Our table is ready, and the feast is coming along rather well, too.
I decided to go with the more formal table because I want our children to remember a lovely table and to know that there is joy in showing hospitality to others. The flowers are from Costco, rearranged by me. (I really need to take a class in this.)
Other than turkey, the T&C house has three traditional dishes that must be served. They are Cornbread Dressing with Sausage and Pecans; Sweet Potato Soufflé; and Nannie’s Corn Pudding. And although I love making cranberry sauce from real cranberries, the Mister and the boys insist on sauce from a can. I used to make both, but, honestly, I have given up trying to convert them. There are worse things than canned cranberry sauce. I do, however, refuse to serve it as a cylinder to be sliced. Nevertheless, my little darlings led by the Mister, usually buy their own can and open it on the sly, and then pass the offensive condiment in its wiggling, shimmering glory. I like to try other vegetables and side dishes from time to time. Everyone always likes macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes. This year’s menu includes Sweet Vinegar Green Beans and Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Yeast rolls complete the main course. I have a wonderful, time-consuming recipe, so this year Sister Schubert has made our rolls. What a doll.
Finally, for dessert we have two pies. One is my all-time stand-by Chocolate Pecan Pie, which is lick-your-plate good. (We don’t, of course, actually lick our plates.) The other is Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pie, which is from the Lee Brothers’ cookbook.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends—and all your favorite dishes, too. I am so grateful to you for reading and for commenting. You inspire me everyday.