Traditions run deep in our family, so much so that most holiday celebrations need no invitation. We generally know that Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve will be spent at my mom and dad's. All that needs to be said is what time and what to bring, although Mom usually doesn't even ask anyone to bring a thing except their best cheery selves.
But today I brought the dessert she'd asked me to make and a beautiful cornucopia basket floral arrangement I'd received the day before. Mom loved it and the sweet fragrance of the oriental lily 'Stargazer' nestled within.
We all gathered at Mom's for a noon Thanksgiving feast; all of us except Jenna and Joe, because Jenna was sick. When winter comes, Jenna battles all kinds of upper respiratory illness, but at least she doesn't have strep like she used to get. Not since she had her tonsils out when she was a freshman in college. When she was a toddler, our doctor wanted her to be tested for cystic fibrosis, because she had all the symptoms of it, but thankfully the results of the sweat test were negative.
Anyway, we missed them both and Bella too. Mom, Dad and Grandma have never met Bella yet and I think they were looking forward to seeing her more than Jenna and Joe this time. It would have been interesting to see how Bella and Ivy interacted - a rambunctious puppy and a hyperkitty. Ivy provided plenty of entertainment for us and was the center of attention most of the afternoon.
The cardinals were having their Thanksgiving meal at the feeder just outside the sun room window. Mom and I talked about how they'd been absent most of the summer and we wondered where they'd been. I haven't seen any at our place yet, but they were back in Van Wert. Red is my favorite color and the male cardinal sports the best shade of it.
On the menu today was turkey, dressing, scalloped corn casserole, mixed vegetables, sweet potato casserole, cranberry salad, pickled beets and eggs, crescent rolls, and the dessert I'd brought - my famous Pumpkin Torte. Kara would have whined us all to death if I hadn't made that. I have to agree with her though. It's my favorite dessert and it could become yours too if I gave you the recipe.
Oh, all right . . .
1 yellow cake mix (take out 1 cup)
1¼ cup white sugar
¾ cup butter
¾ cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large can pumpkin pie mix
Crust: Mix the cake mix (less 1 cup) with one egg and ½ cup butter. Press into the bottom of a greased jelly roll pan (10½ x 15½ x 1).
Filling: Mix until smooth - pumpkin pie mix, 2 eggs, and evaporated milk. Pour on top of the crust.
Topping: Mix 1 cup cake mix, sugar, cinnamon and ¼ cup butter. Sprinkle on top of the pumpkin mixture. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes. Serve with whipped cream.