Before I forget again, let me get this out of the way:
Oh, and feel free to befriend me, too, if you haven’t already.
Whew. Glad that’s done. I’ve been forgetting to do that for the last few posts
I’ve been baking…
The little people and I cracked open a gingerbread cookie mix, made ourselves a dough and put some long-neglected cookie cutters to good use.
The resulting cookies were good enough that we never got a chance to decorate them. I’m glad I took this picture when I did, in fact, because now there’s a meager selection in the basket and they look kind of sad.
We also made Mom’s Cranberry Bread. It’s only just come out of the oven, so we haven’t taste-tested it yet. Maybe tonight after we get back from our Thanksgiving feast with Neil’s parents, he and I can sit down with a beverage and a hunk of bread. (Why get a knife dirty when you’ve got perfectly good fingers and nobody to impress with your table manners?)
No, the cranberry bread is not destined to come with us for Thanksgiving. In the past, I’ve brought cranberry-ish, pumpkin-ey, thanksgiving-like fare with me to the Irish in-laws’ celebration and I’ve been the only one to eat it. While they may not be big on Cranberry Relish or Pumpkin Trifle, Apple Pie has always been a consistent hit. Since I’m all about sticking with what works, this culinary delight is in my oven as we speak:
Hey, Mrs. Smith has pie making down way better than I ever will – why reinvent the wheel?
Thanksgiving. I looked forward to this holiday every year during my childhood, but in my adulthood it has lacked some of the magic. It seems I’ve tried every year to recapture it in some way, and have always fallen short and felt let down. This year I’m trying something different – I’m going into this day with no expectations whatsoever. It is what it is, and it will go as it will go. I’ll bring my apple pie with me, help out in the kitchen when I can, and enjoy the company. How can I go wrong with that?
That’s what my thankful thing for today will be – a new perspective. I’m looking forward to it!
Have a wonderful day!