Thursday, November 23, 2017

Yup, This is How Thanksgiving's Gonna Be Around Here This Year

      The turkey's all slathered in olive oil, salted & peppered and in the oven (the crispy skin is dad's favorite part of the bird.  Many many moons ago he worked in an old country inn, where he'd deep fry chicken skins, smother them with salt and not share them with co-workers), potatoes are boiling, stuffing's seasoned just right, and the cranberry sauce is chilling.
     There's rich, moist, cream cheese icing-robed carrot cake, bourbon chocolate pecan pie, snickerdoodles, gingersnaps, still-warm pumpkin pie, piled high with towering swirls of fresh whipped, heavenly sweetened cream. 
     The rolls are just about ready for butter-brushing,  and dad's drooling, near-erotic images of an overflowing gravy boat tilting and twirling through his slumbering brain.

     Damn, mom sure has her work cut out for her.  She's toughed it out for years, reforming this aging foodaholic we know and love, trying to change his ways to keep him around as long as she can. 
     Dad grew up in a large family, the above-mentioned a regular part of all the family gatherings.  Seems everything always revolved around food.  Deep down mom knows she's got an uphill battle, even though dad insists he's over his previous eating habits, habits formed over too many years.
     She's worked so hard to get him to change his ways, and though he's much better with her in control she still worries.
     Today we're going to be having non-GMO roasted turkey breast, fresh green beans, juicy corn on the cob, champagne mimosas throughout the day and- the best part- mom's mouthwatering homemade peanut butter cookies topped with Hershey's kisses.  In moderation, of course (riiight, that explains the two bottles of champagne and half gallon of orange juice in the fridge, right dad?).  
     Mom made the cookies yesterday, filling the apartment with the delightful aroma of her homemade, fresh-ground peanut butter (no salt, no sugar, of course).  She gave dad the unused kisses to bring to work to share, with strict instructions not to eat any (he ate only one, really). 
     As with almost every Thanksgiving since mom and dad met we'll be watching It's a Wonderful Life, catching some of the parade, and just chilling. There's enough stress out there. Mom and dad try to keep things simple. It's one thing we can control.   

     So to everyone, in spite of all the crazy shit in the news these days, in spite of the divisive, sickening, appalling headlines almost daily now, try to have a most awesome and happy Thanksgiving Day.
     

17 comments:

William's Kith & Kin said...

MOL on the deep fried chicken skins! That sounds like something our mom would do! And by the way, she's been pigging out all week. Clearly we have no control over her.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Brian said...

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us!

Summer said...

Happy Thanksgiving! My human is dying for some deep fried chicken skins now.

The Island Cats said...

Sounds like there's gonna be some good eats at your house. Happy Thanksgiving!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you! The food sounds delicious.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I miss crispy skin, I cook the turkey in an oven bag and it comes out good except the skin doesn't crisp. Happy Thanksgiving!

Marg said...

Hope you had a great day. The food sounds delicious.Have a super week end.

Tamago said...

Healthy eating has become more important for sure as we get older. Your Thanksgiving meal sounds healthy and yummy! You make my mouth water :-) Happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Laila and Minchie said...

Looks like somebody's cute tummy is full of turkey!

Sandee said...

That's hubbies favorite part of the bird too. Yummy.

I hope you had a purrfect Thanksgiving, Cleo. My best to your peeps. ☺

Eastside Cats said...

Cleo, we have some wonderful Tofurkey on Thursday, which is really good! Roasted sweet potatoes, beets, onions, artichoke hearts too...yummy!

Kathe W. said...

Your Thanksgiving menu sounds divine! Have a lovely Sunday! Cheers!

Marie Symeou said...

Great pic!

We hope you had a nice Thanksgiving :)

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie

Hairballs and Hissyfits said...

Oh it sounds like you guys had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I was drooling- even reading the healthy version --fresh made peanut butter!! Yum!! Cleo Amarula wants to know if you can send a fellow Tortie some here in Canada?!

The Indulged Furries said...

Wow, your feast makes our looks like a regular dinner. Mom & Dad kept it extra simple this year: roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes & home-made gravy, fresh veggie tray, and dinner rolls. We didn't have dessert (Mom kind-of missed that) because Dad's birthday is near Thanksgiving and he wanted cheesecake, and two big desserts is too much. Eating healthy most times means you can have a big feast with extra desserts (all those yummy cookies) a few times a year.

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The Whiskeratti said...

We are a little late but we hope you had a great Thanksgiving.