Thursday, November 22, 2012

Too Much Food!! (Happy Thanksgiving!!)

22.XI.12
Kristen says...

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

Also, Happy Birthday to my sister Michelle, my sister-in-law Katie, AND my cousin Madden!

I hope everyone is enjoying sleeping off their Turkey-hangover...we certainly are!


We have actually been full basically all week...we started the Thanksgiving glut a little early...

We have passed the 5-month mark since Chris started his training, and some of his classmates are heading out to post as early as this next week, so the good-bye parties have begun. We started this past weekend with High Tea at the local Ritz Carlton hotel...and oh my, was it good!!

Not only was there tea...
 But there were also tea sandwiches...

And that was the beginning...next came the dessert...

Most of the people got their desserts served on multi-tiered serving trays, but since I have a tree-nut allergy, they brought me my own, individual, nut-free plate...
 And my own individual serving of nut-free CREME BRULEE!! SOO GOOD!!!
 So this was basically my lunch...
 This is what the bottom of the chocolate-dipped strawberries looked like...
 And this was our last course...I couldn't even eat it I was so full!
 It was beautiful, but WAY too rich...

So basically I was full from that experience for most of the week...and then came today...

We had planned to be in Iowa today but had some things changed in our schedules and now it seems we will be home for Christmas instead (yay!) so at the "last minute" we ended up being here for the holiday...not that that meant we missed out, because we were invited to TWO Thanksgiving feasts, one that started at 4:00, and one that started at 5...needless to say we had no shortage of food. :)

While I can't claim Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, I do appreciate the ability to legitimately make some foods that normally don't show up on my table...

For example, NOODLES!!

These have long been my favorite part of both Thanksgiving and Christmas; my Grandma's noodles. Of course, Grandma was busy making noodles for God today, so I had to make them for myself. This was made considerably easier by a nice friend who loaned me her rolling pin, since mine is packed away in storage.






Another favorite Thanksgiving/holiday food for me is pie. EVERY year for many years I spent the day before Thanksgiving baking pies with my other Grandma. Since she was making pie for God today (it's a sad trend in my family...), and since I had the rolling pin, I decided to make my own pie crusts as well, instead of using the Pillsbury ones I bought.

I also didn't have a pastry blender, but thankfully I learned how to blend pastry without one at Living History Farms (seriously, that internship was one of the most worthwhile things I did!).





 Chris specifically requested pumpkin pie since he wouldn't be home to have his mother's, and I specifically requested French Silk, and used my third Grandma's recipe...luckily she is still around for me to call and ask questions to, and it turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself. I even made my own whipped cream!



I also made two corn bread casseroles, one for each of the Thanksgiving feasts we attended...it was a good day, but I am WAY too full...

Still, it was fun to have the time and reason to make delicious food!! (Much more fun than spending the day studying Russian!)

The best part for me is that now I can listen to Christmas music without people looking at me like I'm crazy!! :)

Excuse me while I start decorating for the holidays... :)
KF

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