Looking Forward to Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving kind of gets a raw deal, have you noticed? It’s sandwiched right there between Halloween and Christmas — two holidays that have each become a season unto themselves. It tends to get lost in there between the costumes and candy and all the holiday shopping, but personally I’m voting to bring Thanksgiving back.

Thanksgiving is an awesome holiday. Think about it. You get all the food and family fellowship with no pressure of gift giving or coming up with creative costumes. Now THAT is my kinda holiday. Especially when it is hosted by a generous family member, and all I have to do is make a dish, show up and eat!

That is what I’m doing this year. We are having Thanksgiving with my in-laws, who always put on a lovely holiday gathering. There are plenty of people to chat with, the kids have lots of playmates, the wine flows freely and the food is delicious. It just doesn’t get much better than that.

I will, however, miss my own family. Since they live six hours away, there is no way to see them as well. It is always an either/or proposition when it comes to major holidays.

And you can’t help but love my mom’s house at Thanksgiving. She is famous for making about a dozen homemade pies. I will never forget the year I brought my husband home for Thanksgiving for the first time. My mom had made six pies, and there were going to be five of us having Thanksgiving together. Do the math. Insane, right?

My husband walked in the door, took a look at the counter lined with pies and exclaimed, “Those are some SERIOUS pies.” We still laugh about that.

While I’ll miss the pies this year (they’re not gluten free, so I won’t miss them THAT much), we will have plenty of good food and fellowship at my in-laws’.

Everyone always brings a dish to pass, and this year I’m planning to bring my Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Onions. Seriously, this dish is perfect for the holidays because it is easy to prepare ahead of time and reheat, and everyone always loves it. Don’t even TRY to tell me you don’t like brussels sprouts. If you say that, you have never had them with bacon. Just look at this decadence…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Caramelized Onions

Yeah, seriously, try it this Thanksgiving and see if everyone doesn’t rave about it.