It’s the start of my favorite week all year – Thanksgiving week! I have loved Thanksgiving ever since I was a kid. I remember spending most Thanksgivings with my dad, visiting his sisters in Wisconsin. Once I learned how to drive, he’d put me behind the wheel of whatever large, decade plus old boat, I mean car, he owned and tell me to stay at or just below 55. We’d listen to Cole Porter on cassette and talk about life. Those truly are some of the best times we spent together.
Last year I made the trek to up north to see my Dunlevy family and spent Thanksgiving with them for the first time since my senior year of high school – 1999! So much had changed in my life since the last Thanksgiving, or rather the 90’s, with that side of the family – I graduated from high school, then college, I got married, made Des Moines my home, earned a master’s degree, started my own business, and on and on! Even though I’m not spending time with them this year, my memories are very special and will last a lifetime.
This year we’re staying home and spending the holiday with a friend and colleague from Drake. I’m always up for meeting new people and sharing food and thanks this time of year. I’ve been tasked to bring something green, so I’m working on a Brussels sprouts recipe. I’m thinking something with truffle oil and shaved parmesan but I’m not entirely sure. A few years back I hosted Thanksgiving at my place and had this crazy idea that I could make green bean casserole healthier if I substituted the cream of mushroom soup with Greek yogurt, sauteed mushrooms, and Worchestershire sauce. This was absolutely inane and I ruined what should have been one of the best side dishes ever! If I have canned cream of mushroom soup once a year I’ll have it on Thanksgiving! Megan and Liz never even said anything but I could sense the disappointment with each bite they took. They’re true friends!
Working in an Athletics department gives one access to all sorts of random promotional materials, sometimes in the form of a life-sized cardboard cutout of John Madden, who happened to make a guest appearance at Thanksgiving 2008. This is by far one of my happiest Thanksgiving memories because it was spent with great friends and mostly great food. I’m pretty sure it was the first time I’d made a pumpkin pie from scratch and forgot to mix it well enough and the egg white fluffed up in the pie and there were about four or five chunks of egg white in each slice. I have since learned to thoroughly mix the pie batter! So there you have it, a few reason why this is my favorite time of year! I am so thankful for my friends who love me unconditionally, my family who I don’t see often but when I do it’s as if no time has passed, and my health, which I work to improve each day. I plan to indulge on Thanksgiving but I also plan to do a mini workout to help keep me balanced. If you’re up for it, check out my short circuit below and share with anyone you’re spending the day with!