Last Thursday, like most everyone in the U.S., we celebrated Thanksgiving. Rob and I hosted. Our gathering was small and perfect, just the parents and brother and Grandma Betty. We were surrounded by the things we are most thankful for; delicious food, a roof over our heads, and our family.The day was spent cooking with my mom, who came over extra early to help me, and it was so nice to spend the day together and to have her there to deal with the turkey. While turkey is delicious and a Thanksgiving staple, I just can’t bring myself to handle the raw meat. GAG. Literally, I did. So thanks for doing that, mom! I made an applesauce spice cake and it was overcooked on the outside and undercooked on the inside. I haven’t quite perfected baking in this oven, it cooks too hot obviously. Grrrrrr. Thankfully the weather was perfect so we were able to take a nice family shot (minus Grandma Betty because she HATES having her picture taken).Also, like most Americans, I enjoy watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade followed by the Dog Show. And this year Max was able to enjoy both for a small period of time.One day when we have the financial means to do so, we’ll spend Thanksgiving in New York and go to the parade and ice skating in Rockafeller Center and all the other New York-y holiday things. ONE DAY.
The following Sunday we held our annual Hanksgiving pot luck dinner. In case you’re new, Hanksgiving started years ago when our Monday Movie Night group started watching Tom Hanks movies during the month of November and call it Hanksgiving. It then turned into a competition of who can create the most ridiculous Tom Hanks food related pun. And so for the last three years we’ve held a dinner celebrating Tom Hanks and bad puns.Have you ever seen Larry Crowne? Not great, but Tom Hanks is still charming. This Larry Crowne Betty was absolutely delightful with a bread pudding top. Made by Tori and Brewster.Our friend Greg made a mural of sorts out of pastel colored copies of Mad Magazine caricatures of Tom Hanks and we used it as our photo booth.I made The Man with One Red Beans & Rice, obviously. Mom made Forest Gumbo with leftover Thanksgiving turkey and it was oh so good. We had a Bonfire of the Vanities dish, Joe vs. the Cupcanoes (cupcakes), Road to Persimmon, and Rob’s Green Bean Mile and it’s handcrafted electric chair were a big hit.It was a fabulously delicious weekend and I’m so thankful that we are surrounded by such great friends and family. See you next year (T)Hanksgiving!