Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

21 Days Til T-Day

November 4, 2010

I am sooo excited to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family!  It’s always a very low key and comfy affair.  I normally get to my parents’ house on Wednesday night, sleep in on Thursday, and then we all head to the movies.  Last year we saw The Blind Side, which resulted in lots of tears.  Mostly mine of course.

Um, dear family, let’s lighten it up for 2010, shall we?

Post movie we head home, cook and of course eat!  Then we watch A Christmas Story 2.5 times before passing out on the couch.  It’s all lovely.  For food, we keep it hearty but healthy.  My family (minus me) has become a bit butter/cheese/cream-adverse in the past few years, so there’s not a lot of cheesy casseroling happening.  Still, everything is always delicious and I LOVE cooking with my Ma and sister J.  I’ve been busy snagging recipes from magazines and my fave blogs the past couple days.  Everything looks so good… I don’t wanna wait for November 25…

So, because I’m a hoilday-crazed, baking-crazed, and just generally crazed crazy, I am having an early Thanksgiving when my bestie Erica is in town in a couple weekends.  We’re going to have a blast cooking, baking, and destroying my teeny kitchen.  And no butter/cheese/cream will be spared for Thanksgiving Act I.  As a special treat for us, I bought these on Bake It Pretty:

Ammmazing.  I love everything on their site.  AND, I will be in Asheville next week so I get to visit their pretty shop.  I could do a lot of damage there. Oh boy.

Anyone been to Asheville, NC?  Any recs?

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Happy Thanksgiving & Ma’s Guest Blog

November 26, 2009

Fellow thankful and grateful Americans: Are you currently unable to move from your couch, tryptophan coursing through your veins, pants unbuttoned? Have you spent most of your day watching Home Alone or football, only breaking to re-eat or nap? When you doze off do you have visions of yams and dancing green bean casseroles in your brain?

I have just the thing for you… PIE! So here’s my Ma to talk about one of the pies she made. She’s awesome, but a bit blog-shy. Take it away Ma…

Hi, I’m Carly’s Mother. I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving. My memories of Thanksgiving are filled with thoughts of my own mother baking many delicious treats. My favorites were always the pies! She made everything from lemon meringue to chocolate cream. With family out of town, this year our Thanksgiving gathering was smaller than usual, but we had a great time. And great food!

Normally, for Thanksgiving we do traditional pumpkin, but this year we added a French Apple Pie. My husband “hinted” that I hadn’t baked an apple pie in a long time, so here goes…

French Apple Pie


Adapted from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook

For Pastry:
1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon shortening
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-3 Tablespoons cold water

For Filling:
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
dash of salt
6 cups of thinly sliced tart apples (about 6 medium-sized apples)

For Topping:
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Preheat your oven to 425°

Mix flour and salt (for pastry) in a medium-sized bowl. Cut in shortening until well-combined and crumbles are pea-sized. Add water, 1 Tablespoon at a time until mixture is moistened evenly.

Form a ball with your dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out—two inches larger than inverted pie plate. Fit into plate.

Prepare your Filling. Mix dry ingredients together and then stir in apples. Spoon into pie crust. In a new bowl, mix Topping ingredients together until crumbly. Sprinkle over the top of your pie. Bake for 45-50 minutes until brown and bubbly.

Easy peasy, right? And delicious. Be sure to serve with ice cream.

Thanks Ma, you’re the best! And happy holidays everyone.