Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Like most holidays, I have mixed feelings on Thanksgiving. Ignoring the abhorrent historical roots, I like the concept of sharing the bounty of the harvest and recognizing everything you have to be thankful for. Unfortunately, that doesn't often happen in practice. I imagine Thanksgiving in my family is pretty typical: frayed nerves from worrying that the turkey won't be done in time + exhaustion from waking up at 4am to bake pies + alcohol = intense passive-aggressive tension. Maybe I'd be more willing to deal with it as an omnivore, but to sit at a meal where I will eat cranberry relish and frozen rolls? Nope. Not going to happen. After the above described scenario unfolded in 2006, I started planning trips to avoid being home for Thanksgiving. I was successful until this year. I went to Iceland a few weeks ago, so going out of town again wasn't really an option. Despite a ton of stress and anxiety, I decided to go to my parents' house for the ominous dinner feast.

This time I was prepared. Fortunately, my mother and sister were more willing to accomodate me this year than in the past as well. I bought a Gardein Holiday Roast, complete with stuffing and gravy and a pre-made pumpkin pie for myself. I also brought the fantastic green bean casserole from Fat Free Vegan. My sister made candied sweet potatoes with Earth Balance instead of butter and Dandies marshmallows on top, made sure the rolls were vegan, and made a delicious cranberry relish. I grabbed some potatoes before they were mashed and made my own with EB and soy milk. I had been anxious about this meal for weeks, but guess what? All my anxiety was for naught. I had a plate full of delicious food and a great evening with the people I care about. And that's what I'm thankful for.

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