I had to quit doing that, because Cliff and I gain weight too easily these days. And of course, if the food is here, we're going to eat it. Oh sure, I send some stuff home with the kids, but that doesn't keep us from eating it while it's here.
Somewhere during each Thanksgiving/Christmas season, I just have to let down my guard and cook, because there are things I love that I'll never get to eat if I don't cook it. Oh, other people in the family cook; they just have their own traditions, which is as it should be.
Some of the things I crave this time of year: home-made yeast rolls; made-from-scratch noodles; lots and lots of mashed potatoes. Oh, and my mom's cranberry salad, which is really more like dessert than salad. The recipe makes a huge batch, and I'm not sure anybody else loves it like I do. I always end up eating most of it myself (burp).
Something strange has happened to me in my old age. I used to take every chance I could get to eat out; these days, most of the food doesn't taste nearly as good as what I'd make at home, and I could make it much cheaper. For instance: biscuits and gravy, a dish that is pretty darned cheap to buy at a diner or restaurant, leaves me wishing I'd ordered a piece of toast. The biscuits aren't quite right, they're never hot, and the gravy is made from a mix. Please!
I still love my Pizza Hut, though!
A couple of weeks ago I bought a turkey and a half-ham. We hardly ever buy ham, but once a year I splurge, costly as it is. Tomorrow I've invited the kids and grandkids, and we're having ham and rolls and mashed potatoes and chicken-and-noodles. The daughter is bringing broccoli-and-rice casserole. I'm trying to think of a vegetable to throw in, just because it seems like the right thing to do. Pea salad, maybe? Creamed peas? Creamed peas and carrots? Glazed carrots? (Obviously I have a lot of peas in the freezer, and carrots in the crisper.) Cliff kept worrying that half-a-ham wouldn't be enough, so I got some arm roast out of the freezer (gotta love free beef) and I'll cook that, just in case. I'm saving the turkey for another day.
The desserts are made: Oreo dessert, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, and lemon pound cake, which I haven't made in ages. If you want an easy, tasty dessert, here it is.
LEMON POUND CAKE
I lemon cake mix
I lemon instant pudding mix
1/3 cup oil
1 cup sour cream
Mix together and pour into a bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 55 minutes. Make lemon glaze and pour over cake while it is still warm.
1 T butter
2 Tbs lemon juice
1-2 T milk
1 cup powdered sugar