Today is such a special day for me. For the past several years I’ve celebrated Thanksgiving in Los Angeles with close friends, but this year my family and I were able to travel to South Carolina to see my parents and my sister’s family. My mom never disappoints in the food category! She really knows how to cook and put on a spread. I may be biased, but southern cooking is the best food in the world! Lol! Since we had quite a crowd this year, my mom set up two folding tables in the living room and decorated them with candles, fall flowers, and leaves cut right from the farm. There wasn’t any need to put out the formal plates and silverware, so we just used plastic ware and festive paper plates. Makes for easy clean up!
Of course, it’s not Thanksgiving without turkey and I’d be remiss if I didn’t put in a picture of my mom’s turkey. Mmmmmmm!!! It’s really very simple. Just thaw the turkey for about 9 hours in cold water, remove the inner cavity, and then season to your tasting. Mom used salt and pepper and a lot of butter on the outside and then stuffed the inside with onion, apple slices, and two stalks of celery. Bake for 3 1/2 hours at 325 degrees. Viola!
One activity that was really fun for Wilder was baking chocolate chip cookies with “Mammy”. She bought him the cutest kid’s baking set that he was super excited to use. It’s a lot like this one…
He loved using the measuring cups to scoop the flour and sugar into the bowl, measuring the vanilla and baking soda, and using the mixer to get all of the chocolate chips incorporated. He especially loved licking the spoon!
Mom helped him scoop the dough onto the cookie sheet with a small ice cream scooper and stuck it in the oven to bake. Honestly, the measurements weren’t exact and they definitely looked homemade, but they were some of the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tasted! Way to go Wilder!
I’m so thankful for this time with my family and for all of the blessings in my life. May we all remember what this time really represents. I wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Hugs and Blessings,