Thanksgiving. What does it mean to you? For me, it means family and favorite foods and card games and being together. For me, it’s wonderful, because I love my family. And I’m very fortunate this year because we’ve added a new family member to our little group—my new sister-in-law, Amy.
Yes, her name is Amy. Even better, now her name is Amy Williams. We call her Amy Williams The Second. No, not really. I actually call her Ferrell, which is her maiden name.
Thanksgiving meals vary with my family, though, because we’re not huge fans of turkey. But if we eat a traditional meal, we go all the way.
We have an old family recipe for stuffing, with heaps of extra celery and onions and sage. And lots and lots of butter. My mom makes cranberry relish in the food processor or the blender, with a whole bag of cranberries, whole oranges, and sugar. We even make green bean casserole with fried onion strings and cream of mushroom soup.
And then we have the turkey, of course, but we usually only do a turkey breast because it’s less clean up.
If we opt out of the traditional meal, we make taco soup instead. If you’ve never had taco soup, you’re missing out. It’s everything you eat in a taco, but you eat it in a bowl. It makes a ton, so it’s perfect for big groups.
The soup itself is ground beef or turkey, three whole pounds of it. Lots of beans, onions, tomatoes, and seasonings—taco seasoning and ranch seasoning. I put a can of corn into it too. But then once it’s all cooked through, you can dump sour cream, black olives, onions, and grated cheese into it. My brother crumbles up chips into it, but I like to dip my chips in and eat it that way.
Regardless, though, I always make pumpkin pie. And I’ve got a heck of a recipe for it. It’s got sour cream and heavy cream in the pie filling, and it’s one of the best pies I’ve ever eaten.
We always eat together too. Sometimes we play games, but we always laugh no matter what we’re doing. And then, the next morning, I decorate for Christmas.
My brother is kind of a Grinch, honestly, and he’s probably that way because I’m the total opposite. I love Christmas. I’m a Christmas fiend. We have two Christmas trees, and I put them both up. And I really want a third one so that every floor of the house can have a tree.
Every ornament has a story. Every decoration has a history. And the holidays can’t start until I get them all up, and I can’t get them all up until we celebrate Thanksgiving. That’s how the holidays start for me.
How about you? Do you have specific family traditions for the holidays? What about family recipes for Thanksgiving? Share your favorites in the comments!