November 23, 2004

Thanksgiving and Proving How Insane I Am

Terry always thinks I prove my insanity by photoshopping his picture, for instance like this. However, the real proof of my insanity lies in the fact that three and a half weeks after having a baby, my husband and I are hosting Thanksgiving dinner for around 10 people.

I was thinking I was crazy yesterday while I was running out to the store to buy some gluten-free flour, because my husband's aunt has an allergy. I was thinking this as I was looking up diabetic pie recipes for my husband's grandmother as well. I am willing to make a few special things for those with health related diets. I am not however changing the menu entirely for those on Atkins or similar diets (and none who are attending our feast are on that kind of diet for health reasons).

I believe hosting dinner will be doable though. We're keeping the menu relatively simple and there will be almost nothing that can't be made a day or two or three ahead. We'll be having turkey, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, spinach gratin, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, diabetic pecan pie and apple-cranberry cobbler. I've made the cranberry sauce and assembled the cobbler. I think I may bake the cornbread and biscuits this afternoon, since they are supposed to be a bit stale for the dressing anyway. The gratin and the pie will either get made today or tomorrow, today I hope since tomorrow night we have Bible study and the evening gets kind of hectic.

On Thursday we'll just have to make mashed potatoes and turkey and heat the rest up. Sounds simple enough. We actually enjoy hosting these big meals.


I don't know about insane, but this confirms the disgusting! We're having my college buddy come, but she's helping with the prep work! I still can't find 20 minutes for a shower most days...

Posted by: Lenise at November 23, 2004 06:30 PM

I just put her on the bathmat for a minute or two while I take the world's fastest shower -- or wait until Justin gets home.

Posted by: Jordana at November 23, 2004 07:34 PM

Wow! You ARE insane. I'm making a turkey (my first, no doubt), but we are taking it somewhere else. Which is a good thing, since our house is not presentable at the moment. And my baby is 6 months old, not 3 weeks!

Well, I'm impressed. And the fact that you can get into your jeans so quickly just makes me more so. (Incidentally, I think it was the C-section that did it to me. I've NEVER had a tummy until after the C-sec. Well, that's what I'm blaming it on, anyway!)


Posted by: Angie at November 24, 2004 09:48 AM

Good luck on the dinner. I like hosting too, but my wife can get stressed about it, a perfectionist not wanting anyone to see any possible household flaws. If folks can not enjoy the time together, then that's their loss.

Maybe your next picture you post can show the before and after jeans side-by-side. I saw the ones posted above of the kids and they're all adorable. Make sure your guests don't "eat" them all up!

Posted by: MarcV at November 24, 2004 11:12 AM

I see now that your ceaseless mocking of me nothing but a tiny annex in your world of INSANE BUSY-NESS!

I hope everyone has a good time and enjoys all that wonderful food and spending time with such a wonderful family. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you Adamses.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 24, 2004 11:25 AM

No Atkins stuff—well then I guess I can’t come.
BTW I’m not on it for a health reason—it’s a building safety reason. If o got any heavier I would fall through the floor.

Yes you are crazy-- enjoy your family.

Posted by: jim at November 24, 2004 01:45 PM