Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Guess what I will not be doing this year. I will not be baking a turkey for hours. I won’t be peeling apples for pie. I won’t be baking. I won’t be stirring. I won’t be mixing.
Since me and Mr. T have been married, we’ve essentially done something different for Turkey Day every year. We’ve made a tiny Thanksgiving meal for two adults and a baby, we’ve gone to our close friends’ family’s home, and we’ve had family here.
This year, we have six puppies in addition to three adult dogs in our house. T Junior is 3-1/2 and full of energy. I don’t want to stand in the kitchen all day. Neither does Mr. T.
At Costco a couple weeks ago, we made a quick decision to do an all pre-made Thanksgiving. Costco stuffing. A pre-cooked turkey breast from Costco. Costco pumpkin pie. Even Costco mashed potatoes. It was Mr. T’s idea, and I told him to “just do it before I change my mind.” Later, I picked up canned cranberries at the grocery store.
At some point we will have to put an apple pie in the oven, but the filling was pre-made from apples picked from our own tree a few months ago. Refrigerated pie crusts are chilling.
I know some people might guffaw at what I’m calling “A Very Special Costco Thanksgiving,” but I am enjoying the non-stress I have about the day. And I’m loving that we are flexible enough to do something different every year. In fact, I feel like in our little family, the fact that we do something new each holiday is sort of our tradition.
Tomorrow I’m going on a long run with friends early in the morning to burn some cals, then coming home for breakfast with Mr. T and, of course, the Thanksgiving Day parade with T Junior. Then we may play games or do a puzzle. I have a new craft I want to try. There’ll be football on TV and a fire in the fireplace. And I’ll be ENJOYING it all.
I won’t be standing in the kitchen watching everything from behind an island piled with pots and pans and casserole dishes. I’m aware I won’t be having my sister’s OJ-infused sweet potatoes or my family’s traditional corn pudding or Mr. T’s mom’s pecan pie.
But it’s just food! Am I thankful that my family has food to eat? Yes. But, this year, I’m also thankful that I won’t have to make it.
I love this! No stress holiday – what a concept! 😉 My husband and I are staying home, just the two of us, today. I'm cooking, but there's very little stress when it's just us and I can do things on our timeline. Turkey breasts are the best way to go when it's just a few people!Have a great Thanksgiving!
Good on ya! I'm sure it will turn out to be a GREAT day! Enjoy!!!
On a day that we're supposed to give thanks, we should be spending more time with what we are most thankful for – our family. The food seems to get all the attention most of the time, so good for you for realizing the best part of the holiday and leaving the cooking to someone else! Happy Thanksgiving Kerrie!!
I think this is awesome!!! It's not about the food (at Thanksgiving) or the presents (at Christmas)… but just being together. Happy Thanksgiving Kerri!!
Hope you had a great day! Sorry I missed the run – we were out driving around aimlessly trying to find a place to live 🙁 Hope to see you soon!
Sounds like you had an awesome restful thanksgiving, thanks for sharing. Your right its about being with those you love on the holidays that makes them so great 🙂