Given the choice between keeping or breaking a tradition – I always stick with keeping it.
Except for one of the most insane Thanksgiving meals I’ve ever had at The Breakers in Palm Beach… like insane, like I had sushi and mashed potatoes on the same plate, and we walked away with freshly baked pumpkin pies to take home …. Thanksgiving is always a comfy cozy home thing.
In the post-divorce era, aka like 6 years ago, Dad and I decided we would create a Thanksgiving our way.
Dad is the savory, I am the sweet, and two years ago, a few days before Turkey day – this guy became chaperone of the whole operation.
Sleeping on the job, as usual.
There are lists and notecards and calendars for preparation all filed away in a little manila folder.
Quite a collection after all these years – but so necessary when it comes to seamless execution. Each day has it’s duties.
At the beginning of last week we ordered almost 45 pounds of Turkeys at the Farmer’s Market. I baked up 8 trays of cornbread, to be dried for stuffing. There was some serious produce shopping – but only for certain goods – potatoes, yams, sage, onions, leeks, peppers, lemons, chestnuts. A big Costco trip. And of course, some baking pantry restocking for me.
Today – 5 days prior to the big 30 person shindig – we prep all of the little things – this an onion and leek casserole.
The homemade apple pear sauce is in the freezer.
4 bowls of Dad’s cranberry and mission fig sauce is chillin.
Along with the vacuum packed sleeves of chestnuts – 15 pounds – which dad cooked and shelled already.
There is also no time to waste getting together what I need to decorate the house and the tables. Ash and I went for a long walk today collect a bunch of my favorite season’s most beautiful attributes.
.. all of which required some serious bathing when we returned home. ew, bugs.
We also stopped at one of the most beautiful hidden little places.
The sound of the water gurgling was like an instant chill-pill.
If you want to check out more of the vision I am going for with this year’s family tradition – check out my Thanksgiving PinBoard.
There’s a lot of this (Elle Decor).
And THIS (Design Sponge).
I also just ordered a big roll of this off of Amazon this morning – to arrive, fingys crossed by Wednesday.
Wait till you see what it will be used for.
Do you have family traditions for Thanksgiving that you love as much as I do? share share. favorite recipes? favorite dishes?