So you know our plan was to drive up to PA on Thanksgiving, then have a second turkey day with my family on Friday...well unfortunately Thanksgiving morning Husband realized he had food poisoning. Travel was out of the question. We were both bummed to miss the big Thanksgiving with his extended family. Truthfully we look forward to it all year and talk about it numerous times during the year. With a tinge of sadness we decided to go with a plan B, and have our own Thanksgiving.
I ran to the store and picked up a ham and a few other items. We already had some appetizers to eat: spinach balls, sweet & spicy meatballs, cheese & crackers. We had ham and decided to make cheddar chive biscuits for sandwiches. I remembered a Barefoot Contessa episode where she made cranberry sauce. So I made that too. We had all the food we could want and were very thankful for it.
Cooks note - I made the biscuits and with some good direction from Husband they turned out really well! They were light, flaky, and golden brown. We used one of Alton Brown's recipes from FoodNetwork. Husband told me the key is to sift the dry ingredients - it gives the biscuit a light, airy texture. And I read that the less you work the dough, the flakier it will be. And the cranberry sauce was good too. It was a bit too sweet, so I think next time I would cut down the sugar to 1 cup, but all in all it was tasty.
On the upside, for the first time in a few years I got to watch the Macy's day parade, which I used to do every year when I was little. You know, before a Mr. took over my heart and holiday. :o) There was a James Bond movie marathon and we had lots in our que for Netflix. It was a cozy, snuggly day.
Maybe God didn't want us traveling on Thanksgiving. Instead he wanted us to have our first turkey day together in Charlottesville. We were/are definitely thankful for the supportive family and friends we have in our lives. We have so much to be thankful for this year...like the move to Happy Town aka Charlottesville, a good job, an opportunity for Husband to go back to school, a good neighborhood with even better neighbors. The list goes on and on.
Who knows the reason, all I know is that we were happy on Thanksgiving.