Fourteen years ago I had a post-holiday meltdown after cooking my last turkey. Total Thanksgiving burn-out was achieved. It's not what you think--the dinner turned out great, the guests were happy, and the conversation was good. So what was the problem?
Well, I had been making and hosting our family Thanksgiving dinners for a lot of years. Me, the perfectionist with ADD tendencies.
That evening, after everyone had gone and the final cleanup was in process in the kitchen of my apartment, the tears just wouldn't stop flowing. I was ...
- tired because life had been sending me curve balls for several years.
- nervous because I had just met and fallen in love with Mr. Cha-Cha.
- just plain uninterested in spending long hours cooking meals that got eaten so fast and created such a mess to clean up.
Now, you might feel the same way, so I've put together some links for those of you who would rather craft than cook. Here are some ideas:
- Make a turkey from a glove for Thanksgiving.
- Knit a free turkey hat pattern.
- Here's another hat pattern (no longer available, but trust me, you want to see this photo!)
- Knit a turkey knitting.
- Knit a naked raw hanging turkey.
- Knit and felt a turkey--free pattern.
- Crochet a whole turkey meal. (pattern currently for sale)
Really, the whole turkey knitting business didn't interest me either, but for sure the not-cooking-turkey commitment stuck. For all these fourteen years Mr. ChaCha and I have either eaten salmon at home or have gone out for one of those huge restaurant holiday buffets.
Here's the kicker: this year I feel like cooking a turkey again. Wish me luck!