Holidays are a great time to spend with families and friends and its hard to resist one that centers around good food. Food has always been an expression of love in my family. Mom was one of those welcoming type of her generation who greeted you, invited you to sit down and then offered to make you something to eat. That has rubbed off on me.
Starting on Wednesday I spent most of two days cooking. Went over to my ex-wife’s house (yes, we get along great) and started on the feast. Everybody had one dish they wanted in addition to the usual Thanksgiving fare, plus I cooked dinner for Wednesday night, Panera Bread potato cream cheese soup. Wednesday was mostly prep so Thursday cooking would go smoothly. Made up two kinds of dressing, pies, soup for dinner, cleaned the smoker for the turkey and shopped for last minute items.
Spent that day hanging out with my daughter and the dogs. She helped some, but I was in my glory in the kitchen. Cooking is something I really enjoy, its that combination of creativity, art and the rewards of satisfied friends and family heaping compliments on you afterwards.
Did a Turkey on the smoker, its always a hit with the family and makes fantastic turkey soup. (the smoke adds a depth of flavor to the soup) One of the nice things about using the smoker is it frees up the oven for all the other things we tend to make for Thanksgiving. And with sweet potato pies, two kinds of stuffing, pumpkin spice corn bread all having to be cooked the extra space was needed.
Could ramble on about the cooking and the food but the important thing was having a great time with people we love. Am blessed to be able to enjoy that smidgen of time together before life gets back in the way and we all join our daily routines of work and school.
Yeah, I put on a few pounds. Yes, this blog is about my battle with the ever expanding waistline. But love makes the war worth fighting. Losing one battle is not going to lose the war. The hour plus long drive gave me time to reflect on what and whom is really important. The love of the people in all of our lives is important. Becoming healthy so we can spend more time wrapping that love around us is the goal.
I hope you too had a Thanksgiving full of love.