Thursday, November 24, 2011


Today is Thanksgiving Day, and I have a lot to be thankful for -
or as Penny says, be cheerful about.

This week my younger brother and his wife and three sons
drove north from New Orleans (about a 15 hour trek)
to visit my parents and the rest of the Chicago area family.
We live so far from each other,
visits like these are very precious.

My Plethora of Plans
(dinner guests 3 times in 4 days,
something that was totally out of the question for several years
because of G's moods)
were fun to plan, G enjoyed them,
and I think our guests did, too.
The first night was an omnivore menu,
the second night vegetarian,
the third night vegan.
(Do you see a pattern here?
If we had had one more dinner party,
it would have had to be Raw.)

In keeping with the origins of Thanksgiving,
I'm thankful for the farmer
who provides us with our weekly box of vegetables.

Our house is the host site for about 15 families, who come each week to pick up their box of vegetables and eggs from our garage. Normally the boxes are neatly closed. But not this time. The latest delivery included huge squash - these are called pink banana squash. Ours was over 12 lbs! The farmer's instructions said to par-bake it to make it easier to cut open.
Now to find an oven that size.


  1. What a journey for your brother and family! We really don't appreciate those sort of distances here in the UK. I hope the family time together is wonderful, and I don't think you will have a problem with the veggie/vegan meals with your veg box. I think you could dine off the pink Thanks for joining in Penny xbanana squash for three days easily!

  2. The goat-daughter and son-in-law live in New Orleans! We are in hopes they will be able to visit some time soon. Your story gives us hope anyway. :) I think I would like to try that squash - especially the seeds. Although I doubt seriously it will ever replace the Peanut. :)

  3. It's a good thing you didn't have one more dinner - what could you possibly have eaten?

    So glad your dinners went well and you could enjoy time with family.
    Happy Thanksgiving (a day late).

  4. As Planet Penny said we in the UK are rather wimpy when it comes to travel, getting in the car and travelling 1hr can be tasking let alone 15. How lovely for your family to be together and that you had so much fun organising and partaking! Cooking all those different meals would be a stretch for my culinary skills I think.

    The squash look amazing, why pink banana squash, apart from they are pinkish, I'm guessing they don't taste like bananas?

    What a lovely post! Hope you have a great week.

  5. I am so glad you were all able to be together.
    I might be tempted to use a chain saw on that squash, that is, if I knew how to use one.


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