Ahh, this is the way I like to start my day! I got our pancake breakfast on the table before my boys were even fully conscious. I had a list of things to do to get ready for tomorrow, and I wanted breakfast et and out of the way quickly.
After dishes and getting a pot of applesauce simmering on the stove, I began on my list of things to bring to our big, Holden-Scordato Feast tomorrow. Keeping in mind that I might be in labor, my assignements were light this year (in the past I have had the honor of stuffing and cooking the turkey, or helping make the traditional deep-dish lasagna we always have for our first course!). I’m contributing the cranberry sauce, the salad course, and a pumpkin pie.
I was in a good mommy mood today, and let the Boy help make the pumpkin pie. When the pastry was finished and tucked nicely into a pie crust to refrigerate for a few hours (one of the secrets of my grandmother’s awesome pastry), I started the cranberry sauce.
This is so simple, I don’t know why I haven’t always made this from scratch, instead of buying the cans! It’s so fun to watch the bright berries cook down into ruby-red sauce. The main reason I make it myself, though, is so I can use my own choice of sweetner – in this case, Xylitol.
Next, it was time to make the pumpkin pie filling. This we do from scratch, as well, using the time-proven and well-loved recipe from my Great-Grandma Grace. This is actually the first time I’ve made a pumpkin pie, that I can remember – Anja or Mom always made them at home.
Jesse enjoyed stirring…
I even let him help me fetch the crust from the fridge (yes, I was in a very benevolent, hands-on-mommy-mood this morning!)
We did not neglect to taste test when the job was complete.
Finally I made a large batch of Ceasar Salad Dressing, washed the lettuce, purr`ed the applesauce, made, ate, and cleaned up lunch, baked the pie, washed the accumulated dishes, and we were ready for our afternoon nap. An altogether fun and festive-feeeling Wednesday…