Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends. I am imagining you all in the kitchen preparing that turkey, mixing dressing, whipping up mashed potatoes. Here, it will just be the two of us. The girls will go to their in-laws. Heather and James are doing the turkey, green bean casserole, and salad at their house then will take the food to his mom's. I admire those young people. Jen and her family are supposed to go up the hill to Grant's parents, but Jen and Elinore will be staying home. Ellie woke up with croup yesterday and a had a very bad night last night.

The Head Gardener and Jacob went deer hunting down on the Platte River out by Julesburgs, CO. Meanwhile I had Nathan here with me from Sunday until yesterday when we took the boys back to Denver. What a helper he is.

We began Tuesday morning with a bit of a history lesson combined with some family genealogy. I told him that on his mother's side of the family he is related to John Howland, a Mayflower pilgrim. He, of course, knew all about the pilgrims. I dug out my old Norton American Literature anthology from grad school and read to him William Bradford's account of his great + grandfather falling over board on the Mayflower during a storm. He was so excited and impressed, guess what went home with him? My anthology. I think I was ready to part with it.

 Story time ended and it was time to bake the pies. I'll not share my secret recipe with you, but big hint: you can find it on the Libby's pumpkin can label.

When we went to Denver to pick up Jacob to go hunt with Grandpa, I asked Nathan what he would be doing this week since he didn't have school. Quite sadly he said that he had to go to Day Care at the school. So I asked his mom and dad if he could come home with me. Nothing better than spur of the moment plants.

After I rolled out the dough, I showed him how to crimp the crust. He did very well.

With left the over crust I had him cut out little leaves that I put around the edge of the crust.

Two pies: one for us here at home and for Nathan to take to Thanksgiving Dinner where can proudly announce that he helped make.

Don't let that look deceive you. He loved running the food processor to grind up the cranberries. My sauce: a bag of fresh cranberries, 1 apple, 1 orange with peeling. I chunk the apple and orange and blend it all together in the food processor. I add Trivia, a plant sourced, no calorie sweeter, and if I have it on had about half a cup of orange juice. It is a tart sauce and some may find the orange with peel too much, so remove the peel the orange.

I have a very simple meal planned for us today. I purchased a turkey breast and thighs which I will roast. I will make bread stuffing, and roasted asparagus. The HG requested mashed potatoes, but I am trying so hard not to over eat, but I will make mashed potatoes for him. And later we will pie have for supper. I will put away the Thanksgiving decor and get ready to start decorating for Christmas, for we have a very busy Christmas season this year.

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the States and a glorious weekend to my friends abroad. I'll be back to read and comment later. Thanks so much for dropping by.


  1. Such fun you had, preparing those tasty pies!
    I'm sure Nathan will cherish the gift he received. And I learned a new word: "lusty"! :)
    In our country we don't, unfortunately, celebrate Thanksgiving and I have heard people wishing each other Happy Thanksgiving only in American films. :) Now I'm really pleased I can wish you... Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. That is a very good job of pie crimping, isn't it fun baking with the grands? We may have had our Thanksgiving dinner a month ago but every year I get a craving for turkey again when my US friends are celebrating.
    Christmas decor all up and I've been baking a few things, of course the snow outside helps with the mood.
    Happy Thanksgiving Ann.

  3. Hello, the pies look yummy. What a cute helper you have there. Happy Thanksgiving and have a great weekend ahead.

  4. <Happy Thanksgiving to you, Ann! It sounds all so different than here but I know it is a very important family celebration over at your end. Hope you enjoy all your food and have a great day. Here also, more x-mas preparations this year than last, oh joy!
    P.S. Are you on a diet? Is that a good moment? But there is never a bad moment for it...

  5. Is n't it fun to have such a great helper. I wish you Happy Thanksgiving and a lovely weekend.

  6. Sounds like us, Ann! I didn't miss all the food and I ate plenty anyway!

  7. I hope u and Jacob are having a grand time!

  8. It was only the two of us for dinner too, and this year we went to Cracker Barrel. But every few years we make our own meal, trying not to make too many side dishes, and often failing. But leftovers are nice!