So yes Thanksgiving was usually spent with my dad, his mother, my Aunt Susan, Uncle Jim, and my cousins Maria, Christopher and Erin. My cousin Christopher passed away my last year of college and I'll never forget the way it made me feel. I guess you always wish for one more moment in time. I mourn the loss of being able to know him as a "true adult" but I know he's looking down on us laughing like we always did when we were together.
Through the powers of Facebook I think my cousin Maria and Erin and I are pretty close. I actually spend most evenings chatting away with Maria on Facebook. Oh the powers of the Internet.
|Aunt Susan, Uncle Jim, Erin and her family (Bill, Christopher and Zoe)|
|Maria and I |
So now that my dad is coming to Texas for Thanksgiving I feel like I have a LOT to live up to. I know he won't judge or compare but I put this type of pressure on myself because I'm just that dumb. Rather than try to "keep up" with my Aunt Susan (not possible), I've decided I am going to create a Thanksgiving dinner of my own. Now don't worry I'm not bucking the system entirely but I'm not making my Aunt Susan's menu, my mom's menu or my sisters' menu. This is Thanksgiving Susan style.
Turkey with Pan Gravy (don't mess with a good thing)
Zesty Cornbread Stuffing
New World Succotash (bacon, carrots, corn, edamame)
Sweet Potato Pudding with Marshmallow Meringue
Classic Cranberry Sauce (because who really eats this anyway)
Buttermilk Chive Mashed Potatoes
Pumpkin Pie (because George says I have to)
Apple Cherry Lattice Pie (because cherry pie is my dad's favorite)
I can totally picture Nicholas, Ella and Jack sitting around one day remembering how good mom's succotash was. It's my dream, let me live it. Now somebody get me a beer.