Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving---Old & New

by Maggie Sefton

This week, Tuesday, I'm flying back to Northern Virginia to spend Thanksgiving with my daughter Melissa and my dear friends from childhood, Diane & Nancy, and their families and some of their friends.  A different gathering than usual.  But this year, my family is scattered all over for the holiday.  My oldest daughter Christine and family will be in Pennsylvania with friends, daughter Serena will be staying in Texas, and daughter Maria is out of the country.  So daughter Melissa will travel from Manhattan to join me and our "extended" family Diane & Nancy and families to celebrate this favorite holiday with our favorite foods.

There will be turkey with all the trimmings, I'm sure.  Plus, new dishes.  Diane & husband Les will handle the turkey and stuffing, and we---the guests---will handle everything else.  :).  It sounds like fun.  I LOVE trying new holiday foods, so I'm guaranteed a good time.  Plus, Diane has asked Melissa and me to make all the pies.  Yay!  I love pies.  They're my favorite dessert.  Honest.

What pies will I start with?  My favorite Southern Pecan pie----which I "gave" to character Pete in my Kelly Flynn Mysteries  as Pete's Pecan Pie.  It's super rich and super deadly.  But. . .Thanksgiving is not the time to think about calories.  It's a time for Feasting with Family and Friends!

Where are you spending the holiday?  Inviting more family & friends?  Or taking some time for yourself?


Lover of Books said...

My grandparents are coming to town. I have not seen them in 3 years. I am so excited. I am bringing munchies since I close at work tonight and tomorrow. Good times with family. :)

Jeannie D. said...

I am having two Thanksgiving's. On Thanksgiving day we are going to New Orleans to eat at Commander's Palace with my Husband's family. On Sunday, we are having Thanksgiving dinner with my family at home. Looking forward to both. However, my waist line is not!

ladyvyvian said...

I will be having a late thanksgiving as my daughter ad her family will be going to her in-laws and we will celebrate on Friday.

Aurian said...

Lol you could ask Ellery for some pie recipes! I wish you a great time Maggie. There is no such thing as Thanksgiving here in Holland. But someday I really want to eat a dinner as is custom for you all.

My Recent Favorite Books said...

Sounds like you are having a wonderful joyous Thanksgiving!

We are celebrating with family nearby.

Have a great Holiday Season!

Maggie Sefton said...

Lover of Books--Krista---Hey, munchies are necessary, especially if you folks start having wine or beer or whatevers while watching football on TV----as the turkey cooks. Have a great time with your grandparents. :)

Jeannie D---Two Thanksgiving dinners. I know what you mean. Our family used to have a mini-Thanksgiving on the Friday afterwards when we'd start clearing out the leftovers. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

ladyvyvian---Yes, I understand. Once your kids marry, then you have to share them with the other parents. I recommend establishing cordial relationships in the in-laws. It makes Life much easier.

Hi, Aurian---Oh, I have bunches of my own pie recipes which I've been cooking for a lifetime. I made my first pie when I was 8 years old and my Aunt Ann taught me how to do butter-crust pastry. Ever since then, I've made pastry that way. You can't beat it for flaky, delicate pastry. And the pecan pie I put in A KILLER STITCH is my pecan pie recipe, but I "gave" it to Pete in the mysteries. :) So look in the back of that book for Pete's Pecan Pie. That's mine. It's deadly & delicious.

Maggie Sefton said...

THanks, Melissa. I'll be celebrating with "my" Melissa----and friends. :)