A Pandemic Thanksgiving

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565


In the days leading up to tomorrow's holiday, I tried planning a meal for myself.  There were all sorts of ideas roaming around in my head.  This will be the first Thanksgiving that I will spend alone in over a decade.  But, our family decided to be safe, rather than sorry!

I had originally planned to buy a Butterball Turkey Breast.  However, when I shopped, I found they had already been snatched up by others who are also likely to be having solo or smaller gatherings too. So, I decided to go ahead and buy a 14 pound Butterball turkey, roast it up, and make all the trimmings. 

This morning I peeled 10 pounds of potatoes, along with several yams.  In addition to regular mashed potatoes, I also make what I call, Carolina Low Country potatoes - a mixture of regular potatoes and yams mashed together, with chopped green onion, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, along with fennel and caraway seeds. 

I also made cornbread stuffing with golden raisins and pine-nuts.  On the back burner the cranberry sauce simmered.  Once the turkey was nearly done, I sautéed bacon with onion and slivered almonds.  This was co-mingled with the green beans once they finished steaming to al-dente.

You would have thought a family of a dozen or so was showing up for dinner, but it was just me with my two felines on the day before Thanksgiving.

I almost forgot to take a picture because I had been nipping on a bottle of Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout.  The brew absolutely caused me to forget to put a helping of stuffing on the plate before taking this photo.

There is a full dinner plate saved for tomorrow's holiday.  This evening I went about the task of turning all the rest into TV dinners for the freezer.

Tomorrow will be a more restful day!  I foresee a couple logs on the fire.  My heated massage pad will find way to the couch.  I plan to spend the day in my pajamas watching movies, and enjoying a sweet daydream of 2021, or two!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Comments (19)

Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Hello Mryl, what a beautiful blog post. You've been busy and deserve a few nips at the bottle of Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout.

Have yourself a safe warm snuggling Thanksgiving day with much love and blessings. 

Nov 26, 2020 12:18 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

In a year that has been unlike any other

and has, at times, been difficult for us all,

please take time and remember

to count your blessings and

be thankful for friends and family.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 26, 2020 04:22 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Myrl - this holiday may be different but you are doing things that continue to put the deilight into it.  Enjoy your meal today and those you will have in the future.  May your good thoughts about 2021 become a reality every day.  Happy Thanksgi ing!

Nov 26, 2020 04:45 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - My time is 7:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. I am NOW drooling and wishing I could swing by for Thanksgiving day. What you're making sounds delicious!!! I hope dinner will be long, lovely, and relaxing for you. But most of all, I hope you get to have your family over soon and that you'll all be together again to celebrate all the things you missed. 

It has been way too long (more that 2 decades) that I purchased a turkey or had a fine Thanksgiving meal. While at the grocery store yesterday, I decided I needed a turkey but they were all so BIG and there wasn't one small one. I decided not to buy one but thought to myself, all the small ones must have been purchased by solos having their own Thanksgiving dinner. 

Take care and Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 26, 2020 05:20 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat

That was the situation here.  All, the smaller birds were gone.  Many Thanksgiving tables will only have a few people this year.  Bigger birds aren't required.

Nov 26, 2020 11:55 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Myrl... hats off to you in preparing that sumptuous meal on your own. Certainly isn't happening at my end of the world... than again, most years I am somewhere else for Thanksgiving. So even though the two of us are at home this year, it will just be a roast chicken (which my husband prefers to turkey any day of the year) for us. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 26, 2020 06:08 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

May your Thanksgiving Day bring you peace and gratitude 

Happy Thanksgiving my friend Myrl Jeffcoat 

Nov 26, 2020 06:45 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Happy Thanksgiving to you Myrl Jeffcoat - love your confession of nipping the bourbon. :) Enjoy your day of pj's and movies and daydreams.  D 

Nov 26, 2020 09:07 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat

In all fairness to me.  It was only a stout brew, which had been aged in bourbon barrels for awhile.  The alcohol content is more than many beers, but less than a bourbon would have been.  I'm a lightweight drinker (cheap drunk), so even a glass full, will have quite the impact!

Nov 26, 2020 11:57 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS

Well I hope you weren't driving after your belt of Bourbonitis. If you were driving I'm glad you made it home safely 

Happy Friday evening Myrl Jeffcoat 

Nov 27, 2020 10:59 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS -  I was at home! Absolutely no driving!

Nov 28, 2020 05:00 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Now I have to look for some of that stout your nipping these days...Cheers, and enjoy your wonderful dinner!  A

Nov 26, 2020 09:55 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat

It's available ta BevMo.  It comes in 20 oz bottles, at about $10.99 each.  Worth every cent!


Nov 26, 2020 11:54 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

That looks delicious Myrl!  Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your quiet day!

Nov 26, 2020 11:12 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Our low key Thanksgiving had little to do with the pandemic and a lot to do with the more prominent illnesses our families are dealing with.  Alzheimer's and heart failure.  With my mom confused with Alzheimer's and the matriach of the extended family Thanksgiving in the end stages of heart failure, the wind has gone out of all of our sails.  In light of these two things, the pandemic feels like nothing.

Nov 26, 2020 02:00 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl I hope you and your family had a very enjoyable and blessed Thanksgiving!!!

Nov 26, 2020 03:24 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Myrl- I am in awe of all of your preparation, and say good for you!!!!  It looked perfect and why not.. you deserve it!!!


Nov 26, 2020 07:17 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Myrl.

Take care, be safe and enjoy the holiday weekend.

Nov 27, 2020 06:32 AM
Thom Abbott
MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

That is truly amazing that you made all that just for yourself...but then you will be grateful many times over in the coming months when you pull one of those dinners out of the freezer. 

I'm thankful for my in-laws who are in their 80's. We did travel to Florida (by car) to be with them this weekend and THEY are even more grateful for having us here. 

I'm gratetul that my Mother is at peace in Heaven with my Dad and no longer suffering and being bed ridden. And grateful that her brother is also at peace and recently joined her. 

It's been a tough year all right. Let us hope we can heal in more ways than one in 2021!

Nov 28, 2020 05:15 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat

It has been a tough year for so many folks!  Somehow, I think by next spring things will look a little brighter.  But, as you point out, there are still many things to be grateful for!

Nov 28, 2020 05:02 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Myrl.

Take care, be safe and enjoy the weekend.

Nov 28, 2020 08:42 AM
Manuel Angeles
Doorway Home Loans NMLS #222730 - Los Angeles, CA
Home Loans Made Easy

Great post! Thank you for sharing

- Manuel Angeles

Nov 28, 2020 04:45 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Oh it looks so good and your descriiption of it sounds delicious. Yes it was different for most of us this year. We had a Zoom gathering and it was actually fun!

Nov 30, 2020 03:26 AM
Alexander- Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate

Hi Myrl - we did about the same at our home, Kat worked up a huge batch of Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and such, while roasted the smallest Butterball turkey I've ever seen at just over 10lbs. All for just the two of us.

Today the carcass and neck is in the pressure cooker for a nice batch of bone broth!

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Dec 01, 2020 10:58 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OH my goodness, Myrl! What a spread! 

Now that that CDC reduced the quarantine time to 7 days, our family is all hibernating and doing the 'bubble' thing the 7 days prior to Christmas so we can all be together. We don't have little ones and thankfully my millennials are more fearful of COVID than either Ray or I. So, we know the troops are going to stay in.

I have not been grocery shopping for months - Instacart is just too convenient...and SAFE! So, we'll all shop from home so we can be safe for the family on Christmas day.

Dec 03, 2020 06:39 PM