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Holiday Hog Trough!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pigs in a blanket!! This is how my hubby & I felt when we used to travel to the in-laws for holidays ........ When the 'feast' was o'er ...... people generally submerged into comas from eating like pigs! ........ End of day, you grabbed a blanket and passed out in a corner! ........

Please tell me WHY it is that when a holiday comes, it is like a 'green light' to eat, drink, and be merry ......... and the 'traditional feast' turns into first a binge, followed by all out 'gorge' session ......... I know ..... I know ...... I am no 'food monk' ........ but a little reason? ........

Follow me to the family (in-law) table! ....... After we traveled thru the woods to Gramma's house, we walked into a 'crime scene.' (will explain in conclusion) ....
First question ........ "Will an army be coming to dinner?" .............
No ......... just the usual dozen or so ........... But here it was (and I am not making this up!!)

A banquet table set up w 'appetizers (?) ....... like a huge TRAY of layered guacomole/ bean dip w/ sour cream, heavy laden with grated cheese ..........
Large bowls of chips, crackers and several more dips .......... emoticon Then there were the beaner weiners wrapped in bacon, and some kind of gooey cream ......... a plate of salami, cheeses, (no veggies to be seen)

Then there was the gynormous turkey, stuffing, potatoes, yams, couple of hams, potato salads, macaroni salad, string beans w/ bacon, rolls, breads, ............ emoticon ....... and IF you asked, "Where is the vegetable?" ........ someone would point out the 'candied yams' w/ crusted brown sugar and gooey marshmallows. Oh yes, the jello salad w/ fruit cocktail! ................

Desserts (no joke) was another extended size banquet table filled w/ approx 4 pumpkin pies, mincemeat, cherry pies, banana creme pie, custard pie, and a chocolate pie! ....... Fruit cake, german chocolate pie, and God only knows what else ..........
I am sure I am leaving something out, but for the life of me, can't imagine what .......... (Oh yeah, bowls of candies, nuts and assorted niblets)

Once the family rushed thru the Thanksgiving prayer for the bounty, all you could hear was the clicking of forks and similated sounds of pigs snorting at the trough ........ Well my hubby decided to have some fun one year as he had gotten a can of something that resembled the sound of a whoopie cushion going off! ........... As the snorting continued, he carefully squeezed the can, letting off a all too familiar sound! (at least in THIS family!) ........ No one said a word ........ as they weren't sure where the emittance came from ............. so he waited a minute and let off another one!! .......... My husband's niece's eyes got huge ............... emoticon and then she realized he was the culprit so delivered a severe case of 'stink-eye!' ................ Once again, the sounds of silence were broken, then the more 'proper' shall we say in-laws gasped, choked and glared at ME!!! ............ emoticon Well finally, the table burst out in laughter (by a few) as it was discovered his antics! .........

Long story short ......... How did this turn into a crime scene? ...... I was amazed how people were able to put this kind of food away and where did it go? ...... I received a bit of ridicule after the that lasted into the night, as I passed out an aspirin to members and told them it would help prevent a heart attack! (many occur after Thanksgiving!) ........ then our daughter and I put our tennies on and asked as many people who would come to join us as we were going out for a light jog ............. emoticon ....... This received mostly glares followed by more snorts and guffaws but we went and had a ball!! .......
Conclusion: This was some time ago, and tradition has changed for us anyways ............ We now do what we want and have somewhat of a plan ................. Plan is first to give thanks for our many blessings ........ and then enjoy a nice meal that does not take us to the edge of coma after eating ........ I figure using some common sense and balance, I will not turn my body into a crime scene .............. and will keep on sparking right into our new year!! .....................a Banquet of Blessings to all who read!! ............... emoticon
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TIG123GER 11/28/2012 12:49PM

    You must have been spying on our family events when writing this! We always have enough food for 10 families and people still comment on "what about x" as if what's there isn't more than enough! I was very proud this year to not have a full plate and to only have one plate and only a small dish of vanilla ice cream for dessert. Big change from previous years - thankful that my brain is finally getting it!

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BOHEMIANCAT 11/25/2012 10:56AM

    Wow! I could not eat any of it!
We had Thanksgiving at my house. The guests were greeted with a veggie tray.

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DISAPPEARING1 11/22/2012 10:37PM

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SPARKFRAN514 11/21/2012 10:39PM

    those were pre spark holiday meals i now know we can have those goody and special foods of the season. and in moderation. sometimes tastes are all i need and i am happy other wise i might go over board the next day with the left over in the fridge. enjoy the day and the walk after dinner

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TRESSWANN 11/21/2012 7:33PM

    Goodness, I feel stuffed just reading it. Have a great Thanksgiving.

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REXTINE1 11/21/2012 4:55PM

    We haven't had a old fashioned Thanksgiving for a lot of years, but I still used to enjoy them. It's only once a year, but of course you can get into bad habits.

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3016DEBRA 11/21/2012 3:09PM

  I hear you but I still love it and it's only once a year, right? emoticon

Have a good one!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 11/21/2012 1:19PM

    I am one who never got the whole HUGE meal for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year is simple because there are only three of us. I like your plan to get through.

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BIGPAWSUP 11/21/2012 12:09PM

    Yep, the scene is far too familiar! I'm hoping to survive this year.

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 11/21/2012 11:10AM

    Hahaha! I love you hubby's sense of humor. Sounds like something mine would do.
Part of the reason we've sought out SP is because we come from families like this... the "get it while the gettin's good" mentality. It's an epidemic that families no longer understand how to get together unless it's around a "trough." We might have to do something outrageous, like, idk, talk to one another! Saying "pass the gravy" is much easier than "how have you been lately?"
A jog and a plan, you rock!
~ t.

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MAMALIZ1955 11/21/2012 11:02AM

    Are we related? Sounds like what happened in Myrtle Creek once a year. Gravy Boat's .. are you kidding me, my MIL used pitchers, 3 of them! And... Drum Roll.. MINCMEAT Pie made with .. Venision. My eye is twitching just thinking about it.

Great Post... Have a healthy Thanksgiving.

Liz

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