turkey eve

Hooray, Turkey Day is nearly here! Is everyone ready for a day of slaving in the kitchen followed by totally authorized gluttony? I hope you all have finished your grocery shopping, since my lovely blog friend Megan at Sorta Crunchy has prophesied woe to those who have not.

Those of you that have been following the play-by-play of our family's holiday season will recall that my family gathered together to celebrate Thanksgiving this past weekend. It may seem odd to some of you, but it's part of my reality as the daughter of a cop and a nurse, whose aunt was a 911 operator and uncle is a long-haul trucker. We have never in my life celebrated a holiday on the actual day.

I woke up Sunday morning at 3:30 am- beating the alarm clock to the punch. The rest of the morning (post-coffee) was a flurry of activity, albeit peaceful until my helper toddled in around 7am. There was food everywhere in my kitchen!

On a related aside: I will note that Seth has slept in his own bed- all night- alone- twice in the past few days! When he wakes, he doesn't cry anymore: he crawls out of the bed and comes to find me. I am so proud of my big boy, though it is bittersweet to know that he doesn't need to have me near anymore while he sleeps.

I told Seth he could eat whatever he wanted because it was a special day: he chose cinnamon cereal and fruit sauce for breakfast. Meanwhile, I sliced potatoes and mashed cornbread for the dressing. After the potatoes were boiling, I whipped up a green bean casserole that was to die for. I spiced it up a little from the usual recipe: do you want to know how?

Green Bean Casserole

4 cans of green beans

2 cans of cream of mushroom soup

2 Tbsp. butter

2 Tbsp. flour

2 Tsp. dill weed

2 Tsp. minced garlic

1 large bag of french-fried onions


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan: melt butter and combine with flour. Mix cream soup with butter combination. Season with spices and simmer on low. Meanwhile, drain water from the green beans. Stir beans into the soup mixture, then spread them into a greased baking dish. Cover with onions, then cook for 30-45 minutes. Remove, then serve warm: yummy! 

Later in the afternoon, Seth got silly and turned into a little ham. I had to remind myself to slow down and enjoy him. Even though I have whipped out the tough girl in my back pocket and really started putting my foot down about discipline and his limits, Seth is still securely attached to me. He shadows me and picks up soon on what I will allow vs. not, and (on this day) he was a perfect angel all day. I am so blessed to be his mommy.

Soon, everyone gathered:


We had a great time together! Everyone participated in my fun new holiday tradition by listing things they were thankful for on leaves and hanging them on the garland in the doorway. We all took turns reading what the others were thankful for. I am so glad that the whole day- beginning to end- was ideal in every way! We finished the evening on the front porch, watching Seth play in the leaf piles and talking about life. I love my family, one and all.

What are you all doing today? Are there any recipes you may try a different way this year? And what traditions do you share with your family?



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