Monday, November 24, 2014


by Kate Collins

I used to wear myself out cooking at Thanksgiving. I prepared for days, pre-cooking what I could, squeezing in cleaning the house, making sure I had enough seating space, drinks for everyone, getting the turkey in the oven early, basting, cutting up mounds of potatoes, etc. etc. So that by the time I finally sat down with the family, I was too tired to enjoy the food.

Then there was the massive clean up. By the time I went to bed, I was so crabby, I wasn't fit to live with.

Not any more. With age comes wisdom, I suppose. Now I make it easy on myself. I still have a crowd coming, but I order the turkey already roasted. It comes with mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing so all I have to do is put it in the oven and, by popular demand, make my fabulous All Purpose Gravy, which everyone prefers to the full fat version ( the recipe is in our cookbook, The Cozy Chicks Kitchen). Other family members bring the side dishes and desserts. My job is to coordinate the ovens, set the tables, and eat.

Whew! What a difference. I don't dread Thanksgiving anymore. I can talk to people when they arrive. I can sleep in and not have to rise at the crack of dawn. It's a whole new world.

How is your Thanksgiving? Do you love it or dread it? What do you do to make it more enjoyable?

I wish all of you a very happy holiday.