Sunday, November 22, 2009

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving


In the Spirit of Thanksgiving

Follow this link to watch the Mormon Messages entitled, "In the Spirit of Thanksgiving."

Early Thanksgiving

We have so many things to be grateful for: family, jobs, school, health, a home, testimonies, love, etc.

I am especially grateful for food! I love playing around in the kitchen and trying out new recipes. On Saturday, we made Turkey with Herbes de Provence...a Giada de Laurentis special. So, we cooked the turkey that Karina got from Nu Skin; I guess it's some kind of employee appreciation token. We didn't have room in our freezer to keep it frozen, so we decided to cook it instead.

We filled the turkey cavity with limes, oranges, sage, and other herbs. I then made a rub of butter, olive oil, salt and pepper, and the Herbes de Provence (a nice combination of "Provincial Herbs"). We rubbed it all around and under the skin. Up to that point, we were great. Then I decided to deviate a bit, and I put some lime slices between the skin and flesh of the turkey. I don't know if Giada would have approved, but I remember seeing Jim do it a few Thanksgivings ago.

We cooked the turkey with chicken broth in the pan, and then added more broth after about an hour of cooking. After a few more hours of cooking, we took our Big Bird out of the oven. It smelled pretty good! And in fact, the turkey was good, all except the skin above the lime wedges....it was super bitter. Now I know not to put the citrus slices there. Also, the Herbes de Provence appeared a little bitter as well. Next time, I will probably not put as much of the herbs and put a tad more salt.

We invited Kenny and his family to join us for dinner. We had salad and garlic mashed potatoes. We made the gravy from the pan drippings. It seemed like it all turned out well. We will have turkey for a week!

When Danella saw we were having turkey, she asked, "Why are we having Thanksgiving today?" My own answer, in my head, is that Thanksgiving is everyday! Despite our challenges, we can always be grateful for the simple things in our life...the ability to walk, to imagine and to create, to analyze, to study, and to speak the things of our hearts. I have learned that as challenges come, we must focus on what we can do, on what we have control over. We can control our mindsets, facing each challenge as an opportunity to learn and to grow. That's what we will be doing over the next few months as I am hopefully healed from my neuropathy.

Thanks Danella for remembering that yesterday, today, and tomorrow are always days of Thanksgiving!