Tis The Season (& A Giveaway!)

This is the week that I realized the holidays are already upon us.  Yep, that’s right.  My life is so crazy I had no idea Thanksgiving was next week until my MIL called me to ask me what I dish I was making this year.

My husband has a crazy large (I just realized that could be read as crazy, large instead of crazy-large…I’m gonna leave it open to interpretation) extended family and Thanksgiving is the biggest event of the year around his parents’ house. His mom is also incredibly obsessive-compulsive organized so the menu is very thought-out and no duplicate dishes are allowed.

Today, I thought I’d share the story of the first Thanksgiving I contributed something to the meal.

Now I can make some pretty good classic Thanksgiving dishes but all the usual things, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, mac and cheese, were all taken. It turned out no one was making bread.

I decided to show off by making a friend’s homemade yeast rolls.

I bought all the ingredients, showed up at their house the night before, dumped the stuff on the counter and headed out for the night with Gabe (my then boyfriend).

Something you might need to know about me to understand where the story goes from here…I can get a little carried away sometimes.

This was one of those times.

I drank a lot.

Then I drank some more.

And maybe one more on top just for good measure.

I may have had just one more on top of that one.

I came back to my future in-laws house and passed out.

The next morning, when it was time to start the long and complicated process of making bread from scratch, I was how shall we say?  Completely and absolutely nonfunctional.

While I laid in the bed, pressing my fingers against my temples and moaning all morning long, Gabe and his sister followed steps 1 to 547, many of which had to be spaced out an hour or more for things like letting the yeast do its job.

My head pounded and my ears rang, and I was steadily cussed in the kitchen below.

I finally dragged myself out of bed just in time to have a Bloody Mary (yes, I did) and eat the beautiful meal other people who were not ridiculously hungover had prepared.

It was a fantastic way to present myself to his entire family for the first time.

And to this day, some of them still mention how much they loved “my” rolls.

Those went bye-bye the next year (waaaay too much trouble — for someone) and I still haven’t found my niche.

But things are looking up for this year. I finally got my hands on the macaroni and cheese.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

If you’re like me, as soon as you push away from the Thanksgiving table, you’ll start to feel the pressure of Christmas shopping.

I can help you with that.

I just read a fantastic, laugh-out-loud book about all the aspects of the holidays that are kinda ridiculous. It’s by Jen of the popular blog People I Want To Punch In The Throat. My favorite parts are about those ridiculous #humblebrag letters everyone sends out and how awkward you feel when Christmas Carolers come to your door.

I want you to go into the holiday season armed with something to make you laugh through the dysfunction.

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But now (drum roll please), it’s time for a GIVEAWAY.  A big one.

Guess what?

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  1. And it’s okay for me to call my MIL obsessive-compulsive because that’s what she calls herself. I heart Bimma!

  2. I have the crazy big family T’giving dinner at my house every year and I do have a spreadsheet so that we don’t have duplicates. I can’t have 4 mashed potatoes and no turkey. I admit to being an OAM when it comes to food. Thanks!

  3. Loved your story! You need a MIL who’s just one step more OCD, though, so that you’re not even “allowed” to contribute a dish. Then you can spend the whole day watching football. Or drinking.

    • Oh I spend the whole day watching football and drinking anyway. I made the mac and cheese yesterday and put it in the freezer! Bring on the Bloody Marys. And then the white wine. And maybe the beer too. There’s someone around to help me with the kids. Mama’s getting drunk!

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