There are certain things I do on this day every year.
I get up early and go for a run. Growing up back home, I always had the road to myself. I could feel every bird, tree, fence post, and animal within a country mile of myself. I still miss that.
After a hot shower, I eat oatmeal with crunchy peanut butter and maple syrup and turn on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I like to pretend I’m really on 34th street, jumping up and down clapping my hands when the Snoopy balloon comes around the corner.
While my meal is cooking (this time around it was deep dish pizza, a pile of crunchy lettuce, romas, and green peppers, and cream cheese brownies with extra-fudgy frosting), I hang Christmas lights and sing along to all my favorite old school country western artists.
I’m lucky enough to have three guests of the canine variety, so my dog Singer and her buddies Max, Scout, and Barley all got to snack on pizza crust during clean up. We went outside and sat in the sunshine for a good long time after. Being surrounded by a sprawling pack of dogs who need nothing more than that is extremely satisfying.
Around 7, I always text or call my loved ones and tell ’em Happy Thanksgiving. Inevitably I wind up in conversation with someone, and as we deliver our heartfelt messages, my smile is so full of joy there are tears stinging in my eyes.
I can 100% Guarantee this bottle will be on Thanksgiving Tables all over the Great State of Nebraska. Next to the corn-fed beef, Dorothy Lynch is our most popular export. My Uncle used to joke it’s one of the four major food groups.
As a kid I ate it on EVERYTHING. It’s a bit of a family joke that I didn’t know coleslaw actually had mayonnaise in it until I was teenager, because Grandma used this in it instead.
Now of course y’all KNOW we’ve got the “original” recipe given how resourceful she was….making it from scratch saves me a bundle, cuz, uh, yeah, I still eat it on everything.
1 can Tomato Soup
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup oil (I like sunflower the best, avocado oil works too though the original recipe uses corn oil)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 t. sea salt
1/4 t. garlic powder
1 t. celery seed
1/2 t. black pepper
Blend ingredients in a blender, pour into sealed jar and keep refrigerated. Consume on salads, french fries, roast beef sandwiches, pizza, potatoes, cottage cheese–whatever your little ole heart desires!
My grandmother quoted this often because she was just as frequently finding spectacular examples to add to my collection.
Her habit of picking things up was one of the things I loved most about her. Rocks, pine cones, feathers, acorns, shells…they may have seemed insignificant in the eyes of most but to me they were proof that God was very near.
To this day these “reminders” still inhabit my home, strewn about in exactly all the right places, attentive and cautious guardians of the faith she cultivated in my heart.
If you ever visit Denver, this is the absolute one stop you must make.
I have so many good memories here…
…birthday margaritas with besties (Kelbelle, pictured here), pre and post Christmas Parade warm ups, dates, “not dates” with “just friends”, football parties, and plenty of drive bys on the way home from work to pick up this Melange of Magnificence-the Chorizo Potato Taco Plate.