Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving Leftovers

This year Robert, the kids and I stayed in town and ate dinner with the Mullens side of the family. Robert's mom hosted and it was the family from Robert's dad side of the clan. Uncle Tony cooked the turkey, Bobby (robert's dad) smoked a ham, I brougth some sides, Bonnie brought a "semi" homemade pie. Sue (my mother in law) made her famous Chicken cornbread dressing, Baked Beans, New Potatoes and green Beans. There were plenty of desserts and lots of family. We had a great time. Sue let us take home most of the Turkey and Ham and all the sides I could fit into the many containers laying around. It was a great day. Bobby said something real poignant- I'm kind of quoting here-

"This year we have suffered loss (his sister Susan Passed away) and we had some wonderful gains (Susan's daughter had a beautiful baby boy, named Jackson in May) We all survived a hurrican and even though crazy things are happening in India we should be greatful for our blessings. The bible tells us to be thankful if we have food to eat and shoes on our feet, so we have plenty to be thankful for."

It was a nice thought and I'm greatful for our small immediate families, we each just have one brother and for the large extended families Robert and I both have- we both have tons of aunts, uncles and cousins. Robert is blessed because both of his Grandma's are still with us and one of his grandpas. I do really miss my grandparents the most around this time. So many of my memories of them involve Thanksgiving and big family parties- I loved that my dad's mom and sister often came to my mom's family's get togethers, it was really nice to be around everyone.

On to less poignant items-

One of the best Thanksgiving traditions is the Turkey Sandwich. All my life I looked forward to it, even more than the actual feast. When we moved to California mom found a resteraunt called the Pot Belly Deli. I googled it today and the closest I could find to where we lived was in Walnut Creek, (It's the link on the title) They made this awesome sandwich called the Turkey Berry sandwich. After that resteraunt, turkey sandwiches were never the same.
Here is the set up- ( I sound like Ken Hoffman now)

Two slices white bread (wheat will work for you granola types)

Put Mayonnaise on both slices (Ok mom uses Miracle whip, which was fine for me for a long time, that was until living in Brazil and eating real mayo, I'm sorry but Miracle whip no longer does it for me)

Put some congealed cranberry "sauce" on each slice

Put some stuffing on one side and then put some turkey on top of the stuffing.

Shut the sandwich and eat it's delicious yumminess.

I had to stop and get some congealed cranberries and some stove top stuffing so I could make the sandwich, but it was as good as I remembered.

This is how the other Mullens enjoyed the leftovers

Paw Paw, aka Bobby let the boys take home the mega huge drumsticks.

After Quentin ate most of it, he declared that he didn't like it. Robert was dissapointed because there were only two, and he really likes the turkey leg. I guess we'll have to hit a festival somewhere in Texas, 'cuz someone always sells Turkey Legs.

This is just Joely being a cutie patootie, She kind of has the whole village people thing going on there. She wants to be a cow girl, yee haw

This is actually the two little princeseses on Thanksgiving Morning, they were making a parfait to take, because to quote Donkey, "Parfaits are the best dang thing on the planet"
Alice chose to eat a salad instead of leftovers. She told Robert the other day, "Dad the choice is always going to be a Salad"


4Girls4Me said...

So cute! I'm so glad you guys had such a great Thanksgiving! We are all so blessed and have so much to be thankful for.
I thought of you like always as I drove by your old house on the way to my Mom's for Thanksgiving! :)

Galadriel said...

I just ate that same sandwich for lunch today! Everyone (meaning anyone that has ever seen me eating that sandwich) thinks I am nutso! I am so glad to know that I am not strange, I am actually a restaurant menu creator(I just didn't know it.) Now, I wonder if anyone would like my graham cracker, peanut butter and dill pickle creation? Yes, I came up with that one when I was pregnant, but it is still a favorite. Maybe I am strange after all...

Jan said...

That sandwich is almost like my favorite from Capriotti's Deli in Vegas -- called the Gobbler. I still miss it. I may have to try to replicate it while I still have enough leftovers to do it!

Happy TG to you!!

Aryn said...

I read this before but didn't comment for whatever reason - just wanted to tell you how much I love reading your blog. Your kids come alive, and I don't know if it's because you're so... how should we say it? Lively? yourself, or what... but I love how you write, and I love hearing all the gory details of your life. My only suggestion: more clown suit pictures.

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