Thanksgiving is one of those holidays where you, or at least I, want it to be just like it was when I was growing up. The same food, the same traditions. When you're married, you have the task of combining traditions from 2 different families and trying to make them mesh together.
For the last several years, our family has had Thanksgiving dinner with my family, well, just my mom and dad. This works out great for me. I plan the menu and cook everything myself. I like this system. I love to cook Thanksgiving dinner. I love searching out fun recipes to try, along with the old favorites. This might be really bad to say, but I like the way I cook things. I make them taste like Thanksgiving to me, and I've never had a complaint.
This year, we are staying here and having Thanksgiving with Cheez's family. We're really excited about it, because there are some family member coming that we haven't seen in awhile. It's always good times when we all get together. Because of the number of people, we are doing food assignments. I have been assigned stuffing. I make a mean stuffing! But it might not taste like "Thanksgiving" to everyone. It isn't the normal stuffing many families have come to expect. For example, it has pecans in it. YUM! Well, I know for a fact that one of the visiting family members won't eat pecans. So do I leave them out?
It makes me crazy to alter my recipes. I'm not sure why. "We love your potato salad, but will you make it without onions?" NOOOOOOOOOOO...I want to scream! My special potato salad has onions! And my special stuffing has pecans...and apples and sausage! (ok...I really should have eaten lunch....I'm SO hungry!)
I think the solution will be to have my very own Thanksgiving the week before. Yes...that sounds like the plan!
A little pre-holiday mini feast!
Have I told you that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday???
(I know that this shouldn't be all about me and what I want. It's really not. I'm just so very grouchy. 3 weeks of pms is enough to do any girl in. Really, I feel like I'm loosing my mind. And my family isn't too happy about that!)