Traditional Hodgepodge

1. Tradition…how tightly do you cling to tradition when it comes to holiday gatherings and celebrations? For instance do you always do the cooking, never eat at home, always go to grandma’s, never miss the parade, always watch football, never change the menu, always eat at 2 PM, etc.?

No set time, no set home, sometimes I cook it all, sometimes I take a dish to someone’s home, but never change the main menu. You have to have the turkey, the stuffing, the gravy, the yams with marshmallows on top. Even though I don’t have room for pie please keep the pumpkin and the pecan in the round up!  Feel free to add interesting appetizers and drinks. Those don’t have to stay the same. I always miss the parade and never watch football on Thanksgiving but I’m okay if you have to.

Have you ever celebrated Christmas or Thanksgiving away from hearth, home, and family? How did that feel?

Our first married Thanksgiving everyone we knew and were related to were out of town so Dear and I found a restaurant in Huntington Beach/Fountain Valley that was serving Thanksgiving with all the trimmings. It was so weird. I think this motivated me to learn to cook a turkey and all the fixins so we would never have to do that again.

We have celebrated Christmas away from home in the past. We do enjoy Christmas mornings at home with all our kids emerging from the guest rooms for our stockings and then Swedish Pancakes and then opening the other presents under the tree.

2. Help…is it easy for you to ask for help or are you a do-it-yourselfer? How is that a good/bad thing?

I am such a do-it-yourselfer because I don’t like to impose on others or so I like to say. The reality of this is that this is more of a personal flaw of mine having to deal with pride more than anything else. I’m practicing in giving things up and letting others help more in my life.

3. Abundance…what is there an abundance of in your kitchen?

Oh my, I have an abundance of pots and pans and serving bowls and plates and cups and goblets, and platters, etc. etc.

4. Name…the smallest thing you’re thankful for? the biggest?

The smallest is food and drink. The biggest is family and relational harmony.

5. Key...What do you think is the key to living a more grateful life?

Knowing what a miracle it is that Jesus died for my sins so I can have peace with God. And after this knowledge, praying for others before I pray for myself.

6. State your own random thought here.

On this Thanksgiving week and for this Thanksgiving Hodgepodge I am so thankful for all my blogging friendships. You mean so much to me and I’ve enjoyed growing close through your posts and life experiences that have touched my life and enriched my life. Thank you for keeping on and continuing to post about the everyday and the beautiful things in your life!

Choosing joy despite the fact that I do not have a sink or a stove top in my kitchen for the next several days. Our counter tops were due to be installed by Wednesday but the company we are dealing with is having major issues with their machine that cuts the tops so we might not be kitchen functional until Monday of next week. So we are choosing not to rant but to enjoy this little glitch in our everyday adventures at this old house. So grateful to be invited to our dear friends for Thanksgiving again this year!

Thank you to Joyce from This Side of the Pond for asking the questions for Wednesday Hodgepodge.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and family in the U.S.A.

20 thoughts on “Traditional Hodgepodge

  1. That dinner and table setting look wonderful. My aunt lived in Fountain Valley and I know for a fact that she never cooked a turkey dinner. Amen to your answer for #5.

  2. Hello, I enjoyed reading your answers. We are all thankful for all family. Your mosaic of food looks delicious. I am sorry about your counter top, I hope it is done soon. Enjoy your day and I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Your table looks beautiful.
    We don’t really have traditions in our family. Never have. In fact we aren’t even having turkey.
    Our Thanksgiving meal is going to be pot roast. : )
    We are very thankful though EVERY day for the many blessings God has bestowed on us. He is awesome.

  4. Best part:
    5. Key…What do you think is the key to living a more grateful life?

    Knowing what a miracle it is that Jesus died for my sins so I can have peace with God. And after this knowledge, praying for others before I pray for myself.

    Happy Thanksgiving, sweet Ellen!

  5. So nice to have friends to celebrate Thanksgiving with while your kitchen redo happens. I’m not cooking the meal this year but my sisters menu looks much like our normal fare and I’m happy to share the day with family. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Great answers and your table setting looks so elegant and beautiful. I love that you included pictures of the food as being an Australian living in Scotland I’ve never had a Thanksgiving meal but have read a lot about it – is one of them a sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top?
    Hope you had a really blessed Thanksgiving.

    • Yes, Pam, that’s a dish I make with yams, butter, brown sugar and topped with Marshmallows. My kids make sure I make it every year. Thanks for your greeting Pamela.

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