Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

This year my daughter decided to cook Thanksgiving dinner. We usually don’t have turkey for Thanksgiving in our house because it’s a lot of hoopla and there is always way too many left overs. So we leave the turkey for Christmas and make something else for Thanksgiving. This year my daughter decided to cook steak.

After a lot of debate about what kind of steak to use she settled on a nice New York Strip. She marinated them in a bunch of herbs all day.img_8685 She paired it all up with some sauteed mushrooms with a little garlic salt, and some sauteed asparagus with lemon pepper. Baked potatoes and some breaded shrimp finished out the menu. img_8686

I’m very proud of her for making such a great meal. I’m sad that my husband had to miss it because he was working in the hinter lands of the great north. I am comforted that I haven’t completely failed as a mother and at least she won’t starve when she’s off on her own in the next couple of years.

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Explaining Holidays to an Autistic child

The abstract idea behind holidays is not something that is easy to explain to a ten year old that takes everything literally.   
When trying to explain the complicated concept of Thanksgiving to our Autistic son we resorted to pictures on the market board. 

 We tried to explain about the pilgrims, notice the hat. That went over his head (pardon the pun).

We then worked on the most obvious trait of Thanksgiving, the food. So my husband started drawing things we might see on the table for dinner that day. Our drawings were a little…unique. 

The final effect put all together tells the story of a peacock/grouse hybrid that came through a wormhole and is facing his own demise as a dinner dish while the flying scribbled on toaster (that square thingie that was supposed to be sweet potatoes) flies to the rescue. 

I don’t really know if we got the concept across, but he keeps pointing at it and saying “Thanksgiving” so maybe it worked.