But anyway I was wide awake and feeling pretty good so I just got up and made the coffee and spent some time with my morning lists. Yes, lists!! Thanksgiving is coming on fast and I want to make sure I have everything in order so I don't end up having to send someone to the store at the last minute. Heaven forbid that I would dare to do without something on Thanksgiving!! Anyone who has ever spent Thanksgiving at my house knows that if I missed a particular dish no one would ever know. My table is a cornucopia of assorted dishes. Generally, one never has enough room in their belly to taste them all. I have tried unwillingly to downsize my Thanksgiving table but everyone has their favorite and I aim to please, plus I like to try new dishes. I've just given up!! I've decided that as long as I can cook and I am able to afford the ingredients, that Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are special. I am very grateful to be able to feed my bunch and there not be a "need" on these occasions. I am truly blessed and don't think for one minute I don't appreciate that fact.
My secret desire has always been to prepare a Thanksgiving meal made only from what I've grown or hunted. Just think how thankful and what a joyous feeling one would have sitting down to a table of food where everything came from your own garden, from your very own two hands, but I'm not sure that would go over too well. Wouldn't that be cool though? I was talking to my niece about doing something like that. Perhaps one day she and I can get together and make a meal from our own gardens and woods without the benefit of the store. Wouldn't that be a hoot and you know, probably delicious!!! Imagine a wild turkey or pheasant, or a venison roast, your very own red and white potatoes served with chives and parsley, homegrown sweet potatoes with pecans or hickory nuts and homemade marshmellows, a plethora of pickles, relishes, jams and jellies with steaming hot homemade bread, carrots smothered in honey, green beans, butterbeans, persimmon pudding, pumpkin pie made from your own pumpkins and eggs from your own chickens, ooooooh!!! and deviled eggs!! You'd have fresh green onions from your multipliers, carrots and parsnips fresh from the refrigerator drawer and if you're real lucky you'll still have some green peppers and jalapenos hanging around as well. I know I do. There are a few items one might have to afford. Perhaps some milk products but it's an awesome idea, don't you think? I know, I know but gosh, wouldn't you love to see what you could actually prepare?