“Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.”
Gail Lumet Buckley
The sun rose without me this morning. I was so tired last night that I slept until 7:45. Thank goodness my boss is lenient. The wind has really picked up. So much that we can hear it in the house. The alpacas don’t seem to mind. They are still outside. The flurries are becoming more steady now. How was your Thanksgiving? Ours was wonderful. My sister Janey, my niece Skye, our pseudo sister Mary Pat, her husband Ed, and son Matt, Jack and Madison joined us. Family isn’t only blood, it’s who you count as special and part of your life. We’ll see them all again at Christmas for the famous family egg nog taste off. That’s a lot of fun and I’ll tell you about that as it nears. Can you believe that I only took this one picture? It’s true! I put my phone down and didn’t pick it up until before I went to bed.
In the past, we’ve spent Thanksgiving with Jay’s sisters or elsewhere, but decided to change it up this year and host. It was nice. We tried to get in touch with them, but only heard back from one. The ones nearest were too busy, but we’ll get in touch.
Everyone brought their favorite family side dish and I had the easy part of the turkey, stuffing and pies. I got the potatoes but had expert peelers to help with that. Ed and Skye had some kind of competition going on with that and it was funny watching the two do that. After running a 5K, Jack snd Madison joined us with her grandmother Peggy Major’s cheesy potato casserole and green bean casserole. Skye brought our special friend Myra Hughes’ recipe sweet potato casserole and Mary Pat brought a strawberry pretzel jello salad. Of all the recipes, I think that one is hands down the hardest and required the most patience! Janey is our gravy master and she outdid herself this year! It was amazing. Matt brought the wine. He is the manager of a state store in Pgh and told us that the imported wines are now coming with screw tops. There’s a cork shortage. Who knew? It made me think of all of the things that we used to have too many of that we crafted with. All of those cork bulletin boards and things like that. Now we won’t be doing that. We had one special surprise. All Jay asked for was peas with pearl onions. We grew up just having frozen green peas but Jay likes them with pearl onions and this year, I couldn’t find them anywhere. My hooping buddy Lesley stepped in and found them for him at the Walmart in Somerset and we surprised him with them. He was happy! With all of the cooking still to do, we had the pleasure of visiting and catching up. It was so nice to hear everyone laughing and chattering. They truly are a mirror of our past, present and future. Even though I rarely did Thanksgiving dinner on the actual day in the past, I always made a turkey the day after so that we had leftovers and learned that if you cook it upside down-breast side down-you get an unbelievably moist turkey. Cook it uncovered at 325 and then cover it with foil for the last hour. This year I seasoned it the night before and got it all ready to just pop in the oven and it was better than it’s ever been. I squeezed an extra breast upside down in the pan to make sure that we had enough for everyone to take leftovers home and it worked. We did! The boss just requested turkey and gravy over an English muffin for breakfast. Why not? He asked. Good point! Here comes the sun and I have to get going because I have to set up for Small Business Saturday at the Bottle Works Arts on Third for tomorrow, today. I still have a few things to make and get the day started. I’m putting off going out for a while. Besides only being 22*, there’s that wind chill factor and I just heard on the weather that 1-2″ of snow is on the way. Jay’s watching the market. I guess today it’s down because of this new variant which will keep the Covid coming up with new variant with the new boosters. Not sure what will fix that, but that’s above my pay grade. For now, I’ll stick to fiber. In the meantime, do something you’ve never done before. Hug or elbow bump your family. Find your passion and explore it. Every single day is a gift. I’m off to tend my passion.