mockingbird wrote:I have a very small family here where I live currently - just my hubby, 2 kids and my mom. I also was jonesing for a big gathering so last year we had a chili party on Thanksgiving Eve. I made two huge pots of chili and had rice and crackers and chips and cheese. The guests brought the drinks. My theory was that nobody wants to cook the night before Thanksgiving, so come over and eat chili, lol. We invited practically everyone we knew and it was a blast. We had a huge crowd. There was some post-party cleanup involved but it didn't matter because we weren't having guests over on Thanksgiving except my mom. I recommend it as a great way to include friends in your Thanksgiving holiday, because these events tend to be heavily family focused and I think we overlook the importance of including friends in the celebration.
ItsAllRyche wrote:We used to have a group that all came from somewhere else. We called ourselves the Lonely Misfits. Every Thanksgiving we would each make a dish and rotate who's house it would be at. I always had to work until 2pm so it was never at my house. Over the years people got married and had their 'new family' gatherings. I am one of the still single holdouts for a multitude of reasons. But I started feeling like a third wheel, I decline all invitations to their new gatherings. I usually come home from work and watch dvd's by myself and make the obigatory phone call back home to my family.
Vanessa, had I known you were alone too I would have tried to make arrangements for a road trip to LA to see you and Beverly!!
But I decided it was time to go home for a visit and even found out my entire family is gonna be at my mom's for a surprise Thanksgiving dinner that includes all the siblings! This is for the first time in about 15 years.
I hope we get snow!
indigo_jones wrote:If I'm feeling up to it today, I'll be going in search of pecans and sweet potatoes for Thursday. I should probably stop by the butcher and put in my request for a turkey breast and leg, too. Just to be on the safe side.
Does freshly made cranberry sauce freeze well? I was hesitating on making it, since neither of us eat that much of it, but then I remembered that the boyfriend's mother is coming for Christmas and she really likes the cranberry sauce I make, so I thought I'd go ahead and make it and freeze the leftovers until she arrives.
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