Thankful Thanksgiving Change

Thanksgiving 2019 has come and gone for this Empty Nester. Can I get an Amen? Thanksgiving is a labor intense, rather disruptive day that somehow manages to turn out nicely. The good outweighed the not so good this year, thankfully. I’m especially thankful to say good-bye to a particular dish.

Scribbled grocery lists with items I don’t purchase on “normal” days are crumpled and gone forever; fancy napkins are washed, ironed and tucked back in drawers; rarely used dishware transposed for a final time; leftover remnants forced down the drain. Finito ~ Glory be to God.

The fun part –

When everyone piled their plate and we collectively gave thanks where thankfulness belongs, is the time I enjoyed most. Sitting around a decorated table with more than enough food while sharing stories, memories, jokes and news made for a comforting, warm, wonderful time. Jeff and I were blessed to have five family members with us this year (Gam, Savanna, Joey, Diana and Elijah).

We feasted on turkey, Steve Doocy’s sausage stuffing: TheHappyCookbook, mashed potatoes/gravy, Quinoa/broccoli casserole, cranberry sauce, rolls and pumpkin pie. Yes, I made my first-ever pumpkin pie with help from Dan and Eli. It was creamy, organic, festive deliciousness: pie. I won’t make another one for at least 364 days, nor will I have a bite of one before next Thanksgiving but pumpkin pie sure added to our fun.

Changes this year –

I, Shelley Sweeney, will never ever prepare Sweet Potato Casserole again. You may have noticed SPC was not on our menu. Admittedly, I have enjoyed SPC at many a’Thanksgiving. But the truth is I don’t like sweet potato casserole, anymore. The sugar drenched Yami mush topped with marshmallows bit the dust in our household. Omitting SPC eased the labor intense build up. I realized this year that a lot of stress comes from making dishes that I just don’t like or am sick of. Why?  Because it’s too sweet and if I don’t eat it on any other day of the year, it can’t be that good.

Crossing sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and possibly mashed potatoes (because they aren’t good made ahead) off my menu has already decreased future cooking dread. I’m thankful Thanksgiving is over because of the odd planning, prep, shopping and clean up involved. But [thankfully] I conquered some of the culinary counter-intuitiveness. Don’t make things you don’t like or are sick of!

One thing about being an Empty Nester: the nest is far from empty on holidays and such. For that I am truly thankful, especially on Thanksgiving.

I hope all of you had a comforting, warm, wonderful Thanksgiving feast surrounded by people you love.

Thank you for reading!

Love, Shelley

We were really hungry


Giving generously blooms from a thankful heart. – 2 Corinthians 9:11

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