So that means no AZ for a Cakes family reunion and no El Paso even for a homestyle Abuelita Thanksgiving (Heaven help me I still haven't told my mom). It is hard on both our sides. We don't want to hurt our respective families. Still if we don't set boundaries now we will be holiday ping pong fodder for generations to come. Holidays will be in our home, this year and the rest of the years... until one day our married kids tell us "mom, we do Thanksgiving at our house."
The plan is simple. I'll make Bobby Flay's turkey, Paula Deen's stuffing (I gotta incorporate some of those Southern faves of Chris' into the meal), his mom's green bean casserole (the one on the French's cans), and my mom's sweet potato pie recipe. It will be a touch of old in a new family. Anyone and everyone will always be invited :) Afterward in honor of one of Chris' beloved traditions we will take the critters to the movies. After all if we eat at noon we have to do something to entertain ourselves. This of course means I probably won't do Black Friday b/c my health has been shaky but I'm giving up something good for something better!