Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Being Thankful


Being married lends itself to new obstacles during the holidays that were never issues before. Mark and I are on a rotating schedule each year as to which Thanksgiving we will be attending. Since the majority of both our families are in Washington State, no matter which Thanksgiving we are headed off to- it is guaranteed to be a full house, never less than 10, oftentimes larger than 30. I'm thankful that Mark and I actually have that much close family relatives to spend time with- and I love seeing all of them. This year we will be headed to Lake Tapps, a place I spent most Labor Day Weekends, several Easters and 30 family reunions!
Without fail there will be a roast turkey as well as a smoked turkey, homemade rolls from a baker from Odessa, WA who makes them fresh for our family every year, homemade elk and venison sausage appetizer (from last February's homemade sausage making) and several other fabulous favorites, be it Aunt Arlene's Cheesy Potato Casserole, to Aunt Rae's Chestnut Stuffing and of course, several bottles of homemade chardonnay and pinot noir from the 36th Ave wine makers, i.e. "garage wine from my aunt and uncle, Mark and I and the residents of 36th Ave."
My mother, classically never makes the same thing twice, and will no doubt bring a new salad recipe which always is well received. Grandpa will say grace, tell some Norwegian "Ollie Jokes" and we will no doubt toast to new weddings, new arrivals (congrats Jess!) and the passing of relatives- a farewell to one of the family's ultimate gourmands Uncle Don Walter, cheers to you.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

2 comments:

Gemini Mother said...

Don't forget the green bean casserole!
As much as I love variety there are certain dishes that I must have on the Thanksgiving menu; turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. These dishes can and should be updated or rotated so different family members bring them so that they are not all the same every year.
As much as we all love the food I am most grateful for the family. Especially my 'Mary Poppins' children; who are "practically perfect in every way!"

James said...

Nice 'T-giving overview' Melissa.
You have captured the picture, the taste, the mood, and left little doubt to the positive response of our family on Thanksgiving.
Your description and subjective perspectives are wonderfully intriguing and descriptively stated!
We will sorrowfully miss the 'classic chef' and 'wine connoisseur', Uncle Don. :( .
God Bless you and Mark. We are grateful for you, our immediate family, and the many blessings God has bestowed to us. This is a very special day to which we thank God for all these blessings. Cheers!
Love you, Dad