I get teased about my tablescaping on Thanksgiving. I do not tablescape for Thanksgiving. The food is the tablescape! There's just too much food to deal with frills and glitter at the table. We just want to eat! I also have issues with using my Thanksgiving dishes when there are Christmas decorations all around us. The browns and oranges just don't cut it with the reds and greens and I don't want to dig out what I just put away. AND I don't want to set a Christmas table for Thanksgiving. That's just wrong. So, I always have a titch of remorse on Thanksgiving when we eat the meal. This year, we were going to even use Thanksgiving paper plates but at the last minute, I decided to just pull our my sagegreen stoneware. Not even the servingware. Keeping it simple and keeping Doug happy. SCORE! Here's the fam as I was putting food on the table. Miss Zaylee was excited to join us today!
It really was a lovely, quiet, simple holiday for the Corbridges. No company. Just us and Zaylee. It was a perfect day! Zaylee was pretty certain that the best plan was to eat pies before dinner! Notice the half cherry/half peach pie. It was pretty and fun to look at. Personally, I'm not a canned pie filling fan. I'll stick with that southern style homemade apple! And yes, Sam's Club pumpkin pie... I've yet to make one that is as good as theirs! Didn't the girls do a great job with the lattice tops?!
The meal that takes nineteen hours to prepare and thirty minutes to be eaten. SO so good! This year, since it was just us, I did not make the Sweet Potato Souffle. Ironically, everyone loved the plain mashed sweet potatoes (loaded with brown sugar and butter). And that's a ton of mushrooms in the stuffing... the mushrooms turned the stuffing brown!
Zaylee had never tried pumpkin pie. "I don't like pumpkin, Gram!" But, she took one bite and it was instantly, her her new favorite! She was so excited to have "all the pie I can eat!"
After Zaylee went home, Doug's mom and her friend dropped by for a couple of hours. The kids joined in. We talked and talked. It was a delightful visit. I forgot to take a picture!
After Mom left, we all loaded up our plates with our pie samplings and watched "The Giver" together. Doug and I had decided a few weeks ago that it would be a good little surprise for the kids on Thanksgiving evening. The kids loved the movie. I liked the movie better than the book, but that's because I love Jeff Bridges. The movie ended and we were ready for prayer and bedtime because we're getting up early for some shopping in the morning. We really have nothing in mind to buy. But, the girls are really excited for the experience of Black Friday shopping. We'll see how it goes!
I'm off to bed! We want to make the most of our day tomorrow. Doug will be working tomorrow, but not on Saturday. We're planning a most casual weekend of chillaxing, eating, movies, naps, reading or whatever else flips our trigger! Life is good! Live joyfully!
I am thankful...
for my blessings are too many to count.