The five therapists on my team assembled at my house to put together a sit down dinner from our own family traditions to share with the kids. We had turkey and gravy, Ms. Ebony's macaroni and cheese, Ms. Diane's green bean casserole, my sweet potatoes, and stuffing made delicious by Ms. Abby. I even taught Ms. Crystal how to make pumpkin pie (she also made a very popular salad).
We sat down with them on the day before the holiday to (attempt) to reflect on the year in our program and what the kids appreciate. Our kids were thankful for their families, the food, and one of them was even thankful for his therapists. Feeding 15 kids was very hectic, but it was a good meal. Of course I forgot to take pictures of everything but the turkey, but here is my recipe for sweet potatoes, like my mom makes:
sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
chunky apple sauce
dark brown sugar.
layer sweet potatoes in a casserole dish with applesauce and sprinkle liberally with brown sugar. Bake in a hot oven until potatoes are done.
DO NOT: top with marshmallows and put in a broiler. This will cause the marshmallows to set fire and flames to come out of your oven. Then you will have to peel off a charred burned marshmallow crust. Not that I have ever done this.