Are You Ready for Thanksgiving?


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!!!


No man is ever old enough to know better. – Holbrook Jackson


10 thoughts on “Are You Ready for Thanksgiving?”

  1. I hate this time of year because it’s the only time of year people are in the “spirit of giving”. I think over the years Thanksgiving has become as fake as the person who’s hosting the dinner. It becomes an ego thing because (at least from where I’m standing) people seem to only give in order to express to the world just how generous they are. 

    People have begun to only give around Thanksgiving because they either want a pat on the back and praise for being so kind, or they’re waiting to ask for a really expensive gift on Christmas as a “thank you” for feeding you a home cooked meal without charging you any money upfront. 

    My personal opinion? It seems the worst people in society have taken a claim of what most consider the “most wonderful time of the year”.

    1. Hi,

      Sadly I have to agree with you to an extent.  I worked in retail my whole life and during the holiday shopping season, I’ve seen an ugly side of people.  BUT, I refuse to let such peoples ugliness inside my home and ruin a holiday that me and my family enjoy–for our own reasons.

      I have the choice, and we keep it warm and loving.  I wish that for you my friend, Laura

  2. Hi, you make my mouth watering now.

    I guess you have a lovely family and they can be happy to have someone like you taking care of them on special occasions like Christmas and Thanks giving.

    I love your recipes and think I’ll try to copy your turkey and mash potatoes next Thanksgiving.

    The left over recipes are a good idea as well by the way.

    1. Hi Stefan,

      You words are very kind, thank you.  And please, let me  know if you try those mashed potatoes.  

      Leftovers are usually a given, so thought a few links to some good sites would be nice to add.  Thanks for stopping by.

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I love making fresh mashed potatoes, especially with red potatoes! They are a huge hit in my house. I have heard of putting sour cream in the mashed potatoes but never thought of cream cheese. I bet that is really tasty! Have you ever taken crunchy bacon and crumbled on top right before baking? I bet that would be delicious! Thank you for sharing and I think I am going to try out this recipe this year!

    1. Elizabeth, hello and OMG that sounds like a yummy idea!  I think I will add some bacon this Thursday.  I love bacon!  Thanks for the idea, and I know you’ll love those mashed potatoes.  They are a HUGE hit here!

      Have a Happy Thanksgiving, & thanks for stopping by,

  4. Hello Laura. Hope you are having a good time with the season. I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and merry Christmas in advance. Thank you for sharing this article. I enjoyed reading through. That was a nice recipe for the Thanksgiving. It was fun reading through this post. I was your why you don’t want to cook… I love cooking ;). It is always fun to be around family and friends during Christmas. You should do just that…

    1. Hi Barry, Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you too!!  I’m glad you stopped by my page.

      I like it when others cook.  The girls are all learning different ways to cook and I like tasting their new dishes.  LOL

      May you have a Happy and safe Thanksgiving,

  5. Hi Laura,

    Great website, thank you I enjoyed reading it and thank you for the recipe, Uncle Eric’s potatoes! I’ve never tried this, it does sound very creamy and moorish! I shall definitely bake this.

    You have struggled with a very debilitating illness, I can’t believe the attitude of the doctors you have been unfortunate enough to have to deal with, where is the empathy and my goodness, that hippocratic oath they swear to live  and work by!?

    Kudos to you for  researching and  finding  the answers that have helped you achieve  a better quality of life.


    1. hi Michelle and thank you for your kind words.  And do try the mashed potatoes, they are awesome!!!

      As for doctors, I’ll keep my mouth shut.  Except to say I don’t know how a lot of them got their degrees/certifications.  

      Again thank you, and thank you for stopping by,


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