Background picture of me & our Thanksgiving dinner in 2002 - it served 5-8
"Slow Down" by Simon & Garfunkle from Album "The Best of"
HOLIDAYS MADE EASIER
Excerpt from Cook Book "TasteBud's Delight" by Frances M. McCrory-Meservy copywrited 4/23/2007 #TXu1-354-553 All writes reserved.
Make each recipe your own. When it is almost done, add more spices until it fits your taste. Each section of our great country has different cultures and different tastes. I toned some of the recipes down because we like them quite spicy. Happy Holidays. Fran
By spreading everything out over a period of a week, preparing Thanksgiving Dinner won’t be as stressful.
There is nothing wrong with asking older children (yours, neighbors or grandchildren) to help cut up vegetables or whatever you need help with. My children say some of their fondest memories were cutting things up for me. My grandchildren seem to enjoy helping and neighbor’s children ask to help.
Ask family and/or friends to prepare and bring certain things that they do well.
Play your favorite music and sing along – it’ll make you feel better.
Highlighted are to the things I did to prepare the dinner in the background picture in 2001.
TYPICAL MENU ITEMS (we have actually had all the items below at one dinner; but we had 18 people to help us eat it all)
Cornbread Sage stuffing Apple Pie
White bread Sage stuffing Pumpkin Pie
Brown & Serve Rolls
Giblet Gravy Baked Ham
Roasted Turkey Cranberry Jell
Roasting Hen (Chicken) Butter
Iced Tea Mashed Potatoes
Variety of Sodas Candid Yams
Coffee Green Snap Beans
Milk Corn on the Cob (fresh or frozen)
Grocery List (check the menus and note how much of each item you will need according to the number of people you expect for Lunch (Noon) or Dinner (6 PM) or Supper (8 PM or after). We have our Thanksgiving meal according to when all or most can be here (sometimes it’s for 2 days/half on Thursday & half on Friday). Highlighted is if you just want a basic dinner like shown in the background picture.
A little known fact is that Grocery stores have maps of their stores. Stop by customer service before the rush and ask for one.
My Mom has Gout; therefore, when she can make it to our dinner, I also roast a stuffed hen so she can eat with us. People with Gout are never supposed to eat Turkey or gravy (they are Purines & purines make uric acid go up).
I am diabetic and eat small portions of everything to keep the sugar from rising. Two hours after I eat I check my blood sugar and if it is too high (over 150) I take an extra pill (with my Doctor's approval). Dressing and gravy are my worst offenders. I go really light on them. Bet you thought it would be the pie. I just get a small slice of pumpkin pie and don't eat the crust. Brown sugar in the yams is not a big offender. It's kind of like using whole wheat instead of bleached flour. Since this is a family reunion time, I don't cook diabetic friendly. I am the only one in our family who has diabetes and want our family to enjoy one whole meal without taking me into consideration. Some one always shows up with something that a diabetic can eat anyway- just for me.
If you continue to worship and obey God and let him guide us,
Deu. 28:11-12 "And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, … The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.