Early Thanksgiving Dinner
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Today we are going over to my SIL's house for Thanksgiving dinner. Since my FIL passed away last February, he lived right down the street from my SIL, she decided to go out of town this year for the actual Thanksgiving celebration. I think that is a wise move on her part. She will make an effort to establish some new traditions and make some new memories this year. She still wants to do something in our area so we will have Thanksgiving dinner today. It will be very strange having a big dinner without my FIL and hearing his loud laughter and all of his jokes. Still, we will have a sense of family and that is a good thing.
Hubby and I will cook a healthy Thanksgiving meal at our house on Thanksgiving with my family. We started a new tradition 2 years ago by adding a variety of vegetable dishes instead of breads, sweetened sides and unhealthy fats. The result was that everyone felt healthier and fuller at the end of the meal. We still indulge in cranberry jelly and pumpkin pie but in smaller amounts. This year I will make sugar free pumpkin pie for my hubby and sister and regular pumpkin custard in ramekins for my daughter and me. I will also save some pumpkin to make pumpkin smoothies for my daughter and me. They are soooo good!
Hubby and I were hoping to take a veggie tray to the dinner today, so we could be sure that we would be able to have things we can eat. My in-laws nixed that idea and told us to just bring ourselves. My plan is to eat very sparingly at dinner and eat my veggies when we get home. I will also take a snack with me to eat in the car so I won't be so hungry that all of the grease, bread and potatoes will tempt me. My guess is that since I think in terms of Weight Watchers points before I put something into my mouth, I will do just fine.