Helloooo December and good riddance November. November was as November typically is for me, ugly and cold, but hey! at least it’s over now and we’re fast approaching the Christmas holidays. Break out those advent calendars folks because December is going to be a roller coaster ride.
For the actual meal, I had pie success (finally!) with the two recipes below. My pie crusts could still use a bit of refinement, but they turned out lovelier than expected. I ambitiously set out to bake four pies for the evening, but we had more than enough desserts. JR’s sister (a pastry chef) brought over a lovely homemade pear tart, and my cousins sent us two fruit pies via post.
Pumpkin spice ice box pie - http://www.scoopadventures.com/pumpkin-spice-ice-box-pie/
Maple bourbon pecan pie - http://bakingthegoods.com/2014/11/20/maple-bourbon-pecan-pie/
I also highly recommend that anyone considering making a turkey in the future try this recipe involving spatchcocking the turkey. There is no other way that my family or I will ever cook a turkey; it’s too easy and quick and saves the oven for all the other important things, like mac & cheese (people loved this butternut squash one here).
It’s gotten cold very quickly here in North Texas, and I had to dig all my winter clothes out of storage (there are never enough). We’ve been getting rain for days now, and I’m quite ready for the short bright days of winter. Here’s to a holiday season filled with twinkling lights and warm hearths.