HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Okay, that title is so silly. But are we all crazed? With travel or plans or cooking? Or not?
I have to write my 1000 words today, and do laundry, and somehow find three pies to take to our pals' house tomorrow for Thanksgiving.
I'm missing my dear family, spread far and wide. And missing my mom. And almost inspired to make black cherry Jell-o mold with black cherries, a staple at our Thanksgiving dinners since the sixties.
My mom and stepfather were married on Thanksgiving, and coming home for that anniversary/holiday was always a command performance. Now, although no one lives there anymore, I am counting blessings like mad. What a tender time of year.
I know we're all busy--so quickly, what are you all up to today?
HALLIE EPHRON: Today we're traveling to Brooklyn to be with the people I love most in this world, counting my blessings all the way. Tomorrow we cook!
JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING: Well, we had plans to travel for Thanksgiving to Lake Forest, IL. (You may remember the Sailor is stationed at Great Lakes, just a little way up the road.) We were finally going to do the big city Thanksgiving getaway - see the huge parade, stay in the wonderful Deer Path Inn and eat out instead of cooking.
Then the Sailor pulled duty on Thanksgiving Day. Plus, he found out today and Friday are also regular duty days, which means the only times we'd be able to see him would be a few hours in the evening. Ugh. Since he's coming home for two weeks around Christmas (yay!) we decided to can the plan. And instead - sssh! Don't tell anyone! - we're playing hooky for Thanksgiving.
We're going to watch the Macy's Parade in our pajamas in our not-cleaned-for-guests house, then watch the Westminster Dog show, then eat some of Ross's wonderful lamb stew, which we all like a lot more than turkey, and then we're going out to see Disney's Moana! We'll even have the best part of the day, since a neighbor is making us a pie. It feels VERY wicked and indulgent, and it's just one break in our usual round of hosting/guesting/traveling to DC for family, but we're all looking forward to it like crazy.
DEBORAH CROMBIE: Julia, yes, the Westminster Dog Show!!! And the Macy's Parade! I will be watching those, and then we are going to my aunt's for early-afternoon dinner, and then stopping by to visit with my hub's family--although I, at least-will not manage to eat TWO Thanksgiving dinners. I'm only making my traditional Cranberry-Orange-Jalepeno relish, so easy peasy Thanksgiving for me and I'm really looking forward to it.
Julia, traditionally, we've gone to hub's family on Christmas Eve, then to mine (aunt, cousins, cousins' kids, and now cousin's son's baby!) on Christmas Day. Then a couple of years ago we got snowed in on Christmas Day and it was fabulous!!! I decided that was my new tradition. I do miss seeing my relatives, but so lovely to stay home with just us and kids and our friend Gigi (and now grandbaby Wren!!!) Bliss.
LUCY BURDETTE: We will be very very low key too, as we're gathering with all the fam for Christmas. We were invited to have dinner with some neighbors, and my contribution will be leek, pepper, butter butter butter biscuits. (Last year I had a Meniere's dizzy episode after Thanksgiving so I'll be very cautious. Probably no gravy, sad to say.)
Here's the recipe for the biscuits, which is from the fabulous CT bakery, Four and 20 Blackbirds:
HANK: Okay, you all. Tell me about the parade. I do not understand the parade. Why is it fun to watch?
Reds and readers…do you watch the parade? And we know you’re crazed, but just check in! What are you doing today? (And as our dear Ramona often asks--how much butter is in your house right now?)
And then—good luck! Happy Thanksgiving, all! (And just so you know: tomorrow, turkey tips. Friday, a quiz. Saturday, a fabulous author. And Sunday—a call to arms.)