Sometimes, the best parts of a holiday meal are the leftovers.
If you’re having another slice of turkey or pie, it means you’re still with the people you love, either at the table and chatting over cups of coffee or tea, or in spirit and reminiscing over the melded flavors of memories.
This year, because three of our family members live in the same city and work in an industry that gets busier during the holiday season, we spent Thanksgiving in Minneapolis.
We shared a charming Airbnb with our newly expanded family including in-laws, outlaws, our LA-based daughter, a patient 21-year old sportswriter, an excited 10-year old and an amazingly well-behaved six-month old puppy.
The Thanksgiving table we enjoyed this year sagged heavy with so much food, laughter and love that I didn’t have room on my plate for it all. It took me a full 24 hours, including a walk, a hot yoga class and a visit to Holidazzle before I could find space in my stomach for a slice of pie…and then I had two.
We had a few hiccups, including a hilarious reconnaissance mission by my husband Vince and daughter Katherine that eventually resulted in the successful retrieval of our daughter Molly’s car from the impound lot, but aren’t those the stories that, like leftovers, get even tastier with time?
The holiday leftovers I look forward to every year include foods like turkey and sweet potato casserole, feelings like gratitude and joy and memories of all the occasions I get to enjoy them all.
Here’s hoping your holiday season is filled with all sorts of delicious leftovers.