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Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I’m not! We’re not! I know this article is really late, my apologies. A few family issues have put us all in a BAH HUMBUG mood. It’s time to snap out of it though. Our next 6 weeks are going to be extremely busy. And I’ve yet to even begin any Christmas shopping!

Here at Home

This Thursday we’ll be spending Thanksgiving in Indiana. Our youngest has to work that day–retail, 1:30 PM to 10:30 PM, so we’re not even sure if she’ll get a break to come home and eat with us. Our middle daughter and her boyfriend are coming up from Bloomington, to have Thanksgiving dinner with us. We spent all morning on the phone with her, making out a menu. And, mom and dad decided on just your traditional Thanksgiving dinner:

  • Turkey
  • Uncle Eric’s Mashed Potatoes (I’ll include the recipe below)
  • Gravy – of course
  • Green Bean (fresh green beans per Kelsey’s request) Casserole
  • Veggie dish (broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, etc. with veggie dip)
  • Brown & Serve Buns
  • Pumpkin Pie (of course)
  • Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Like I said, very traditional–not what we usually do. But not many leftovers, which is good because we leave for Florida on Dec. 2nd

‘Uncle Eric’s Mashed Potatoes’

  • 5 lbs. potatoes
  • 1/2 lb. butter
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup evaporated milk

Boil potatoes like you normally would. Drain, and mix all ingredients into potatoes. I usually add one item at a time and then blend.

Bake, covered, in oven @ 325 for 1 hour.

Uncover the potatoes last 15 minutes.

THE most delicious taters!

Our Early Christmas in Florida

Our oldest daughter and her partner just bought their first home back in October. So we’re having an early Christmas that coincides with vacation days they took.

I also promised dad that we’d celebrate Christmas with him this year. So he’ll be going down to Fort Myers with us.

Our middle daughter will be driving down to join us. We’re all pretty excited to see their new home. We’ve seen pictures, and I just can’t wait!!! Oh, and Michael is coming with Kelsey.

OK, real quick, let me introduce you to everyone in the family:

  1. Hubby is Tommy/Tom
  2. our oldest daughter is Vanessa
  3. Vanessa’s partner is Destinee
  4. our middle daughter is Kelsey
  5. Michael is Kelsey’s boyfriend
  6. our youngest daughter is Jessica
  7. Dad is dad…or gpa.

I’m not sure what it is that Vanessa plans on making, she told me I just can’t remember. Kelsey wants to help cook as well. Heck, I’ll do the dishes, anything, as long as I don’t have to cook!!

It will really be hard to leave Florida, with all their sunshine and warmer temps, and come back to Indiana, where its cold.

Back to Indiana for Christmas

I’ll be honest with you here, I don’t want to come back to Indiana, because of the cold, but I’ll bite the bullet and come back because I want to 50 plus, over 50, sick, pneumonia, flu shot, winter, sickspend Christmas with Tommy and of course, Jessica, Kelsey, and Michael.

I’m still not sure what we’ll be having. We usually alternate Christmas dinner with Ham on one year and then lasagna the next year. But we kind of fell out of that when we were living more down in Florida, then Indiana. I guess I’ll put it out there during this Thanksgiving dinner, and let them decide.

The lasagna meal goes back to my childhood. My mom’s dad, my papa, was 100% Italian, and except for Thanksgiving, every meal had some sort of pasta with sauce. I didn’t mind. I was a very picky eater as a child—I’m told I still am, BUT Italian food I could always eat!!

Thanksgiving Menu Links

If you’re still up in the air with your Thanksgiving menu plan, check out some of these links below!

So Many Leftovers

Back when the girls first moved out, we could send them home with leftovers.  Kelsey would take the most.  She always had college roommates that would gobble them up!  Here are some leftover recipes sites I found.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!







 

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