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Happy Thanksgiving!

Bar none, even Thanksgiving day itself, I'd say Thanksgiving eve is my most favorite day of the year. It's all potential at this point! The kids come home, we all begin to cook, chaos abounds, wine flows, the cat attacks the visiting dog, we get in each other's way, make the list for take-out, make a grand mess, and it's all good.

Thanksgiving%20142aa.jpgIt all happens in the kitchen at a fever pitch. Nowhere else in the house does the combination of working together and relating, occur, except the kitchen, together with the sensory pieces of food, colors, music, and so much love floating around, too, of course. My daughter and I, since yesterday, and probably before then, have been exchanging emails with multiple exclamation marks. Me saying "Come Home!!" multiple times, and she (having an otherwise very responsible job in the city), with equal doses of enthusiastic responses. It WILL be an invasion in just a few hours from this moment.

It's 12:44 as I write this. I guess I should start planning the menu. I picked up the turkey but that's all I've done. I use Thanksgiving as a metaphor for life's issues. When I haven't done a thing, by late afternoon, and I have 20 people coming for dinner, sometimes more, but much less this year (I do Thanksgiving every year, and I do completely it from scratch) I say to myself..."I'm not sure how I'll get this done, but somehow there will be food on the table tomorrow." I just don't sweat it....um, to a fault, I'd say.

At this moment, I'm the only one home, and the quiet is interesting, knowing what's to come.

Thanksgiving%20132aa.jpgSo, yes, the kitchen really is the heart of the home, and not just on Thanksgiving. My kitchen seems to work quite well for me. Maybe a few tweaks could make it function a little better. I could be more organized with storage...where "categories" of items are stored for logical access. Maybe I'll work on that next. Other than that, it serves me well.

Are you planning a kitchen renovation? Do yourself a favor and try to be aware of how you work in the kitchen. What is a habit, and what is a preference? How is your access to food and cookware items? What is stored too tightly together? What items are in the "other room" because there is not room in the kitchen? Who is working where, and do you need more work "stations?" How is the lighting? Try to notice what is working and what is not working in a curious way instead of a frustrated way. Make notes.

But, in between, enjoy every moment. I hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful. Please tell me about what you're doing, and how your kitchen works for you for Thanksgiving! I'd love for you to share your thoughts.




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Reader Comments (4)

Sadly for my girlfriend and I, we won't be spending this Thanksgiving in our own kitchen. I moved in with my girlfriend two months ago, and her love of cooking has rekindled a love affair that died off during my college bachelor years. We've got a lot in mind for our kitchen-- from standard design updates to expanding counter space to even putting in a window herb garden. We won't be able to get started until after the holidays, so to answer your question-- our kitchen will lay dormant for Thanksgiving!

Question is, will my undying love for Turkey force us to take advantage of post-holiday supermarket sales on birds? Likely so. If that's the case, our cocina will be getting plenty of TLC... ;)

Happy Thanksgiving TKD!

November 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Happy Thanksgiving! :)

November 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

Hey Mike, thanks for stopping by! Well, with new love, who notices anything else anyway!! My guess is that it will all be good tomorrow whatever it is. Great blog!

Justin! Have a great one too. :)

November 21, 2007 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

Thanks Susan-- yes, new love is the perfect spice! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)

November 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike

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