Thanksgiving at the Paige house


When you come from a large family as I do, Thanksgiving and Christmas are major holidays for everyone to get together. A number of years ago, we all decided that we would do Christmas together and each of us do our own thing on Thanksgiving. So I cook Thanksgiving dinner. Now, when I say I cook, I mean I cook πŸ™‚ It’s the one time of the year when I have all the comfort foods of my childhood – at one sitting. Here’s a sampling of what will be on the table tomorrow:

  • Turkey breast (no need to cook a whole bird – don’t like dark meat)
  • Cornbread and sausage dressing, with gravy
  • Ham, with pineapple slices and cherries
  • Sweet potatoes (in some form)
  • Potato salad
  • Corn pudding
  • Brussell sprouts (not for me, mind you)
  • Green beans (in some form)
  • Spinach casserole or soufle
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Deviled eggs
  • Hot rolls
  • Sweet potato pie
  • Cheesecake

Usually, it’s just the two of us. Oh, we’ve done the whole “invite everybody” thing, but it’s just too much to deal with. One year, we had a bunch of friends come over. A few ate before they got there (!), there were complaints about silly stuff, like no mashed potatoes on the menu or that my carving knife wasn’t sharp enough. After that, I said never again. Last year, a good friend of ours and her father joined us. They were planning to go out to dinner instead 😯 so we invited them over. They will be joining us again this year. (Actually, she’s bringing homemade rolls, one of the things I just can’t make.) We’ll eat, watch some football, eat, watch some more football, eat… well, you get the idea πŸ˜€

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. And, appropriately, I’ll be making the first batch of my homemade eggnog.

Here’s hoping that all of you enjoy a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

16 thoughts on “Thanksgiving at the Paige house

  1. Terry – you aren’t alone. One of my neighbors is coming down Friday to try it out. A couple of my other neighbors came over last year for the same thing. I use my grandmother’s recipe. Um, good πŸ˜†

    BTW – how in the heck can you live in the South and not have had sweet potato pie? πŸ™‚

  2. Terry – how can ANYBODY not like sweet potatoes? πŸ˜† Ingrid – yes, even the vegetarians could eat at my house. (Although I have to admit that I’m not much of a vegetable eater, myself.) Squeak – we have got to get together for a game before the season ends πŸ˜‰

  3. My wife makes fantastic sweet potatoes…brown sugar, butter, et al.

    Vivian, thanks for sharing this. If we all can’t be together, at least we can share and rejoice in one of the greatest blessings God has given us — friendship.

  4. Vivian…

    Your thanksgiving day dinner sounds “almost” perfect…A deep dish apple pie is the one major “missing” piece….

    Have a happy thanksgiving day Vivian…It sounds like you will be eating well!!

    We started on the deviled eggs last night with a big ham dinner….and the leftovers will grace our big thanksgiving day meal.

    I’ll probably be watching soccer instead of football…but who knows…


  5. Even though we maintain a traditional “New England” Thanksgiving, we have also incorporated some southern dishes. Actually, there isn’t much difference in the menu, only in some of the preparation. It’s always a wonderful family get-together, no matter where it is.

    Glad you all had a great Thanksgiving Day and will carry the spirit over through Christmas and hopefully, into the New Year! This is my favorite time of the year!

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