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Will this become a new tradition?

  • Who : Three people--CAL, BCB, and RGD
  • What : Giving Thanks for Friends Dinner
  • When : December 4th Time: 4:00 p.m.
  • Where : At my friend's (BCB) apartment in Tacoma
  • Why : To celebrate true friendships around a dinner table on a day that is just any other day to most people
  • The menu : Roasted chicken (from Costco); skinny-mashed potatoes (BCB); gravy (CAL); butternut squash (CAL); green bean casserole (RGD); fresh cranberry sauce (CAL); green salad (Costco); German marble cake (BCB); pumpkin bread (CAL).

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BCB and I shared our disappointment about what holiday get-togethers have become, when we spoke this morning. We talked of "expectations." I shared with her the blog post I wrote on Thanksgiving morning-- When Thanksgiving Day Changes.

Then she said, "Coral! What are you doing on Friday? What if we have a small holiday dinner at my place, where we sit at a table and eat dinner together, and be thankful for our friendship?"

That is how it started. From a question I asked in my article to her questions, and a few minutes of planning. She and I will meet at Costco around noon to buy anything we do need.

I am going to talk her into having a cheap Costco hot dog lunch with me before we go shopping.

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MegL wrote on November 29, 2015, 5:29 PM

That should be a great day, I hope you all three enjoy it. Sometimes it's better to have an unbirthday or an unchristmas day at a different time of year. emoticon :grin:

CoralLevang wrote on November 29, 2015, 5:41 PM

Agreed. I am glad that she and I are on the same page, and I know that RGD will appreciate a meal with the two of us. We all help one another out a lot.

wolfgirl569 wrote on November 29, 2015, 7:30 PM

That is a great idea. You should all enjoy it

alexdg1 wrote on November 29, 2015, 7:31 PM

Did you convince your friend to have that cheap hot dog at Costco?

CoralLevang wrote on November 29, 2015, 7:33 PM

I hope so! Thanks!

CoralLevang wrote on November 29, 2015, 7:34 PM

Yes, we are meeting first for lunch; then shopping for the few things we need; then back to her place to finish the cooking. emoticon :smile:

JohnRoberts wrote on November 29, 2015, 7:44 PM

That is a good idea. One means of trying to capture what is supposed to be Thanksgiving spirit.

markgraham wrote on November 29, 2015, 10:47 PM

Yea go for it and you will have fun and I like Costco hot dogs and their pizza and frozen cokes.

Paulie wrote on November 30, 2015, 12:28 AM

Your menu certainly looks appetizing and filling. Is RGD a very good cook?

CoralLevang wrote on November 30, 2015, 3:14 AM

He makes green bean casserole the 60-year-old way with mushroom soup and canned green beans. LOL
When he and I were living together, he did none of the cooking. I think that he has become a better cook since we split up....out of necessity, and he doesn't like a lot of processed foods anymore. but as far as being "a good cook," I couldn't tell you because he has never cooked for me.

Paulie wrote on November 30, 2015, 6:48 AM

I guess you will find out after you sample his green bean casserole. BTW, has RGD completely recovered from his operation?

CoralLevang wrote on November 30, 2015, 7:08 AM

Oh, I have eaten that's just like it's always been for the years I remember it, even as a kid. One of those comfort foods thngs....

Thank you for asking ...he's doing well, and getting stronger each day... some of the residual effects are still at issue, but he's learning to deal.

Paulie wrote on November 30, 2015, 7:14 AM

That's great to hear.

CalmGemini wrote on November 30, 2015, 7:26 AM

This new' tradition' is so good.Nothing to beat sharing food and stories among friends. Who needs a name for this special day?
“If you have good friends, no matter how much life is sucking, they can make you laugh.” – P.C. Cast

CoralLevang wrote on November 30, 2015, 7:55 AM

emoticon :smile: AGREED!
We get so caught up in the way things "should" be. That's why I shared in the blogpost...who said we can't fill a turkey with bread and serve it in July, if we want to?

Some will think we are nuts, but who cares? emoticon :winking:

CalmGemini wrote on November 30, 2015, 8:13 AM

I agree.Who cares indeed! Have a nice dinner.Looking forward to hearing how it goes.

Rufuszen wrote on November 30, 2015, 9:25 AM

A 'Pot Luck' tradition. Like the sound of it!

BarbRad wrote on December 2, 2015, 1:42 AM

Now that's my style for a holiday celebration. My brother is the traditionalist in our family. He demands the turkey. He doesn't have to cook it.

CoralLevang wrote on December 2, 2015, 7:57 AM

I remember one Christmas, I made chicken enchilada dinner. That was what my young stepson wanted.

CoralLevang wrote on December 2, 2015, 8:05 AM

That's always good, in my opinion. It shares the load.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 18, 2015, 4:26 PM

I saved a link o your blog. Nice. So you have your own blog. That is very nice. I think more people are doing this and being able to get more ideas and stories out there for all to look at.

paigea wrote on December 28, 2015, 4:19 PM

It sounds like a lovely tradition to start.