I love Thanksgiving. As the years go by I believe more and more that this is my favorite holiday. Lots of delicious, comforting food. Friend and family. Being reminded of what your grateful for. It’s all there. And there’s no pressure of gift giving…just everyone having a great time and enjoying each other’s company.
I’ve always had a small family. I’m the only child and neither of my parents had much family that lived close by. So holidays growing up were spent with just the three of us. And because my mom is vegetarian and there were only 3 of us, it never made sense to go all out with a big turkey dinner. There were years where my mom would pick up all the fixin’s out at a local store that had pre-prepared food (think Whole Foods or Fresh Market type stores). But our main tradition was going to The Red Barn restaurant each year. It’s an amazingly cute restaurant that is, you guessed it, an old barn. It’s rustic and very north east. We’d dress nice and go to dinner and it was a lovely night out.
After a year with being with Jon and with only having a few days off for Thanksgiving during school, I began to stay in FL for Thanksgiving and enjoy the holiday with Jon’s family. He grew up in a big family so they always did a big Thanksgiving dinner with lots of sides, pies and of course a huge turkey. I was pretty much speechless when I first had Thanksgiving with them. I’d never experienced anything like it. Tons of people running around, stirring pots, checking on casseroles, making pies. It was nuts and I loved it.
Now that my dad has passed and my mom is here with me in FL, we both go down for the day to Jon’s parents house for Thanksgiving. It’d be perfect if my dad was still here, but it’s great to finally have our two families together for holidays.
On the menu yesterday:
Green Bean Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
Cranberry Relish/Cranberry Sauce
I’m still drooling.
Everything was so so so good.
And to top it off?
Somebody’s birthday happened to fall on the holiday this year!
And yes that is a cake in the shape of a turkey. An ice cream cake no less.
Including the remote control helicopter I got him 🙂
Later at home I enjoyed a nice, big slice of pumpkin pie.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving filled with family, friends and love!