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Roses on Thanksgiving

November 25, 2011


Roses.  They are my favorite, and yes, I know that I am original.  When I was at the grocery store this week, and I was there a lot, I couldn’t help notice these gorgeous colors.  Perfect for my table, aren’t they?  I keep looking at them and going over to bury my nose in their soft sweet petals.

I hope all of you had a wonderful thanksgiving.  We had a turkey:

And a Katie on the side, so it seems.  She is the only one of my kids that will actually eat the turkey.  It is safe to say, that none of my kids really enjoy the food of Thanksgiving.  They are unlike their parents, and most of America.  I love Thanksgiving.  Love.  It is the only holiday that is left alone.  There doesn’t seem to be much commercialism about this wonderful holiday that is all about gratitude and family.  The time is what is celebrated, and the people, and our blessings.

We host Thanksgiving for Jeff’s parents.  My sister is in town, but she and her family host her in-laws as well.  My parents are in California for the month of November.  I can’t remember how long we have been hosting, but I think it is around four years, maybe five, so it seems to have a routine to it now.  I cook.  I make the mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, fresh green beans, and the scalloped corn.  I slice the apples and wash the grapes (the globe grapes that are only around for the holidays, yum).  I make the caramel dip and arrange the cheese platter.  I put the crackers in a basket, decorate the table, make sure we have drinks, gravy, olives, gross canned jellied cranberries.  I break open the crescent rolls and roll them up and try to remember to put them in the oven.  I buy the napkins, and the paper plates for the hors d’oeuvres and the pie.  What I don’t do:  TURKEY.  I leave that to our resident expert, who happens to be my husband.  He is outstanding.

We have several traditions on Thanksgiving.  The first is that we stay in our pajamas in the morning.  I begin early barking orders for the people under 40 to clean up their junk that has spread itself around the house.  They sit and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and color their “Oh you turkey” coloring contest that the Minneapolis StarTribune does every year.  Jeff runs to the store to buy two more papers so each kid gets one.  I bring the card table upstairs and put out a jigsaw puzzle.  Then I get to work.  I try to do as much as possible before Thanksgiving.  This year I had little time, so I only got the mashed potatoes, stuffing and scalloped corn done ahead of time.  I began with the sweet potatoes and went on from there.  This is the first year that I had everything done (including getting myself ready!) well before my in-laws arrived.  I actually got to start on the puzzle!  It might be because Sarah wanted to help, so I had her set the table, and snap the beans, and make place cards.  She also wanted to put out the Thanksgiving poems, so I printed them for her and she cut them out and scattered them on the table.

It was a lovely day.  The food was good, and all went well.  We have so much to be Thankful for.  What a brilliant idea to devote a day to gratitude.  I just want all of you out there to know, I am so very thankful for you, you and your friendship.  You, and your insightful posts that make me a better person.  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

  1. November 26, 2011 6:57 am

    O! Your roses are beautiful and your tradition sounds so lovely. I’m so glad you had such a lovely dinner and time to relax and work on a jigsaw. Scalloped corn sounds awesome. I want that recipe, too!! :D We had friends that used to bring this amazing corn souffle thing, but they’re not coming this year and they’re moving back to the States in December. I will have to make sure I have that recipe as well.

    • January 3, 2012 12:57 am

      I am so glad I took pictures of those roses. I love coming back here to look at them and remember their fragrance. It has been so warm here, but I still miss the flowers.

  2. November 27, 2011 2:13 am

    Sounds like a lovely day, and I might have to steal that jigsaw puzzle thing. :)

    • January 3, 2012 12:57 am

      Help yourself! It is the best part for me!

  3. November 29, 2011 8:57 pm

    I love love love Thanksgiving too. It’s possibly my favorite holiday. We had a nice one this year with all my family at my parents’ house. I can’t wait to host one day when we have a house of our own!

    GORGEOUS roses. They inspire me to get some flowers for my house.

    • January 3, 2012 12:58 am

      Oh, the hosting is nice because I get to be in control. NOT that I have control issues or anything *whistles*.

  4. December 14, 2011 6:34 am

    “scalloped corn”? I have never heard of it and think I need to know– sounds delish and those roses MAKE the table– so gorgeous and rich, sumptuous, I believe would be the right word for them– loving on you– xoox, E

    • January 3, 2012 1:01 am

      Loving on you too!

      Scalloped Corn:

      (I double this recipe)

      1 can whole kernel corn, drained
      1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
      1/2 cup milk
      1 egg, beaten
      1 Tablespoon flour
      1 Tablespoon sugar
      Soda Crackers to top + butter to top

      Combine drained corn and melted butter. Add Milk and beaten egg. In separate bowl, combine flour and sugar. Fold into corn mixture–stir. Pour into a shallow casserole pan. Top with crushed soda crackers, then scatter small pats of hard butter on top of the crackers. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot.

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