I’m not complaining, mind you, but it’s really hard for me to believe that we’re in the second week of December, with temperatures in the 60s all week. I’m using that as my excuse for taking so long to blog about Thanksgiving. How can Thanksgiving already have passed when it still feels like September outside? I usually have our Christmas cards ordered and sent by the day after Thanksgiving, as part of my clergy family survival tactics. But this year, I’ll be lucky to get them out by Christmas. Yikes!
We had a really nice Thanksgiving this year. My parents joined us from South Carolina, and the kids are old enough to understand a little bit about thankfulness (and turkey!). I made the turkey and gravy, leek and artichoke bread pudding, winter slaw, pie crust, and whipped cream from Make it Ahead, and the cranberry fruit conserve from Parties! Everything was great. I added some old favorites – mashed potatoes, Neil’s mom’s amazing sweet potatoes (which I made for the first time), and pumpkin and sweet potato pies (from Ina and the Lee Bros, respectively). Of course, we had to have dinner rolls, and even some butter in the shape of a turkey. I’m not sure I’d repeat the bread pudding as a stuffing/dressing substitute – I’d be more likely to serve it with brunch. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t overly Thanksgiving-y, either.