This Thanksgiving the G-man, LP and I will be sitting down to a feast that (so far) has been fun to plan and prepare. For me, one of the best parts of the planning and cooking (even when it is just for the three of us) is that all the work we put into our meal is like an upclose look at all the parts of our lives that I’m thankful for. As LP helps me in the kitchen by throwing away wrappers (and as he sneaks a few olives from the stuffing) I’m thankful for all those every-day moments where I get to enjoy his company. As the G-man and I manuever around each other and wordlessly pass pans and cooking tools around I’m grateful that we have a true partner ship and a relationship that has grown from mutual love and respect. As we all pause to have a family-hug (at LP’s request) I’m thankful for all those precious moments we have as a whole, loving family.
These types of moments happen everyday. It doesn’t always look like the Thanksgiving specials on TV, but everyday there are moments where my family fills me with love and joy. Those are the moments, one at a time, that really make up my life. And for that I am truly thankful.
This is LP’s second Thanksgiving, but his first really being able to eat our Thanksgiving dinner! We suspect he might only eat the olives from the stuffing, but either way we are excited about all sitting down to a meal together this year that does not involve any special pureed foods. This morning LP was ready to go outside after being stuck in the house during a rainy deluge yesterday. He requested his wagon, but he choose to pull it himself for a while before deciding he would prefer to ride around. We wound our way to the park where he enjoyed the company of some cute little twin girls. LP continues to play more socially, and he and the girls had a rollicking good time on one of the small slides. We finally made our way home with Mom pulling the wagon and LP getting a ride on Dad’s shoulders. A great time was had by all!
Here is our Thanksgiving Menu this year. Reviews of each dish to follow after we eat!
- Turkey-style seitan (recipe from the Ellen’s chef)
- Mashed potatoes with kale and garlic (from Color Me Vegan)
- Mushroom Gravy (from Vegan on the Cheap)
- Roasted Brussels Spouts (using tips from Cooks Country)
- Stuffing (veganized version of my mom’s!)
- Pumpkin Cheesecake (from Post-Punk Kitchen!)