Thinking About Thanksgiving Already

—I knew I wouldn’t be able to put any new posts up with the new baby home, so I did a few before the new baby came, using Blogger’s feature to publish posts automatically for a date in the future. ((Just so you aren’t wondering how I am able to do this with a newborn!))—

Late last month I got the call asking if I was going to be able to do my usual and make 20 or 25 pies for a local church that feeds the hungry. I try to do that many for them for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, but since the new baby will be here soon, I was a little hesitant to promise to do that many. Usually it takes me all day of doing nothing but making pies, and with a brand-new infant (plus Shug will be almost 17 months then) I know I want to do as many as I can but I’m also afraid to have that many looming over me so soon after having the new baby! Here’s a pic of the pies from…I think this was a couple of years ago…when I had them cooling on the table:

Is there anything that smells better than a house full of pumpkin, sweet potato, pecan, apple, fudge, coconut, and egg custard pies? Not to me! Oh it makes me so happy, making each of these pies with love. I’m going to make as many as I can this year but the thought of committing to a certain number scares me a little! Got to take care of those little babies too!

The November issue of Country Living has a small feature about heritage turkeys – the old-fashioned breeds like Bourbon Red and Narragansett – as compared to the white variety that most everyone gets from the grocery store each year. I read in some other magazine, maybe it was Gourmet, about how people overwhelmingly chose the taste of heritage turkeys.

I went to to see if there were any growers of heritage turkeys within 100 miles of us, but there aren’t; the closest one on the website is in Illinois. Of course, to tell the truth, I would be just as happy with doing a turducken again – this is one we had a couple of years ago:

I think we brought that one back with us from Rabideaux’s in Iowa, Louisiana. If you’re not familiar with it, a turducken is a chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey, and it’s really delicious. And with a turducken, you’re still having turkey for Thanksgiving!

Oh, and then there are the beautiful sides to make…collards, cornbread, hoppin john, dressing, potlikker soup (I mean, since you’re around family and they love you anyway, it’s alright to crumble a little cornbread in your collard potlikker, right? Oh yes.)…

Okay, I am so ready for Thanksgiving already!

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