day before and the ovens are hot!

Kelly and I baked all morning.  We finished the apple pie squares with a glaze and moved them into a storage box for the tailgate Saturday.  We made the filling and baked the pumpkin pie.  She baked the delicious Trader Joe's gingerbread snack cake.  I baked the sweet potatoes, mashed them and sauteed the apples for the topping.  I made the cranberries (orange and Grand Marnier this year).  We crafted some cheesy panninis for lunch.  We're in the middle of cinnamon rolls for tomorrow's breakfast.  The last time we made this recipe from Fine Cooking they didn't see morning.

the apple pie squares for the tailgate, well except for the two that we've already eaten :)

Time to set the table and polish the place up a bit.  We're off to the Straight No Chaser concert this evening to enjoy our dear friend Ryan Ahlwardt and the other nine SNC members singing some a cappella holiday tunes and etc.  My parents are joining us and my dad not only sang in the Purdue Glee Club, but at 75 still sings to this day with the Singer's Club of Cleveland (men's chorus).  He will so love it.  I can hear him humming along already.

bag of cranberries, 1 cup sugar, zest of one orange, 1/2 C juice, 3 T grand marnier
stirred as they simmered for about 10 minutes until thickened

Probably will get a bit too busy to post until Black Friday or Cyber Monday.  In the meantime, I am thankful for time, the love of friends and family, our warm and cosy home and the health and presence to enjoy it.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving wherever you may be!



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