What a great Thanksgiving! The family does a potluck Thanksgiving and everyone has their standard offerings.
I made green beans. And not the green bean casserole with the onion pieces. I bought fresh green beans, washed mand snapped them. Cook a couple of slices of bacon in a frying pan. When the bacon is done, remove most of the oil. Then carefully add enough water for about 1 inch in depth. Add the green beans, cover, and cook on medium high until the beans are to your satisfaction. Sometimes I like them barely cooked, and then sometimes I like them very cooked. Remove the beans and eat them all!
Fruit salad is my other responsibility. Use a can of fruit cocktail, or a can of tropical fruit cocktail. Then add whatever else you want. I try to keep canned fruit to a minimum and focus on fresh fruit, which is sometimes hard in the winter. This year I added apples, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, green grapes, and red grapes. Gently mix them and add whip cream. You can also add miniature marshmellows or walnuts if you want. Sometimes I sprinkle in a little of the unprepared pistachio pudding mix. That adds a very light green color and a slight pistachio flavor.
K roasts and smokes the turkey. He has this down to a science and we fight over the roasted skin when it is first brought to the table. G makes twice-baked potatoes that scream “eat me!” S makes the best pies and this year was no exception. W bakes sweet potatoes with marshmellows. There is always stuffing, rolls, olives, cranberry, and eggnog (which I don’t like, so barely mention it),
Here are some of the highlights in pictures.
One funny moment was Daughter trying to explain her uncle’s nickname of Pigman. This video was posted on a Facebook page, so don’t know if everyone can see it.
And I wish I would have taken pictures of the turkey in all its glory and the desserts. Twas just so busy doing other things, I kind of forgot.
The girls all went Black Friday shopping at midnight. They got home around 4 a.m. to grab a little sleep. And they headed out again around 1 in the afternoon. I was just reading and being extremely thankful for family, company, and the chance to relax and read!!