We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their families and friends and had many things to be thankful for. I know we did! Thursday, Thanksgiving, we got up early and I started cooking Corn Casserole and this Apple Tarte to take with us to Adam's aunt's house where his cousin Dana and boyfriend Ryan, from California, were going to be in town. We hadn't seen them since the wedding so we were really excited to get to spend the day, eating, drinking and not working for a change. We rented a car for the weekend so we were excited to get to actually drive somewhere. We drove to Aunt Linda's house in Des Plaines. We got there and were greeted with tons of hugs, tears and laughs. Dana is a comedian and actress in Hollywood and Ryan is also a comedian so the day was needless to say, not lacking in laughs. My face hurt when we left. The funniest being when Aunt Linda was showing us old framed pictures in the closet. She pulls out this one of a little blonde girl who was probably 3 or 4, Dana and Adam noticed it was their other cousin and then Dana looked closer and realized that the girl in the photo was not wearing underwear! The most disturbing part was that after 20 something years, this had been framed, hung on their grandmother's wall for years and noone noticed until now that this poor girl wasn't wearing any pants. So for the rest of the day, Dana kept hiding the photo all over the house. It would appear in front of the T.V. , on the table, or hanging in a different place on the wall. Aunt Linda would inadvertently move the picture back to the closet and it would turn up again somewhere else. Priceless.
Aunt Linda made the BEST appetizer -- baked brie with maple syrup and nuts. It sounds weird but it was heavenly. It was baked in pastry dough so it was flaky, buttery and sweet. I could have eaten the whole thing myself. Then we had the best thanksgiving dinner with all the usual trimmings. We broke out the wedding video to show the relatives that weren't able to make it to the wedding and then Aunt Linda brought out old home movies from when Adam and Dana were little. Since it was from the 70's, there was no sound. It was priceless. It was so neat to be able to see Adam and the family waving, smiling, crawling around. It made you feel like you were really there.. minus the 70's clothes and hair :)
We had the best day with them!!