Recipe for a joyful Thanksgiving


The table is set, the cornbread dressing is bubbling in the oven and hopes are high that everything runs smoothly this Thanksgiving… and that I don’t have to call the fire department, or drop a casserole on the floor, or forget to put out something I tucked into the back of the refrigerator.


It is 5 a.m. and I have my schedule for last minute preparations on a sticky note which I keep misplacing.

Since I’m running a tad ahead of sked, I decided to post some Thanksgiving thoughts.

It makes me sad that there are many all over the world who aren’t having so great a Thanksgiving due to the anemic economy and record unemployment.  If my rice/mandarin orange pilaf turns out gummy (and all indications are that it will), I will hold that thought of the less fortunate, and take those small bumps in the road in stride.

English novelist Thomas Hardy believed that the days of declining autumn created an inner season in which we could live “in spiritual altitudes more nearly approaching ecstasy” than at any other time of the year.  I agree.  I love Thanksgiving for many reasons, but one is that we’ll get to do it all over again in five weeks when Christmas arrives.

I don’t think I’ll rush out the day after Thanksgiving to do holiday shopping with the rest of the world. (So what if Walmart is advertizing $18 microwave ovens and my microwave burned up a month ago.) Instead, I’ll make a pot of turkey soup, turn on the holiday music and shift into the next Holiday mode.

I wish you all a wonderful day filled with family and friends and a big plate of gratitude.

7 thoughts on “Recipe for a joyful Thanksgiving

  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Emily…… I love keeping up with you through your web site! Phil is driving down this afternoon for Thanksgiving left-overs, then we will ride back up to Starkville Friday noon for preparation for the Egg Bowl. Boy, do I hate that game!

  2. Emily,
    I hope you know how much joy you bring to all of us with your articles everyday. I look forward to reading them and have tried many of the recipes you share. You are a blessing to many.
    Happy Thanksgiving,

  3. Emily, I read the SDN this AM, and was shocked to read of your
    severe head injury! How in the world did you write the column?
    You are a very strong lady. At any rate, I hope you get well soon!!
    David Evers

  4. Emily, please don’t “ditch the Diva”. I too enjoy reading each one you post. I too have tried some of the recipes and have others saved for the right time to fix them. Hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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