Each year as the holidays roll around I am acutely aware that this could very well be the last holiday that the entire family gets together. It was with great
joy that we welcomed our children, grandchildren and a couple of strays to celebrate Thanksgiving together. We packed in 25 eaters this year.
It was a loud and crazy day and like any other year there were lessons to be learned.
Lesson 1 - Make more than 20 lbs of potatoes. These eaters love their taters and 20 lbs of potatoes vanished.
Lesson 2 - Three pans of stuffing is too much. The eaters obviously prefer potatoes to stuffing.
Lesson 3 - Gravy, there can never be too much gravy. I made about 4 - 5 quarts of gravy and there was very little left over. The eaters like gravy.
Lesson 4 - When cooking green beans with bacon for this many people, skip the fresh green beans and buy the frozen organic green beans from Costco. It took way
too long to clean and snap 3 huge bags of fresh green beans.
Lesson 5 - Skip the Sweet Potatoes, the eaters don't like them.
Lesson 6 - There can never be too many rolls.
Lesson 7 - Green Salad does not belong at the Thanksgiving table.
Lesson 8 - There can never be enough Sausage Rolls or Apple Cranberry cake.
Lesson 9 - Tangerines are not considered an appetizer.
Lesson 10 - Cranberry / Ginger Ale Punch is a hit and will also hit the floor within the first 30 minutes.
Lesson 11 - 3 huge pies, 2 pumpkin and 1 apple is just about right but there is no such thing as too much whipped cream.
Lesson 12 - The game of 'Spoons' will get loud enough to drowned out the football game, the piano and be heard across town. Ear plugs are optional but a highly
recommended accessory for the over 50 crowd.
As I clean up the aftermath of another Thanksgiving, I am reminded of the biggest lesson of all. Despite the chaos, the noise, the laughter and squeals, the sticky
fingerprints, spilled drinks and smudged glass door, I Thank God they all still want to see each other and spend the day with us.
Even the bent spoon & scratch on the dining table are reminders of how precious these days are. You never know, this could be the last time we get everyone together.