Thanksgiving 2017

Feeling very homesick, I was not looking forward to Thanksgiving this year.  I wanted to be with my family, but that was not in the cards.  I was invited to dinner on Thanksgiving, and I chose to push aside the blues and invite a few friends over for dinner on Friday.  I was so busy cleaning, chopping, and baking, I did not have much time to feel sorry for myself.

On Monday, I had a colleague who was leaving, so I offered to whip up some candied pecans and a pumpkin roll for her farewell.  I was up late remaking the pumpkin roll, as the first one flopped out of the pan…into a mess!  I then ended up using almost two pounds of powdered sugar with the cream cheese…something is just off with the cream cheese here…it just turns to liquid when I add the powdered sugar.

On Tuesday, I made a quadruple batch of Aunt Darlene’s Butternut Squash.  (I went to the grocery store on Sunday, and there was NOT ONE butternut squash!  Luckily, they were back in stock by Tuesday!)  The squash was really ‘wet’, so I squeezed it through a cheesecloth.  I took the finished product to the office on Wednesday for our Thanksgiving Feast.  It was a huge success…everyone loved it!

On Thursday, I took Jackson to school, and his teacher asked me if I brought in a pumpkin pie for his school feast.  I said what feast?  what pie?  They never asked me!!  It was about 8:30 a.m., and the feast was starting at 11:00 a.m.  I had about 2 HOURS!

I ran home, and instead of working on my Thanksgiving Dinner plans, I tried to whip up some mini pumpkin pies, using store bought tart shells.  They did not turn out!  Wasted time, wasted food.  I’m still upset that they would ask me on Thanksgiving MORNING for pumpkin pie for the class!!!

Once I finally accepted that Jackson was not going to have pumpkin pies for his school feast, I forged ahead.  I made corn pudding, butternut squash, green beans, and macaroni and cheese.  I then whipped up a pumpkin and apple pie.  Whew!  It was time to get ready for my dinner out.

On Friday morning, I put a few chocolates into these cute little paper bags and tied them with raffia.

I made sangria.

I finished setting the table.

I made brownies…have to have chocolate!  and set up the dessert/coffee table.

I made the stuffing and put the turkey in the oven.  I made the mashed potatoes, gravy, and salad.

My guests arrived at 5:00 p.m., and we had a lovely Friday evening.  Eating, drinking, and laughing.  I needed that!

Jackson and I have been eating leftovers all weekend!

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