Monday, November 24, 2008

All Thanksgiving, All The Time

Have I told you peeps that we are having 20 people come to our house for Thanksgiving?

Oh, yeah, I think I've whined about that already.

So family is awesome, and I love Mark's family. Couldn't ask for better. Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays because it's all about family & food & giving thanks. No presents, no pressure, just warm homey feelings. And lots of good food.

And I think I'm stressing myself out more than I need to. But still. 20 people! Which doesn't include us, and we make it 24.

Food we are making:
Homemade turkey gravy (Mark is making this--and he's all about being gourmet, because he's a great cook and he has a high standard to live up to).

I am making: Sweet potatoes (maple glazed, no marshmallows), au gratin potatoes, green beans (3 pounds of them!), pumpkin pie, veggie tray, and spinach-artichoke dip. Each potato dish will serve 8-10, so that's why I'm doubling up. Plus my au gratin potatoes are an absolutely fabulous recipe I made several years ago and everyone loves them.

Various family members are bringing The Turkey, salad, a vegan dish, stuffing, cranberries, salad, bread, pecan pies, & gingerbread cake.

Carpets get cleaned tomorrow morning (I'm not doing that, but I have to make sure the house is all picked up so they can reach the floor).

My brother in law from Colorado is staying Tuesday night. He's only staying this night, and we won't have anyone else any other night. I've already told Mark that Jeff is going to have to fend for himself.

I have to find a folding table & chairs to borrow. I am not buying chairs to seat all these people for one dinner. We have 3 old folding chairs & one folding table, but I need more. Obviously.

I will also clean our bedroom because the coats will go in there, and have to clean my bathroom because it's the guest bathroom.

I made my grocery list last night. I have to also go buy some cookware because we don't own a roasting pan or fat separator (for the gravy).

Thankfully, Mark is letting me take the time I need away from work to get all this done. Except I also have to mail our office Holiday open house invitations this week. So, that has to be done, too.

It's likely I won't be around the blog world much this week. I'm going to miss you all. I will do my best not to eat my weight in carbohydrates between now and next Monday. And I promise to workout at least a few times so I don't drive myself totally insane.

As my mom used to say, it's a pretty short trip. Get it? Drive myself insane...short trip? Oh never mind.


Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I hope you know how very thankful I am for each of you who read my blog and whose blog I read. You mean so much to me. Thank you for your generous support and encouragement.



MizFit said...


Im having 10.

and doing take out.

from a bbq joint :)

wish me luck as here's hoping my family is filled with humor :) and really as JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE! as they say...

have a great turkey day!

Jill said...

Hey I have a folding table and chairs you can borrow! Just come on down and get it and I'll even treat you to a margarita!!

Good luck with TDay!!!


Vickie said...

Your church might have tables and chairs you can borrow.

your food sounds good and well planned - glad you are looking forward to your company (instead of dreading/resenting it)!

We have one extra couple coming - the woman e-mailed my mother to say that she is really trying to watch her calories - my mom wrote back and said - you are coming to the right place for Thanksgiving - you'll fit right in with the rest of us - we're all watching something!

MCM Mama said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Sounds like a yummy, fun day!

Anonymous said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Laura! I hope you will enjoy the day and your company and forget your fears for a little while.

LG said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your brood!

(In my grandmother's home town, you could always borrow extra tables and chairs from their funeral home IF you didn't mind their name stenciled in on the back...)

Good luck with the crowd and have some fun too!

Helen said...

Happy Thanksgiving!! You WILL have fun, just wait and see!! :-)

Vickie said...

did you survive???

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Laura! I hope it turned out well for all 24 of you.

Vickie said...

a week is a long time for you not to post - have your recovered???