How Thanksgiving flew so quickly, I just don’t know. I love cooking that big meal and this year was so much fun! Our daughter Emily and her husband are closing on their new house this coming Friday. They’ve been with us after selling their home on the Gulf, and while searching for one to buy. They are so excited about starting that new chapter in their lives! On the other hand, I will shed some tears when they pack up and move away–even though it’s much closer to home ( an hour) than they were for the last three years.
Back to Thanksgiving, it was such fun to cook with Emily in the kitchen, too. In fact, I have to admit that she did the lion’s share of the prep and we tried to prepare items ahead of time when possible, using the America’s Test Kitchen Make Ahead Cookbook. What a help it was! Usually, by the time our twenty to twenty-five relatives gather at the table, I’m too tired to eat. This time I got to join everyone!
This was the year of the Great Stuffing Wars. :) I’ve made my mom’s recipe since the 1970’s, but Emily wanted to try something different. We finally decided on making both, with a blind taste test at dinner. I guess I’ll be making some slight adjustments to Grandma’s recipe in the future–LOL! How about you? Do you have special, family favorites you always include at the various holidays?
Have you started decorating for Chrismas yet? Do you keep your tree simple, or do you go all out with a designer look using coordinating colors?
We like to decorate on Thanksgiving weekend, and so far we just have the tree up and stockings hung on the fireplace mantle.
As you can see in the top photo, we go for the eclectic look. :)
Just decorating the tree takes a lot of time, though, because so the ornaments hold so many memories. There are many from my late parents’ collection–like the cardinal you can see in the photo, and others that I loved as a child.
There are lots of other ornaments commemorating the birth of our kids and other family events, and lots from our travels that bring back happy memories as well. I know people who bring back beautiful, expensive items from their travels. I bring back just magnets for the fridge and Christmas ornaments–like this one from Stratford-Upon-Avon. :)
I would love to hear about your Christmas preparations. Do you do any holiday baking? Is there something that you always make for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
Since I won’t be blogging again until January 4th, let me wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year filled with health, happiness and every success.
For those who comment, I will be giving away an ebook copy of the 2017 Sweet Christmas Kisses Anthology in a drawing!
All the best, Roxanne Rustand