~~~During this season of Thanksgiving, I'm so thankful to the Lord for all the blessings this year----health, family, friends, a wonderful job when sadly so many are out of work....the list goes on....
~~~We had an early Thanksgiving today at Mom & Dad's while my sister was in town. Dad fixed a turkey on his new rotiserrie out on the grill (it was so tender and you could taste that awesome smoked flavor!) and Mom fixed her famous dressing (YUM!). We had all our traditional sides, such as brother Dwayne's Green Bean Casserole with a Kick (every year it gets hotter...per our request! We LOVE it! The special ingredient is Tabasco!), as well as a new butternut squash recipe that Mom tried out from The Dallas Morning News . (It was a winner!) With cumin, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper, it was different and delicious.....and also packed some heat! (In case you couldn't tell by now, my family loves SPICY!) Dad also did something different this year (besides the rotiserrie turkey)---he fixed ribs! Yum! Of course, they were tender & juicy!!! And you know our desert table was overflowing with goodies (Gena, don't forget---I want that "Pumpkin Pie" Cake recipe...please!!! It was outstanding! It was a cake that tasted just like pumpkin pie! Like a delicious pumpkin pie!) It was a very special Thanksgiving and made more so by having my sister there, as she doesn't get to fly in every year (we missed H, though!); while here she made her ultimate homemade Apple Pie (totally from scratch!)---deliciousness in every bite! Besides immediate family, we also had some other very special guests (and the goodies they brought were also so yummy!). -----And lest we forget: Foxy, my parents' neighbor's Pomeranian stopped by.....Can you say C-U-T-E?
~~~I think maybe a lot of people are having an early Thanksgiving. When I was at the grocery store yesterday picking up a few last minute ingredients for my casseroles, I had to also get a bag of sugar and there were only 3 bags left of the medium size! There was a huge empty space on the shelf! Also, the grocery stores were extra crowded all week and especially yesterday!
~~~Whether you celebrate early, on Thursday, or the weekend after, hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving! Patti