10 on the 10th Thanksgiving Edition

I'm excited to participate in the 10 on the 10th hosted by Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After.  

This month is 10 questions about Thanksgiving. How do you celebrate Thanksgiving. I'd love to read your answers to the questions in the comments. 

One of my favorite memories was the year we lost power. I don't remember how old I was but my grandma was visiting at the time. We couldn't make our turkey so we cooked hot dogs in a cast iron pot on top of the wood stove. So fun. 

Let's get to the questions: 

1. Will you watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? Football? Movies?
        The guys will probably watch football, and while I love the parade, I'd much rather play games or do puzzles with whoever else wants to join in. I love the conversation, laughter and relationship building time. 

2. Who does the Cooking? Fix anything ahead of time? 
        From the time my in-laws moved back to Washington after living in PA for awhile, my mother in law has always cooked the main meal (do I even remember how to cook a turkey anymore), and I'm fine with that. She LOVES it. I usually bring a side dish (this homemade green bean casserole is the bomb! Completely from scratch, from the fried onions to the mushroom soup). Sometimes I'll make rolls as well. My MIL makes the BEST gravy. 

3. What time do you eat the big meal? 
        We tend to eat in the early afternoon, around 1:00 or 2:00, often because our girls are baristas and they have to work earlier in the day. We will head to my inlaws around 11 or 12 though and play games and visit until then. We will sometimes have simple appetizers.

4. Do you set a formal table or keep things more casual? Place cards? Children's table? 
        My MIL LOVES to set a pretty table and normally food is placed on the table. However, even if we do food buffet style, she will set out place settings. There is always an extra table because there are always extra people she invites or when the kids were little they did have their own table. All the cousins and maybe a few adults sat around it. My mom always put food on the table and she also liked to set the place settings. 

5. Is the food placed on the table or served buffet style? 
        It all depends. Sometimes it's on the table, sometimes we do buffet style. 

6. Ham or turkey? What's for dessert?
        Turkey all the way people! Stuffed to the brim! Dessert is always a variety of things...usually cheesecake and pumpkin pie with a few other things thrown in. One year I made a pumpkin log roll filled with pumpkin ice cream. So good. Another time I made pecan pies in mini pumpkins. Yummy, but a lot of work. 

7. Does your family have a Thanksgiving tradition? Do you do Black Friday?
        Man! I can't think of any traditions off the top of my head. As for Black Friday, we can take it or leave it. Most of the time we went for one store mainly and then sometimes we'd hit a few others. As the girls got older, they wanted to go, so it would be me, them and they each brought a friend. Now no one really cares to go and I work on the day after TG so it's okay. I'm not a huge fan of crowds, and I definitely don't think I could handle it this year. One tradition we do have, is going to get our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. 

8. Yay or Nay to Leftovers? Favorite Leftover recipe?
        Yes, on the leftovers. I usually like one "TG re-do" meal and then I like to mix it up (if I get to take some leftovers home). Usually I love to make this turkey wild rice soup, a good turkey sandwich or a pot pie, using turkey, and this recipe

9. What will everyone wear? Dress up or comfy? 
        I like to be casual cute. Haha. I like to be comfortable, usually a cute pair of leggings with a cute long top. Everyone pretty much wears what they want. 

10. For what are you mot thankful for this year? 
        This year I'm most thankful for our health, and that we've been able to keep working. I'm thankful for FaceTime and Messenger since our oldest daughter, son-in-law and grandson moved to Texas. I'm thankful for my family, immediate and extended. I was able to spend some time with my moms side of the family in June. It was such a much needed time since my maternal grandma passed away in March and I think we all just needed to be together. I'm thankful for the memories and legacy she left us all with. 

Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about what makes Thanksgiving what it is to me. 

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  1. Love the hot dog Thanksgiving memory! We aren't really Black Friday people, either... I would be all over those pecan pies in mini-pumpkins; they sound divine! I think 2020 has made us ALL far more thankful for our health than we ever were before. May we stay that way.

    1. I agree...it has made us more thankful and even more "mindful" and appreciative.

  2. My mom makes green bean casserole completely from scratch too and I just LOVE it! I haven't attempted it myself though. I'm not sure I like the casserole enough to devote that much time to it; mine's 1/2 way homemade since I do make my own cream of soup mix but haven't yet tried making my own fried onions.

    1. It's definitely time consuming but it's so worth it, even those who do not like this casserole, love this one.

  3. Puzzles and games sounds fun!! We have the parade on, but it's more in the background I guess. Sounds like you have a lovely holiday. I like to dress casual cute too. :-)

  4. So embarrassed and horrified to realize I did not comment on the posts of anyone who joined me for this month. Could have sworn I had read your post but this year, nothing surprises me. I am so sorry.

    Love the idea of puzzles and games on Thanksgiving. This year our holiday was very different and we played games with my visiting sister and BIL. I think it will become a new tradition.

    Thank you for sharing the green bean casserole recipe and directing us to The Cozy Apron for the details. LOVE the idea of adding Parmesan cheese. YES!!

    I had ordered Shapermint leggings to wear for Thanksgiving to give the illusion that I was more slender than I am and to keep me from eating too much. But they were delivered to the wrong address and I ate like a pig. Back on Weight Watchers this week.

    Thank you so much for joining me. I am so sorry to be behind in my commenting.


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