Thanksgiving Brunch Planning

We are having Thanksgiving Brunch with my parents at our house this year before we travel to see the husband’s parents for Thanksgiving dinner. I’m in heaven because I love thanksgiving and breakfast foods. I was spooling through pinterest and cookbooks one morning and the husband looks over and says, “you live for this stuff, don’t you?” and I replied with “hey, wouldn’t it be cool if we had turkey bacon? Get it?” He rolls his eyes, and I know that he lives for anything that includes biscuits.

 Here’s some ideas I’m tossing about. I’ll let you know which ones stick.

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Cranberry Pecan Pie Crust Leaves

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Rosemary breadsticks

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Gold Pumpkins and accents

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Craft Paper and hand lettering- two of my favorite things!

 

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Pie Day

I love Thanksgiving. There is something about pulling out all the old recipes seems to bring the whole family together again. An apple pie from the past eaten by the newest members of our family really makes life full circle.

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This year I was in charge of pie. I decided on two classics apple and pumpkin.

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 The worst part about pie is you can’t sample it before you take it to your event. Crossing my fingers!

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Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 107:1

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Biscuits

It’s been three years. Besides being married for three years this week, it is also the third anniversary of one of the best wedding gifts I received. It was just a 3×5 card. Handwritten in simple blue pen is the recipe for “Justin’s Biscuits”. Mamas know what makes their babies happy. And good mamas pass that information on to their wives.

There are books, restaurants, documentaries and cooking shows dedicated to this love affair that Southerners and beyond have with this light, fluffy, buttery, palm size bread. As a little girl, it was one of the first words I learned to say and then later spell. My grandfather took great pride in teaching me the complex spelling of such a simple food.  In college, one student body president candidate even made the campaign promise of no more burned biscuits in the cafeteria.

There are only three ingredients in my recipe, flour, fat and dairy, so simple yet in some ways complex. If your ratios are off you could have a flat mess. Or if you mix too much you could have a hockey puck. Or if you leave them in too long, well you’ve gone and burned the biscuits. No one is happy if those things happen. But if the balance is perfect, you handle that dough with love and care as if it is your own child, and if you wait for the perfect time… well, magic can happen. Oh, the life lessons I have learned while making biscuits.

Hopefully one day, I’ll be able to pass this recipe along just like my mother-in-law did for me. But for now it’s permanent home is safely stuck on the side of the refrigerator. It’s served me well for three years so far, and we’ve got a lifetime to go.

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I made these last night for dinner.

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