Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Are You Ready?
I have it easy this year. I am not hosting Thanksgiving. It rotates around in our family, and it is not my year. However, due to serious illnesses, there are less people attending Thanksgiving, and therefore contributing dishes, and so my cousin and I are splitting the menu. She's hosting, so she has the big stuff - turkey, stuffing (regular and gluten free), mashed potatoes, gravy (which last time she made was awful - Sorry, hon), pecan pie, peas (because her family has this obsession with peas, which I hate and refuse to cook), rolls (regular and gluten free), and cranberry sauce that her husband likes served in the shape of the can - ugh.
I have sweet potatoes, green beans, pumpkin pie (both regular and crustless for the gluten intolerant in the group), wine (please.do.not.forget.the.wine.), beer, and cheese & crackers. Cause we all need to fill up on those before we load up on DINNER. And ohmygodIknowI'mforgettingsomething! Crap! But I bought her a cute little hostess gift so maybe she'll forgive whatever it is I'm forgetting.
I am stuffed just thinking about all that food. But you can bet your paycheck I'll eat some of all of it.
Oh and I'm bringing games because my cousin and I get a kick out of badgering everyone into playing games after too much wine and food and then making fun of the losers. Wanna play? Seriously, we're not that bad. ;-) Unless of course, we win. Which we do. Cause we rock. And if all else fails we can teach the kids to play BlackJack and gamble away their allowance. I'M KIDDING. I won't take money from children. GEESH! I'll at least wait until they get a little older.
And then we'll make a big batch of our family recipe Hot Buttered Rum mix to split up and take home for the Christmas holidays. A recipe which I will share in a future post. With tales to go along with it.
So yeah, let's get this day over with. Because what I am REALLY ready for? Is CHRISTMAS. After a couple of years of not being able to find my Christmas Spirit, it is again alive and well. I've secretly been listening to the all Christmas, all the time radio station in my car for a week. (I know, WHY are they playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving, right? I KNOW) It's not raining today (miracle), so my husband and son are putting up the Christmas lights. Right Now. I'm so excited. But I won't turn them on until the day AFTER Thanksgiving. So HURRY UP already!
Hope your preparation day is going well. The anticipation is delicious. The predictions of the family nightmares will have us blogging for days. While we eat turkey sandwiches. For days.