What we are most thankful for this year:
"This sounds cliche but my amazingly supportive, loving, caring family. I'm also super thankful for fantastic adventures that I've gotten to take this year that included quality time with this ridiculously cool family of mine." -- Rachel (customer service)
"I find myself incredibly thankful on the daily for the little things; food on the table, roof over my head, a bed (that is the most uncomfortable, but hey, it's a bed!), legs to walk, ears to hear, eyes to see... gosh I could go on forever." -- Liana (styling + graphic design)
"My freedom and my family." -- Eunice (warehouse manager)
"I'm most thankful for my wife's wonderful support in our move to Texas." -- Ryan (marketing)
Family Thanksgiving traditions that we loved growing up (and still do!):
"We typically did Thanksgiving crafts with all of my family friends [who we celebrate thanksgiving with], this included [but was not limited to]: advent candles, thankful shirts [yes shirts....], Christmas ornaments, mod podge vases, pictures frames. It was always hilarious to spend time with great friends and family creating things focused around the reasons we were thankful. " -- Rachel
"My family always dresses their best on Thanksgiving day. Fall colors, new dresses, tights, boots, curled hair, button ups, the nines. And after dinner, we take our family Christmas card photo. The special part is seeing the family grow each year! My mom and dad had 6 kids. So adding husbands, boyfriends, and kiddos. We are on 17 people this year in our immediate family alone!" -- Liana
"The only tradition we had was amazing turkey!" -- Ryan
Thanksgiving traditions we hope to create with our own family:
It would not be Thanksgiving without...
"Homemade pretzels, family, and quality time." -- Rachel
"Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" -- Eunice
"Turkey and great red wine." -- Ryan
Our absolute favorite Thanksgiving food...
"Apple pie." -- Elba
"Any type of bread." -- Rachel
"Sweet potato casserole with crushed corn flakes on top!" -- Liana
"My daughter's homemade pumpkin pie" -- Eunice
"Smoked turkey!" -- Ryan
Mama's Apple Pie
Original recipe adapted from this sweet woman's mama
7-9 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced thin (I use my food processor)
1/2 Cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup flour
1/2 Cup butter
Crust (makes 2):
Note: The Crisco/butter combo makes this dough very easy to work with (perfect for beginners!). If you'd prefer an all-butter crust, we like Smitten Kitchen's recipe, too.
1 1/2 sticks very cold butter
3 Cups flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 T. sugar
1/3 Cup very cold crisco shortening
8ish Tablespoons ice water
1. Form crust (see recipe below) in pie plate and refrigerate until ready to use.
2. Preheat oven to 450F.
3. Cook sliced apples, 1/2 Cup sugar, and cinnamon in heavy-bottomed pot until soft and juices start to thicken.
4. Meanwhile, if you're making the crumble topping: Mix other 1/2 cup sugar and flour, then cut in butter until crumbly to make topping. (I use my food processor to make the topping but it's not a must have for this recipe!).
5. Spoon cooked apples into crust. Sprinkle crumble over apples OR assemble top/lattice crust over apples.
6. Bake in a 450F for 10 min then in 350F for 40 more minutes.
To make crust:
Note: It's very important that your ingredients are super cold.
1. Pulse flour, salt, and sugar in food processor. Dice up the cold butter and add it and the cold crisco to the processor and pulse about 10 times. Through the feeding tube pour ice water (but not the ice) and mix until it forms a ball of dough.
2. Dump it on your floured board and fashion into a ball.
3. Cover with saran wrap and put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
4. When ready to use, cut the ball in half. You can freeze the other for another time or use it to make a top/lattice crust.
5. Roll the half on a board with a lot of flour on it and your rolling pin to your desired size.