The Country Gentleman Norman Rockwell cover, Thanksgiving

A Truly Deep Thanksgiving Weekend

The Country Gentleman Norman Rockwell cover, ThanksgivingWe had such an amazing Thanksgiving. I’m so thankful for my family and wonderful friends who made it a really nice holiday. Wednesday night we warmed up the deep pit in the backyard and had several friends over to enjoy the fire, sausages and Mike’s home made chili while we waited for a deep bed of coals to build in the pit. There were funny stories, memories shared and memories made.

There is nothing quite like a deep pit turkey for Thanksgiving.

The turkey roasts for hours in the pit, stuffed full of fresh veggies, fruits, and herbs to keep it moist and infused with amazing flavor. No, they aren’t pretty Normal Rockwell turkeys, so we carve them up in the kitchen and arrange them on the big traditional turkey platter and no one is the wiser. No one cares either, once you bite into a juicy, flavorful piece of deep pit turkey you are never quite the same. This is not your mama’s dried out turkey! White meat, dark meat… it’s all juicy and cooked to perfection. Leftovers don’t last long no matter how big the bird!

Thanksgiving found us finishing up the last of our cooking while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Our early afternoon Thanksgiving feast was filled with home made pies, Kate’s amazing cornbread stuffing with gorgeous dried fruits, and home made cranberry sauce. After dinner the entire family pitched in to clean up the kitchen and then we all settled down in the family room to watch “A Christmas Story” by the fireplace.

We never indulge in Black Friday, it’s never been something we were interested in doing. While most people are up at the crack of dawn to wait in lines for televisions and gadgets, we get up and make breakfast and begin decorating for Christmas.

I do have a confession, just a small one, this year Mike and I ran out in the afternoon to Lowe’s to pick up new Christmas lights. We did away with the icicle lights we have used since our kids were very little and opted for the old school, fat, colored bulbs. Mike says they remind him of his grandma’s house when he was growing up. As much as I might like the icicle lights, I’m a sucker for bringing back childhood memories and making my husband happy. He grinned like Ralphie with his new Red Rider BB Gun when we left the store with those boxes of Christmas lights.

Friday evening we were back on the couch with the kids watching
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and quoting our favorite lines on Facebook. After that it was the classic, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”

Maggie asked me how they track Santa on that website on Christmas Eve as he makes his trek around the world. I told her his sleigh has GPS and she was very satisfied with that answer. It’s not the answer I would have given her brother and sister years ago… the times have certainly changed!

I hope your Thanksgiving was just as wonderful and memorable as ours was!