In all the busy-ness, the holiday snuck up on me and took me by surprise this year.
Hubby spent Thanksgiving morning peeling, coring, and cutting 5 pounds of apples for our joint project: Old Fashioned Apple Crisp (recipe from Ina Garten, Food Network – SO good). At night we headed to SIL2’s house in Mililani. With MIL in from Maui and SIL2’s In-Laws too, it was a big family gathering of about 18 people.
Dinner was of course a mashup of traditional & local flavors. The star of the show was SIL2’s butter basted turkey served with rosemary gravy and cornbread pecan stuffing:
Mashed potatoes (by SIL2’s SIL) – I LOVE the bold garnish of straight up bacon strips! (Epic Meal Time, anyone?)
Corn casserole (by SIL2’s MIL), Potato Salad (BIL1), Watercress shiraae (by my MIL)
Tempura veggies and crispy gaugee (SIL2’s MIL)
Pasta with Shrimp and Vegetables (MIL)
Oriental Salad (SIL2’s SIL)
and a beautiful vegetable platter (SIL1)
For dessert we had pumpkin pie (SIL1), Rum Cake and Chocolate Cake (SIL’s cousin) and Apple Crisp.
Stuffed and satisfied, in the car ride home I started listing the things I was thankful for. Then Hubby laughed and said “I was wondering when you were going to do that today – you do the same thing every year.” I don’t remember doing it every year, but I guess I do. What can I say? I am truly blessed and have a lot to be thankful for.
P.S. If you’re new to this blog and are confused by the acronyms, here’s a quick legend of the main characters:
- SIL = Sister in Law (I have so many, I number mine to keep them organized)
- MIL = Mother in Law
- BIL = Brother in Law
… and so forth.