Monday, November 23, 2015

I'll Bring the Pie

I am not of fan of change. I like traditions, and I do not like those traditions changing. However, living away from family for 7 years now has made me a tad more adaptable. Right now, each holiday is ever evolving. I'm figuring out new traditions with my own little family. While this time of year is my favorite, it's also when I'm most homesick. I want to be around family. I want Liam to be with his cousins & grandparents. I want that familiarity. 

So all that to say, we'll be spending Thanksgiving here in Salt Lake City. Since we travel for Christmas, we always stay put for turkey day. Typically we have cooked a big feast for just our small family, but this year we are joining with our neighbors who are practically family to us here in Utah. They live right next door, so we often keep our back fence open so that it's easy for the kids to play and we have backdoor access. They are hosting, but we are still making the turkey! This is a big big change for us, since typically we make the entire meal ourselves. But I'm excited to just focus on a couple things and to nail those dishes! Since we are cooking the turkey at our house, that will open up the neighbor's oven for all sorts of side dishes and desserts! Conor will handle the bird (with some small prep work from me) while I handle the pie & drinks! 

Every year I make my pumpkin chiffon pie, but this year I'm feeling a little crazy... Since I have been apple obsessed, I'll be making your standard American apple pie. That buttery, flakey goodness has been on my mind for days! I'm no pie expert, but I have friends in the know! One friend in particular is an amazing pie maker/all around baker and she swears by this all butter crust recipe. I'll be giving it a try and am only slightly nervous about using a new recipe for the big day! As far as the filling goes, I'm a big fan of Smitten Kitchen's recipe. For any rookie pie makers out there, note that you cannot make an apple pie right before meal time. It needs to rest! For at least 4 hours!!! So don't expect to be dusting the flour off your dress as your head out the door for your Thanksgiving feast. Apple pie needs to be tended to long beforehand. Learned that the hard way one fine book club evening.
 
Aside from the pie, I'll be bringing some of our home-brewed hard cider as well as ginger beer for Moscow Mules. I may even add some rosemary & sugared cranberries for a festive touch! Now if only I was talented enough to add some crust flair to the top of pie... perhaps some fall leaves or an apple...we'll see what I an pull off! 

And since I just can't handle a post with no picture, here is a flashback to Liam's 2nd Thanksgiving... My how my photography has improved in the last 2 years!!!

9 comments :

  1. You guys are too cute - even if the photo isn't as good of quality as your recent ones:) And girl, you are making me thirsty with all this talk of cider and beer. Wish we were coming to your house for Thanksgiving! I too will be baking an apple pie. I'm too scared to try anything new this close to the big day, but I will be keeping that crust recipe at hand for a trial run soon, as it sounds delish!

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  2. I LOVE that you're having Thanksgiving with your neighbors! That's what I want. Neighbors who are like family. Unfortunately where we currently live, it's not like that, but I hope to find that when we (eventually one day) get a house of our own!

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  3. I too love traditions and familiarity. But thanksgiving is one holiday that seems to change each year for us. And since you can't be with family, I think celebrating with your neighbors sounds like the next best thing! And splitting the meal is a nice perk (especially when you have two young kids!). And I totally hear you about seeing the photography improvement. I've definitely noticed yours on the blog, and I noticed mine too (especially when I see some of my old Christmas cards... The lighting was horrendous!).

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  4. Aw I know it is so hard not getting to be with family on the holidays. It makes your heart hurt a little. I love that you are such good friends with your neighbors though and have an almost built in family right there. Your pie sounds delicious! Good luck with the new recipe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. So fun to do Thanksgiving with your neighbors!! Friends that are like family are the best! And apple pie sounds sooo good right now - I'm literally counting down the hours until we eat on Thursday!

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  6. Sounds like it will be a wonderful, beautiful, and delicious Thanksgiving!! What a blessing to have great neighbors to help fill your family void. :) I was a grand champion pie maker in 4H, granted that was YEARS ago.. If I remember correctly, my grandma (who is a PRO at pie) always said one of the secrets to a great crust is using ice cold water when cutting in the butter.. I absolutely love your attention to detail and enthusiasm in the kitchen. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!! :)

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  7. aw that photo is so cute though!!
    and apple pie.. man i would eat that every day if i could. yum!

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  8. Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a great day! :)

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  9. Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend! Peace, love and turkey!

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