This evening, after Jonny and I went for a long walk in the woods, I started baking for tomorrow. We are hosting two families of friends and there will be more than 20 of us all together, adults being outnumbered by children nearly 3 to 1. I had forgotten how much I enjoy preparing Thanksgiving dinner (I’m not a huge fan of cooking in general.) I started with pies: Amish apple pie and milk custard from this cookbook. Both are longtime favorites. Then I made a basic pumpkin pie. We also did some prep for tomorrow. I’m making maple scented sweet potatoes, collard greens, black eyed peas, cranberry sauce, and a grain free stuffing made with turnips, sweet potatoes, sausage and sage. I’m not making a turkey because my family doesn’t really love turkey. Instead I’m opting for something much easier: crock pot barbecue pork. I’ll start it before we go to bed and it will be ready in the morning. Our friends are bringing a roast goose!! I made a buttery, yeasted, overnight roll dough and it is waiting in the fridge. It will be hard for me to resist those tomorrow, but I think I will.
Tonight, while I was baking and prepping, our neighbors (the family who bought our old house and are walking distance from our new one) stopped in for a game of Catan with some of the kids and everything felt so warm and cozy as we just enjoyed being together. It’s nice to have friends so close. I am absolutely overwhelmed with all that we have to be thankful for this year, and every year. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who will be celebrating with us.