Just wondering. . . is it ever too late to talk about good news?
Thanksgiving is a couple of weeks past, but I’m still living in the glow. I got to use my line over and over again whenever someone asked me how my Thanksgiving was.
“Great. Our son-in-law cooked.”
When they did a double-take, I went on. “Yeah, and he wouldn’t let me bring anything.” This let me extend the wonder of this feasting holiday just a little longer when I saw disbelief and then a hint of jealousy crisscross their faces.
What I had was a weeklong holiday. I didn’t fuss over putting a menu together. I didn’t hit six different markets or grocery stores or fill the car half-full of food. Merle and I had a date Wednesday night, and I read all of Thanksgiving morning.
I tried to work off some twinges of guilt that hung around the edges by declaring that Merle and I would do the dishes and the meal cleanup. But there was so much hub-bub during our dinner that somehow our daughter and son-in-law kept sneaking into the kitchen, washing the plates from each course as we finished. When I finally caught on to what they were doing, I was too late.
Here’s the extra triumph—Rob’s a really good cook.
So there’s a whole holiday season just ahead of us. If you want to give a gift that makes somebody really happy, volunteer to cook the big meal they’re already a little anxious about.
Let me testify—it will be a true gift!
Our last course on Thanksgiving Day, after our long walk, was a deliciously moist apple cake. Try this wonderful slow cooker apple cake recipe.
Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook, Revised & Updated, page 249
Makes 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 3½-4 hours
Ideal slow-cooker size: 4- to 5-qt.
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups chopped apples (no need to peel them)
2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1. Beat together sugar, oil, and eggs. Add vanilla.
2. Add apples. Mix well.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking soda, and nutmeg. Add dry ingredients and nuts to apple mixture. Stir well.
4. Pour batter into greased and floured bread or cake pan that fits into your slow cooker. Cover with pan’s lid or greased tin foil. Place pan in slow cooker. Cover cooker.
5. Cook on High 3½-4 hours. Let cake stand in pan for 5 minutes after removing from slow cooker.