Make Way..The Griswolds Are Coming!

by farrah on November 17, 2011 · 4 comments

Ah yes…here we are on the cusp of our one and only holiday excursion of the year. I’ve known for weeks now that I need to be getting us ready to head north to Michigan (approx. 14 hours in the car with stops)for a week. Yes, I have known. But what was I going to do? Pack? We needed the clothes! I couldn’t drive around with two pack n plays in the trunk! Ack! It’s here and NOTHING IS DONE!

On top of this my husband just left for a meeting in Charleston-he left last night and will be gone until tomorrow morning. We leave Friday. Tomorrow. Today is Thursday. I have done nothing. Not even laundry. I’m sure the boys will have no problems  leaving me to do the packing while they stay parked in front of PBS Kids. Seriously- just for once guys? Why can’t you sit there like little vegetables  the media says you must be by now??????

Anyhow. I only have to do this once a year, and Christmas is my payoff- we get to stay home. This year we need to see my grandmother as she isn’t well and is fading fast now in her 90’s. More than anything she wants to see the boys so that’s what I am going to make sure happens. I don’t have to cook- and I’ll have some help for the week (I think, is it really help when they go from one non baby proofed house to another?) and see my Cool Friend Kelly..which is also a plus. I’m a tad bummed out though that it will be 75 degrees here on Monday and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be frigid, rainy and all around crappy there.

Thus…in the spirit of Preparing For All Things Thanksgiving, I wanted to share this from our good friends at Awkward Family Photos. Please read it. Laugh and enjoy- my only wish is to find out if this is indeed a true letter and Marney is a real person. Please?

A Thanksgiving Letter:

From: Marney

As you all know a fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner does not make itself. I  need to ask each of you to help by bringing something to complete the  meal. I truly appreciate your offers to assist with the meal  preparation.

Now, while I do have quite a sense of humor and joke around all the  time, I COULD NOT BE MORE SERIOUS when I am providing you with your  Thanksgiving instructions and orders. I am very particular, so please  perform your task EXACTLY as I have requested and read your portion very  carefully. If I ask you to bring your offering in a container that has a  lid, bring your offering in a container WITH A LID, NOT ALUMINUM FOIL!  If I ask you to bring a serving spoon for your dish, BRING A SERVING  SPOON, NOT A SOUP SPOON! And please do not forget anything.

All food that is to be cooked should already be prepared, bring it  hot and ready to serve, warm or room temp. These are your ONLY THREE  options. Anything meant to be served cold should, of course, already be  cold.

The Mike Byron Family

1. Turnips in a casserole with a lid and a serving spoon. Please do  not fill the casserole all the way up to the top, it gets too messy. I  know this may come as a bit of a surprise to you, but most of us hate  turnips so don’t feel like you a have to feed an army.
2. Two half gallons of ice cream, one must be VANILLA, I don’t care what  the other one is. No store brands please. I did see an ad this morning  for Hagan Daz Peppermint Bark Ice Cream, yum!! (no pressure here,  though).
3. Toppings for the ice cream.
4. A case of bottled water, NOT gallons, any brand is ok.

The Bob Byron Family

1. Green beans or asparagus (not both) in a casserole with a lid and a  serving spoon. If you are making the green beans, please prepare FOUR  pounds, if you are making asparagus please prepare FIVE pounds. It is up  to you how you wish to prepare them, no soupy sauces, no cheese (you  know how Mike is), a light sprinkling of toasted nuts, or pancetta, or  some EVOO would be a nice way to jazz them up.
2. A case of beer of your choice (I have Coors Light and Corona) or a  bottle of clos du bois chardonnay (you will have to let me know which  you will bring prior to 11/22).

The Lisa Byron Chesterford Family

1. Lisa as a married woman you are now required to contribute at the  adult level. You can bring an hors d’ouvres. A few helpful  hints/suggestions. Keep it very light, and non-filling, NO COCKTAIL  SAUCE, no beans of any kind. I think your best bet would be a platter of  fresh veggies and dip. Not a huge platter mind you (i.e., not the  plastic platter from the supermarket).

The Michelle Bobble Family

1. Stuffing in a casserole with a serving spoon. Please make the  stuffing sans meat.
2. 2.5-3 qts. of mashed squash in a casserole with a lid and serving  spoon
3. Proscuitto pin wheel – please stick to the recipe, no need to bring a  plate.
4. A pie knife

The June Davis Family

1. 15 LBS of mashed potatoes in a casserole with a serving spoon.  Please do not use the over-size blue serving dish you used last year.  Because you are making such a large batch you can do one of two things:  put half the mash in a regulation size casserole with lid and put the  other half in a plastic container and we can just replenish with that or  use two regulation size casserole dishes with lids. Only one serving  spoon is needed.
2. A bottle of clos du bois chardonnay

The Amy Misto Family (why do I even bother she will never read  this)

1. A pumpkin pie in a pie dish (please use my silver palate recipe)  no knife needed.
2. An apple pie in a pie dish, you can use your own recipe, no knife  needed.

Looking forward to the 28th!!



Cheers all and as Brody is says… ‘Gobble Gobble!’

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 November 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Just imagine…the holidays would be much less stressful, along with a lot cheaper if everyone could pull that off. Good luck with your excursion. I am looking forward to reading about it.


2 farrah November 29, 2011 at 1:36 am

Hope I didn’t disappoint! 😉


3 Julie November 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I love that letter, and I secretly hope that Marney is a real person so she can one day invite me to her Thanksgiving and I can bring an oversized blue serving dish (with no spoon) overflowing with turnips.

Good luck on that monster drive! I hope you get some valuable time with your grandmother and tons of pics. And blow off the laundry. Everyone will be so busy kissing them they won’t care what’s on their shirts or even how they smell;)


4 Freckleberry Mom November 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Just now read that Thanksgiving list. Flippin’ DYING.


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