Thanksgiving this year was over at the house of longtime family friends, Dick and Barb. There’s just something about not cooking any food that makes going over and eating a gigantic feast even better.
Plus, Mom made so many desserts that it was just ridiculous–in the best way possible.
Kristen and I started off the day by going for a quick two mile run in the great outdoors (a beautiful wooded area with trails perfect for the casual runner). We brought Hadley the giant Irish wolfhound, but to keep her from being mistaken for a deer by hunters (welcome back to the country, folks), we dressed her in a bright orange tee-shirt that she was more than happy to sport. That shirt is an XXL, I believe.
Orange is totally her color.
We headed home just in time to admire the few pies that Mom was finishing up making. She made two white chocolate raspberry cheesecakes and two pumpkin pies yesterday, and an apple pie and a pecan pie today.
Total Thanksgiving dessert perfection.
After what felt like an eternity of growing hunger pangs, we finally headed over to Dick and Barb’s house and sat down to eat. My favorite dish, aside from the turkey, is Barb’s world-famous (in my world, anyway) cranberry relish. Cranberries, apples, mandarin oranges. Yum.
The woman who made the magic happen:
And the turkey carver:
Only two of my sisters were there this year (we missed you, Erin!), but I’m happy to take what I can get.
Everyone around the table:
And of course, for dessert, I had the pie sampler–little piece of every one. Ranked in order of my favorites, least to greatest: pumpkin pie, then apple pie, then pecan pie, then white chocolate raspberry cheesecake.
I mean, who can resist white chocolate raspberry cheesecake? Recipe and swirling instructions can be found here.
I’m very excited to go horseback riding (for the first time since I was a wee ‘un) tomorrow, then driving up to Buffalo to see our good friends Bre and Zev! Good luck to anyone doing some serious shopping tomorrow and have a fantastic rest of the holiday!