First the metamorphosis of my table. While I am only hosting 10 people, I want more room, so I will need the inserts that my husband and sons made for me years ago. I just love the idea of everyone around one table. I moved the couch out of the family room (never moved it back-the family room is all about food and gathering around the table) to make for one big dining room that we could use to host big family gatherings like I remember at Grannie Annie's house. My amazing men came up with an ingenious way to add extensions to the table by making sections to lay on top of the table with underneath inserts that fit where one of the old table inserts used to be. Confusing? Perhaps some old pictures will help.
They cut, then mitered the edges using masonite wood.
Then they fit the pieces over the table, securing them underneath. We added a six foot folding table as supports for the extension.
|Room for 20 that year! Christmas Tablescape|
This year I start with my basic Arts & Crafts oak table with four inserts, then remove two inserts.
I won't be using the large insert this year, but this picture gives you an idea of what they look like underneath.
Next make the LISTS.
Peel and cut potatoes, put in cold water and refridgerate
Prep side dishes
Appetizers set out in silver dishes (Ina says, "good potato chips, savory caperberries, cashews)
Turkey in at 1:00 pm Alton Brine Good Eats (magically delicious)
Potatoes boiled at 2 pm
2:30, turkey done to perfection
2:30, Yam casserole in oven
2:45, mash potatoes
2:45, make gravy
3:00 Sit down to give thanks for all our blessings
BTW, the aforementioned "Purchase items on Ebay or Goodwill, as needed" calls for some explanation. The "as needed" is used to mean "as wanted." We do not "need" anything more, BUT look at what I found!
Then on shopgoodwill.com
Thanksgiving is well on it's way! I'm so thankful to have this week off work to enjoy the preparation, shopping, family, and time to meditate and give thanks. But the truth is, we have all we need, and so much more. Again, I am reminded of how blessed I am, and humbled to be able to share with others throughout the year.
Dear Lord, help me to serve, to be your servant on earth.