I thought I would share with you a bit of a confession. I am still shuddering inside when I think of it. Since we are almost to November, I need to tell you a story of Thanksgiving last year. When I was young, I made every thing from scratch. I spent months trying to decide on the perfect meal for Thanksgiving and Christmas. As our family has grown, I am more of a cook to feed the masses. Yes, fallen so far off the wagon I will never get back.
This was part of how it looked in my kitchen last year.
The little kids had been outside playing zombies with Nik and Emilie, Kessie was making cotton candy for the kids who were waiting patiently. Nik had made his famous guacamole so the kitchen at the other end was grown ups eating that wonderful stuff. So far okay right?
Here is the confession part. Nik's Mom came for the first time to meet us. I found out later, that she never fixes anything food wise unless it is from scratch. Ron brought in the turkey that we cooked on the smoker. What am I doing? I am opening boxes and boxes of Stove Top stuffing, and opening packages of gravy mix, you know the kind that you just add water. Because the kitchen is wall to wall people and I am starting to panic because my dinner rolls won't brown. Silly me, I was afraid we would run out of mashed potatoes so I had fixed 15 pounds of boiled potatoes and Megan was mashing and mashing for me. My sweet potatoes were overflowing in the bottom oven so there is the smell of burning marshmallows. Ron was trying to get the turkey ready so he needed platters and such. The kids were running back and forth wanting to know when dinner will be ready and when can they eat chocolate pie.
I have thought so much about that day, and just the over whelming thoughts of having Nik's Mom make the stuffing. How there was no order to the whole meal, there was so many of us and not at all like I planned. I don't think anyone remembers it and I know the kids had fun. I am going to have to do it again this year. I will do it different, starting with this new recipe for rolls. These rolls are so good that my son yesterday, instead of going straight to work from school, came home and had the fried chicken and biscuits I had fixed the night before. So hands down, these are the best biscuits I have ever made.
5 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 package of yeast
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
2 cups buttermilk
Mix dry ingredients, then cut in butter ( the one cup part) Dissolve 1 package yeast in 1 tablespoons warm water. ( I added a bit of sugar for the nourishment of the yeast) Add the buttermilk to the dry ingredients mix.
Add yeast and mix well. Dough will be sticky. I added enough flour until I could take it out of my mixing bowl. Put flour on board and kneed a few times until elastic.Roll to 1/4 thick and cut with biscuit cutter. Dip roll in the 1/4 cup part of melted butter and let rise. (optional) Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 to 17 minutes depending on your oven. Makes 40 biscuits.
I know that when I fix these this year, every dumb thing I do will be overlooked. I am working on recipes for Thanksgiving already. I plan on a trial run with the turkey this weekend.
I can't wait to make these biscuits for breakfast one morning with gravy, yep out of a package too.
Have a wonderful day,