A Memorable Meal or The Great Green Bean Deception

March 31, 2011

in Lifestyle

I don’t like Thanksgiving.


I don’t like turkey and dressing. I don’t like sweet potatoes. I don’t like  potatoes of any kind unless they are french fried. I don’t like pecan pie.


I think its silly to slave all day over one meal. I think its silly to have that many dirty dishes.


We should have Chinese takeout on Chinette instead.


Or surf and turf.


Leave the poor turkeys alone. It is bad enough that they got the ugly end of the creation stick.


Most of the time on Thanksgiving I end up having a meal of pickles, black olives, cranberry sauce (the kind that comes out of the can looking just like the can) and rolls.


When I was about five or six years old, one Thanksgiving dinner turned out to be a lot worse than the others. In fact, it was so bad, I still remember it. In fact, it was so bad it is brought up at the dinner table every Thanksgiving.


I thought I would be really cute. Six year old girls are very cute, especially when they have long curly pigtails, and I did. I crawled under the table and pretended to be a dog begging for food.


Hey, rolls and black olives do not fill up a tummy. I wanted another roll.


I went over to my Aunt Mo. She would give me a roll. I just knew it.Aunt Mo reached under the table and put some food in my mouth.



It was not a roll.


It was








I do not like green beans. This was not a secret. Everyone knew I didn’t like green beans. Aunt Mo knew I didn’t like green beans.


It isn’t funny.


My family thinks it is hilarious.


It is 27 years later and I still don’t think it is funny. I still don’t like green beans. I still don’t like turkey and dressing. I still think we should be thankful everyday and we don’t need to celebrate a meal in which the pilgrims forced their way into the lives of Native Americans which led to an outbreak in the entire Native American population of syphilis.


And a sneaky green bean.


Mama’s Losin’ It


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Danielle March 31, 2011 at 12:42 am

I can see why you don't like Thanksgiving! For me, that would be like someone feeding me turkey. I don't like any holiday that uses a turkey as a culinary masterpiece. 

{Not Quite} Susie Homemaker March 31, 2011 at 12:50 am

Haha! I love it!
I hate most of the food on Thanksgiving too- I survive off of the Green Bean Casserole {sorry, I love it!}, rolls & mashed potatoes…. the other like 20 items on the table disgust me.
Your aunt was pretty much a genius, though.

June Freaking Cleaver March 31, 2011 at 1:54 am

Thanks for your history lesson. Now when I'm dishing out the stuffing, I'll be thinking of sexually transmitted diseases.

Erin March 31, 2011 at 2:17 am

I don't mind the turkey….but I end up eating nothing but a roll, olives, pickles and a piece of turkey!
And what did you expect as a dog under the table? We always gave the dog the stuff we didn't want…like green beans!  LOL  That's hilarious!

Miel Abeille March 31, 2011 at 4:46 am

I used to feel the same way about Brussels sprouts, but one day, I found the right recipe & now they are a fav! Maybe one day, you'll make peace with the green bean? (Or is that wishful thinking?)

admin March 31, 2011 at 8:51 am

That is wishful thinking. I have tried them over and over in many different ways. I don’t like the smell, the taste, or the texture.

Farmers Wifey March 31, 2011 at 6:37 am

We don't have thanksgiving here in Australia..it seems like a wonderful family celebration!  Visiting from Mama Kats !

Dumb Mom March 31, 2011 at 6:42 am

I like green beans actually.  But not in casserole form.  Everything goes to pot when it gets put in a casserole.  Or, when it's snuck into your mouth from the tips of your old lady-aunt's fingers.  Pretty sure that's a known fact.

JDaniel4's Mom March 31, 2011 at 7:22 am

It was the jellied cranberries that  I never liked.

Heidi Smith Luedtke March 31, 2011 at 8:49 am

Hilarious! I'll remember this when my kid is under the table begging like a doggie. When I was a kid, I put olives on every finger and ate enough crescent rolls to fill up. Funny how kids are so similar!

Shell March 31, 2011 at 10:25 am

I do actually like green beans, but I don't understand the fuss about Thanksgiving, either. It seems like a lot of fuss for one meal.

Jessica March 31, 2011 at 12:27 pm

How funny! I used to dislike Thanksgiving dinner also but then after I married my husband we went to his Grandma's for Thanksgiving and they make the best food ever. Not traditional turkey, green beans, cranberry – no they make homemade red rice, beans, ham, chicken…all kinds of really good food.

Kathleen@so much to say March 31, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Sorry, but that was hilarious! LOL Sounds like a nightmare. Myself, I have the opposite problem: i like it all (minus the cranberries), and if I eat s much as I want, I'll pack on pounds.

