Home again, and looking forward to getting back to normal (in the food arena.) All the festivities went better than I could have hoped for. I really like the way I did the cooking. I prepped a few things on Tuesday, then drove to my dad’s house. Wednesday was designated for cooking, the idea being that if most stuff was done, it would be more relaxing on Thanksgiving day. And I think that worked pretty well.
Wednesday evening, my sister and I met my mom at a restaurant for dinner, and that can be an especially stressful time. But I actually prayed for a magical moment, and it really was. We had so much fun laughing, and my mom enjoyed it so much. Yah, I enjoyed it so much that I ate that whole gigantic slice of French Silk pie in one sitting. That is the most I have overeaten in a long time!
For a review of the low-cal recipes I said I was going to try: I thought the butternut squash trade-out for the sweet potato casserole was fantastic. I didn’t tell my dad that it was squash til after he ate it, and he loved it. I thought the gravy was fantastic, didn’t seem any different than regular. Did I mention that I use those yellow potatoes (Yukon Gold) for mashing? I think they have the best taste and texture. The Pumpkin Turtle pie was very good. Probably wouldn’t repeat it though…waiting for Linda’s light pumpkin cheesecake recipe! And honestly, I am still stuck on Pumpkin Custard, and with a little granola on top, I am good to go. The stuffing I won’t report on, since I did not even taste a lick–I hate the stuff. My dad said it was good, ‘different than any he’d had before.’ If my sis stops by, I’m sure she’ll leave a review in the comments. I know that it was extremely low in fat compared to most stuffings.
I have to be honest. For me, the hit of the week was my sister’s lemon tarts. She makes them with our grandmother’s traditional English recipe, and this year they were absolutely the perfect combination of flakey crust and lemon curd, with a dollop of whipped cream on top. I had two after dinner, and took two to the hotel room for the evening. There is nothing diet, low calorie, sugar free, or low fat about these. But they are definitely worthy…
I was happy that I did go to the hotel fitness room after Thanksgiving dinner and tried the exercise bike. I went 10 miles in 30 minutes. I don’t know if that is good or not, but I was sweating afterwards!
Well, I am glad to be home, and glad to be able to check in with all of you. One good thing about this kind of Thanksgiving is–NO LEFTOVERS! I actually have some pumpkin custard in the oven for tonight!