Friday, November 26, 2010

Did everyone have a great Thanksgiving? It turned out to be a very nice day for us. All of our favorites were on the table. Sweet potato casserole, deviled eggs, stuffed celery, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and fruit salad. This year someone brought a Paula Dean pecan pie, man was it tasty! We also had a pumpkin pie and my daughter tried her hand at making a sweet potato pie. Came out a little lumpy but very flavorful.

We reminisced about my mom's home made cornbread stuffing, a holiday favorite. And her pea salad, which my daughter and niece hated but would eat it silently every year so not to hurt her feelings. We called my sister and step-father in North Carolina for a chat. And sat around discussing whether we would go shopping on black Friday, and the anticipated arrival of the new baby on December first.

I was in charge of the stuffing and turkey this year. I make bread stuffing which goes inside the turkey. I think this year it was the best I've ever made. It was nice for a change, that we all chipped brought a dish. I recall too many Thanksgivings where I would spend my day cooking in the kitchen while everyone else got to visit. Then we would eat. And I would spend more time in the kitchen cleaning up. It was the same for my mom when she was alive. Though, she would cook the whole day before Thanksgiving, too. I think she enjoyed it.

I'm enjoying a mini vacation from work. My granddaughter has been staying with me and I put her to bed at 7:30, with the thought that I'll get up once she falls asleep. The only trouble is that I fall asleep too! The last couple of nights I've slept a good 12 hours! I can't remember the last time I slept more than 8 solid hours. I even took a nap today. Felt good...:)


diva donna said...

I made all the food this year. And spent hours cleaning it up. But I enjoyed it. My kids were all together. But, we were missing the youngest grandchild. She was visiting her other grandparents. I love that Pea Salad. But it's a summer potluck dish for us. But my favorite dish was Frog Eyed salad. I loved it. But I knew not everyone else did. I made it special for my favorite grumpy uncle who looked forward to it every year. He's gone now. So I don't make it now. It made a huge tupperware bowl. Too much for me.
Wow a new baby coming? That's so exciting. Enjoy your rest.

Tory Richards said...

Okay, I'll bite. What's Frog Eyed Salad?

You know about pea salad? I thought that was some crazy dish my mom made up! LOL I like it too but don't make it very often.

Yes, on Wed my daughter goes in for a C-section. The first boy in our family!

Nancy Bristow said...

Debbie...Good you asked about the Frog Eyed Salad, otherwise I would have;)

Just so you know ~ Diva Donna is an accomplished cook ~ probably as good as many chefs from all I hear. Not that I've tasted her food but I have seen photos and recipes. If she weren't so far away, I'd be a regular fixture at her table:)

Tory Richards said...

I didn't know that Nancy! Maybe she would like to post a recipe on my blog once in a while...

Hey diva donna, what do you think? We could start with frog eyed salad:)