Home for the Holidays

Here's what my Christmas Dinner table will actually look like. I think this is a better shot than the one that appeared in the News-Review's Home for the Holidays insert. They did not tell me ahead of time that they wanted me in the picture!
For Thanksgiving it's a bit simpler. My parents and my brother joined us for the traditional feast...

Roast Turkey with Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Green peas
Fruit Ambrosia
Candied Yams
Featherlight Rolls
Pumpkin Pie
Charleston Poundcake

Conspicuously absent is the Cranberry Sauce! We were busy celebrating my husband's birthday Wednesday evening, when my son and I would normally be making our Homemade Cranberry Sauce. I thought I'd be up in plenty of time to make it Thursday morning and still get it chilled before dinner, but when I went to the freezer I discovered I was out of cranberries! I had dehydrated the last of them to use in the salad I made for our Think Local Umpqua Benefit in October.

A quick call to my mom and she assured me she had some canned sauce she would chill and bring with them, but, alas, it was forgotten. We survived just fine, but I will definitely be restocking my supply of Bandon cranberries before Christmas!

After dinner we took turns answering "if" questions my son had hidden under each place setting. I had picked up a copy of If...(Questions for the Game of Life) by Evelyn McFarlane & James Saywell at a used book store in Sutherlin last week. Here's a sampling of some great conversation starters:

If you could find one thing besides money in your attic, what would it be?
If you could put one sentence in the U.S. Constitution, what would it say?
If you could go back in time to observe any event from history, what would it be?
If you had to be represented by an object in your house, what would you choose?
If you could easily visit one known planet, which one would you go to?
If you could have freshly cut or picked flowers delivered to your home each week, what type of flowers would you choose? (I said sunflowers.)

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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