Still on my recaps, but maybe I’ll finish one day?! I’m currently sitting on the couch, drinking wine, blogging, while a James Taylor concert is on tv… Why isn’t this my life all the time?
First off, I want to start by saying my dog is adorable:
Anyway, Thanksgiving morning I woke up relatively early, considering I was on vacation, and woke up to watch my mom wrestle with our turkey, which my Mom, Cathi, Ali and I all agreed was named Thor (I’ll get to him later, he was DELICIOUS! Kind of like the guy that plays Thor in the movie is…). I also made a delcious smooth cranberry sauce by combining 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, boiling, adding 12 oz fresh cranberries, and then smooshing all that goodness through a collander. Then you put it in a pretty serving dish and everyone thinks you’re a genius (myself included!)
After everyone was awake, Mom, Dad, Cathi, Puneet, Ali and I headed out for a nice, brisk 4 mile walk/hike. At one point in the walk we reach a sign that basically says Absolutely No Tresspassing or We Might Shoot You…(Nick and I almost did get shot over Memorial Day weekend on this walk). Anyway, the people must have hired guard horses, because this fine gent didn’t want to let us pass. He literally said “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!” like Gandalf in Lord of the Rings. Okay, no, he didn’t, but I did. Showing you my extreme nerdiness, I hope you can appreciate that. Anyway, this is him:
And along the walk we saw the typical beautiful sights of Lake Nacimiento (read: my personal paradise)
Again, Scout is adorable and stole the show:
I love these colorful trees! Check out how this tree still has green on its edges…
I spent the rest of the day crafting my most fabulous pies to date (yeah, Future Brittany, that’s me challenging you to make something more awesome).
First off, my new pie bag is a freaking life saver. I don’t care if you only make one pie a year or if you make 50, you need this gadget. It basically saved me from having a mental pie breakdown like last year when the pie crust on my apple pie got a little bit too brown.
I then used pie crust presses that Nana picked up from Williams and Sonoma to make a bajillion leaves. Thankfully my new favorite person in the world, Cathi, helped me with acorns.
Then, right before dinner I had a mad scramble to assemble my apple pie before dinner.
Yeah, thats butter on top.
If you’re curious, I used my great-grandmother’s pie crust recipe (if you’d like it, email me and if I really like you, you can maybe have it 😉 and the Joy of Cooking Apple Pie recipe. Anyway I tossed that in the oven when this came out:
He looks like a Thor, doesn’t he?? Happy Thorsgiving! Well once that beast of a delicious bird came out. I was ready to eat.
We both look a bit impatient…. But my dad the carving master was working on Thor, and soon he was reduced to this.
And we ate him.
Then, after dinner, I took my marvelous apple pie out of the oven.
I couldn’t have been more pleased with how it turned out. And then I put my pumpkin pie in the oven.
While the pie was baking, we watched Thor. Could have guessed that one right?? And then my wonderful pumpkin pie came out of the oven, and I sighed a great breath of relief.
Yes, that is a pumpkin at the bottom and a turkey at the top, surrounded by a round of acorns. For this pie I use a recipe my mom has had forever, except I used fresh roasted pumpkin, which really adds to the fluffiness and depth of flavor to the pie filling.
What a great day. By the way, at dinner, my dad gave a speech about how I’m his best friend and everyone was crying. It was kind of like I was Hank Mardukis from one of my favorites, I Love You, Man.
Thanksgiving is the freaking best. Less than a year until the next one!!