Today is my wonderful daughter’s birthday—she has been such a blessing. I can get teary remembering the first time I laid eyes on her—and her face really hasn’t changed that much, but she did grow into her long eye lashes. Last night I came across this “Thursday Thirteen” which listed the 13 items she’d prepared for our Thanksgiving dinner in 2007, so I decided it was worth a delicious rerun.
“It's all about being thankful--for family, friends, country and milestones passed. So yesterday after church we drove along the river and past some woods to my daughter's home for her 40th birthday and our Thanksgiving celebration. I asked several times and offered to bring something, but she wanted to do it all, and she really did. All I did was dry the dishes after dinner.
Here's the fabulous meal that awaited us--and we're going back today for leftovers! Everything was sugar-free, and most dishes were low-fat until we got to dessert. She used her lovely Lenox wedding china and crystal and seasonal decorations.
1. A 24 lb turkey roasted to perfection--I've never seen a prettier golden brown.
2. A spiral sliced honey baked ham.
3. Cubed and roasted butternut squash, the best I've ever tasted.
4. Fresh, buttered beets.
5. Homemade, chunky applesauce.
6. Wild rice and mushroom stuffing (I think I saw one of her Martha cookbooks on the counter).
7. Sausage/corn stuffing (with a side portion without corn for my husband who hates corn)
8. cranberry relish, home made
9. Veggie platters of 4 colors of bell peppers, grape tomatoes, pickles, celery
10. hot clover leaf rolls
11. Mashed potatoes and gravy
12. red wine (2 choices), coffee
13. 2 deep dish homemade pies (apple and cherry) and one pumpkin pie, with crusts so tender and flakey she's getting very close to my mother's standard, served either with Cool Whip or vanilla ice cream.”
We’ll be going to her house this coming Thursday; I can’t wait to see what special things she’s prepared for her family.