Last year, Shay and I hosted Thanksgiving in our home for Shay’s family. It had been more than a few years since I’d hosted a major holiday dinner like this – I had nightmares of it going the way my first Thanksgiving dinner had, many moons ago, where I’d cooked the turkey upside down. Don’t worry if this happens to you – as any ass-end up turkey would, it looked ridiculous, and there wasn’t nearly the crispy skin that there should have been, but it actually tasted pretty fantastic!
At the end of the day, my favorite thing was just having everyone here. On that day, I was truly and amazingly thankful to have become a part of my family. It was just.. easy. You know when it’s just easy to be together? It was like that.
To end the meal on a sweet note, dessert was required. Everyone brought their favorites and shared traditions from years long before I came along. There was the chocolate dessert that is always devoured, made by my brother-in-law’s mother, Gay, and old favorites such as pecan and chess pie and pumpkin roll. I made home-made pumpkin pie, even roasting the pie pumpkins, served caramel apple cupcakes with homemade butter cream, drizzled with caramel sauce, and a variety of other one-bite goodies.
But, my favorite offering was this pumpkin cheesecake trifle that I had found on My Baking Addiction. Oh. My. Yum. And easy? Ridiculously easy! Can we talk about how pretty? I served them in my great-aunt’s vintage wine glasses. Not quite as pretty as Jamie’s from My Baking Addiction, but still pretty.
If you’re looking for something a little lighter to serve for your holiday meal, give it a try. You’ll be thankful that you did!