November 29, 2015

Thanksgiving Blessings

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I may have posted my Thanksgiving blessings earlier, but I have to say that I’m so grateful for the fact that Thanksgiving is over – not because I had a bad one. No. I actually had a great Thanksgiving. I’m grateful it’s over because I need a reprieve from the craziness of the holiday and the hectic schedule that I’ve been keeping. The week before Thanksgiving, I worked 5 days and slept a grand total of 41 hours in the whole week. This last week I also worked 5 days, 39 hours and 15 minutes and had a grand total of 43 hours of sleep. I was scheduled to work Thanksgiving day (woohoo double time and a half!) and instead of the 4 hours that I was scheduled, I worked a grand total of 7 hours and 15 minutes. All of my shifts were either 3am or 4am. Which accounts for the little sleep and on Thanksgiving day I worked until 12:15 and still had to cook dinner. Whew. So, now you know why I haven’t been around much to blog or comment. I apologize for that, but that, sadly, is life in a bakery before a holiday!

Now. Time for the positives and the happy parts.

After a long day at work, I rushed home, showered and started on dinner. After I cracked open a bottle of champagne and drinking half a glass first … hey. It’s been stressful and champagne is good. I played my Cinnamon & Cloves playlist while cooking, because music while cooking/baking for me is a must and away we went!

There were only three of us and I wanted to do something different so instead of turkey, I made three Cornish Game Hens that I glazed with a brown sugar & spicy mustard glaze. To go with the hens, I made a Sausage & Herb Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole and Corns & Peas in Tarragon Butter. My roommate’s mother (who had come down from Mount Vernon to enjoy the holiday with us) brought Mashed Garlic Red Potatoes and her amazing Cranberry Salad made with cranberries, blueberries, allspice, cloves and cinnamon. And my roommate Rachel had picked up a Sweet Potato side dish for her and her mom (yeah I’m the weirdo who dislikes sweet potatoes). Everything was so good. We ate til we were stuffed. We talked. We laughed. We relaxed. i drank a second glass of champagne and they polished off a bottle of wine. And then … it was dessert time.

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I decided to do something a little bit differently this year. As I’ve stated before, I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin. So I definitely didn’t want any pumpkin pie. And I’m not really big on pies anyway. So I made a Carrot Orange Spice cake with Orange Spice Cream Cheese Frosting and topped with Candied Pecans. It was DELICIOUS. Decadent and sweet without being heavy. The perfect addition and everyone agreed. In fact they both said that that should be my Thanksgiving dessert every year. So it looks like I started a new Thanksgiving tradition, without even meaning to! But seriously, I’m NOT a fan of carrot cake but even I like this cake. No. Strike that. Love this cake. Rachel and I finished it yesterday and I was incredibly sad. I guess that means it’s time to make a new one!

I had to crash early, not just because I was tired, but because I had to work at 4am on Black Friday so I chatted for a few more minutes and then headed off to bed so they could have some mother/daughter time and I could relax a little before sleep.

It may have been a low-key (for the most part) Thanksgiving, but I wouldn’t have traded it for another. It was everything that I wanted. And unlike last year, there were no tears and no anger. No one took me for granted. No one acted like an asshole and made rude comments after I worked all day and the cooked dinner. No one was mean in anyway. It was honestly the best Thanksgiving that I’ve had since my mom passed. And that makes me happy. Yes. I missed her. Yes. I wished I could have my family back. But I can’t and I finally had a wonderful holiday despite that. I proved to myself it’s possible to miss someone you love dearly and STILL have a wonderful time.

I don’t really do Black Friday shopping. I despise the crowds and I can’t stand how horrible most people become when they start shopping. I don’t need to deal with the shoving and pushing and rudeness. So since I did have to work, I checked out the movies and that was about it. I will say that I did manage to buy 13 new movies … and only 1 is a gift. Oops!

I’d love to hear all about your Thanksgiving! Do you have any family traditions? did you do anything differently this year? Buy anything fun on Black Friday? Tell me all about it in the comments!

  • Yowza your hours last week sound all kinds of insane. Hope you are able to get more sleep this week. My husband and I LOVE game hen, whenever we see it on sale we SNAP it up and freeze it for the future. Sounds like a super tasty meal.

  • I think Black Friday is ridiculously stupid. Not the idea of getting some deals but for what it has become. gross. I avoid it too! Your Thanksgiving sounded really lovely and quaint and perfect. Those Cornish Game Hens sound really good!! I think it’s just about being grateful and eating food with the ones you love. How perfect.

  • Bummer about pre-tgiving chaos, but I’m glad you had a great celebration! that cake sounds delicious though I do love pumpkin pie… and all pie…. haha :) KC and I make homemade cranberry sauce and pies every year. KCs family does party poppers which are fun. His mom took in my sister and her husband too since my family moved away over the summer. We played board games until probably 9pm. It was actually really fun!! :) XO -Alexandra

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  • That cake sounds amazing! I hope your schedule slows down a little bit now before Christmas. And a low-key Thanksgiving sounds perfect. Our Thanksgiving was only our immediate family for once, which never happens, and I was so happy it was a smaller crowd!