Joy from Joy of Desserts tagged me for this Thanksgiving Meme.
There are only two easy rules:
1. Post these rules when you participate in this meme.
2. Link to the people you tag as well as the person who tagged you.
Here we go...
1. Which do you like better: hosting Thanksgiving at your home, or going elsewhere?
Hosting myself. Though if I had an opportunity to visit my family for Thanksgiving, I'd be there in a heartbeat. I love the cooking, the smells, the guys watching football...
2. Do you buy a fresh or frozen turkey? Organic? Free-range?
Eh, I get whatever's on sale. Though in the future, I will avoid Wal-Mart's meat like bubonic plague.
3. Do you make stuffing or dressing? What kind?
Well, dressing is one thing Steve's pretty clear on: he likes Stovetop. However, due to some recent dietary changes, Stovetop Stuffing is not an option. I'm making dressing myself this year for the First Time Ever. I'm excited!
4. Sweet potato pie or Pumpkin pie?
Sweet potato. Maybe with a touch of whipped cream (AKA "calf slobber" or "lickdab" in the house of Kennedy) (that would be my family, not the President. I have no idea what they call whipped cream.)
5. Are leftovers a blessing or a curse?
Definitely a blessing. Mmmm, leftover turkey and mac n'cheese...ooh and don't get me started on the ham rolls. Though I doubt they count as leftovers if you go rescue them from the fridge an hour after dinner.
6. What side dishes are a must-have in your family?
Patti's mac n'cheese. Oh, and her green bean casserole. HAM ROLLS. Apple rings (though I'm the only one to eat them). Mom's yummy mashed taters.
7. What do you wish you had that might make Thanksgiving easier?
I'm with Joy on this one. More space. And a maid for dish washing. And a convection oven.
8. If/when you go to someone else’s house for the holiday, do you usually bring a dish? If so, what is it?
Last year was the first year I didn't cook Thanksgiving dinner. We went to a church member's house and had a lovely meal. She asked me to bring dessert and I prepared a Lemon Meringue Cake and an Apple Pecan Pie. That cake was so darn good I could have eaten it all myself before dinner. God bless Martha Stewart. And Swiss meringue. And lemon curd. Mmmmm.
9. What do you wish one of your guests would bring to your house?
Strawberry rhubarb pie. Ooh, and more ham rolls never hurt anyone.
10. What do you wish one of your guests would NOT bring to your house?
Bologna salad. Please, don't ask.
11. Do you stick with a particular menu from year to year, or do you mix it up?
I like the traditional stuff: turkey, sweet potatoes, etc, but I do like to add new things (like cream puffs for dessert this year! Woot!
12. Is Thanksgiving a religious or secular holiday in your home?
Neither. It's a day when we gather with family to enjoy a meal and each other's company.
13. Share one Thanksgiving tradition.
Tradition has sort of gone out the window, what with us being away from our families so long. You'd think in the last seven years we would have come up with some traditions of our own, but alas, it is not to be.
14. Share one Thanksgiving memory.
Our last Thanksgiving in Kentucky, we were busily packing for the move to Memphis. We took just a little time to eat an adequate, though small and hastily prepared meal for the two of us when there was a knock at the door. Our pastor and a church member stopped by to wish us a good holiday and to bring us a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Their thoughtfulness was so very appreciated.
15. Name five things you’re thankful for.
2. TWO days off work (sorry, I couldn't resist)
3. A new nephew to meet once we get back to Michigan
4. The means to provide a meal and a home and the loved ones to share it with
5. My dear hubby, who supports me in everything without question (and who has promised to clean the house, including the toilets, while I cook dinner).
Since I recently went a little tag-happy, I'll leave it up to you. Do it or don't but let me know if you do so I can check out your answers...