Late summer and fall have collided in my kitchen. A photo shoot has left me with a full complement of Thanksgiving leftovers, while a bowl of garden tomatoes and two pie pumpkins share space on the counter. And the big bag of apples that comes with our CSA fruit share has started to include chartreuse and golden fall varieties alongside pale summer apples.
We woke up, groggier than usual, to a gray, rainy morning. The weather seems fitting after such a warm, forgiving kind of weekend – we feasted as a family of four and then traveled to celebrate with family and friends near DC, enjoying the unusually warm weather and pink sunsets all the while.
This dreary Sunday will be dedicated to gearing back up for the busy time ahead – preparing for reentry. We also need to make something delicious with our leftovers. [Read more…]
I did my first round of Thanksgiving shopping yesterday. Navigating the crowded market with my youngest in tow was a little overwhelming. I left my cart unattended for a moment while I grabbed carrots and celery and returned to find someone had taken it and ditched my cranberries in a bin of Brussels sprouts. My young companion went to the bathroom twice. And I forgot at least one ingredient. But I took solace in the fact that, one or two odds and ends aside, the horrors of the grocery store are over. We’ll be picking up the rest of the ingredients for our meal from small, local shops like JM Stock Provisions and MarieBette Bakery. [Read more…]
Brian and I have a couple of Thanksgiving celebrations planned for the coming weekend. We’ll have a small dinner at home Thanksgiving Day and then celebrate with family later in the weekend. Above all, we’ll be focusing on spending time with those we love. I also want the food to be delicious, but instead of holing up all by myself in the kitchen for the week, I’m planning to get my daughters in on the process. I’m going to ask for their help shopping, planning, and cooking our feast.
To help with your Thanksgiving menu planning, I’ve pulled together a list of my favorite recipes. Some are new to me, some are tried-and-true, but I promise they’re all delicious. [Read more…]
Before I’m mired in Thanksgiving shopping and to-do lists, I’m taking the time to pause. Thanksgiving at its best is about gratitude and calls for a little reflection. This year, even more than most, I have much to be grateful for. My work on the blog and elsewhere has been going swimmingly, Brian has a new job he loves, and the girls are healthy and happy. There are a few struggles on the horizon for those I love most, but optimism still rules the day. With all this in mind, I’m planning to prioritize gratitude on Thanksgiving by exchanging the stress of an epic feast for something smaller, simpler, and more considered. I’m trading perfection (which I’ve never been great at anyway) for presence. [Read more…]