Friday, November 5, 2010

Thanksgiving Disasters

Hi Everyone!

Sophie Winston of the Domestic Diva Mystery series chiming in because it’s that time of year again -- time for First Murder Bourbon Pecan Pie!

Thanksgiving should be such a peaceful and fun holiday. No shopping, no worries about returning gifts or wrong sizes. Just great company and delicious food. There’s always too much food and is it ever good! Juicy turkey, mashed potatoes and savory gravy, sweet potatoes with melting marshmallows on top, and my favorite, sweet, tart cranberry sauce! Not to mention the heavenly desserts like pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake. Did someone mention bourbon whipped cream on top?

One year, though, Thanksgiving wasn’t quite what I expected. I thought my parents would come for a visit, and that my sister would bring her fiance. Simple enough, I could handle dinner for five. I imagined I would have plenty of extra time, so I entered the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown, just to put my rival, Natasha in her place. What a Thanksgiving that turned out to be!

My little family dinner swelled to fifteen people, two dogs, and one Ocicat kitten. What could be worse than having your former in-laws come to dinner, not to mention the woman your ex-husband is now shacking up with!

I’ll tell you what’s worse -- thinking that one of the people gathered around your dining room table is a murderer! Is it any wonder that Willow Vanderling’s author, Janet Bolin, suggested I name my pie First Murder Bourbon Pecan Pie?

You can read all about that Thanksgiving in THE DIVA RUNS OUT OF THYME. I’m glad that holiday is behind me. This Thanksgiving will be much, much better!

My family is gathering at my brother’s house for Christmas day celebrations this year. His wife, a bit of a micro-manager, has planned every tiny detail. Her parents will be coming, as will mine. It will be one big happy holiday -- I hope. In fact, my author, Krista, is having a contest to celebrate the book coming in December about my Christmas, THE DIVA COOKS A GOOSE.


All you have to do is send your favorite Christmas Cookie recipe to her at Krista at KristaDavis dot com. The five winners will have their recipes posted on-line. She's very excited about it -- no wonder, she's going to be baking and eating a lot of cookies.

Yikes! Meanwhile, I’m the one who is cooking a goose for Christmas Eve dinner at my house. And I was planning a Raspberry Bombe for New Year's Eve. I'm beginning to think I should be very worried . . .

What do you look forward to most about Thanksgiving?

17 comments:

  1. I go to my parents' for Thanksgiving. I love setting the table with the linens, china, crystal, and silverware that my parents inherited from their parents and grandparents. It's all so pretty!

    Cleaning up aftewards, though - that's another story.

    Surely, Sophie, nothing can happen to mar this Thanksgiving or Christmas...

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  2. The stuffing! To me, that's the best part of the Thanksgiving feast.

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  3. Lisa, I love the turkey, too!

    Willow, I use china and crystal of my ex-husband's Aunt Faye. It always brings back such fond memories of her. Thanks, Willow, I'm hoping you're right, and that my Thanksgiving and Christmas will be merry.

    Kuzlin, stuffing is such a nice treat. Yum!

    ~ Sophie
    Domestic Diva Mysteries

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  4. Getting together with family!! And indulging in a few once-a-year goodies like pumpkin pie and corn pudding.

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  5. Thanksgiving is exactly what you say, Sophie. Good food, family, laughter. I love homemade cranberry sauce and juicy turkey. I think I could do without everything else. Oh, as long as I have string beans...and biscuits...and mashed potatoes...and pumpkin pie. [Of course, I have to make many of those gluten-free, but they're still good, good, good!]

    Good luck with that bombe! Uh-oh.

    ~Avery

    AveryAames.com
    Mystery Lovers' Kitchen

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  6. Going to my daughter's house for an afternoon of board games & then the feast - all those yummy goodies without having to do any of the cooking or cleanup.

    I do volunteer to take the leftover turkey off of the bones - that earns me some to take home.

    Helen Kiker
    hdkiker@comcast.net

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  7. Mary, getting together with everyone is very special to me, too.

    Avery, string beans! How do you make them? Do you make the casserole?

    Helen, I miss playing board games. We did that when I was younger. How nice of you to clean the meat off the turkey! I'm sure that's greatly appreciated!

    ~ Sophie
    Domestic Diva Mysteries

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  8. I enjoying seeing my niece. It's one of the only times I get to chat with her face-to-face and hear all about her college life.

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  9. I look forward to seeing my family and having some old favorites.

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  10. I love how lowkey it can be at Thanksgiving. It's the last mellow before the craziness of the December holidays. It's good food, music, the house smells yummy, family and friends hanging out.
    DH will smoke a turkey, make his green bean casserole, I'll make mashed potatoes and gravy and rolls or biscuits. I will attempt a pie or two....even if my crusts get called Frankenstein Crust.

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  11. I love everything about Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday. Food, family, and that feeling of happiness. :)

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  12. Dru and Maureen, I think seeing family and friends is the most wonderful thing about Thanksgiving for many of us.

    Frankenstein Crust! I love it, Vickie. That will be remembered at Thanksgivings in your family for decades to come!

    Heather, I bet your family feels the same way. Happy Thanksgiving!

    ~ Sophie
    Domestic Diva Mysteries

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  13. I enjoy being around my families and cooking with my kids. This will be Duncan's first Thanksgiving so that will be special.

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  14. I'm looking forward to a wonderful ham dinner for Thanksgiving. Then, ham biscuits for the next morning's brunch. :)

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  15. I'm looking forward to homemade, from fresh, pumpkin pie. And to trying that bourbon whipped cream you mentioned. :-)

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  16. Funny, touching, memorable short Thanksgiving stories about holiday disasters, family & friends.
    http://amzn.to/aV2dQa

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