We hope that everyone has had the most splendid Thanksgiving with their families! We certainly enjoyed the down time after a couple days of traveling and fighting off wretched coughs that we caught before our Iowa trip. I’m guessing this is where the “In sickness and in health” portion of our vows is truly put to the test. I’m happy to report we are taking care of each other very well and the only being in the household that is scared by all the coughing is Diesel. The night before was a whirlwind of baking and cooking dishes to bring to the feast.
Amidst baking for the feast, I also was trying out a new dinner recipe via my Skinnytaste cookbook called Buttermilk Oven Baked “Fried” Chicken (The recipe to follow next posting). I cannot wait to share this one because it was absolutely fantastic and got the Mr. sticking two thumbs up. During the process, I was able to make a special recipe in the Downin family called Cherry Delight or Cherries Jubilee as the Mr. calls it.
This was my first attempt at the recipe and it was wonderfully straightforward. I received the recipe from my sister in law, Heidi, which originated from my mother in law’s mother! There’s nothing quite as exciting as making something you know has been made over generations. Yes, it’s just a dessert recipe but I’m nostalgic to my core and I considered it an honor to receive and make for my family this Thanksgiving. After the Jubilee was underway, I started to concoct the mixin’s’ & fixin’s for my Apple Pie.
However, this pie was not any old ordinary pie that I had made previously. Thanks to one of my darling bridesmaids, Charisa, I was able to use the pastry cutter she bought me and make the top of the pie appealing to the eye. I was incredibly pleased with both the pastry cutter and the end result of using it. I will most likely do a product review of this little go to gadget sometime in the future so keep your eyes peeled for the post! In addition to the pie and jubilee, I also made a corn bread casserole which is my absolute favorite side to anything.
Thanksgiving was held at my (The Mrs.) parent’s house and we most certainly wanted to look our best for our family photos there. Diesel made sure to compliment our outfits with one of his own selections of bow tie. He was the talk of the party wearing his Duke & Daisy khaki bow tie collar from Etsy. The only thing that looked better than him was the turkey that my mom had prepared everyone.
I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful the scent coming off this bird was! I have been blessed to eat the turkey from this woman for 23 glorious years and 2014 did not disappoint. Mom was in charge of the turkey, stuffing (filled with cranberries, apricots, apples, and sausage), green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, jello mold, gravy, and pumpkin pie! One day I will be the one preparing crazy large meals for a growing family and I feel less intimidated by the thought knowing I have watched my mother meticulously during the holidays throughout the years.
With the table set it was then time the guests arrived. I was honored to meet three new friends that were acquainted with my father during his time working for the Air Force. One of the guests was a retired teacher by the name of Bob who taught middle school grades for 39 years! Needless to say, I gleaned some very valuable information with him and by the end of the day we had swapped numbers to stay in contact in case I needed guidance along my journey to becoming a full time educator. There could have not been any lovelier company (besides the Weirichs) or any lovelier weather to boot! Thankfully my tripod that I ordered for the exact purpose of taking some family photos of the Mr., Diesy, and I came in the day before! We decided to snap some photos in my parents backyard.
Nothing felt more perfect than sitting together watching the ripples on the lake after eating and socializing the day away. I’m hoping everyone found that time to reflect or “count your blessings instead of sheep” as Mr. Bing Crosby would say/sing. We are very thankful for you all and that you hold a special place in our hearts. Happy Thanksgiving.
The Mr., The Mrs., & Diesel