I am 16 months in recovery from my stroke and I desperatly want to share with my friends this story,
I COOKED AND SERVED THANKSGIVING DINNER TO MY FAMILY
Yes it took me three days to get ready for it, several naps and an adjustment to the usual menu But I did it....
The turkey was a butterball frozen pre stuffed. Put in oven at 10am take it out at 4pm Presto perfect stuffing and perfect bird no work involved.
Potatoes in the crock pot when ready I drained them and whipped them in the crock pot and left them in there on warm. Same with the sweet potatoes. Canned peas and corn (oh ya that was hard) Ready made coldslaw just add the dressing. Canned cranberry sauce. MY GRAVEY and store bought dessert. set the table saturday, organized the meal Sunday and cooked it Monday.
BEFORE THE STROKE I would be baking my pies Saturday, making the cranberry sauce, peeling turnip and squash ( why I dont know it looks good in the magazines and I dont think you are suppose to call yourself a cook unless you can make it look like the picture in the magazine)
Thawing the 24 pound turkey two days before in the fridge monitoring it making sure its not thawing too quickly. Get up 4 am Sunday morning and start by man handling the 24 pound bird, Stuffing its you know what with home made stuffing receipe handed down from generation to generation. Find a pan big enough to put it in and try not to put my back out getting it in the oven. Then peeling veggetables ( God forbid I open a can NONONO) must be squash, turnip ( just peeling that sucker can give you a stroke) and maybe a new receipe like glazed carrots with almonds. OH ya. Lets not forget the ham that I would glaze. Home made tea biscuits ( I know your just waiting for me to say I curned my own butter heheheh but I didnt it) It was a full day of manipulating the oven to cook several dishes and the turkey whip cream for the pies and set the table so it looks like a martha stewart T,V special.
I visited with no one and dinner would be served at 5pm It took approx 1 hour to eat it and then clean up began.
Funny thing, this thanksgiving I sat with my family all afternoon and we visited and I hugged that grandbaby. We sat longer around the table and visted and before leaving my daughter said "MOM I can honestly say that was the best meal you have ever made and it was the best thanksgiving we have ever had." You what, my head was throbbing, I was hobbling around the kitchen, my energy kept bottoming out, but I can honestly say Im sure it was the best thanksgiving I have ever had too. Funny those life lessons we learn. They didnt care if it came in a can, if the stuffing was home made, if the pie was gramas receipe or store bought. The best part was I was here for it and they all loved the fact that God gave us another family get together to celebrate. Why cant we learn these lessons earlier in life?
I am truly blessed and in stroke recovery. Thank you dear friends.
Happy Thanksgiving God Bless Mulchie