|My girls on Thanksgiving|
Last November, when we moved here to NH, Auntie Sandra told me that she was turning the reins over to me and that in 2014 I would get to take over hosting Thanksgiving (when she told me this my kitchen was a sea of moving boxes and I had no fridge for two weeks around Thanksgiving!!). My family - cousins - teased me all year saying this would be a test run and they'd see how I did before we made it permanent! We kept some of the same traditions -- we invited everyone to stay, even though almost everyone lives no more than 90 mins from us. I was excited for my girls to get to experience Thanksgiving the way I remember it -- it's more than just a meal or a day in our family, it's a weekend-long sleepover! Most everyone was planning to come on Weds and stay until Friday. Then we got QUITE the storm, so most of the family decided to wait and come on Thursday. My cousin Matt, who lives the closest at 35 minutes away, decided to leave early and come around noon on Weds. It took him 2 hours, but he made it -- he walked in at 2:00pm and wouldn't you know, at 2:15pm we LOST POWER! For FIVE HOURS!! He is the best person to have around in a power outage though! He kept the girls and I entertained for hours with stories, funny voices, and he and I even sang a few show tunes! I absolutely LOVE candles -- some call it an obsession -- so I went around and lit tons of candles. I had a house FULL of food, although most of it still needed to be cooked -- the power outage really put a kink into my prep plans! We had ham sandwiches for dinner that night. In spite of the lack of power, I did what I could to keep plugging along with my preparations, hoping that everyone would still be able to make it for Thanksgiving. I mixed together a batch of my Nana's pumpkin bread -- realized before it was too late that I had mistakenly put 2/3 cup of sugar in instead of 2-2/3 cups! I fixed that fortunately -- hey, it was dark! When the power finally came on, I put a turkey in the oven (I made 2 -- had 15 people with a bunch staying over so I wanted leftovers!) and the pumpkin bread, which I again, in the dark (by candlelight) misread the recipe and put the whole batter into ONE loaf pan instead of TWO... Matt and I entertained the girls by trying to clean out the horrible, smoking mess that occurred when the pumpkin bread batter spilled over onto the bottom of the oven! We had a lot of laughs! The pumpkin bread was a horrible mess but it was tasty!
|Turkey Candy Nut Cups by Candlelight|
I guess I did ok because my cousin Brett sent me a text later saying that I passed the preliminary test and can proceed with scheduling next year to further evaluate my capabilities! ;) Bunch of jokers in this family -- that's another longstanding tradition! We only tease the ones we love!
|Not too shabby for making them in the dark!|