially grateful for? I like the idea of Black Friday shopping but have only gone once! A couple of years we have run in the Thanksgiving 5K Turkey Trot but that is not to be this year.
- Yay or nay to leftovers? Favorite leftover recipe? Maybe you enjoy leftovers for days to come or send them all home with the guests. Until recently, I really did not like leftovers from any meal. Once I have eaten whatever it is, I didn’t want any more of it for days to come. But in my ‘advanced years,’ I find eating leftovers less distasteful than cooking a whole new meal!! I do freeze some of the ham and turkey, though. And usually make a soup with some too.
- What will everyone wear? Dress up or comfy? Will there be family photos taken? Dress up for us means jeans. So we will be comfy in our dress up jeans!! I would love to get some family pictures this year but things always get so hectic that it never happens. Not going to hold my breath.
- For what are you most thankful this year? In what ways are the things you are grateful for this year different from years past? I am always grateful for family, home and health. But this year, there is a greater emphasis on health. I don’t know how we have been so fortunate to have remained Covid-free. But we have. Thank God. Concerned tonight about my mom as her personal care complex is on an even stricter lockdown as of this week. And our poor city is really suffering with Covid. We have had 26 consecutive days of over 500 cases a day. About 15K cases so far this month in El Paso alone.
Have you begun making holiday plans? Is planning even a worthwhile way for us to spend our time this year?? Have been almost afraid to buy a turkey or a ham yet. But going to throw caution to the wind and go Thanksgiving grocery shopping the end of this week.
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Have been having computer issues again. My laptop monitor is continually blinking off and on as I try to type. Makes blog writing and emailing and checking Facebook a bit of a challenge. Hope to figure something out – not sure what!
Thank you for joining me today for 10 on the 10th 11.2020. One more installation of this series to go this year!! Stay well, my friends.
Hugs and kisses,