These glassy, bloodshot eyes can’t lie. I’m not up for Pulitzer material tonight. I will tell you about my quaint little family-of-four Thanksgiving feast, though. It turned out almost as perfect as I could have hoped (you know, us girls always have a romantic image of how the holiday should be – food and all – even if we don’t like to admit it). This year, I was not so damaged by high expectations. I cooked (all by my little self) a yummy baked chicken (turkey was too big of a bird for so few people), scrumptious sage stuffing, (“to-die-for”) sweet potato casserole, tasty broccoli-cheese-rice casserole, black-eyed-pea salad, (canned – OK, I did cut a corner here) cranberry sauce, wonderful sautéed green beans (a twist on the usual casserole), and good caramel pumpkin-pecan pie with whipping cream. Yes, even ex-drug addicts without an ounce of genetically hereditary domestic skill can pull off Thanksgiving dinner with God’s help and a few trustworthy recipes! Move over Martha Stewart. My husband even ate TWO helpings of my sweet potato casserole. I couldn’t believe it. He hates sweet potatoes. It was my favorite recipe of all the great ones I was working from for the day… I need to re-name it “Sweet Potato Bliss“. It can be found on my Gathering Manna blog (last sweet potato recipe on the post). If you like sweet potatoes, I would definitely bookmark that link and bake it for Christmas. You’ll be the hit of the holiday meal.
…Oh, yes… and the other thing on my mind tonight as I tried to keep the vehicle between those glowing white lines without falling asleep… Homeschooling. I’ve been planning our next Konos Unit. According to our schedule, we’ve managed to cover most everything on our list so far except Trust: Flight & Airplanes, and Trust: Ships and Floating. That is what we had planned during the 4 weeks we took off before Thanksgiving due to our move. I may make up one of those over the Christmas holidays. I think Kev will have to work during the Christmas holidays anyway, and we won’t be traveling to Texas, either. Continuing to school will keep us busy and help us avoid the “rush” and “frenzy” that engulfs us most years. I’m excited about meeting other homeschoolers near me, also. So far, I’ve met some great moms who live reasonably close to us and may do a Konos Co-op with us after Christmas. This is great news and an answered prayer. We truly miss our co-op days with Kelly, our Texas Konos buddy.
I hope you are all basking in the glow of sweet Thanksgiving memories you made yesterday with your families… and I pray that the turkey and trimmings you’ll probably eat (in the form of left-overs) for days to come don’t make your jeans cut your circulation off (like mine are right now). This time of year is my favorite… the weather, the scenery, the silver bells and lights… but most of all, the focus on Thanksgiving and Jesus – God’s Christmas present to us. Now THAT’s a reason to be THANKFUL. I’ll have to do a post on my favorite Christmas music soon… I’ve been listening to not much else for over a week now. Happy Thanksgiving (it isn’t really “over”) to each of you reading this every day for the rest of 2005! You don’t need sweet potato casserole to be thankful for what God has blessed you with.