Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving Festivities, Day 1

So, Thanksgiving has been a pretty big deal in both of our families and it seems like it is one tradition or one party after another. Most families spend one day in celebration. We laugh in the face of 1 day. After one day, we are just getting started. The day before Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday long weekend and we begin at the Ashtons.

We started off with some fabulous squash soup from Erin. Good stuff and it keeps your system working. After we ate it all up, it was off the main event of 'Shuffling the dressing.' This starts with everyone washing their hands like there is no tomorrow. The scrubbers come out, the kids keep their hands in the sink and we wash and we wash and we wash. We want no little kiddie 'food was on their hands' surprises in our stuffing.

When the hands are clean, everyone hangs out on a large clean sheet and we begin to gently tear out the insides of loaves of bread. It is stuffing time. 4-5 loaves of bread were quickly taken apart and deposited into a big pot. The kids worked very hard to get every bit of white bread out of these loaves without leaving behind any untasty crusts.

Now, for the mixing. Let me just say that this stuffing is not for the faint of heart. It involves things that will clog your arteries and make you gain 4 pounds on your hips instantly. 4 loaves of bread, 1 pound of butter and 2 full spice jars of rubbed sage. Did I mention 1 pound of butter? Yep, 1 pound.

Now, we get to eat it tomorrow. Thanksgiving day is spent with the Ashtons. The day after Thanksgiving is spent with the Johnson family down at the ranch. And the never ending holiday of Thanksgiving continues.

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