Thanksgiving

Of course any holiday that has FOOD as it's focus would be a big hit with me.  I'm a Foodie.  I'm not a great cook, but I'm a fantastic eater and claim it to be one of the greatest joys in my life.  I've written before how important "meals" are for me and Thanksgiving puts everyone one the same page.  Unfortunately for some, it is the only time of year when everyone is together, sharing a meal.  We create those opportunities as much as possible (see 11/25 post) and are blessed to have many, many wonderful people around our table all year long.  But the Thanksgiving meal has strong purpose and intention for everyone and so it truly turns into a celebration. This year is low key for us.  Football practice in the morning (a family tradition for the last several years) is always fun.  It's nice to connect with our Football Family as well as visit with alumni that come out to watch the practice.  We threw a 24# turkey in the oven.  We set the oven on convection roast and inserted the probe and headed out to Hilmar to Anne's (Leroy's sister) home for lunch. We knew we wouldn't be hungry when we got home, but we figured the bird would take about 4 hours to cook... and by then we might be ready for round two.  Much to our surprise, the turkey was done and the oven had shut off after only 2 1/2 hours of cook time.  Got to love that convection oven, but thank goodness for the probe.  So we wrapped it up to eat later and took a nap.  Leftovers are my favorite anyway...