We don’t go around the table saying what we’re thankful for at my family’s Thanksgiving dinner.
We don’t say grace, we don’t make toasts. There’s no pontificating about the ‘founding fathers’ at our table because that’s not what Thanksgiving is about for us.
Our Thanksgiving is about laughing as much as it’s about eating.
It’s consistently sitting down to eat at least an hour after we said we would, no matter who is doing the cooking…and being totally fine with that because no one has anywhere else to be.
It’s dogs begging for table treats and people picking at leftovers long after they’ve proclaimed they couldn’t eat another bite.
It’s my husband and my dad watching football together – except my dad falls asleep about ten minutes after he sits down.
It’s my mom and I putting away leftovers and immediately doing all the dishes because that’s how my Nana rolled when my mom was growing up and some habits are worth keeping.
It’s three kinds of pie when we said we were only going to have two, because come on. More pie is ALWAYS better.
Pilgrims and Native Americans don’t factor into our Thanksgiving in the least. Some people might say that’s wrong – that we’re not remembering why we’re here in the first place, that we’ve lost the true meaning of the holiday. I don’t feel the least bit bad though, because I’ve got the three most important people in my life at my table eating and laughing together for another year. Life is short and often brutal, and time is our dearest commodity. Spending it with the people I love is always what I’ll be most thankful for.
Also, did I mention the third pie?
You CAN’T feel bad when there’s three pies available. Well, not mentally, anyway. Physically…maybe.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends…whatever that means to you.
Three pies? What time should I be there next year?
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The suspense is killing me- WHAT WERE THE THREE PIES?
Apple, strawberry rhubarb, and pumpkin! I did the pumpkin with a squirrel and leaf motif, and even made little pie crust acorns for it. It was pretty awesome.
Oh yeah- I saw your squirrel pie on FB! So cute! Strawberry rhubarb must have been like a slice of summer. I did pumpkin and a maple bourbon pecan (heavy on the bourbon). I thought about doing a Dutch apple as well but Thanksgiving was too much pressure to try a recipe for the first time ever.
Maple bourbon pecan sounds amaaaaazing. I love pecan pie.
I got super excited for the strawberry rhubarb pie but then it turned out to be made with canned filling rather than legit strawberries and rhubarb. It was still pie and therefore worth eating…but, yeah. Minor let-down.
Dutch apple pie is the kind with the crumb topping, right?
I think American-Dutch apple pie has the crumb topping. That’s what was expecting over there but their apple pie is so different. The crust is kind of cake-y. It’s mixed up and then pushed/pressed into a springform pan. Then apples and then a lattice top the the cakey dough. It was sooooo good.
That sounds amazing.
Your photo caption made me go all tear-y like. ❤
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