Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year.
Maybe because I love focusing my attention on home and family.
Partially because I am food-motivated.
Whatever the case, I look forward to Thanksgiving all year long.
I know this is true because I talk in my sleep and I was once told that I planned the entire dinner menu in my sleep. In June.
It's probably good that I don't have anyone telling me what I talk about in my sleep anymore. Yet it was quite amusing to know what shenanigans I was up to. I think I used to drive my mama nuts with my sleep walking and talking when I was growing up.
This year, my family was all set to skip Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone was too busy. I was slightly saddened by that, but it is a challenging day for me. The added stress and effort usually makes my MS flare up by the time dinner rolls around. So I reluctantly accepted the fact that we weren't having a big dinner.
Until one of my brothers found out that we'd called off the dinner. Suddenly, I found myself with a new directive to make dinner, from the least likely source. He decided we were having our dinner and he also found me a couple helpers to cook dinner.
We always have an eclectic mix of friends and family show up on Thanksgiving, this year won't be any different.
I thought it would be fun to share some of my go-to recipes this week. Everyone has their personal favorites that they request. It's a large group, so that means that there are plenty of things that have to show up on the table. But it is so much fun and something that I enjoy.
There's something about making food to share with my family and friends that just makes my heart sing. Sounds corny, I know, but it is authentically me. I've loved cooking and baking for others since childhood.
One recipe that has to make an appearance every Thanksgiving is Egg Custard Pie. I would make this simple pie for my mama, and now my son still makes me bake at least one on Thanksgiving. He asks for it on lots of other days, too.
There was a time I'd make at least 6 different pies before Thanksgiving. No matter which ones I made, or how fancy I tried to get, egg custard pie was the one my mama sliced up and put on her plate. So it's no wonder my son likes to do the same. I think that him requesting this for the last six years is his way of keeping that memory alive, too.
My sister and brothers aren't much for sweets, and I think my dad would prefer a pecan pie. But this one always finds its way to the table.
Last year we made this recipe but used small two-bite pie shells. I'm fairly certain that my son ate at least 2 dozen of those on his own and was also quite vocal about asking who ate them all.
For my family, this recipe is just simple, down home, comfort food. Nothing fancy. Just good memories.
Do you have any favorite recipes that you love to make for your family for special occasions or any day of the year??