Susan Spess Shay

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How’d Your Thankgiving Go?

Terminally Curious rearing her ugly head again and asking, how did your Thanksgiving go?   T.C. Okay, it’s not really. <g>

We had a great time. Everyone came–and all brought food! (Yay!) This year, the DIL brought sweet potato pie, and left it so I could totally destroy my diet instead of just partially destroying it.

Of course, my diet wouldn’t have survived my apple cake with caramel icing and whipped cream AND the hard sauce. The Pioneer Woman cursed me with this fabulous recipe on her website. OMG!!! If you don’t have an aversion to a little bit of alcohol, try this. *Homer Simpson Sound*

Homer Simpson

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 One half cup of butter, one-and-a-half cups of powdered sugar and two tablespoons of brandy. Like my granddad use to say, it’ll make your tongue lap your brains out. And since I just happen to have a bottle of brandy that I use for one teaspoon a year in my Christmas cookies, I tried it. Turns out it was a little strong for my taste, so I mixed it with whipped cream.

Not exactly a dieter’s delight but  Y! U! M!

We did have one less than perfect moment in the day. Satan in the form of a red wasp made an attack on the family. Actually, Mr. Buzzy just flew through the room, but DIL has a real aversion to the mean critters, so she locked herself in the bathroom while #1 son tracked him and killed him like the true hero he is.

In the mean while, the rest of us ate. (He wasn’t coming after me, so I didn’t slow down.)

Now, after watching a favorite musical

with #1 and DIL, it’s just the two of us. G-Man is doing the dishes and I’m, uh, working. Yeah, that’s it. I’m working. And nobody can prove I’m not. LOL.

So . . . TC’s asking, what was your surprise favorite new dish this year? Either a dish someone brought or a new recipe you fixed yourself.

And if you had only the tried and true this year (which probably says something about you–such as “you aren’t very adventuresome”) what’s at the top of your forever-favorites list?


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Ready? Set . . .

A Turkey.

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Terminally Curious has a question–

Are you ready for Thanksgiving, 2010? If you’re hosting it at your house, chances are you’re not.

 We’re having Turkey Day here at the Ridgemont homestead. That means not only cooking, cook, cooking, but also cleaning, Cleaning, CLEANING!!!

But it’s all good. Since the house will be clean, it’ll be ready for Christmas decorating, which, of course, is coming soon.

And the kids will all be here with their honeys tomorrow. That’s the part I like best. It can never be like it once was, too many people who live deep in my heart who’ve passed on, but in some ways it’s almost as good. Just really different.

 

Now I’m the one responsible for most of the cooking and not giving anyone food poisoning. (I worry.) I’m the one who has to remember everyone’s favorites and make sure it’s on the table. And the people I used to call to ask, “how do I . . . ?” aren’t there anymore. I have to figure it out on my own.

Have-to-haves on our Thanksgiving table? Roast turkey–not deep fried or smoked, “fresh” ham,  Brad’s strawberry-sour-cream jello salad, Paula Deen‘s sour cream muffin thingies, Grandmother’s dressing, Matt’s tabouli, Danny’s deviled eggs. Of course, mashed potatoes and giblet gravy. 

Now, make Terminally Curious happy. Tell me:

  1. What have-to-haves are on your Thanksgiving table?
  2. Hard or soft “G” in giblet?

  

I think this is Virginia Creeper. It grows wild on my fence, and I think it’s pretty when it turns all red like this, so I though I’d share it with you.

Happy Thanksgiving!