Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and for thinking of all of the things for which you are thankful. However, when you are the one hosting Thanksgiving, there is hardly time to think let alone reflect After you have been in the kitchen from early morning until evening, the food looks better the next day. That is why to me the best part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers. You can take the time to savor the turkey, the dressing, the sweet potatoes, and don't have to worry about playing hostess. Now don' t get me wrong , I love to entertain, but Thanksgiving, especially, is a lot of work. The day after Thanksgiving gives you time to reflect, even if you went shopping at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.
In my moments of reflection I am very grateful for my wonderful husband, Scott, who has been there for me in the good times and the bad, as well as the fact that he cooks and bakes. I'm also grateful for my family and friends, that I see often In addition,. I am very grateful to all of my bogging friends that I have made in the past months. I never realized that there was such a caring, thoughtful community of people on the other side of the screen. Several of my blogger friends played a part in my Thanksgiving dinner. I made Kim Kelly's Grand Marnier Cranberries , which were so good. Below is the "after" picture in my the dish that I got from my Grandma. That's all that was left.
I also served Michelle from Brown Eyed Baker's Classic Green Bean Casserole with a few modifications. I used Trader Joe's frozen Haricot Vert, instead of the fresh green beans. I also made my own caramelized onions, instead of the canned onions, and croutons to go with onions. It was so much better, than everything out of a can.
My husband I both used Brown Eyed Baker's Perfect Pie Crust recipe. to make our pie crusts I hadn't made a pie crust from scratch in many years, so I made a pumpkin pie and my husband made Door County Cherry Rum pie, so good. The cherry pie recipe will be posted soon. Enjoy your post Thanksgiving activities and the time spent with your families.