I'm not making dessert for Thanksgiving this year. My family loves pie, and there's this place in Portland that makes killer pies, so we just went ahead and ordered. Do you know what else I'm not making? Turkey. I've never cared for dealing with a giant raw bird, and let's not even talk about the idea of brining. Hard pass. Instead I ordered a lovely pre-cooked bird and on T-day we'll just heat it up and dig in. I know, I know, I'm a food blogger. Don't I make everything from scratch and cook a million recipes for every holiday? Um, no. I used to think I had to do everything: make all the dishes from scratch, prepare a mile-long prep list, start cooking a week ahead, get up early and spend all day in the kitchen. And that's all fine, if any of those things truly mater to you. If you dig the process of brining a bird, or revel in a perfectly planned prep list. The thing is, I realized I don't. I care about: planing the menu, deciding exactly what to cook and what to order, and gathering my family at our house for drinks and games and food. Armed with this intentional list, it's been pretty easy to prioritize those things I care about and figure out a way out of, or around, the rest. Your list doesn't have to be the same as mine, most likely it will quite different. The point is to have one in the first place, and to feel really good about doing some things, but not everything. A little holiday wish for you: Here's to doing less so you can have more. ~
p.s. If making dessert is on *your* list, this Salted Caramel Paleo Apple Crisp my be calling your name.