Happy Thanksgiving Eve

No, I’m not gloating. Well, maybe I am a little bit. I’m pretty sure some of you are making pie, cubing bread, peeling potatoes, staging your cream of mushroom soup cans (I have NEVER had green bean caserole, even though my father worked at Campbell Soup!), and polishing the silver, in anticipation of meeting with family and friends for tomorrow’s gastronomous maximus, aka Thanksgiving.

I’m going to miss not smelling my own turkey tomorrow, but I’m making it on Sunday. I’ve decided on angel hair in a nice marinara with Italian turkey sausage for tomorrow’s dinner.

All this actually buys me time should there be anything we need at the last minute. I had ordered a big tom from Whole Foods at nearly $4 a pound, but canceled the order because we found a fresh, drug-, hormone- and water-free Big Bird at Costco Hawaii Kai for about half the price. It’s a big gun, nearly 30 pounds. It’s not just a meal, it’s a meal plus leftovers and soup.

Because John is working, I expect I’ll be doing quite a bit of prep work Thanksgiving evening. There’s no reason Thanksgiving has to be a stress test when guests are arriving at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon. If I can get the brussels sprouts halved, the butternut squash staged, the stuffing completed, Sunday is going to be a breeze.

I’ll also be quartering the bird prior to roasting it. It’s how I did it last year, and it was done in less than two hours. I just might have time to ride my bicycle!

You know those movies and stories about dysfunctional families gathering once a year for Thanksgiving — and even that’s too much? That’s not my in-laws. That’s my family, LOL. And that’s another blog.

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, everyone!

By lavagal

Hawaii Kai wife and mom. Melanoma Stage 3a Cancer survivor. English Language Arts teacher, English Learners Coordinator, and Paraprofessional Tutor. Super sub teacher. Dormant triathlete. Road cyclist and Masters swimmer. Gardener. Mrs. Fixit. Random dancer. Music Curator. A teenager trapped in an aging body. Did you know 60 is the new 40? It is.


  1. it’s going to be a “breeze”? you do like to tempt fate, don’t you! i’m getting hungry. when will the turkey be ready?

  2. How nice that 2011 will be nearly a repeat of 2010! However, I did get a turkey breast today at Foodland Farms for we Benderettes to have as a mini Tanksgiving meal on the day.

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