Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge

I decided to take Theresa's lead and link up with Joyce for Wednesday's Hodgepodge.

1. Let's start with something controversial...dressing or stuffing? What's it called in your house and what's included in your recipe? cornbread? oysters? sausage? chestnuts?

We call it stuffing and you are gonna find this funny, but I am a Stovetop girl. I really like box stuffing and that is just how my mother-in-law makes it.
However, if we go to my family's house, my aunts make 2 kinds- one with sausage (swoon) and one with apples that is also tasty.

2. Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?

Oh, that's a tough question.
I guess my mom mostly. She is and has been an amazing mom, so her opinion really matters to me- maybe even too much sometimes. I also compare myself to friends who are at the same stage in life- ya know, moms, wives, mothers of little ones, mothers of tweens (ugh). I am slowly starting to grow out of this although it is a process- trying to not care what others think about something I do or trying to make decisions by myself or with the Lord's help instead of calling my bff to make decisions for me.
I always think of that saying, "Before you go to the phone, go to the throne". Funny, but true!

3. When was the last time you were in an airport?

Last week to go to Florida for my grandfather's funeral. As sad as his passing was, I have to say, Jetblue rocks! I could watch TV on the airplane- love it!

4. What is the one dish that must absolutely be included in a turkey dinner?

Everything! My favorites are the jellied cranberry sauce that comes out looking like the can and the pillsbury grands biscuits my mil makes- yum!

5. What Christmas song do you dread hearing?

I heard it last night (and hear it every year)- I don't know the name - something about a man meeting up with his old love at the grocery store and they grab a six pack of beer and drink it in the car and talk and the snow is falling- I am thinking we can take it off the playlist for Christmas if anyone from a radio station is reading this- it is kind of a weird song.

6. If someone approaches you and asks for money do you give it to them? Do you drop money in a 'tin cup' that belongs to a person on the street? Do you have a specific charity you support at the holidays and/or year round?

This doesn't really happen to me all that often. Probably no, because I really don't carry any cash on me and I get nervous. I try to give to people collecting food for food banks outside of the grocery store and I give to Salvation Army. The little guy wanted to give, but I had no cash and no change- so I gave him 4 pennies thinking he would dumb them in- Imagine my surprise when he had to put the pennies in one at a time with the bell ringer watching. She probably thought I was so cheap (there I go again worrying what people think- wink).
Maybe soon the Salvation Army people will stand with a credit card swipe machine and we can all just swipe our cards as we go by- sad but true.

7. Share a favorite Thanksgiving memory.

I was telling my son, my mom always bought mixed nuts and put them out with the nutcracker and we would eat nuts before dinner- I don't know why.
Oh and she made pearled onions- yuck!
But my brother and I loved when the family would come- it is hard how as we grow everyone goes somewhere else or has moved.
Kind of makes you realize things will never be the same again- which is good and sad at the same time.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Please pray for my family this Thanksgiving and Christmas. I feel terrible for my grandmother who just lost her husband of 63 years and for my mother-in-law who lost her son that died too young. Loss is so hard and this is really my first time experiencing it with people so dear to me.

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  1. I will keep your family in my prayers. I totally understand about the family changing. This is will our last Thanksgiving with our oldest as just ours and not a married woman. I am not fond of change.

  2. My whole family loves creamed pearl onions-yum! I hope you all find joy in this holiday...those are some hard losses to bear.

  3. I know that song! My Grandma used to make the pearl onions and I love the jellied cranberry sauce in the can. Glad to see you hodgepodging! I will pray for your family.
    Happy Thanksgiving :)


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