Nov 22, 2011

Time To BUST Out The Stretchy Pants!!

Ohhhhh yeahhh. Got mine on right now just to test out the stretchy-ness. Mmm hmmm. I do. And they are stretchy awesomeness! I am R-E-A-D-Y for the trip to Flavortown that is sure to go down this Thanksgiving! Now, as I've mentioned before, Thanksgiving is far from my favorite holiday. I just flat out dislike turkey and stuffing. I know...the major staples of most Thanksgiving feasts. Believe me, I TRY every year to make myself enjoy turkey, but I always come up disappointed (although I did try my first bites of fried turkey last week at D's squadron Thanksgiving and it wasn't bad...tasted like chicken...but it wasn't bad).

My thoughts on turkey exactly. (Oh and look, D with his glasses! What a blast from the Thanksgiving past! I know he's glad those glasses wearing days are LONG gone.)
Thanksgiving also hasn't had the best memories associated with it in recent years for D and I. Three years ago, we missed our very first Thanksgiving at home with our families because he was at training in Biloxi and I tagged along. I couldn't let him spend Thanksgiving alone if I was able to be there, ya know? Such is the life of a military wife! So, we ate a GIANT, but lackluster, Thanksgiving dinner at a major hotel and casino down the street. We then spent the rest of the night holed up in our hotel room pouting because this was our first holiday without all of our loved ones. Biggest Thanksgiving bummer ever...until last Thanksgiving Day. My MeeMaw, the cornerstone of my Mom's family, passed away that day. It was a horribly sad Thanksgiving...and to make matters worse, D and I were stuck on the tropical island of Cuba while this all went down back in NC (D was deployed there and I came for a visit...coolest deployment ever, right?). I hated every second of not being home when my family, and my MeeMaw, needed me most...but my hands (and the military's hands) were tied and they couldn't get us home. So, you see, our last few Thanksgivings have been less than ideal to say the very least.

MeeMaw and her 'grandbabies'
This year though, we're embracing being away from home for the holidays. Nope, no sad saps here! I'm pretty sure MeeMaw wouldn't want us sulking around, thinking about how we're all not together this year. She's here, she's watching over us as we butcher her sweet potato casserole recipe, and she's smiling. I know it. No point in wallowing in self-pity when there's lots of thankfulness and joy to be spread around! That's what MeeMaw would want...and a piece of Coconut cake...but that's neither here nor there.

D and I decided to spend this Thanksgiving just the two of us. I originally thought about cooking a whole mess of food and inviting over all of our new friends here in Germany, but then I thought how incredibly stressful and, quite frankly, bananas that sounded. We just moved here, we're just now starting to get settled, and we've got no artwork on our walls yet. NONE. And yes, I can be that vain sometimes. Thanksgiving, just the two of us style, sounds like perfection. No worries though, we will be Skyping in with our families all throughout the day. Believe me, I've got to at least see all the yummy food I'm missing out on, even if it's through a grainy computer screen. And I've GOT to virtually squish this little one's face. GOT TO.

Scrumptious, isn't he? The baby, not the hubby. Although, he totally is too. :)
I told D that we are not allowed to be gluttons this year. There are a BAGILLION and a half things I want to make for it to feel like a normal Thanksgiving, but that's ridiculous seeing as it's just the two of us. So, I  said we could each pick one outta-this-world side dish to make to go with our scrumptious honey glazed ham (isn't D a sweetie!? He loves turkey, but is letting me make a ham since turkey is the bane of my existence. I mean, who can argue with the bane of someone's existence? Really.) We also had to decide on one dessert.

So, what's on the menu for our Thanksgiving?

(Click the link and you'll see the recipes. Especially the Mac & Cheese one. I had to wrack my brain to figure out how to share that one with the world!  Aren't I sweet?)

Yeah, you read that correctly. We're having three cheese-tastic dishes. Judge all you want. We may not go to the bathroom for a week after this meal (seeing as we HATE using our German toilet anyway, no biggie), but we love cheese. And I make the most bangin' Mac & Cheese in the history of everdom. For reals. So, CHEEZAPALOOZA THANKSGIVING IT IS! Oh and can I just take a second to say how much I love Joy the Baker. I've got a mini girl crush. No lie. D and I voted on making a dessert that neither of us have ever eaten, but have been dying to try. Who better to choose from than Joy?  She's got some AH-MAZING looking desserts. This cheesecake pie is NO exception. I can only hope I do it justice. I've got brownies on stand-by, just in case.

The infamous Mac & Cheese. It's 'slap your Mama' good. And creamy. But please, don't slap your Mama. That's not nice.

So, that's the down low for our Thanksgiving. Got the stretchy pants, got memories of home and my sweet MeeMaw tucked away safe in my mind, and I've got lots of cheesy goodness ready for baking. With so much to be thankful for this year, it really doesn't matter how or where we spend Thanksgiving. All I know is that it will be wonderful. Our kind of wonderful. Perfect is a state of mind, not a state of being, you know? Besides, what's perfect anyway? Now, I'm off to get cookin'! Here's wishing each of you out in blog world a wonderfully delicious Thanksgiving!!

I'd love to hear from you guys!
What are you thankful for? How will your Thanksgiving be different this year? Any new traditions, new foods, new places you'll be for your holiday dinner?

4 comments:

  1. Okay, you may have done it with the mac 'n cheese. Judging by the photo, that looks like something my hubby would love. He already bought his box of Velveeta for Thanksgiving, but I'm going to make it for him asap and he will love me even more. Awesome—thanks for sharing :)

    Can you find the 4 cheese melts at the commissary?

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  2. Sounds like a perfect compromise for your Turkey Day meal, although I would have a hard time choosing just one side dish!

    We're flying to FL for Thanksgiving this year to spend it on the beach. I can't wait

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  3. no stress is best, especially on thanksgiving. if we weren't invited by our friends, we totally would have settled on going out to eat somewhere or cooking some of our favorite dishes at home!

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  4. I just love your blog. Not everyone would be willing to admit they wont poop for a week.

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