Two cans of Cream of Mushroom soup, celery, cider, two pounds of sausage with fennel — ah, it must be Thanksgiving. The above photo represents Bossy’s store list, which is partial, as it does not include pie ingredients for Bossy’s daughter.
For years which slipped inside decades, Bossy has been hosting Thanksgiving dinner for at least thirteen people at her house. Bossy insists upon this task and quite enjoys it, where enjoys it equals bring wine.
It’s not the cooking that stresses Bossy out, but the lack of space in Bossy’s shoebox diorama. In fact, furniture needs to be carried in and out of rooms as the Bossy family transitions from eating copious amounts of food around the coffee table to eating copious amounts of food around the dining room table.
And the kids, who are no longer kids but teenagers — there’s no room for them around the main table, so they are reduced, quite literally, to a hastily-carried low children’s drawing table with matching low chairs. The kids in Bossy’s family don’t so much eat Cholesterol Casserole as eat their knees.
Bossy can sum up the Bossy Thanksgiving experience in this way: Would it have killed the builder to enlarge some rooms?
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you tell Bossy about your Thanksgiving experience? Or share with Bossy and her council those items on your Thanksgiving store list? Or tell Bossy what you’re preparing! In other words, write whatever Thanksgiving-ish thing you want!
And be sure to check back later today for the best Thanksgivingish things on the web.
And if you haven’t yet read this nice bedtime story about Bossy’s Dirty Little Thanksgiving Secret, click that link now!
WebSavvyMom saysNovember 23, 2010 at 11:34 am
–>Siblings and best friends are doing prime rib this year.
Kate saysNovember 23, 2010 at 11:56 am
At my sister’s with her drunk in-laws, please help me!
Kizz saysNovember 23, 2010 at 11:56 am
Deliver meals for others Thursday. Party with friends on Friday.
(I’m secretly a little too pleased with myself that I split my entry into 2 sentences of 5 words each. So apparently it really IS the little things.)
Judy saysNovember 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm
Tradition: Macy’s parade watching, passing around appetizers, lots of fun!
Kris saysNovember 23, 2010 at 12:10 pm
No traditions. Boring family. Usually glad when it is over.
GreatAunt saysNovember 23, 2010 at 12:23 pm
MIL is doing the hard work. We’re driving across town.
Meg saysNovember 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm
We’re in TX at this point, hiding from my family.
I should add that THIS YEAR we are not in Texas visiting my husbands lovely low drama not insane family. This makes me sad on a number of levels, the lowest of which is the fact that Texas has the most delicious food in the world and now I can’t eat it. sigh. Also, it’s not that my family is comprised of monsters it’s just that I like to spend as little time with them as possible….because they are batshit.
Maggie saysNovember 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm
family insists pumpkin pie remain unchanged, vary other pie yearly.
Maggie saysNovember 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm
Husband brines and grills turkey – challenging in 15 degree weather.
chrissy saysNovember 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm
Finally back in lower 48. My mother’s food is heaven.
Meg at the Members Lounge saysNovember 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm
Booze. Brussel Sprouts. Butter. Try not to go beserk. Booze.
joeinvegas saysNovember 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm
Big house, lots of room now, kids all live elsewhere.
Philly saysNovember 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm
Brining my turkey and using a few of PW’s recipes. Also have a few of my own that I throw in there.
Julie saysNovember 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm
Husband is making food no one will eat. Prefer pizza.
Dharmamama saysNovember 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm
Oldest son more compassionate than I, can’t skip my Mom’s. (sigh)
Louise saysNovember 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm
Yay! No in-law’s house this year, they really like guns.
Moet saysNovember 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm
In Florida–guests can sit by pool & leave me alone (in kitchen.)
bossy's friend martha saysNovember 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm
Lovely In-laws awesome garden harvest expertly prepared into lavish meal.
teriboberry saysNovember 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm
Niece’s 11th birthday. We’ll enjoy family, turkey, champagne and cake.
Chicky Chicky Baby saysNovember 23, 2010 at 2:23 pm
We bring our two families together. Please send more wine.
Jenn @ Juggling LIfe saysNovember 23, 2010 at 2:23 pm
Kids and I cook. Missing oldest.daughter–first Thanksgiving away.
Kirsty saysNovember 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm
No Thanksgiving for Brits living in France – tragic, no?
kathleen saysNovember 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm
Just us three this year- strangely exciting and no stress!
Owengirl79 saysNovember 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm
Open wine, cook big meal, eat, more wine, then dessert!
kathleen saysNovember 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm
Daughter learning to cook-she’s thirty-good year to experiment
kathleen saysNovember 23, 2010 at 2:41 pm
Happy Thanksgiving to Bossy gang and to all her council!
ruth saysNovember 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm
Thursday SHOPPING, Friday eating. Me? Corn pudding maker. YUM!
ruth saysNovember 23, 2010 at 2:52 pm
I know I commented on the 3 year old Bossy column.
Hope the Bossy family and crew have a great Turkey day. Warm or freezing in the USA this year I am GRATEFUL!
