Yea! It's Thanksgiving vacation! I didn't have to teach today, and the boys are off starting tomorrow. Even John is taking tomorrow off, so we are officially on break!
Let the mad cooking and cleaning begin! On Thursday we will be 19 around the table (more likely two tables...or three). It is going to be so fun! I do love Thanksgiving and all the cooking, preparing, not the cleaning, and the great fun to be together. I grew up with big Thanksgiving celebrations, with cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents, and sometimes a few friends thrown in the mix. The only family who will be here this Thanksgiving will be my brother and his girlfriend, but I am so thankful that we can host so many other wonderful friends and friends of friends.
John and I will do a good bit of cooking tomorrow, but our friends are also bringing things (thank goodness!).
Here is what will be brought by friends (as far as we know):
We will round out the menu with the following:
Cranberries in red wine
Whiskey glazed carrots
Jello salad (a Texas Thanksgiving staple)
Pumpkin spice rolls
Nutmeg Maple Cream pie (to DIE for!!!)
Honeyed Apple Pie
What am I forgetting? Probably something. So far the cranberries are done, and I plan to make my pastry crust tonight. Maybe the congealed salad as well. I've also got to iron the napkins and set out the china, etc.
I'll keep you posted on the progress. I am also hoping to actually sleep between now and then.