As a foodie I find it hard not to go all out for Thanksgiving. I didn’t host the event and yet my list of items to make was pretty long. Well, lets be honest, it’s not easy to ask the hostess (my mother) to make vegan items for me! Since I didn’t want to miss out on any of my favorite things I needed to make sure there were versions for myself and since my brother in law (his first Thanksgiving with the family) is a high raw vegetarian it was an even bigger excuse to cook more. First things first, stuffing. Only the best Thanksgiving food there is and generally made with chicken broth. So I brought a package to make with veggie broth but when I got there I found out that that’s how my mom does it anyway! Bonus. But I still made it.
I also made a spiced sweet potato and chick pea dish from Sprouted Kitchen which is positively amazing!
Then I did make a gluten free ‘stuffing’ out of rice. It has all the same ingredients as stuffing except that it’s rice instead of bread. It turned out great! I made it in risotto style on the stove top in a skillet.
I sauteed onions, celery and garlic in olive oil and added sage, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper.
Lastly I made an apple and onion tart. I’ve never made a tart before so I was just guessing and hoping that it was good. I basically tossed a sliced onion and a sliced apple in balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and maple syrup and folded the pie crust over it.
Then I baked it for EVER. That’s what it seemed like because both ovens were being used for multiple purposes and I couldn’t set it at a temperature I thought I would need. So basically I eye balled it until it looked like this!
Of course there was loads of family and fun going on and the whole afternoon of cooking was all that I hoped for! We had a great time. Then today everyone came over and we hung out at our house! Here’s a pic of me and my mom. She is SO gorgeous! Just look at her…..and yes, she’s given birth to seven kids and homeschooled us all so looking like this is extra amazing.
After everyone left we carried out our favorite tradition of putting up the tree the day after Thanksgiving. We went to a new place this year to pick out a tree and it’s by far the best one we’ve ever had, awesome shape, incredible color and perfect proportion!
We are huge fans of celebrating and Christmas is the best holiday of all. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but we started dating during the Christmas season and got engaged right before Christmas the next year so it’s even more significant for us.
Now we’re watching Toy Story and drinking wine in the glorious glow of Christmas lights all around our house. It’s amazing.
Question: What traditions do you have? Do you LOVE Christmas?