Angela@beggingtheanswer saysNovember 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm
Mom hosts. Wine is plentiful. No one has complained yet!
David saysNovember 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm
Clean house all week because apparently normal clean not enough.
dharmamama saysNovember 23, 2010 at 3:53 pm
Can Bossy share with us the exact recipe for the cardiac cassarole?
After googling,I am not finding anything as simple w/ these ingredients.
I really want to make this.
Lesley saysNovember 23, 2010 at 3:56 pm
32lb Turkey not cooked by me, stuffing, lots-a-lots-a-lots-a, wine, wine!!!!
the lots-lotsa is only 1 word, in my dictionary
kristin @ going country saysNovember 23, 2010 at 3:56 pm
Re-doing kitchen, everything in boxes, 22 people coming. Hold me.
CS saysNovember 23, 2010 at 4:03 pm
my 4 year old’s birthday: chocolate cake and pumpkin pie!
Dharmamama saysNovember 23, 2010 at 4:15 pm
#31 comment is not me. Wonder if it’s a spammer?
Roya saysNovember 23, 2010 at 4:49 pm
Forty plus people, two of everything, I love my family.
Barb saysNovember 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm
People dining on washer and dryer, but whole family together!
Kelly saysNovember 23, 2010 at 6:17 pm
Not favorite holiday, too many ghosts and hurts. But: pie!
Rachel saysNovember 23, 2010 at 6:23 pm
husband, kids, sister, take-out indian food, board games … perfect day!
Jason saysNovember 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm
We Mexican Italian Americans will order Chinese this year!
Olivia saysNovember 23, 2010 at 7:25 pm
Contrary to accepted belief, Canadians DO have Thanksgiving!
Carroll saysNovember 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm
Finally pregnant daughter-in-law! Nothing else matters!!! Happy day 🙂
vuboq saysNovember 23, 2010 at 8:18 pm
Run 10K. Brunch. Watch DVDs. Drinks. Cooking. Dinner. Friends. YAY!
Stevie saysNovember 23, 2010 at 10:05 pm
Waiting for son to be born. Hungry with no room.
Tony saysNovember 23, 2010 at 10:37 pm
Extremely boring. But building up the excitement for Christmas Day!
Sheryl W saysNovember 23, 2010 at 11:04 pm
23 people, 1 backstabbing SIL to avoid, lots o alcohol 🙂
MYinTX saysNovember 23, 2010 at 11:15 pm
Sister visiting with her girls. Cook, eat, and shop! Lovely.
Beth saysNovember 23, 2010 at 11:15 pm
We’re celebrating Mom’s Second Annual Last Thanksgiving of Her Life.
bossy's friend amy saysNovember 24, 2010 at 7:59 am
hot crab dip – need i say more.
jp saysNovember 24, 2010 at 8:18 am
Brother & neice,Turkey Trotting to friends, booze, Pumpkin Gooey!
Sue saysNovember 24, 2010 at 9:08 am
Oyster roast tonight, Booze. More food tomorrow. Booze. Playing Wii.
Sherry saysNovember 24, 2010 at 9:23 am
Day with family too stressful, so we stopped doing it.
KathyB saysNovember 24, 2010 at 10:10 am
Saturday, several rivers woods.New great nephew. Wine and football.
BossysMom saysNovember 24, 2010 at 10:36 am
farm house, the solid frozen 28 lb turkey, forgiving guests
Bonnie B. saysNovember 24, 2010 at 11:26 am
Playing yearly game of “will in-laws show up?” Tiresome…..
Scottsdale Girl saysNovember 24, 2010 at 11:50 am
Heading to 17 degree mountain, but now have a KINDLE!
Mary from California saysNovember 24, 2010 at 4:24 pm
Over the river and through the woods to niece’s house..
Amy saysNovember 24, 2010 at 6:41 pm
50 – 100 family members coming – I have to bring rolls 😕
Jennie saysNovember 26, 2010 at 7:28 pm
Surrounded by almost everyone I love – it was lovely!
Lori in MN saysNovember 27, 2010 at 1:30 am
Lasagna, bracciole and pasta with my family and no in-laws!
Reeb saysNovember 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm
At least the 100-foot fir-tree didn’t land on our house.
Reeb saysNovember 27, 2010 at 4:26 pm
Generator power: 3 days. Husband choked on turkey. Do-overs, please.
Reeb saysNovember 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm
Do-over: Sunday, cooking our own turkey, very simple favorites. Ahhh.
Reeb saysNovember 27, 2010 at 4:35 pm
#35 Dharmamama, why oh why would your spammer/alter ego/#31 want the recipe? Very mysterious.
Now I’m imagining a robot happily cooking the cardiac casserole (after having bot-googled 5-billion recipes in 3 seconds to no avail.)
jamie saysNovember 28, 2010 at 10:58 pm
husband in hospital
odd, sad dinner
Heidi saysNovember 30, 2010 at 2:37 am
Off topic, but: I knew Bossy’s handwriting would be beautiful.