Thanksgiving 2011

Posted by: Maggie

We had an interesting Thanksgiving this year. We hadn’t done Thanksgiving with Josh’s family for several years so I decided that this year we would skip my family’s and join Josh’s. Which was great, except that Josh’s Dad is into completely effortless Thanksgivings, which means restaurant Thanksgiving.

This year he chose Claim Jumper. The food and service were fine. Not great, just fine. The vegetarian option was a baked potato with veggies, which is not Thanksgivingy at all. But it was okay. We did seem to be rushed in and out, however, which was a little annoying. Each course came out quickly with hardly enough time to finish the one before it. We were in-and-out in a little over an hour.  All in all it was just fine, but didn’t at all feel like Thanksgiving.

To me Thanksgiving is about spending a whole day with the family eating snacks and appetizers, cooking dinner, setting the table, and putting up with my siblings watching football. Before I started dating Josh I had never actually heard of anyone having Thanksgiving at a restaurant. I mean, I knew that a lot of restaurants offered a Thanksgiving meal, but I had never head of anyone actually doing it. Now that I’ve done it, I know that it’s about as bizarre and non-Thanksgiving as I expected. We won’t be doing that again.

Luckily, my family is great about holidays and always making sure we all get to celebrate. So after Restaurant Thanksgiving we headed to my Dad’s to join him, my step-mom and siblings for dessert and football. AND I am ever so grateful for my amazing Mother who held her Thanksgiving on Sunday, which was a real Thanksgiving with appetizers and lots of vegetarian-friendly side dishes! I even convinced her to purchase a Heritage Turkey (read about Heritage Turkeys here) for the meat-eaters. Although much more expensive it was apparently delicious, so she’s ordered another for Christmas.

For some reason I only took food photos. I blame pregnancy exhaustion.

The food was delicious! Especially the dessert. My mom made bread pudding with butterscotch sauce, that was oh so good! And I made some homemade cinnamon ice cream to go with it. It was super good and pretty quick and easy to make!

Hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving too!

One Comment

  1. Raisa 

    Thank you for that review of our thanksgiving that year. Just like you to criticize and pass judgement on your father in law without an iota of information of what was happening that year.
    Your father in law is not a gormet cook and not really capable of putting on a Thanksgiving dinner for a large family.
    And I was …. In no shape for much, because my best friend passed away and his family has asked me to help with funeral arrangements, so after work I would take care of that and them.
    We wanted to have a thanksgiving with our loving family!
    Since then we have “real ” thanksgiving at home if you only bother to grace us with your presence, instead we get disdain and arrogance.

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