Tuesday, November 24, 2015

“Give mom a rest. Let Us Do The Cooking For You”

This month has been challenging for Ross and me.  He is experiencing a great deal of back pain.  I have plantar fasciitis. Heel pain.
I have had to cut out my daily 3-mile walk.  It's incredible how much I appreciate simply being able to walk, now that it is difficult to do so.   I see my neighbors walking by and I am hopeful that I will soon be able to walk along with them.
For the past 10 years, Ross and I would graciously accommodate our family's other commitments by having everyone over the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  And since we knew that they would probably be sick of turkey by then, we would make lasagna instead.  Ross and I would usually spend Thanksgiving Day, just the two of us.
However, circumstances have made it possible for us to be able to host Thanksgiving this year on the actual day.
It's nice that we are going to be able to get to do that this time.
A couple of weeks ago we ordered our fresh turkey from the local butcher.  But, just around that time, Ross' back went out. And, since I am still hobbling around with my foot, I began stressing out about whether we were going to be able to physically get everything done.
Since we are not getting around as easily as we usually do, I worried that we would not be able to cook a complete Thanksgiving day meal, with the turkey and all of the trimmings.   Just shopping for everything we needed seemed overwhelming and perhaps impossible.
Last week we were out to lunch at a favorite diner, The Vincetown Diner.  As they advertise on their website, "We're not your average diner".  They use all locally  grown ingredients to prepare their meals. The food is always delicious.
When I opened the menu, I discovered a flyer inside.
           "Give mom a rest this year.  Let us do the cooking"
I looked over the offering.  Their Thanksgiving menu listed everything we would normally serve right down to the pumpkin pie.  The price was quite reasonable.
 We spoke to the manager  of the restaurant.  He assured us that there would be plenty of food.  He said he does it every year and that the meal is excellent.
So, we decided it was the perfect solution.
Although I am hoping that our meal will indeed be everything Mr. Manager claims it will be, the best part for us is that we will be spending the day with all of our favorite people.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Be sure to check back on Friday to see how it all turned out.


  1. That sounds like a great idea. I always think the cook has a lousy day if they have to take all the pressure on their shoulders.

    1. Yes, that's usually the case. The cook and hosts probably don't get to enjoy the gathering as much as the guests.

  2. I bet it will be delicious! My mother in law always cooked a big dinner; when she was not able to, hubby and his brother arranged for a meal similar to this, but from a grocery store. Then they would make a few things that were the favorites that the family liked, but the big cooking was done and all could enjoy.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and I hope both the heel and the back feel better soon!


  3. That's great. Last year my sister-in-law did something similar. She was having health issues. It was a pretty good meal. The point is to have the family together, after all. Not to slave over a hot stove and do the cooking yourself.

    1. I'm hoping that it will be a decent meal. I think it will. It's certainly a lot less stress!

  4. We did this one year - ordered a complete meal because we were leaving town the next day. It was good and the best part was I didn't have to do all the work. In fact, the husband was the one who went to pick it up on Thanksgiving Day. Can't wait to hear how it all went. Have fun

    1. It's encouraging that you had a good experience. Ross is picking up our dinner tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. I will let you know if this will become an annual tradition.