I ordered a turkey for Thanksgiving yesterday.
I like Thanksgiving, but I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite holiday.
(Maybe because it’s so much work to be the chef of a feast?)
This year, however, is my first year as an empty nester.
I find I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving much more than in previous years.
My babies will be home, under one roof, all at the same time.
(That’s not an easy feat when one lives in L.A., one lives in Texas, and one lives in North Carolina.)
The holidays are always tough on me with my bum arm.
The first few years post-accident, I really stressed out about not being able to do everything the way I was used to doing it.
My family is accustom to a one-armed mom now.
My kids know Thanksgiving means we’ll have a “chopping party.”
Everyone is given a cutting board, some veggies, and a sharp knife.
I drink wine I do as much as I can, delegating as I need to.
It turns out to be a lot more fun, too.
(There’s a lot of laughter when you get a group of people cooking together in a tiny kitchen.)
Even though I make the same dishes my mother, and grandmother, and great grandmother used to make,
I still find myself perusing magazines and cookbooks for “new” recipes.
Every year I consider changing things up, but I never do.
It made me wonder …
What do most people do?
Do you change your Thanksgiving menu/recipes from year to year?
Or is your family steeped in traditions you wouldn’t consider straying from?
Or, maybe, a mix of both?