As I pack away the turkey salt-n-pepper shakers and look at the Christmas decoration boxes, I always ask myself if all this work was worth it. Here’s what I learned this year from cooking Thanksgiving dinner (again) for a large group:
1.) Yes, quite a bit of planning and work went in to making this, and every, Thanksgiving dinner special.
3.) By preparing ahead, all I had left to do was steam the green beans and watch my grandmother make her pan-turkey gravy (because nobody does it like Grams) while the turkey and casseroles baked in the oven.
4.) I had time to spend with my family and guests; and that’s what it’s all about, right? What’s the point of having the people who are special to you in your home for dinner if you’re going to spend all of your time stressed in the kitchen wondering what to do next?
7.) To sum it up, I learned that Grams’ gravy is the best, there will always be a little family drama, my kids will never forget playing pilgrims and indians, Connor gives the best kisses, planning and organization made it possible and yes, absolutely, the effort was well worth it!