Taadaa! I give you the traditional Humphreys family Thanksgiving photo on the beach. It's not a great photo of either of us, but it was taken on Thanksgiving day and it is at the beach so it counts.
That's just about the only traditional thing that happened this year on Thanksgiving at our house. Normally on Thanksgiving, it is a gathering of any number of family members and/or friends. Did not happen this year. And I guess our thought was that if we aren't going to be very traditional on a day absolutely steeped in tradition, then let's not be traditional. Let's embrace the non-traditionalness (is that a word?) of it all.
On the other hand, we both really like turkey. And mashed potatoes. And cranberry sauce. Hmmmm. Well ok! So we did the turkey, but we did it the Sunday before Turkey Thursday. And by the way, whose idea was it to have a holiday - an actual real holiday - on a weekday? Kind of lame. Anyway, yummm. The Sunday before Thanksgiving, we sat down to the real deal. And afterwards, faced with a LOT of T-day leftovers, I found myself debating on what to do with the rest of it all.
But Turkey is versatile and I'm up to the task when it comes to kitchen stuff. So the leftovers began. First, just roast turkey sandwiches with a wee bit of cranberry and it's practically magical. Follow that with turkey shephards pie. A genius meal because it uses nearly all of the leftovers! Think about it: turkey, gravy, veg and mashed potatoes! And it was so good. After one dinner of that, it became hot lunches (the leftovers of the leftovers as it were). And so dinner after that became turkey tetrazzini! A little surprise twist there. And it was good. The remaining bits of turkey became turkey salad for sandwiches and then it was done. I briefly considered making a soup but we voted and decided that we were over the turkey for awhile.
Soooo that was fun. What did we do on actual Thanksgiving day, you ask? Well, we were going to just be lazy and relax and watch Christmas movies and maybe take a walk or two (that part did happen) but instead we decided to begin the Christmas Cookie Baking Marathon on Thanksgiving Day instead of the following day - which is what I usually do. Not This Year! It was a great idea too. But I will write about that another day.
And let's see, the last time I posted, Five Long Days Ago, I mentioned that the day before Thanksgiving, Joy and I were going to go out on Photo Safari! We did exactly that and it was quite the adventure. So much so that I think I'll save that story for another day too.
I guess the only other traditional thing we did was talk to the kids. We got to talk to all of them and that was probably the very best part of the day. Family and friends, however you can connect with them is always the best part of just about every day.
I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and, even in these strange bizzarro world days, you found things to be thankful for.
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