Thanksgiving 2016

Instead of gathering together with fellow Americans this year, we decided to share the Thanksgiving tradition with some non-American friends of ours.  We had over some Libyan and Malaysian neighbors.  I used my trusty Better Homes and Gardens cookbook to plan the meal. Everything this year was from scratch: the pumpkin for the pie, cranberry sauce not from a can, gravy made from my infamous chicken-feet stock, and even the breadcubes for the stuffing I did myself.  Whew, that makes me feel like a superwoman to write that all out!  I had to do a little tweaking of the menu because of a Muslim guest, but except for chicken instead of turkey, we had the usual Thanksgiving fare.  Nothing burned, nothing was forgotten, and nothing went wrong, but for a slightly lumpy pumpkin pie.   The great thing about inviting over people who have never eaten a Thanksgiving meal before is that they don't know what it is supposed to taste like.  

After a long, long time of al-fresco dining, it was surprisingly pleasant to set a proper table.  Pulling out the wine glasses, the wrinkly table cloth, and napkins I found at the last minute may have been the motivation I need to get to the business of teaching Ellis some proper table etiquette.  

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.

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