2. On Thanksgiving Day Beth and I served 17 guests. It should be no surprise that I thought about my mother for several days leading up to the holiday. I wanted to make some speech about Thanksgiving, either something of historical interest or perhaps a reminder of our blessings. I wrote two different speeches, but in the end I didn't use either and spoke off the cuff. I'm very happy with the result. I don't recall the exact words, but this is the part I want to share:
Before we start I'd like you to take a moment and reflect upon the blessings you have in your life. Most of you already know that my family suffered a terrible loss this year. It's important to use a day like today to remember that even when you have lost someone close, the life you had with them, while gone, is still a blessing today.
3. Making soup is one of my favorite things to do, and today I did it! After dinner, I made broth from the carcass, and today, I made turkey and rice soup. Turkey rice soup is something my mother used to make and while I don't have her recipe, I was close enough for my satisfaction. I used basmati rice instead of traditional long-grained rice. Since I like substantial soups, I added extra carrots and celery, though it turns out, I could have used less rice and more vegetables. I kept my spices to a minimum: salt, pepper, white pepper, and a little celery salt. Recalling a recent Thai meal, I also sliced fresh jalepeño and added it on the side.
I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday.
Update: My wife says the soup makes the house smell good.