thanksmas selfie for carole knits

Behold our really bad family selfie. Well. Bad lighting.  And mediocre composition. The smiles on those faces are pretty awesome, though. And at least I got everyone in the picture.

And we had a great evening. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy, along with that delicious cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts and squash. We drank lots of wine and listened to Christmas music and just enjoyed being together as a family.

Today I am recuperating. Resting my foot (stupid plantar fasciitis is back), knitting, watching some Christmas movies, and waiting for Dale to finish cleaning up the kitchen. Once that’s done there may be some shopping and a little more decorating.

What a great long weekend it’s been!

Is NaBloPoMo Over Yet?

Hey, what’s going on? How are you?

I’m doing just fine. I’m busy prepping a turkey dinner for later this afternoon – it’s not another Thanksgiving, really, since the house is now decorated for Christmas (hullo, tired from that yesterday but also, hurrah, it’s done) but we eat Thanksgiving food. I guess it’s Thanksmas and it’s a tradition we started a few years ago with the kids and we all look forward to it so much. There’s no stress and pressure to get everything exactly.right like there is on Thanksgiving, it’s just a fun day to hang out together and eat a big meal and play some games. Oh, and drink wine. And wear paper crowns because Christmas crackers.

bourbon cranberry sauce for carole knits

We’ll be eating this Bourbon Cranberry Sauce. It’s a 21+ side dish, if you will, and it’s delicious!

Hope you all are having a delicious Saturday – the last one of November. Hurrah for that, too!

Time To Make the Pies!

pie crust 2015 for carole knits

Today, because it’s the day before Thanksgiving.

Today, because I know that lots of people across the country are making pie.

Today, because in the last week I have had 5 different people ask me how I make my pie crust.

Today, because I am swamped with stuff I have to do.

Today, I am sharing a post from 2007 – the one where I posted my pie crust recipe.

Pie Crust 101.

Homemade pie crust is easy and there is no need to be intimidated. It’s only a little more effort than the premade kind and it’s so much better that I promise it’s worth it.


I made 4 batches yesterday in 45 minutes. And today those pie crusts will be rolled and stretched and turned into 5 delicious pies: apple, pumpkin, mincemeat, cranberry pecan, and chocolate cream.

There is nothing, but nothing, like a homemade pie made with love.

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