Monday, November 21, 2011

Giving Thanks

Here we are about to celebrate Thanksgiving 2012. I love the spirit of dedicating a holiday to being thankful, and I am ever so thankful for my family, our home, my job, and the way our needs are graciously met at every turn. (And you - my blog friends!)
I am thankful that my mom is well cared for. I am thankful for all the things she taught me over the years. This year I have been especially thankful that she taught me how to knit( some 47 years ago). Visiting with her is difficult, since she has no short term memory, and tends to say the same thing or ask the same question countless times throughout a visit. Reading aloud helps a lot, as does having a knitting project to work on and talk about.
Since this holiday of thanks involves a lot of food preparation, I am delighted that I had a day off today to get some things ready. Our office is closed on Sundays, so I started yesterday, before going to visit my mom. I made two kinds of rolls, which are nestled in the freezer, ready for the big day. Today I roasted the turkey, sliced it, and it is also tucked into the freezer. A ham is sliced and ready as well.
I made applesauce and orange cranberry relish today, and just have a few things to do on Thursday. I will be working tomorrow and Wednesday, so I'm thankful for the freezer!
It's one meal I tell myself, and lots of people do it all in one day. I will never again try to cook a turkey the day I plan to serve it. The cookbook says to allow 15-20 minutes of roasting time per pound. Five minutes difference isn't much when you're cooking one pound, but when you multiply it by 14, that's 70 minutes of leeway. Over an hour! Years ago I would optimistically read the instructions and do the math, and have a turkey that was either ready an hour before everything else, or an hour and a half afterwards. I resolved to cook it ahead of time or not at all, and this works well for me. I am a do-it-ahead-when-possible kind of gal.
I wish the best to you and yours during this season of giving thanks.

9 comments:

Suzanne said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. We dont celebrate thanksgiving in Australia and our turkey is usually saved for our Christmas lunch.Our family has only cooked turkey once but my Mother in law used to cook it every Christmas day and it would be so hot.
Do you have similar for your Christmas.

ladydi said...

Hi, Suzanne! I can imagine how hot Australia is in December, and your poor mom doing all that hot cooking. I think I'd have turkey salad! Christmas dinner has become very similar to Thanksgiving, but I remember from my childhood that it was much more casual.

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

With all that fancy cooking already prepared, you forgot to tell me what time to come :o) Or didn't you "Guess who's coming to dinner" :o)

ladydi said...

One o'clock on the dot, Miss Ginny! See you then. :0}

Daisy said...

Your meal sounds like it will be wonderful, Diana. It is so much nicer to have things done ahead so you can take some time on Thanksgiving to just relax and enjoy the company. Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!

Liz said...

I'm thankful for your wonderful friendship! Have a Happy Thanksgiving. :)

ladydi said...

Thanks, Daisy, I feel the same way. I hope you and your family have a wonderful day as well.

Liz, how nice to see you in blogland! I hope to see you in person soon.

Locket Pocket said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Diana! It's a shame we don't celebrate over here in the UK. Lucy xx

ladydi said...

Thanks, Lucy!