I enjoy Thanksgiving, and I'm thankful that I have family to celebrate it with. But, last Thanksgiving, I let both of my bachelor brothers know that Thanksgiving 2013 I was not going to be cooking or baking. I just need a break from slaving away in the kitchen for two days. Standing for hours at a time took it's toll on my arthritic knee. Now that I have a brand new one, I'm still in the process of healing-- and my knee isn't as painful as it once was. Whew! Since I'm, pretty much, the sole cook and baker I've found ways to make a few of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes ahead of time.
...or this "Sweet Potato Casserole". This has a layer of marshmallow creme and a pecan streusel. Dessert or side dish? You decide.
I'm surprised at how many people proclaim that they can't make a pie crust to save their life. Funny thing is, I'm not a big fan of pie crust, but I think they're fun to make.
If you truly don't like pumpkin, then this Apple Brown Butter Tart is a delicious Fall alternative for your holiday table.
This Thanksgiving, my husband and I will drive to Northern California, right near the Nevada border to spend the holiday with his sister and two cousins-- who are flying in from various parts of the country. No, I won't be cooking. We're eating out.
Though, I think I'll be making a miniature Thanksgiving dinner at home with just the three of us-- my husband and my son. Just a quiet day to be thankful for what we have-- and that I can take it easy.
I'm looking forward to playing with some new kitchen
toys gadgets tools that I just bought. Just wait and see!