Tomorrow, Thanksgiving, is the real end of Fall before all the craziness of Christmas and New Years. I love Thanksgiving. It is a no pressure holiday. Just show up and enjoy good food and each other.
The pies are ready. They are my only directive from my daughter-in-law, Karen, who is doing the major cooking, cleaning and entertaining at their home. I love going there, but I also miss being the hub of family gatherings. Are you impressed with the pies? Me too. Photo courtesy of Paula Deane. I did not make the pies. My late mother is having a fit wherever she is. Homemade from scratch was the standard when I was growing up. Here, among Karen's family, getting "bakery" shows you really care. So, off we went early this morning to pick up one of those delicious and very large pumpkin pies from Costco. It was like a feeding frenzy at the aquarium. As fast as the bakers could load the displays with pies, people were removing them. Many carts had 5-10 pies. Maybe they were for restaurants. We got ours and checked out quickly. Then off to Baker's Square to get the Chocolate Silk pie that is a 2nd favorite with the in-laws. Baker's Square sells thousands of pies at each location during Thanksgiving, the manager once told me. The overload is handled by parking large refrigerator trucks behind the restaurant. They are so organized, that it also only took a minute to pick up this pie.
Since I didn't have to make the pies, although both are easy ones to make, I had enough time to buy these beautiful papers for future art projects. The designs are handscreened on heavy dark brown paper.
Thank you to everyone who sent such caring and kind words of sympathy to John and me and also his family. They were very comforting. Thank you.