The wind and cold weather have picked up here in Maryland so now it feels like Thanksgiving time in this part of the country. Tradition is part and parcel of lots of family gatherings. Certain foods are cooked, specific activities are repeated and familiar surroundings are comforting. For some people that reliability is crucial, but for me, tweaking and creating new traditions is fun and rewarding.
This past week I cashed in on a birthday present from my son. We took a cooking class together preparing several side dishes and desserts geared toward the Thanksgiving meal. It was great to spend the time together doing something we both love. In addition to learning some great food preparation techniques, we both zeroed in on a recipe to add to our traditional Turkey meal.
I love hosting Thanksgiving dinner for my family. The house cleaning, table setting, food shopping, days of preparation and cooking are all my favorite part of the deal. It’s a familiar ritual that makes me happy. I dig out past favorite recipes and fold in some tasty new ideas into the menu.
The clay studio is bustling this time of year as well. I’m making some unique ornaments for a couple of local realtors to gift to their customers. I created some personalized mugs featuring a half marathon accomplishment for some runners. Specific color requests for recipe boxes, tray and bowl sets and a sponge caddy are in the works. I just received a request to develop a special jar to hold money and gift cards for a couple's date night! The window for completing these projects in time for Christmas is narrowing. If you have a custom project in mind for me, let me know now!
If you’re in the mood to share in the holiday-crafting fun, I’ll be teaching a class through The Muse in Frederick, Md. on Sunday, December 4. You will decorate 10 shapes with colorful acrylic paints, beads, markers and more! Sign up now by clicking here.
What says Thanksgiving for you? It could be food-related (corn pudding would probably be one answer in my family), location-specific (we always have Thanksgiving at _____________’s house) or people-oriented (this same group of family and friends always gathers for the holiday). In case you'd like to try a new recipe for your holiday meal, I bet the Potato Gratin will be a big hit and become part of your regular rotation!