Anyway, our Thanksgiving this year was great! We spent the day at Cole's parents' house, who started out bright and early with breakfast, Christensen-style (aka cereal, donuts, and chocolate milk*).
*FYI, the Christensen men PROBABLY corner the market on grown adults who still enjoy cereal with cartoon characters on the box, and many of us wives have picked up the habit as well--my sister-in-law posted this facebook status a little while ago:
|Oreo Turkeys! Instructions found here|
A few games and several hours later, we busted out the pies. This was MY assignment for Thanksgiving, and I may or may not have gone a little overboard. Even though there were only 8 adults and 8 children (4 of which are under the age of 2), I made 6 pies: 2 pumpkin, chocolate buttercream, coconut cream, banana cream, and Dutch apple. I wish I would have gotten pictures, because (if I do say so myself) every pie was rather spectacular. Besides 4 of the crusts (which I bought--I'm not quite up to making crusts myself!) I made everything from scratch, and I'm incredibly proud of that fact. You see, I have this inherent (insane) desire to overachieve when I'm cooking for others, so instead of taking the easier, faster route (which, I have to admit, is usually my MO for cooking) I have to do everything the hard way. So, it took me 7 hours on Wednesday, but I made 6 fantastic pies. Too bad we were all too full to enjoy very much of them...
After dropping by my parents' house and leaving some pie with them, I came home with an entire pumpkin pie, half of a banana cream pie, and about a third each of coconut cream, chocolate, and Dutch apple. Guess I'll be having a lot of pie in the next little while. :)
My mom also helped my boys make turkeys out of apples, which turned out really cute: