Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Thanksgiving Post: Thankfuls 22, 23, 24 and 25th...complete with Mea Culpas

How do I begin? I've been AWOL for four days. I could beg that I 've been cooking. I have. I could plead I've been baking. Check. I could complain that house work overwhelms me (especially the washing up of pans). Ahem. Yes. But I could have stopped in each day and done a short post on what I was thankful for that day. Sunday I was thankful for drop in guests. I love drop in guests, especially those that say yes when I ask if they're hungry. I love that friends enjoy my cooking (the Black Bean Soup was a hit with both Sam and Tara but young Alex preferred a strawberry jam and mayonnaise sandwich. Yes, that's what I said too.

Monday I completed the Pecan (we pronounce this pa-Cahn as Mac's Mama always told us a pee-can was something kept under the bed) pies. It is not Thanksgiving without them. 2 of them. Then, I had the unexpected honor or Arianna's company. Our Granddaughter is welcome to move in should she like, so sorry...I was enjoying her and couldn't get over here to say so. Ditto Tuesday. Tuesday Arianna made brownies. By herself. More goodies for the Thanksgiving feast. But for the two she and her Grandpa sampled. She loved the Guinea fowl (which are owned by Tara and Sam). She took photos with her camera phone to send home. I was ever so thankful for her company on Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday came all to soon. Today at 2 pm I took the young miss to meet her Mom the other side of Hartsville. Tonight I made the Lemon Chiffon Pie. It resides in the fridge awaiting a cold sharp knife tomorrow. I have the roaster out and ready for the Tom Turkey to take up residence. The cornbread is nice and stale and ready for the treatment of onions, celery, eggs and sage. I can't wait.

Tomorrow the family will tumble in and ohh and ahh over all the delectable goodies there are to eat from the Tom Turkey and honey roasted ham down to the last smidgen of dessert. I will be so ready to sit back and relax, that Thankful does not begin to describe it.

Note to children, particularly the parents of Arianna: I have been slaving away on this meal for the past week and a half. No one, and I do mean NO ONE will rear up from the table and announce that they are going to the movies. If that happens, I am canceling Christmas Dinner and going to Disney World. Without you.


Lee said...

LOL Way to go Sandi! Hey, if you're going ot Disney World can I go along hidden in your luggage?

Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!


Tara said...


Oh how i laughed over pee-can! It's the only way we New Yorkers say it but I'm with your MIL! Sorry i have not been here in awhile, kids schedules keeping me away from blogging! Thanks for the Pilgrim info. Did I ever tell you my husband is a 13th generation (and my children 14th) Long Islander? A g-g-g-g-g (you get it) grandfather came to New Amsterdam from Holland in 1620 or so to avoid the plague and there is even a large park here named after them. Life had to be ROUGH!
Hope you enjoy your Turkey Day with Mac!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I am thankful to be home! I was going through wi-fi withdrawal! We had our dinner with Mama and Daddy on Monday and I will hide tomorrow and read blogs!

Jeanne said...

LOL at the Pee-can and DisneyWorld. You go girl! Sandi have a very wonderful Thanksgiving.I give thanks you're in my life. {{HUGS}}

Donna said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAaaa.....OMG....Tears rolling here Girl!!!!!
I "feel your pain"!!!!!LOLOL...
I'll meet you at the station!!Hahaa....
Have a Wonderful day sweetie! You earned it!!hughugs

SandyCarlson said...

Happy, happy Thanksgiving, friend. I hope you have a wonderful time savoring that meal you prepared. God bless.

Oman said...

Just to have adorable bloggermate/friend like you is enough reason for thanksgiving.

Also, just to be alive and embrace the warm beauty of nature is more than enough reason to thank GOD.

Have a nice day Sandy and thanks for the visits.

Denise said...

You go girl and give them their orders....... sounds delicious.... I think I will come over for coffee and a piece of that Lemon Chiffon Pie!

Sally said...

You're so funny, girl, I love it!! Enjoy your family tomorrow, and I can't wait to see if they go to the movies and you to Disney!! :)


This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Sandi: Blogging is something we do for fun. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and have no worries of your computer. Have a great day.

Merisi said...

Oh Sandi,
I am so with your mother in law, Cahn is a much gentler pronunciation for that sweet nut! We are going to have Chocolate-Bourbon-Pecan pie again, my family wouldn't do without it: I am thankful for the friend who brought the nuts from the States, they are so much better than the ones in those little luxury-priced mini-packets in the grocery stories here which always seem to have been around for more than one Thanksgiving already! No holiday here today, but in spirit I will be thinking of you and of everybody back there in the USA, I can't believe it is four years that we moved and I still miss not having the spirit of this special day around here. I will be cooking though, preparing for Saturday when we will all be together and celebrate.
Wishing you the best of Thanksgiving day, may it be the happiest of celebrations,

Maria said...

