Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for the food. No duh. All the other holidays for me are mostly visual but this one is so wonderfully tasty. And I don't have to give gifts or wrap or answer the door or go out and play hide and seek or sit by the open pit fire and hope the smoke is attracted to someone else's charm. I get to cook. SM has to work so we will be having Thanksgiving at dinner time.
I love to cook. And turkey day has it's have to's. And I also love to be rule breaker so, after the fiasco of rancid turkey of 2010, we have been having turkey and dressing casserole. Turkey and dressing all combined into one dish. I mean, it's like the day after leftovers smashed together only......now. It also means I can cheat and make it with chicken and not be scared I am going to taste icky turkey meat again.
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When my brother married, we had never heard of this kind of fruit salad. She brought a lovely new piece of her family's take on Thanksgiving with her when she came into our family. And for the last 49 years we have enjoyed her addition. Funny how things in some households are just absolutes and other folks just wing it. How about you? Is there something that is just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without?
The reason that the fruit salad takes so long is because you have to dice, pecans, bananas, apples (2 kinds), red grapes (and no seedless don't work) and big marshmallows cut very small (not the little ones because they don't make it gooey enough) and whip the cream. It is so good and I'm not kidding, it takes all morning to cut up everything. Of course if we didn't want to have tons of left overs because it's so yummy and grey the next day, we wouldn't be spending that much time on the quantity. And yes I did say grey. The bananas react with the whipped cream but oh my it is delish.
So the grands are home from school and whilst the house fills with yummy smells we will work on the arts and crafts of the new Gratefulness tree and have pictures of said tree hopefully this week. I had hopes that we would have snow because I didn't have to get out in it but now I'm excited because our snow is over and we can work outside and decorate our tree (Edison lights and all) which will replace our altar that was taken from us.....but more on that later.
Happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate it. Be careful if you are going to travel and I'll catch up with you on Monday.