Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Thanksgiving Meal

Are my lovely American readers still recovering from their Thanksgiving meal?  We’ve already polished off the leftovers here.  I used the rest of the turkey last night in our dinner meal.  Except we are working on another pumpkin pie!  Yum!

The food was wonderful at Thanksgiving, but the most wonderful part was spending time with family. This year we were blessed to have Biker Boy’s family visit us.  Hugs and kisses to my family, we missed you!
We started Thanksgiving morning as we have for the past 4 years.  Running a 5K race.  Thankfully this year was the warmest that it has ever been for us.  While Biker Boy and I didn’t run quite as fast as we did last year, we still did respectable.  And Biker Boy beat me again, though I was able to keep up with him for a bit.  I didn’t manage to get 2nd in my age group like I did last year, but I still was the first 34-year-old female across the finish line.  That put me in 8th place out of 111 women in the 30-34 age group.  Not too shabby.  Biker Boy did awesome and I think got 11th out of 56 men in his age group.  He placed 136th out of over 1600 people.  Awesome job baby!

Scooter has been running the 1K kid’s race since he was 4.  The kid ran crazy fast this year.  I was barely able to get a photo of him because I didn’t expect him to get to the finish line that fast.  Look at him striding through the air!  He’s #782.

Chewy has been running the 1K kid’s race since she was 1.  Yes, one year old!  I think she was the last one across the finish line that first year, which is fine because she finished the whole thing at that young age!  She was running fast this year at age 4! 

Since we ran the 5K in the morning (with 1600 other crazy people), we put the turkey in crockpots.  Just turkey breasts…that way we don’t have leftovers of turkey parts people won’t eat.  I rarely feed my family poultry because I have an aversion to working with raw turkey or chicken, so it was a lovely treat to eat it.  Even lovelier since my mom-in-law took charge of putting the turkey in the crockpot (and I don’t think she even knows I don’t like raw poultry).  Oh...and since we had never tried turkey breast in a crockpot…I’m happy to report it worked out wonderfully.  It was moist and tender and tasty.  We cooked it on top of carrots.

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After the race, we came home to clean-up, relax, and finish dinner preparations.  It didn’t take long since the food was mostly easy stuff to prepare and the bird breast was in the crockpot.

The youngest girls made deviled eggs.  My little one lasted about one egg. 

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We had a spread on the counter.  Not a pretty presentation, but we just ate it and it was wonderful.

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My niece requested dressing for the Thanksgiving meal and she made some wonderful stuffing. She was a wonderful helper to me all week in the kitchen.  

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We had turkey, squash, mashed potatoes, broccoli salad, jellied cranberries, carrots,  lefse, and gravy.  Yes, I made gravy from scratch.  Thank goodness my mom gave me lessons on that years ago.  Oh and there was pumpkin pie and turkey cookies.  And of course, homemade whipping cream.  Anyone else out there wondering what lefse it?  Truly humoring to go to stores in the west and ask if they have lefse.  You’ll get asked, “Is that a cleaning product?”  But Biker Boy’s family always manages to find it.  And my kids call lefse “tortillas”….yep, they live in the southwest.

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I’m very thankful for my family, my loving husband, and my precious children.
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I am so thankful to finally be healthy and feeling well and to no longer be on antibiotics or any other medication.  I’m trying to be grateful for my health and how great I feel now after a year of feeling yucky.  I am thankful there are medications that keep certain members of my family functioning and healthy.  I am thankful my family made it through a broken leg, bad allergies, and every other challenging moment.  I am thankful Scooter didn’t have any bad asthma attacks this year.  I am just thankful for each moment I get to spend with my family.  I am thankful for every little thing in my life, which are too numerous to write.  What are you thankful for?  I hope you enjoyed a Thanksgiving to remember.

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