Today is what we call, The Day of Preparation, the day before a big holiday like Thanksgiving. It usually consists of baking pies and breads, making the cheese ball and cranberries, and also the frog eye salad or goodies that can be made ahead. There are table cloths and napkins to launder and shirts to iron, the glass turkey candle holders must be found and some candles for the Thanksgiving table. This year all of our kids are away for the Thanksgiving holiday. The "outlaws" get them this holiday, and they'll all be home (we think) for Christmas. It's a good plan. Our youngest two sons are not married, but one lives far away in Tucson and the other is on-call at the campus where he works. We figured it would be "just the two of us" this Thanksgiving, but we got a nice invite from my parents and my brother and his family will be there too. It'll be good.
I've always dreamed about what it would be like to show up to a Thanksgiving feast with a salad in one hand and a bottle of wine in the other. And now the dream has come true. Actually, I will be bringing the homemade dinner rolls and a broccoli side dish, but hey, it's not an entire meal! Oh, I decided to make some spiced nuts to share so there is still a Day of Preparation for me. I'll call it Preppy Lite. The real dream is to show up at my one of my children's homes for Thanksgiving dinner and bring the salad and wine.
I don't know about you, but I absolutely can't wait for the dressing and gravy -- my favorite part of the Thanksgiving dinner. That, and pumpkin pie with REAL whipped cream. What do you look forward to? Football? A nap? Left-overs?
Let's give a rousing cheer for all the Thanksgiving cooks out there! Wooo Hooo!