I incorporate by reference all of the other, more eloquent, thanks given by and for family, friends, dogs, food, shelter, and the important peace and safety officers who are working on this holiday. I want to give more specific thanks to the people who made today possible.
For example, I am grateful for whoever invented the Traeger pellet smoker:
to our contractor, Mike, who recommended we buy one, and to the large online community of pelletheads (yes, that’s what they call themselves) who supply and comment on Traeger recipes like this one. Also thankful for the geniuses at the Pillsbury, StoveTop, and McCormick companies who ensured that my guests were not exposed to my actual [lack of] cooking skills. For the people working today at Village Inn (where my in-laws picked up the pies) and Safeway (where I got my last minute ingredients at 7 a.m.). And for the specific family member (hi, Mom!) who taught me how to substitute wine for water in the powdered gravy mix.
Now thankful for my sofa and enriching televised entertainment like how to make a deep-fried Nutella pizza. So not kidding.
I especially enjoyed drinking all of the wine gravy. Haven’t been the same since. Thank you, Ruth.