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Parent to Parent Before I had kids, I used to cook and bake a lot. Even after my oldest, David, was born, I still cooked most of our meals at home. But as my family has grown, and the pickiness has increased, I’ve really gotten away from it. I still admire families who make a full meal and require the kids to eat it or go hungry. But with two extremely picky kids, one moderately picky one, and only Daniel who will eat almost anything, I’ll admit I don’t want to spend my limited energy that way! So we eat out more than we eat at home. Not at expensive places most of the time, but at places where everyone can get what they like, and maybe more importantly, where we can leave the mess behind!

With Thanksgiving coming up, once again we have a decision to make. Do I cook a turkey and all the associated trimmings at home (taking hours of my time and making a huge mess of my kitchen), or do we go to Cracker Barrel where we can feed our family of six a full turkey dinner for a little over $60, including drinks and dessert. When you take leftovers out of the equation, I am pretty certain that I would spend at least that much to prepare a Thanksgiving meal at home. Consider the pies alone (even when I did bake a lot, I wasn’t good at making pie crust, so those will need to be purchased from a bakery). I have a 19-year-old who prefers apple, a 15-year-old who prefers pecan, a 12-year-old who prefers pumpkin, and a 9-year-old who prefers key lime. That’s the single best thing about eating out, even on Thanksgiving - everyone can order their favorite slice of pie (with one exception since I think the key lime is out of season in November) and their favorite side dishes. So if Daniel wants sweet potatoes (something none of the other kids like), he can have them. If David just wants triple mashed potatoes, he can get them. And if Haylee would rather forego stuffing and potatoes altogether in favor of macaroni and cheese and applesauce, no problem!

But every year when I suggest it, my kids still beg me, “Can’t we please cook a turkey at home?” I always find it interesting that they use the word “we” when they really mean “you.” None of the kids is actually offering to help prepare a feast that day. But I digress… Unless we are traveling, most of the time they win, and this year will probably not be an exception. So pretty soon it will be time to start picking out that turkey, narrowing down those pie choices, and making room for plenty of leftovers. However you choose to celebrate your Thanksgiving holiday, I hope you have a very enjoyable time with your family. Until next time,

Jennifer

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