Well, Thanksgiving went better than expected. Maybe because I lowered my standards. Cooking went smoothly. I gave up on brining the turkey and just roasted it according to guidelines in The Food Network Magazine. Mashed me up some potatoes and put them in the crock-pot to free up oven space. Used my MIL’s recipe for a streusel-topped sweet potato souffle, and made up some Stove Top stuffing. My sister did the green bean casserole, and my MIL provided pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie. There was also a dutch apple pie from Eat N Park for my mom, who is on a renal diet and can’t have pumpkin. We also mashed up some cauliflower for her as a potato replacement. Cleanup was quick (thanks especially to my sister!) and relatively painless. Saved the turkey carcass to make Alton Brown’s chicken (or in this case, turkey) stock.
For entertainment, we had the Wii, plus Madagascar from Netflix. Then Friday afternoon we took the crew to see Madagascar 2. We came in late, so 8 of us (including 2 seniors) are stumbling through the dark to find seats during the opening credits. Not 5 minutes later, my in-laws’ cell phone rings. My MIL can’t figure out what to do with it, so she passes it to my FIL. He answers on the fifth ring. I’m cringing already. He answers in a normal speaking voice, not even attempting to whisper. “What?” he asks. The movie soundtrack hits a silent spot just as he hollers into the phone, “I THINK YOU HAVE A WRONG NUMBER!” The ENTIRE THEATER shushed him. I sunk into my seat.
Overall, everyone got along well, and the running joke became “What’s that beeping?” Add 3 senior citizens to the chaos of kids, cooking and cleaning and they get a little confused. They can’t seem to tell the beeping of the clothes dryer from the beeping of the coffee pot from the beeping of a text message from the beeping of a timer from the beeping of an incoming email. I don’t know why. 🙂
Now the last houseguests have left, and we’re spending the morning cleaning and decorating. It’s nice to have the day to ourselves. I’m thankful for that.