Most Thanksgivings we stay wherever we happen to live. This year was no different. We really love being at home for the holidays – our home. I love our routines and starting our own traditions with Bella. While Christmas is almost always at the grandparents, Thanksgiving is just us.
Sam and I spend most of the day cooking. He does the turkey, gravy, and pie – I prepare the side dishes. I put a spin on oyster stuffing but forgot the bacon so it didn’t turn out real well.
In fact it’s all in our composter now. That’s how good it was.
However, I used The Pioneer Woman’s new cookbook A Year of Holidays to make the mashed potatoes and they were heaven. I’m bringing my mom home a copy for Christmas and hoping we can make some of her stuff together.
Bella loves to be in the kitchen with us. She helped Sam make the pies and whipped cream, then had to taste everything from the sugar to flour. Holidays are very memorable with her since she’s just starting out a new age, and just turning four has been a lot of fun for us all. We can also see the changes from the year before; she called the turkey “turpey,” her little Thanksgiving plate was new, she just barely fits in a booster seat anymore.
We thought if she helped us cook and bake she might want to eat it all. She’s been going through this horrible picky stage where nothing looks good enough to eat except plain noodles with parmesan cheese. It drives me batty. Usually helping with the food changes that. So we set it all out, she got in her chair, took one look and announced she hated it all and wasn’t going to eat it.
And she didn’t.
Since it was Thanksgiving we just shrugged and said, “Ok, your choice.” After we were done, Netflix had the Charlie Brown version of the Mayflower Voyage on, and it was a chance to talk again about how Thanksgiving started.
How was your Thanksgiving? Anything special? Did your food actually get eaten?
Diana blogs at Diana Wrote about her life with a daughter here and three sons in heaven, life as an army wife, and her faith. You can also find her work on Liberating Working Moms, She Reads Truth, The New York Times, Still Standing Magazine, and The Huffington Post. Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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