I know I will thank myself tomorrow that most everything is completed. Andrew has been a huge help - peeling & slicing 15 cups of apples, finishing mixing crusts, and various other things. I would have given up by now if it weren't for him!
My (mostly self-appointed) contribution to Thanksgiving at my parents is pies. I love baking them and rarely do, so it's a good excuse. I make them completely from scratch which takes longer but is totally worth it! This year I'm taking annual favorites Blueberry Raspberry deep dish pie (both the berries are ones that I picked and froze) and Apple Crumb deep dish pie (Mom had a lot of pumpkin so she is making those this year). I'll post the recipes and maybe even pictures at some point - not tonight. :)
I'm also making a new pie - French Silk. It is Stephanie's boyfriend's favorite (wow - that's a mouthful!) and I've been promising to make him one for awhile. I've never made one and I've maybe eaten it once at most but I'm always up for a kitchen challenge. Anyway, I turned to allrecipes.com and found a recipe - the filling is delicious (not that I sampled it or anything :)) so hopefully he will like it! It wasn't hard to make but it was very time consuming - 20 minutes of beating with a mixer!
This year, I will also be bringing a Sweet Potato Cranberry Streusel casserole. The recipe is courtesy of Catherine and it's delicious! The sweet potatoes (from my inlaws garden - one of the potatoes was most of what we needed - it was huge!) will be cooked by the time we head to bed :) which will make tomorrow very easy.
I'm baking two other pies to take to Andrew's parents on Friday. For that celebration, I will be taking another apple crumb as well as a pumpkin. I think we will have plenty of pie this weekend! And if you're keeping count, yes, that's 5 pies (4 different kinds) being made tonight. :)
Tomorrow, we are hoping to enjoy some time as a family watching the Macy's Day parade with a special (and light!) breakfast before heading to Nana & Papa's house. My friend and neighbor, Angie, suggested this tradition when I asked for ideas here! I thought it was a great suggestion!
I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving full of good food, wonderful fellowship with family and friends, and thankful hearts for all God has done in your lives this year!