Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite holidays. Not only is it a time when our family gets together but over the last few years I’ve found that I really enjoy baking and cooking for this holiday and Christmas too. I like this opportunity to try and make new desserts and appetizers. Even if it’s not something I would eat, I like making it for everyone else to eat. HA!
The last few years, desserts have consisted of cookies, cakes and pies. We also like to make appetizers every year. I know! I know! It sounds crazy!! With all the food consumed that day, why on earth would we make appetizers??!! I don’t even remember why I started doing it, but it was a few years ago that I got a wild hair up my ass and decided to make a menu for thanksgiving and decided I wanted to bake and cook and make all kinds of things. So I found a few things to try out and one of those things was stuffed mushrooms and now every year my mother forces me to make them. Ok, so she doesn’t hold me over a fire or threaten to push me off a cliff to my death, but I do it because I know she loves them. Besides, she would keep asking me if I said no until I finally gave in, so why not just make them! So now, appetizers are a part of our Thanksgiving tradition. We make them first thing in the morning and we start eating from there! This of course is after eating breakfast. Which is another tradition, my father makes eggs, pancakes, bacon and biscuits ever year on Thanksgiving and Christmas morning. Again, more food on the day where we stuff ourselves like a fat kid in a candy store! You know, I guess we gotta make it like this the whole day!
Back to why I love this holiday! It really is the food! I am that fat kid in the candy store on Thanksgiving! I love the food (I love food in general), but more so on this day. Now for someone who really doesn’t eat a whole lot of sweets, I really do love making them! I’m actually really picky when it comes to cakes and that kind of thing. I only really eat chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting! Haha! BUT again, I love to make all kinds of cookies that I won’t eat and force everyone else too! This year I’ll be doing a good amount of baking. I’ll be making cookies and muffins and pies. I had a thought this morning to make cake balls but Bill said it would probably be too much since I’m already baking so much and we have a lot to make on Thanksgiving day! He’s right! Wednesday night will be extremely busy with baking. Like most years I’ll probably stay up past midnight finishing everything and wake up sore with my feet aching! It’s ok! It’s all for the good of baking and forcing people to eat my food! Haha! Ok I’ll finally tell you what I’m baking: chocolate chip cookies, raisin chocolate chip cookies & snicker doodles (maybe). Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. Apple & fresh pumpkin pie, no canned stuff this year. Everything of course made by me, nothing boxed or in a pouch…Bill will be helping with the pumpkin pie because he was the one who wanted it fresh and not canned, so it’ll be his job to carve the pumpkin out; all the messy stuff is on him!
I called this Thanksgiving week because I’ve been thinking about it for weeks and will continue to think about it all week because of all the stuff I have to do. We also have to make several store trips this week. Starting today we have to pick up a few things and then will go back on Wed. It’s a little annoying to have to make so many trips but we have to get the fresh stuff as last minute as possible. But here’s what our thanksgiving will include: Yams/sweet potatoes, Turkey of course, mashed potatoes, Baked Mac N Cheese, green bean casserole (my favorite), cranberry, fresh stuffing, gravy and rolls (my other favorite). Plus all of the desserts and appetizers, which will be stuffed mushrooms and little smokies.
Ok, almost done…the other part of thanksgiving is family of course. This is one of the few times per year where we get together and hang out as a family. Even if it’s not everyone, (aunts, uncles etc), at least it’s my immediate family and that’s good enough for me, plus there is always another guest or two. Whoever it may be, we always, always, get together and play Nerts. Not sure on the spelling of that, but it’s a card game, kind of like solitaire but with lots of people playing at once and everyone has their own deck of cards. It’s a game we’ve played for years, it’s the one thing we do at Thanksgiving and Christmas that is always a lot of fun!
Lastly I’m super excited that this year Bill will be spending Thanksgiving with my family. The previous year he spent with his family, so this year he’ll be with me and I’m excited about that! I’m excited to spend the holiday with him and have him become and even bigger part of our family and enjoy everything that we do around the holidays.
I’ll be taking lots and lots of pictures and hope other people do to so I can see how other people celebrate the holiday!