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In which it’s Chanukah … and Thanksgiving eve

no brainer

So this post will be posted the day before Thanksgiving and even though I’m obviously not writing it on that day I want to discuss that day.

 

First of all, it’s Chanukah.  Now I’m Jewish and we sorta celebrate Chanukah (I say sorta because I mostly forget now that the kids aren’t little and I also think it’s an incredibly overrated holiday) and this year it falls on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving which is TODAY. (Today being the day this is posted…not the day I wrote this … see above paragraph … ummm sentence.)

 

Anyways, because Keely is flying in and will be arriving this morning I have decided that our first family meal together since July will be BRISKET!! My kids love brisket and I haven’t made it in a long time and since it’s Chanukah I thought that will be perfect.  In another unusual move, I bought candles and we can actually light the Menorah.  (To be fair, I was at Michaels buying some craft stuff and spied the candles or else I would have totally forgotten them like I have every one of the last 4 years and then the kids would’ve bitched and it would basically have been business as usual.)

 

So tonight, we will be having a family meal (a yummy one) and it will be just like old times.  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I was talking to some people and they were telling me how stressful Thanksgiving was because they do ALL THE COOKING.  I must confess, I don’t do all the cooking.

 

I also can’t figure out why anyone who has tons of people over would do all the cooking.  I make the turkey and stuffing because I love my moms stuffing recipe and to me, that’s the most important part of the meal.  Kevin and the kids make his Vermont Apple Crisp because to Kevin, that’s a really important part of the meal.

 

Beyond that, all the other people who come bring different components of the meal.  Cathy is bringing the Cranberries and Pecan Pie.  I don’t eat cranberries but my kids love it and she makes really good cranberries.

 

People! Why do you not have a potluck Thanksgiving?  Tessa is bringing all the side dishes because a) she likes to cook and b) she does a better job than I could ever do and c) shouldn’t Thanksgiving be a compilation of all the people present? I think so!

 

This way everybody brings something and nobody is overwhelmed by how much to do and then everyone has all his or her favorite things and we’re all happy.  Aren’t you glad I shared all that with you?

 

The most important component is the wine, which my brother is bringing because after a few glasses, people really relax into the day.  All in all it ends up pretty yummy and pretty easy.  You should try it.

 

But if you do all the cooking yourself and you enjoy it then kudos to you.  If you do it because all your guests are lazy as hell feel free to have them call me so I can lecture them.

 

You’re welcome …

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6 Comments

  1. Julie
    November 27, 2013

    My brother in law and I are splitting up the cooking. I laughed when you mentioned your moms stuffing. Tomorrow we will both make stuffing as his has sausage in it and I know my mom will flip out because that’s not how she always made it (and God forbid if mom’s not happy!). And I agree ~ the stuffing is the best part!!

    • Lynn
      November 28, 2013

      hee..i agree…if someone wants different stuffing they can bring it

  2. Janet
    November 27, 2013

    Does Kevn share his Vermont Apple Crisp recipe?

    • Lynn
      November 28, 2013

      sure…i can print it someday

  3. Theresa
    November 27, 2013

    Must be from a big family control kind of thing… I just prefer to cook it all. But I love to cook…and be in control… LOL!

    Happy Thanksgiving-kah! Enjoy the family Lynn!

    • Lynn
      November 28, 2013

      ugghhh…i can’t imagine…just made the turkey and stuffing and i’m done

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