How to Have a Happy Thanksgiving
Hello buddy, hiya doll, what’s shaking?
Do you have your turkey defrosting yet? I certainly hope you’ve purchased it at least. I was at the market yesterday and the pickings were slim. That is of course unless I wanted to pay $12.99 a pound for an organic turkey, which was both free-range and lovingly hand-fed organic apples and pears then given a sedative before getting the axe, which had been hand-tooled by a German blacksmith. There were lots of those special turkeys available.
Because the holidays can be an incredibly stressful time and I’ve lived through numerous happy holidays with my own families, both of origin and marriage, I offer you, dear friend, my tips for how to have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Serve Pie for Breakfast
This is crucial. Don’t skip it.
My traditional day after Thanksgiving breakfast entails a slice of creamy pumpkin pie with a large scoop of whipped cream on top. I bet you do this too.
But, eating pie on Thanksgiving morning before you’ve had the feast is wonderfully forbidden. Make or buy extra pies so you can surprise your family and/or guests with pie and whipped cream for breakfast Thanksgiving morning.
1. Serving a fruit pie or a pecan pie, gives your diners more fiber and vitamins, or protein, in the case of the pecan, than they would if they were having a bowl of Frosted Flakes or Sugar Smacks.
2. People are going to sneak bites of pie anyway. Serving pie early will avoid any accidental stabbings in the kitchen.
Don’t Screw Up the Pie Math
The rule for Thanksgiving in my household one pie per person plus one. That way there’s plenty of pie and variety. Don’t be lazy when it comes to Thanksgiving desserts. You can be ascetic after the New Year, which is just a few weeks away.
Bundle up buttercup. Wrest the Playstation controller away from the gamers. Turn off the iPhones, put the iPads on their chargers, grab the dog and get everyone out of the house and walking. In my world, we have woods and beaches to stroll. If you don’t never fear. Walk city blocks or around your suburban neighborhood for at the very least a half hour.
If you walk for an hour you get to eat three extra slices of pie.
The fresh air and endorphins will reduce if not eliminate any crankies starting to form. And, if anyone is in desperate need of a nap, chances are he or she will drop right off to dreamland when you get home.
Plan An Easy Midday Feed
I tend to limit my cooking the few days before Thanksgiving because I know we’re going to have a ton of food in the fridge. But, everyone needs to eat and unless you’re in a city, restaurants may not be open. If they are open, you may still be out of luck if they’re busy.
Plan ahead what to feed people before the big meal is ready. Mr. 12 knows I’m always scrambling to serve lunch when I’m busy getting the bird together so he’s already put in a request for sweet and sour meatballs. These are made in a Crock-Pot with no effort on my part so I’m happy to oblige.
Serve Drinks Early and Often
It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere. Need ideas?
Tell me what you’re doing for Thanksgiving. How do you have a Happy Thanksgiving?