Thursday, November 24, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving from Morristown
Happy Thanksgiving from everyone in Morristown. We hope you had a safe, healthy, and happy holiday!
Well many of the ladies here were up all night cooking their dinner. Let's check in on a couple of the families.
The Taylors had a wonderful dinner with Antoinette's two sisters and Darren (the little brother), China and Taylor, their daughter.
The youngest sister favors Antoinette, but sports a head full of red hair that seems to be from her great, great grandfather.
The oldest sister rearranged her schedule to make sure she could attend.
What is Thanksgiving without a children's table?
Antoinette's menu: Turkey, collard greens, baked macaroni and cheese, homemade cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, dressing and cornbread.
(At the last minute I was finally inspired to make Thanksgiving dinner. The cornbread was already done, and I made the cranberry sauce a week ago. Everything else I made yesterday and today. They almost had a vegetarian meal. The meats were next to the last thing I made. I threw the green vegetables together last.
"Honey we need to say grace before you carve the turkey."
Everyone gathers around the table, holding hands, as Tony blesses the meal.
Meanwhile......a couple doors down, Danielle has just set her table.
"Rod, dear, I really think we need to get on with dinner."
Danielle is serving country ham, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, whipped yams, dressing, biscuits, cornbread, and canned cranberry sauce. (You can't have Thanksgiving without canned cranberry sauce showing up somewhere.) Looks like she forgot to put out the special vegetarian dish she made for Paulette.
I am most proud of my ham. I made it right after I made the turkey, and I was exhausted by this point. I wasn't going to make the pineapples, but I pushed through. The collards were my next biggest triumph. I had no idea how I was going to make them. I took a nap. Woke up and made it happen.
I nade the cranberry sauce last week, and the biscuits were done a couple weeks ago. The green beans were the absolute last thing I made right after I made the collard greens. I was a happy camper. I felt the same elation when I used to stay up all night and cook for real people. All the items I made were first time attempts. There are some things I will do differently next time. I will make those improvements for the Christmas dinner. LOL.
The guests have been waiting patiently, but Julian is finally getting a little antsy.
Paulette has been keeping Jacob busy. They have gotten a lot closer since she babysat the other day.
Ian came to dinner solo.
"Mom, is it time to eat yet?"
"Yes, Julian. It's time. Can you please help people to their seats?"
So it was a successful Thanksgiving day in Morristown.