Thursday, November 22, 2007

My Thanksgiving

I got up this morning, and put together my contributions towards today's Thanksgiving feast at my in-law's house. I made a salad:

I made a vegetable dish/casserole. I got this recipe from a friend on a Yahoo list, and it is delish. I'm sure it was even healthy before I added the cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, cheese and fried onion thingies. There are vegetables in there, I swear! Broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. I promise, they're in there! And it's sooooo good. Well, imagine it baked, with all that cheese on top melted. Yum!

Then we have the pièce de résistance, the pumpkin roll. I made two rolls to take over to dinner, but I think my kids must have snuck a couple of pieces onto a plate!

And of course, this:

The bottle on the left is a non-alcoholic carbonated strawberry thing, in case the kids wanted to get in on the fun. The bottle on the right, of course, was for me the adults. I'm not exactly a wine connoisseur, but a big bottle of cheap White Zin seemed like just the thing for a few hours with my husband's sister and brother, and their respective spouses. I really like his parents, by the way...I have no idea what happened with his brother and sister. But, I digress.

We headed over there around 11am, helped my MIL finish up the meal, and waited for the dregs of society my husband's brother and sister and their respective families to show up. My kids got to see their cousins, so that was nice. My brother-in-law's daughter is the same age as Shannon, and they get along really well. They rarely see each other, even though we only live about 20 miles apart.

Anyway, we ate around 1pm, and then we sat around and groaned for a while. My father-in-law said he felt like he ate Cleveland, which struck me as quite funny. Maybe it was that fourth glass of Zin. About 2pm, I decided to make my escape, thanked everyone for a lovely time, and headed off to work, which is where I'm sitting right now. For double time-and-a-half? Hell yes, I'll work on Thanksgiving. My brother-in-law, his stepson, daughter, and my sister-in-law's son will all be heading over to my house with my family because my BIL discovered that we have the NFL channel (oooooooohhhhhh), so they are all going over there to watch the Colts game.

Danni wants to watch the ASU/USC game, so she'll probably be upstairs in my room doing that, and Shannon, Kylie and BIL's daughter will find something to do, I'm sure. I wish I was home with Danni for the football game, because I discovered that I will NOT be able to watch it here! (sob!) I thought the game was on ABC, and since we have a TV here at work, I thought I was good. But, then I found out it's on ESPN! The TV here has no cable! Dammit! So I'm relegated to listening to it on the RADIO, of all things. Sigh. At least I have leftovers if I ever get hungry again in my life. My MIL loaded me up with a Tupperware thing of ham, turkey, stuffing, my veggie casserole and mashed potatoes. I also have a piece of pumpkin pie with Cool Whip and a big piece of my pumpkin roll. I'll probably leave most of it here and eat it when I work again on Sunday, because right now I can't imagine wanting to eat again at any point this evening.

Oh, in case you're wondering, which I'm sure you're not, but I'm going to tell you anyway...we've always had Thanksgiving with my in-laws so we can have Christmas morning with my parents, who live here also. We'll go over to the in-laws on Christmas eve, but my parents get Christmas morning. It's just always been that way. Seems fair to me!


Added at 9pm: Ok, maybe I'm glad I didn't get to watch this's even ugly on the radio. They're getting killed. :-(


Sheri said...

That veggie casserole sounds like green bean casserole only better! I'm going to have to make it.

Shelley said...

I have it in a Word doc, let me know if you want it, I can email it to you.

Sheri said...

I do want it. Can you e-mail it to me at: Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Was that Kim's veggie casserole? I wanted to make Kim's veggie casserole, but we made a different broccoli one. :/ It was pretty good, but not the same.


Shelley said...

Yep, that's Kim's recipe! I make it at Christmas too, I love it.