OK~ Thanksgiving sure seemed to creep up on my doorstep this year. Funny thing, here in Iowa; our grass is actually greener now than it was in July. I can recall many times when we have traveled through snow and in the cold to go enjoy a nice, hot Thanksgiving meal. Not the case this year- 2012 is a warm one. Actually, maybe 60's for the actual day of Thanksgiving.
I've got three things you need to do on Thanksgiving- Ready? Here they are.
1. Eat turkey. Yes, you need to eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Our Iowa turkey farmers appreciate your support. My family is probably jumping up and down, as I am not cooking this year! I do recall the year that I kind of forgot to start the process of thawing Mr. Turkey three days ahead of the actual cooking day. My solution was to run water all ovcr it. Worked OK, until I started to cut into it to remove the gizzards, etc. Yep, Mr. Turkey seriously had the sharp blade of a knife stuck in him. And then there was the year that I cooked the heart and gizzards, turkey and all! Let's just say it took me a few years to cook another turkey after that little incident.
2. Surround yourself with family and friends. There have been years where our little family of four and our two dogs have been home Thanksgiving Day and it was OK. It just wasn't as exciting as the times we have gotten together with extended family. If you know of someone that does not have anywhere to go, invite them over. You know, those turkeys do produce a lot of meat and if this means less left overs, who cares? Thanksgiving is about being grateful and it's also a good time to show others that you really do care.
3. Eat a lot! This is the one day out of the year that you can eat whatever you want. Enjoy that turkey, those mashed potatoes/gravy, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, and whatever else your Thanksgiving table include. And on Thanksgiving, it is all calorie free. Go and indulge!
Happy Thanksgiving to each of you! Eat turkey, surround yourself with friends and family and most importantly EAT A LOT! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?