Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving recap

Thanksgiving week is over, and now it's on to Christmas. My youngest, James, had the entire week off last week due to parent/teacher conferences. My high schoolers still had school on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, I got a call that my mom's oven stopped working, so I was hosting Thanksgiving dinner instead. I had just finished making some desserts, and now needed to clean and make the turkey, etc. One of my favorite desserts was the chocolate truffle ~ yum! Super simple to make:

1 package brownie mix, prepared as directed
3 boxes instant chocolate mousse (in jello/pudding section) prepare as directed
12 oz Cool Whip
2 packages Heath Bits

Break brownies into small pieces. Layer half the brownies, half the mousse, half the Heath Bits, half of the Cool Whip. Repeat. Chill. Can make ahead, but keep ingredients separate. For best results, make the same day as serving.

I split the recipe in half, as it makes a lot. You can adjust the amount of any ingredient. I like less Cool Whip, but lots of mousse!

I also made some apple pie for all my pie lovers.

My bil, sister, niece and dad. (sorry, no photos of my mom or my family!) My youngest niece couldn't come, as she's in college in England. For them, it was just a normal day.

The day after Thanksgiving, I didn't do ANY shopping. (I have to confess, I haven't started Christmas shopping.) Instead, we went to the lighting of the local park with some friends and then for pizza. The park was SO crowded ~ and cold. Behind Andrew and James is a ship created from lights. With displays like this, no wonder it's always crowded!

I'm making another punch needle project, but this time in more muted tones. I'm hoping to get it done in the next couple days. Too many other things to do, like grocery shop, shop for band concert pants and shirt for my son, etc. Speaking of which, I need to run to pick him up now....

~*~ Laura ~*~


Beth at Mehitable Puddington's Cupboard said...

Good save on the last minute changes, Laura. That would have sent me for a loop! :)
Can't wait to see your newest project.

Michele said... whip. Sounds boys would love that dessert!

So did your mom come over and make the turkey in your oven or did you do it all by yourself?

And where was Timmy? =0)

Cheryl said...

Which park were you at? Your local park looks like North School Park in downtown Arlington Heights. They have a lot of light sculptures on display throughout the park. We used to go every year when the girls were younger.

We could have stopped by on Saturday for any dessert leftovers. We picked up our friends near you in Cary and went out for dinner at our favorite restaurant in Wauconda...the one built in 1847 with a history as a stagecoach stop and brothel. We waved in your general direction as we headed the other way down Cary-Algonquin Road.