Thanksgiving Day, my grandparents hosted the traditional turkey banquet at their home, and so we spent the greater part of our day celebrating with our extended family on my mother’s side.
The following Saturday our morning was spent with Steve’s mother’s extended family and our afternoon and evening were spent at Steve’s father’s house.
Thanksgiving is a high priority holiday on my list (second only to Christmas) almost entirely due to the menu. Family is a close second on that list – but for Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving alone – the focus is on the food and I center my enjoyment on the savoring and devouring of each and every delectable entrée.
Each of our festivities bears a favorite of mine, and each is unique and particular to said festivity.
At my grandparents I look forward to noshing on roasted butternut squash, homemade pumpkin pie, marshmallow yams, and stuffing.
Steve’s mother’s family boasts of broccoli cheese bake, seven layer cookies, chocolate chip cookies, cider, and chocolate – lots of chocolate.
At our final culinary destination, the Longenecker compound, I anticipate roasted brussel sprouts, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, and mushroom pie.
The holiday did not pass without the true spirit of thanks and giving infiltrating my heart and mind. Many thankful thoughts were voiced both of my own predilection towards my selfless parents and Steve’s as well. They are truly our blessings this year in more ways than I can enumerate. We are so thankful (SO THANKFUL!) to have such a loving, close (geographically and affectionately) family – on all sides of the family tree.
|Cutter's First Thanksgiving|
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|First Thanksgiving as a Family|