Gearing Down from one holiday and up for the next (after a brief pause for refreshment)

The Thanksgiving Holiday is officially over here with nothing left to do but eat the rest of the leftovers.  Some of the super treats are gone (Pumpkin Ice Cream pie in a Graham Cracker crust) and Grandma’s Chip Dip.  Tonight we are having a Turkey Pot Pie with a crust made of the stuffing/dressing.  I will let you know how that works out.

We were lucky enough to have company for Thanksgiving.  My sister, Pat, and her husband, Wesley, flew in from Texas to spend a few days with us in Ohio.  For the past few years we have been attending a large family gathering (40-50 folks) in Michigan on Thanksgiving so it was very different to be a group of 4.  While the family gathering is wonderful, there is something to be said for quietly cooking and laughing with folks you love.

We had a great meal on Turkey Day.  Wesley smoked a turkey using Alton Brown’s recipe for Honey Brined Smoked Turkey

My sister channeled our Mother who always was the Gravy Master and made a terrific gravy with the giblets and the drippings.  We had mashed potatoes,  dressing (using my Mom’s recipe), artichoke hearts baked with Parmesan,  sweet potatoes roasted with pecans and parmesan, cranberry sauce, potato rolls…and then the pumpkin ice cream pie for dessert.   Pure gluttony!

Many family members were represented by recipes, china,  silver, tablecloth, etc. which made the day even more special.  I hope my entire extended family had as wonderful a meal and day as we did.

We did laugh that the best test for a great CEO of a major company might be planning and executing a large Thanksgiving meal with everything ready to eat and at the correct temperature at the designated time.  We did it!  At 4:00 on the dot, we sat down to dinner!!!

Tomorrow, down with the fall decor and up with the Christmas tree…

 

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About Retired woman

retired, dealing with parents recent deaths, wondering what lies ahead with the health of my spouse, overall enjoying each day, love cooking, gardening, travel, Grandsons, family, small town life
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