a marvelous ThanksgivingPosted: November 30, 2015 Filed under: Family, SoCal Life 2 Comments
Many years ago my first wife Ruth and I hosted a small Thanksgiving dinner for friends without family in the area. Terry and I, however, have never hosted a Thanksgiving in our home. (We did cook Thanksgiving dinner at Terry’s mom’s house one year, but that is a different story.)
This year, as I wrote earlier, we volunteered to host Thanksgiving. My sister-in-law Bobbie’s sister and her husband were not coming down from Reno. Terry’s sister Julie’s son Race is overseas in the Navy, and Race’s new wife has her own family. So it only made sense.
We had some trepidation, but it worked out marvelously.
We told everyone that we would sit down eat at 2:00 p.m. and I called everyone together for grace at, if I recall correctly, 2:23. Not bad.
We had lots of help from my brother Brian and Bobbie, who brought dressing and chafing dishes. We were joined by my dad, Julie, Julie’s long-time friend John, and Julie’s almost mother-in-law Laura. Also present was Bobbie’s mother Phyllis. Sadly missing was our nephew Eric, who was home with a cold.
There was a lot of history at our Thanksgiving table. We had Terry’s Granny’s china, the expandable table that was so much a part of events at my Grandma and Grandpa Monaghan’s house over the years, and the silverware that Grandma and Grandpa Monaghan and Aunt Miriam and Uncle Johnny gave to my great Grandpa and Grandma Osgood.
The turkey turned out well. I also did mashed potatoes and green beans with Kalamata olives and slivered almonds. Terry did salad, Julie baked a pie, and Dad bought two more pies.
And you know what else? I made guacamole from scratch. The non-onion version of which, at least, was a big success.
And Tasha? Tasha was, for the most part, and I emphasize for the most part, well-behaved.
It was a marvelous day.
From a Thanksgiving traditionalist, it sounds Perfect!! I especially like the part about the non-onion guacamole. Raw onions do not sit well with me any more and except for our regular Mexican restaurant and my own home, I can’t get it without onions. If you ever want to try the dressing yourself, I have a terrific recipe I’m glad to share. Congratulations on a lovely, blessed day.
Thank you, Tahoe Mom! I’m afraid that my brother has proprietary rights to the dressing. 🙂 Next year: one batch of guacamole, no onion.