This is by far my favorite holiday because it is truly just about being grateful, showing and expressing our gratitude, spending the day with loved ones and family and counting our blessings. A day that we should experience much more often than once and I strive to demonstrate throughout the year. Plus it is an awesome excuse to try out new recipes and experience great new wines. My holiday will be spent at our home, hosting about 12 people all family and loved ones watching football, the Thanksgiving Parade in New York City and watching the kids and dogs play. I am grateful moreso this year than I have been in years past to have such an amazing partner to share the day with, my best friend Mark Buckley. It took us half our lifetime to find each other but it was truly worth the wait. I am also spending the day with my new bonus daughter Alicia and her parents, our family is continuing to expand and grow. My son, Jordan’s wedding this summer was an amazing experience and one of the most special days in my life. I am blessed to have all 3 of my children together for this holiday as well as my parents. My other half’s children will also be joining us so I am super excited about preparing the feast for all to enjoy.
My recipes are ready, the bubbly is chilling, the turkey is thawing, the ingredients are spilling out of the cabinets and all of my items on the check list are ready to start going through later today. This means last minute shopping, ironing of linens, china to wipe down, crystal to buff, silver to polish and oh so much cleaning! But I love every second. Hosting a holiday party at our home is very special to me having a home big enough to accomodate everyone quite comfortably. Years past, that wasn’t always the case and it could get rather cozy.
A few items on the menu include my new Buffalo Chicken Ranch Dip with a delicious fresh baguette, Bacon Wrapped Brussels with Pineapple, Spiced Meatballs and a lovely Fig and Blue Cheese Bruschetta. This doesn’t even touch dinner yet either. The family reciope for my stuffing has been passed down and it is my favorite part of the meal on Thanksgiving. Then of course there are the rolls and pies ….. my kitchen will become a flurry of smells, aromas and flavors.
Decorating the table will include harvest items, seasonal colors, candles, a gratitude tree, a menu and place cards for each of the wonderful people seated at my table. I cannot wait to post a follow up with pictures that have captured the experience and memoris of this wonderful holiday from our family to yours!
What are you grateful for and how will you be celebrating?