Firsts: Being Thankful

I have much to be thankful for this year. I may complain (probably daily) about silly little things, but in the BIG PICTURE I am one lucky girl! So as I get ready to sit down and feast on Mama K’s delightful turkey feast (similar to my own a few days prior, wonder where I get my recipes…), I will think about everything that I am thankful for:

  • I am thankful for my health! Lots of crazy things go on with the health of my family members… we are a doctors best dream. Random hearing loss, diverticulitus, broken ankles, Mexican stomach parasites, swollen parotid glands… and that was just a few of THIS YEAR’S health ailments! So I am thankful for my health!
  • I am thankful for my family. We have been through a lot recently, and I think that we have a very special family bond, and I don’t know what I’d do without any of them. Even if Tyler doesn’t want to leave Austin until 9 PM the night before Thanksgiving to drive up to McKinney… yeah Ty – I called you out in my blog post! WHAT!
  • My lovely sister went out and celebrated Thanksgiving with me!

  • I am thankful for my job. I go back and forth on my love/hate relationship with my occupation… but when I realize how many people are still without employment, I am very thankful that I even have a job! I enjoy what I do, I love the end process of working on a play for 9 weeks and seeing the heart and soul that my kids pour in to everything… I get a lot out of it. Not many people can say that!
  • I am thankful for my animal babies. Bear (my 3-yr old golden retriever), Domino (my 1-yr old great dane), and Duck (my 1-yr old crazy cat-dog)… They are each so unique, they are hilarious, they are loving, and they are the sweetest animal babies I could ask for. I love them like they were my kids, because for now – they are!
  • And lastly… but DEFINITELYnot least, I am thankful for Matt. He doesn’t know this (and he’s anti all things socially internet related, so I doubt he’ll read this unless I push my laptop in his face), but he came in to my life at a really weird time. And despite the weird timing, it was also the best timing. He showed me that there was someone good out there who would love me for me. He’s stuck by me through some pretty tough stuff, and I think that the reactions of people when things aren’t going as planned is when you see their true colors. He’s shown me to be supportive, caring, loving, thoughtful, and all around the best man I have ever known. I love you, Matt, and I am so thankful to have you in my life!

    he loves me for me!

So in the spirit of giving thanks… I found this lovely little photo to give you some THANKFUL inspiration:

Now, that's how you stock the fridge!

If at FIRST you don’t succeed, think of what you’re thankful for, like Jenna.

Firsts: Thanksgiving Feast!

So this comes with a stipulation… I have made a full Thanksgiving dinner on my own before. But it was last Thanksgiving, and it was just for me and my boyfriend. Needless to say, he’s my guinea pig for almost every homemade meal. I wanted it to be fantastic, but I knew that he’d say it was good no matter what. For that particular feast, my time management was much better. Matt does not usually get home from work until after 8 P.M. so I literally had ALL DAY to prepare. Even if he would have been home early, he would have waited.

So this year I decided to very last minute tackle a Thanksgiving Feast …. for 8 people. Sometimes I get carried away, and I don’t realize until I’ve already invited everyone in my phone book that I converse with on at least a weekly basis, OH CRAP – IT’S 11:30 AM – I WILL HAVE GUESTS OVER IN T-MINUS 7 HOURS AND I HAVE NOT BOUGHT ANYTHING TO PREPARE THIS MEAL.

That’s right. I waited until the morning of to purchase all food expenses. Including the turkey. EPIC FAIL… do not try this at home.

Fortunately, my mother is the most amazing cook I know, and she has passed on several of her abilities to me. I can toss in some spices without accurate measurements, and somehow it still turns out okay. Watching her cook homemade meals every night of the week was a big treasure that not a lot get to find. I feel very lucky! So shout out – thanks, Mom!

Quick break down of how the day went:

11:30 A.M. Go to Kroger, buy all necessary ingredients that I don’t already have.
12:30 P.M. Go to Matt’s apartment, and very quickly run all groceries up 3 flights of stairs, unload, and pull out EVERY pot and pan in his kitchen.
1:00 P.M. I had gotten my pumpkin pie mix all made, and threw that in the oven first (I do this one first, because you usually have to let this refridgerate over night. I was working with 6 hours – so sue me.)
3:oo P.M. Finally got the turkey in the oven. A 16 lb. bird. This equates to at least 5 1/2 hours of cook time. Not okay!

So do the math… my bird was not ready until almost 9 P.M. I luckily have some pretty amazing friends who were content to converse and drink while I frantically got everything prepared. It all turned out AMAZING, despite my serious lack of time management in this scenario.

SO… LESSON LEARNED: DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT under prepare your Thanksgiving prep-time! I will forever start my meal making the night before!

Only pre-feasting picture I got! Dericious Cherry Pie.