before i got married, i used to go and have thanksgiving dinner with my family.
i'd ignore the turkey (and the comments..."but you'll eat turkey today, right?" "no. i'm vegetarian today, too.") and eat the side dishes and it was all fine and lovely.
hubby and i did that for a few years after we were married, too.
but then one year we decided we'd like a whole thanksgiving meal.
so we skipped the family meal and made our own vegetarian-friendly thanksgiving meal.
almost like an experiment.
and it was a success.
vegan roast, mashed potatoes, stuffing, steamed veggies, cranberries...
a whole meal.
then we went for dessert with the family.
it worked out really well. nearly perfect.
so now that's what we do.
this year we made a big, veggie thanksgiving lunch.
both of us together, in our kitchen that is too small for two people, let alone two people and all that food.
it was tight, but perfectly lovely.
and we learned that 5 pounds of potatoes and 2 people is the perfect ratio....
and that cashew/almond whipped cream is just plain perfect.
and we recalled all that we have to be so very, very thankful for.
then we went to be with the whole family.
and it was perfect.
plain and simple.