In the spirit of gratitude and the holiday of Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to express a sincere thank you to my readers: the supporters that read every day, once in awhile, newbies, and everyone who has ever taken an interest in what I’ve written and posted a comment. YOU are the reason I keep writing, and YOU are my inspiration. Cake and Carrots has grown exponentially over the past few months and I could not have done this without YOU. So thank you, thank you, thank you.
And here’s a ridiculous trivia fact about me: I’ve never had a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal.
I’m not kidding. I’ll say it again: I’ve never had a home cooked Thanksgiving meal. For the better part of my life, my family would all go to my maternal granparents’ apartment, where they would have the event catered by their golf club. I doubt my grandmother even knows how to turn on a stove. Of course the food waslukewarm, uininspiring, and terrible.
Then, as the family grew, my grandparents decided to move the festivities from their home to…the club! So I endured many years seated at a large round table with tons of screaming children running around, ALWAYS falling victim to an amazingly large dessert buffet table. Of course I would leave with my pants unbuttoned, bloated, and in a food coma. The food was lukewarm, uninspiring, and yup…terrible. Usually hot fudge stained some area of my clothing.
So, fast forward a bit…after my Grandfather’s passing 2 years ago we decided to move the family Thanksgiving to the Berkshires in Massachusetts. Ok, we’re getting a little better here. Of course no home-cooked meal involved, but instead we all gather at a local inn in Lenox, MA to enjoy the meal. Last year the food was awful and the manager hated our family because we had our own little ones running around (not mine–my brother’s). But, we did secure a private room for the family and it was just so nice to be all together. This year we’re heading up for round 2 (and I had to place my Thanksgiving order in advance: salad, stuffed acorn squash, and pumpkin cheesecake for me).
Do I feel badly for myself that I’ve never had a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner, let alone a decent tasting one? Yes, a bit. Poor Matt has been deprived for over 8 years now, as he spends the holiday with my family. I think he has dreams of sweet potato casserole with fluffy marshmallows on top for weeks after Thanksgiving. I see these amazing recipes being traded on twitter and my mouth literally waters imagining tables heaped with delicious food cooked with TLC rather than in a large restaurant kitchen.
But I’m also lucky because I have the best dang family in the world, and Thanksgiving is all about family. Not about food.
Ok, I lied. It definitely is about the food. Matt and I have plans next year to cook up something really special for our family in our new home and perhaps start a new family tradition, complete with turkey, side dishes, and desserts made by us!
Enjoy your holiday, everyone!