Thanksgiving is quickly becoming my favorite holiday but probably not for the reasons you think.
First, from my walk around my neighborhood on Sunday. Ah, nature.
So today, Tuesday, I’m starting to prepare for the large Thanksgiving meal. My responsibility for Thursday’s feast are the pies (pumpkin and pecan), cranberry relish, and the bread. Today is pie day.
I cut the pumpkin in half and scooped out the seeds for later (some to bake and some to save). While the pumpkin was baking, I was supposed to be making pie crust. Oops! Instead I was spending my time with a few pirates, a lagoon, strange ideas and apologies. I was catching up on my poetry. I am participating in the November Poem a Day Chapbook Challenge over at Writer’s Digest.
Then I baked the pumpkin and when it was done, I scooped out all the beautiful orange meat and put it in my blender to puree. (Yes, I got my pie crust made. After a quick trip to the store when I realized we were almost out of eggs and corn syrup!)
Well, I think I could have made three pumpkin pies from my one pumpkin, but I opted for two pies and four tarts (or mini pies) for tonight’s meal.
Thanksgiving is becoming my favorite holiday because it’s a long, five day weekend with my family. There are no massive amounts of decorations, no presents to save for, buy, wrap, and open. It’s just us and other than the day itself, there is no set agenda. Yes, we plan on watching a movie or two, playing a game or two and there will be some work to get done but there is no pressure.
We don’t participate in Black Friday sales, just our preference. I try very hard to have most of my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving. I just do not enjoy crowds, it becomes too overwhelming and just not fun for me. Plus, and this is a big plus, it takes a lot of the stress and pressure off the holiday season.
However, back to Thanksgiving. The pecan pie is up next, along with tonight’s dinner plans. It’s Friday for us today! Enjoy your weekend!