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Gobble Til You Wobble, Our Family's Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving Dinner

When you ask my mom what her favorite holiday is, she doesn't even have to think about it. The answer has always been & will always be Thanksgiving. She loves the cooking (most of it), the food, the entertaining & especially spending time with family & friends.

We always start off the morning of Thanksgiving by making the stuffing/dressing. My mom & I have the EXACT same conversation each year about the quantity of the vegetables, chicken stock, stuffing & seasoning we use because we never write down the winning amounts. Needless to say, it turns out delicious each & every year! After the stuffing, we then tackle the turkey. This year my mom bought this contraption, it's called a Nesco & apparently it's magic. It cooks your turkey for you without having to give up precious oven space.

The infamous Nesco

Pictured here: my parents trying to figure out how to work the Nesco.

My mom told me that it's time I learn how to cook a turkey. I grudgingly agreed. I have issues with raw poultry (probably because I've had salmonella poisoning before). But I sucked it up & watched mom my give the turkey the royal treatment. I will now say, I understand the steps, but I just cannot reach my arm into the carcass of a turkey. I'm just can't. Luckily for me, my husband can - so I've once again hit the husband-jackpot!

The bird has been oiled, stuffed, seasoned & is ready to cook. Then we tackle the sides. We make potatoes, spinach Au-gratin (thank you Ina Garten) & cranberry sauce. We know out limitations & buy Ruth's Chris' delicious sweet potato casserole ahead of time. Our guests all bring a dish to share & we finally get the party started.

All-in-all the day was a great success, the table is set & the food is hot. We enjoy a traditional turkey dinner, eating enough to ensure that we will all be sleeping upright as we are too full to lay flat in bed. The only casualty of the day - my left thumb. Note to all readers: CutCo knives are really well made & can slice through anything, including my thumb.

As we enjoy the holiday with family & friends, we think about how grateful we are to have a group of people who, while may not be blood-relatives, they are without a doubt our Madison family. We are thankful to have a beautiful setting in which to enjoy the holidays together & know that as our families grow & change, so will our traditions. We look forward to the upcoming holidays, as it's a way to spend more non-work related time together & to relax & enjoy.

So yes, I wrote another non-real estate related blog post. However, I wanted to give you a glimpse into our traditions. We'd love to hear about yours & we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Holiday Season!

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