I too have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful every day of my life for all the blessings I have received. Every time something goes wrong and I start to feel a certain way..I stop and say to myself "what are you complaining about?" My family and friends are what I am most thankful for. Penny, I wish we were all on board a cruise ship for Thanksgiving dinner too.
I'm probably a little different than some when it comes to the meat. On Thanksgiving I prefer ham. The turkey to me is better as leftovers, especially as hot turkey and gravy sandwiches. However I have to have certain side dishes on Thanksgiving: dressing made with pork sausage and apples, cooked turnips, cranberry sauce with actual cranberries in it, and of course the mashed potatoes and gravy. I am also the one person in the house who likes mincemeat pie.
Which "mincemeat pie", Dave ?? My MIL used to make "real" mincemeat - with bear and venison, and whatever all else. The first time my Dad tried it, he almost passed on . . he was anticipating the sweet filling pies his grandmother used to make. I tried to warn him, but, he insisted "mincemeat is mincemeat"...
I'll add my Happy Thanksgiving to All, too. I love this holiday, and every year I seem to have more and more for which to give thanks.
Dave, I always made my own cranberry sauces (usually two per Thanksgiving dinner). The whole cranberries make the sauce so interesting, and it's so incredibly easy to make. My favorite has been Bourbon Cranberry Sauce (bourbon is a perfect counterpoint to the sweetness of the cranberry sauce), Blue Cranberry Sauce (made with blueberries) and Cranberry Sauce with Figs. Yum!