Happy Thanksgiving - seems everyone's cooking in the United States right now!

Shadow said...

you are organised! and from what's on the menu here, the movies would be the last place you'd find me. happy thanksgiving!!!

Lynne said...

All that food sounds delicious.
Have a great time. And enjoy putting your feet up afterwards.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

We pronounce pecan the same way, for the same reason your mama told you.:-)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Sandi!

Boozy Tooth said...

And I'll host you... Disney World is just down the road a tad from me. After a week and a half of organizing, shopping, cooking, baking, cleaning, setting tables, and serving delicious meals, if anyone bolts on you, they deserve to have Christmas dinner canceled.

Pardon me for being dumb, Sandi, but how do you do all this advanced stuff? Where do you have room to store it in your fridge? How do you keep it all fresh? How do you get it all reheated and served hot? I do not have any of those skills. Luckily tomorrow morning I only have to make a few things. We are going to my sister's house and she has given me veggie duty. I'm to make green bean casserole, squash zucchini and onions, and garlic-prosciutto baked brussels sprouts with mornay sauce (an awesome recipe on which you can check out here: I made pecan pumpkin bread last night, but it was a super simple mix from Williams Sonoma. I need all the help I can get with baking.

Anyway, I admire all the labor intensive cooking you're doing and I would so be honored to be at your Thanksgiving table. Your family is straight up lucky to have you!

Happy Thanksgiving my friend and never apologize for living and enjoying your life instead of being enslaved by blogging. We all understand. XO

Zuzana said...

Wishing you and yours a lovely Thanksgiving.;)

Nessa said...

Chain them to their seats. Have a great day.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate and a Happy Thursday just to celebrate.Thursday Thirteen

Mockingbird Hill said...

Wishing you, Mac & the rest of your crew a wonderful Thanksgiving.. ;)

Enjoy everything!!!


♥Mimi♥ said...

Wishing you and yours the most blessed of days as we break bread with friends and family or spend our time as a volunteer with any one of the numerous charities in need of our time and talents.

Peace, plenty, prosperity - my wish for the United States of America.

Unknown said...

Happy Thanksgiving Sandi! Have a wonderful day!

Mary said...

Hope you and all your family are having a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Hilary said...

You so made me laugh with "pee-can" and your Disney World threat. Wishing you and your wonderful family the happiest of Thanksgiving, Sandi. Enjoy your marvelous feast! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgivng. Hope you have a great day with the family. love Tara,Sam and Alex

Anya said...

Happy Thanksgiving Sandi
We are so happy to have you as our friend :-)

Kareltje =^.^=
Anya :)

Jeni said...

Ah Sandi, having drop-in guests, your Granddaughter visiting for two days -I do believe you made the right choice in NOT blogging then even if you could have done so!
Your pronunciation of pecan is like mine -even though I'm a damn yankee, that's the way I learned it was said!
And I was on a cooking/baking, preparation of food frenzy here too but mine didn't hit till about 5 p.m. Wednesday evening however, I did manage to have everything all cooked, ready to serve by 2 p.m. Thursday so I was happy and actually, wasn't really totally worn out from the effort either. Although, I did get in a nice long nap -3 hours worth -Thursday evening from 5 till 8:30ish! All went surprisingly well here -for which I am quite thankful!

jay said...

Hahaha! I love the last paragraph! LOL!

Sounds as if you have indeed been busy. And even if you neglected to pop in here and say so, I bet you've been thankful anyway. ;)

i beati said...

hahah pie woman how art thee now??
Thanks for the military thanks sandy

Pondside said...

I hope your dinner was as delicious as it sounds! There's nothing like having the kids pour through the door, is there?
I remember visiting my aunt in Hinesville, Georgia, and her being horrified at my vulgar Canadian pronunciation of pecan!

cheshire wife said...

I hope that after all that effort, that you enjoyed Thanksgiving!

Susie Q said...

Disney World!!! I wanna go too!
You are one of the things I am thankful for this time of year. I know I am a baaaaad blogger friend but I always think of are a treasure. I love to read your words...

Merisi said...


NitWit1 said...

I love all the regional pronunciations of the word Pecans.

Us Texans are right, of course.
Besides the two variations you mentioned ther is a third one thant sounds like Pee kins, accent on first syllable.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Ooooh Sandi, the evil me is kind of hoping they went to the movies, because I'd be happy to meet you at Disney World!

I hope you had a wonderful, love-filled holiday!!

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Nishant said...

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