From the moment I put the first stitch in Madigan’s halloween costume to the dessert on our Anniversary, the holiday season goes by in the blink of an eye. It’s a fun, treat filled, to-do-list filled, stressful at times time of year. Our tradition of have everything purchased for christmas by thanksgiving will continue. We start this weekend. I have an aversion to crowds with credit cards. I will avoid the mall (except if Madigan is willing to do 1 more santa picture) and toy stores.

In the middle of all this holiday cheer, I have to plan a birthday party. I need to get all the decorations and party favors done. Learn to decorate a cake fit for public view. My cakes taste great, it’s the elaborate “Mario themed two tier, mama can you make sure there are pipes, and goombas and power ups” that worry won’t stack up. We will do what we can do. In between doing everything else.

So back to thanksgiving. I need to come up with a side dish to take to the family dinner. I have a long way to go before thanksgiving is a Jodie production, and everyone has been doing certain things for so long, it’s hard to find room at the table. What I want to do is make the classic candied yams/sweet potatoes, made from the potatoes Boomer, Madigan and I dug up a couple months ago.

I can make so many things, and yet none of them see right. I doubt anyone wants turnips, rutabaga or beets which are in season now. I will probably do what I do more years, bring nothing except my family knowing that the generations before me have the dinner covered.