Sunday, November 29, 2009

Loving Thanksgiving

I noticed that many people were on the ball and wished their fellow bloggers a Happy Thanksgiving on the actual day, but I was too busy cooking and then eating to think about that. Our family usually celebrates a small (people-wise) Thanksgiving since traveling during Thanksgiving seems pretty much like torture. The fact that we don't spend Thanksgiving with our extended family used to bother me a little when the kids were young because I wanted them to experience the excitement that my husband and I had when we were young, with lots of relatives and the perfunctory "kids'" table where we were free to eat black olives from all ten fingers. Both of my kids love our Thanksgivings though and the traditions we've developed for ourselves. As I said, we don't let the fact that there are only four of us interfere with going all out on everything. I can hardly bear to think about all of the calories we've consumed in the past few days. Paige insists, with little argument from me, that I prepare Nantucket Cranberry Pie each year, which is easy but wonderful. I don't remember where I got the recipe, but it was probably Bon Appetit. Kai had a slice for breakfast yesterday morning and that was the end of it.

Nantucket Cranberry Pie
2 cups cranberries
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs
3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. almond extract

Place cranberries, walnuts, and 1/2 cup sugar in food processor and process until roughly chopped. Put in 10-inch pie plate or springform pan.

Mix eggs, butter, 1 cup sugar, flour, salt, and almond extract until smooth and pour over cranberry mixture.

Bake 40 min. at 350 degrees.

Another dessert tradition that my kids insist upon is what we call "Carolyn" Dessert" because our friend Carolyn gave it to me. Actually, I think it's often called "Better than Sex Pie," but I didn't think that was such a good name when the kids were little or more so now that they're teenagers. (ha, ha) It's kind of a funny dessert for us to love because we think of ourselves as foodies, and Cool Whip doesn't usually fit with sophisticated culinary experiences. But, Thanksgiving isn't about sophistication, and good is good.

Carolyn Dessert

1 cup pecans
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
Mix together and press in bottom of a 9 by 9 inch pan. Bake 20 min.

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese.
1 cup sugar
3/4 of a 13 oz. tub of cool whip
Mix together and put layer on top of crust

1 small pkg. chocolate instant pudding
1 small pkg. vanilla instant pudding
Prepare pudding and mix together and use for next layer

Finish with remaining cool whip. Shred Hershey bar on top.

The nice thing about being stuffed is that you can still knit. We've had beautiful weather, but I've still spent a lot of time on the couch since Thursday just knitting. I finished another Thorpe hat from Through the Loops. This one is for my three-year old niece. I love this pattern although I was relieved once I got out of the complex pattern part. I really had to concentrate, which isn't something I like to do for very long when I'm knitting. I never stress myself about knitting gifts. I just enjoy finishing what I can finish. one year, I sent my sister's family their gifts in February. I'm feeling a little pressure this year though because Paige recently informed me that she' like some gloves. My kids have no interest in knitting other to make fun of me about it where appropriate, so I get so excited if either of them shows any interest at it. I want to hurry and get started with those gloves before Paige goes to Hollister and buys some polyester ones!


Willow said...

I think I gained three pounds just reading that recipe (and drooled all over my keyboard).

Love that hat!

Happy Thanksgiving.

TheBlackSheep said...

I am bookmarking this entry for Christmas baking. My family don't know you, but they love you already :0)

Glad you had a good Thanksgiving!

Knittings Nice! said...

With our Christmas this year there will only be four plus two Grandbubs...its lovely now being a Nanny as you wonderfully start to relive things all over again, they're 2 and quarter now and love all the pretties. As for the Nantucket Cranberry going to give that a try here in good ol' U.K...........nice hat too. Glad you had a lovely time.

Wool Winder said...

Family traditions are fun, especially when they involve desert. The cranberry pie looks yummy. I've also heard the other desert called Sin Pudding.

I really like the color combination you used in the hat. Very pretty.

Tracy said...

LOVE the pie and the hat... thank you for sharing those... I want to try both! ;o) Glad you had a sweet holiday. :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, thanks for the recipes -- they both sound fabulous! Your hat is beautiful too. I know what you mean about the kids and knitting -- I'm beyond thrilled if they ask me for anything!

Kate said...

That is the cutest little Thorpe I have every seen! I love the colors!

Artyme said...

I had a good laugh about your comment that your kids have no interest in knitting except to make fun of son was over at his girlfriends' house several years ago and when he was asked by her mother what I was up to, he said that I was knitting socks. The mother replied with two thumbs up and "Knitting!" making fun of me since her excitement is watching rodeo on tv. It is now the family joke to give me thumbs up with a hearty "Knitting!!" whenever I finally sit down to relax and knit. I take it in stride and always let them know that I am a much calmer and happier mom because of my craft....better than rodeo on tv, that's for sure!

Anonymous said...

My goodness.........I am behind the times on your blog....playing catchup and thoroughly enjoying it all !!! You take darn good pics, so that is always fun for me. The recipes sound tasty. Great chatting this week. XO Ann/Lincoln

marit said...

mmm...I'll definitely try that cranberry pie!

Love your colourcombination for Thorpe! I made one in green and a tweedy beige for my on last year, but the yarn was thinner,so I had to knit six patternrepeats around. He loves it!

Julie said...

Great recipes! I'm going to give them a try - I am a big fan of cranberries.
Bet you're excited to be winding down for the break at school.

JayJay said...

What a cute hat! I love the color combo. Your blog always makes me hungry!