If this is your first holiday post-fuckwit, do something nice for yourself today. Like enjoy all the pumpkin pie for breakfast you want.
If you’re sharing with kids, and its not your turn this year, pro-tip for next time: Host the Sunday before. That way you get to make your own memories, with your own people (who will be thrilled to not have to travel on a holiday week). And you get the first crack at holiday turkey novelty with the kids.
Speaking of turkey, Mr. CL has a holiday tradition of buying the largest ass turkey he can find, despite my protestations. It doesn’t matter if it’s just us or 14 people, there must be an obscene abundance of turkey and turkey leftovers. Do not DARE to suggest one of those pop-in-the-oven turkey breasts, or ordering a pre-made meal from a grocery story. THE COLOSSAL TURKEY FEAST WILL NOT BE DENIED.
Soo… On this holiday post, I thought we could go a couple ways.
1.) the traditional Tell Me What You’re Grateful For.
2.) Recipe swap.
I shall begin.
I’m grateful for good health, family, and friends. (I know, this is not original. But really, true connections with people and the stamina to get through life seem to be the essence of good fortune.)
I’m thankful that all three of our sons (Mr. CL has two and I have one) have launched into adulthood as kind, intellectually curious, self-supporting young men.
And I’m thankful for this community. Every day you guys cheer me up about the state of the world, with your humor and insight, and long comments of support for one another. Oh, and the snark, memes, and song parodies. The world is a better place because you’re in it. Thank you!!! Keep rocking the mighty, and telling me about it.
Now for… recipe swap!
Here is the Traditional Jello Salad that my mother serves everything Thanksgiving and Xmas. And now it’s my responsibility to make sure that gelatinous Midwestern foodstuffs appear at holidays.
1 box red jello (raspberry, cranberry… )
1 envelop of unflavored gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1 can crushed pineapple
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
1 can mandarin orange slices, drained
Put unflavored gelation in bowl, soften with some cool water to soften, then add red jello and boiling water. Stir. Dump in the other cans. Stir. Refrigerate until set. You can also mold this in to shapes if you’re weird that way.
Happy Thanksgiving, CN!