Wine Will Fix It March 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Don't you just hate how families get joy out of making you squirm when you're little?  My parents love to tell the story of how I ran into a screen door when I 5 and took the entire frame down with me.  Still not funny to me 🙂

Caren with a "C" April 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm

6 months later… another holiday… Easter… my MIL's ham turned out defective… so we got Chinese take-out on Easter Sunday.

Karolina April 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm

haha- this is hilarious! Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from comment hour! 

TiffanyRom {SITSGirls} April 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm

There are a few family stories about me that my family thinks are HILARIOUS… me?  Not so much.

I am not a green bean fan either.


Jackie Garvin April 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Stopping by from SITS.  Great blog.  I will come back!

Sue April 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm

from #comment hr.
My sister doesn't like Thanksgiving either or any of the food that goes w/ it.

Just One Donna April 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I used to hate Thanksgiving.  As a kid I was overwhelmed by all the food.  I've gotten over it now, but it still is ot a favorite holiday.

Kari April 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Very funny post! I don't like green beans either yuck! Stopping by from #commenthour!

Kimberly April 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm

SO not nice! I would have gagged 🙁

Handy Man, Crafty Woman April 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm

bleechhh; I don't like that green bean casserole, either. Visiting from the SITS girls.

Christina April 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Embrace the green beans, lmbo!  What a hilarious story!  I totally agree about all the slaving for one meal….but I do it anyway, because i LOVE thanksgiving foods! stopping by from #commenthour!

gin April 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm

What a funny story!  We all have an aunt like Mo…
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Carolyn April 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm

awww, memories!  
visiting from #commenthour  🙂

Eve April 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm

LOL this was funny!!! Love the pic! stopping by from comment hour!

ManWifeDog April 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Visiting with SITS love!! This post was so entertaining!! And i love the story and the family photo! Will def return here. Great blog!!

Miranda April 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I think you hate everything I love about Thanksgiving! #commenthour
Miranda recently posted..He Made- Mini Molten Chocolate Cakes

Melissa O April 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm

SOOOOO with you on being thankful everyday and love this post

Eileen Ludwig April 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Funny. I like all the foods just not the company. I usually go to Golden Corral the day before or after for my turkey and fixings and they don't have the green bean casarole although I like it.
May you have better memoires in the future

Kanesha April 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Oh my! I grew up going out to a nice restaurant for Thanksgiving and my hubby was totally down with that when we got married. My mother-in-law is on board with it too. We gotta behave in public. 🙂

Moo's Closet April 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Visiting & following from Comment Hour!

Jenae April 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm

this post is so cute! made me smile 🙂 I happen to love thanksgiving if Im not the one making the  meal 🙂 stopping by from commenthour!!!

Alie April 6, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I like green beans! But, I know a lot of people that don't. I don't really care for the turkey and sometimes don't even eat it. I like all the other stuff and hanging out with my family. I would love to just hang out play games and not worry about the food.

TheProDiva April 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm

This is hilarious! Green beans aren't that bad…maybe if you weren't expecting it! Great (and funny) post! And Great blog! Stopping by from SITS Comment Hour to show some love!

MOMmetime April 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I know its not funny!!! but, I could not help myself…I chuckled out loud!
visiting from comment hour!

Toqua's Crafts April 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Thanksgiving is a lot of work and stress for one meal.  We have gotten to where we do Thanksgiving potluck style at friends (or our house).  This makes it a day of getting together with friends, which makes it fun!
I missed #CommentHour, again!  Ugh!
Even though I wanted to stop by and say ‘hey’!
Toqua’s Crafts

2Commentarisas April 7, 2011 at 2:24 am

Stopping by from #CommentHour. Interesting and different perspective on Thanksgiving! And it's true, it's quite stressful!

Amy @ A Little Nosh April 7, 2011 at 7:50 am

Stopping by from #CommentHour.  I love everything about Thanksgiving, even the green beans!

Shannon April 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

I'm a tad late, but stopping by from the SITS #CommentHour.
I can see why you don't like Thanksgiving.  It's actually my favorite holiday, even though I don't like turkey.  Or dressing.  Or cranberries or pie.

Katy April 7, 2011 at 11:02 am

haha, too funny!  my aunt would have done something like that!

Jamee @ A New Kind of Normal April 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm

What a funny story! I'm not a fan of green beans either but I looooove me some turkey! YUM! I wish it was more common to eat year round instead of just once or twice a year!
Stopping by fashionably late from SITS #commenthour!

Kimberly April 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm

(Still catching up from comment hour)
What a cute story!  Thanks for the smile tonight  🙂

Stephanie Snyder April 10, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I know I'm a tad bit (ok a LOT bit) late, but i'm stopping by from comment hour!  🙂

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