Thanksgiving is a time to show the ones you love a very special meal. Each year as we prepare to gather round the table to celebrate Thanksgiving, the women in my family go into planning mode as soon as the calendar strikes November. Menu ideas are tossed back and forth. Conversations on the latest and greatest sweet potato souffle recipe from Garden and Gun magazine are thrown around. Maybe we should try something fancier, something exotic?  It doesn’t take long for the men in our family to catch wind of words like goat cheese and truffle butter before begging us to keep it simple. And then there’s always the thought of well, trying to make the food on the table, dare I say healthier. But of course, Thanksgiving is not the day to pretend to be gluten free. All of these ideas have good intentions and sound great in early November but come the week of the actual event, game time, we always circle back to tradition. The tried and true Thanksgiving supper that hit the spot for generations.
, Thanksgiving Pies – Love is in the details!, Author Pat Branning, Author Pat BranningSo, how can we keep tradition and also add a little fancy. There are now four grandchildren running around the house so things have evolved slightly to reflect this time in our lives. Sippy cups have replaced silver goblets and happy hour now means running barefoot up and down the fairways of the golf co4urse behind grandma’s house. But what remains the same is the love behind the preparation of every dish. Someone once told me that love is the details and Thanksgiving is a time that truly reflects that message. This year our details were in the pies.
When it comes to baking there is no better co-pilot in the kitchen than my dear friend Ashley. She came over for an afternoon of baking with the prettiest of baking supplies from Williams Sonoma . She even brought homemade pie crust which makes all the difference. Using fall leaf cookie cutters and intricate lattice cut outs we added just the perfect touch of fancy to our traditional pies. Ashley made the pumpkin pies and I opted for the Southern Living chocolate, salted caramel pecan pies. The results were beautiful, traditional crowd pleasers adorned with updated embellishments. I thought they turned out just stunning!

This year, I am so thankful for the gift of time! Time is now measured in baby steps and milestones as we welcome our son George into the world last February! His little feet will dance with delight as he tastes his first Thanksgiving supper. Wishing you and your family a wonderful day of love and gratitude!
, Thanksgiving Pies – Love is in the details!, Author Pat Branning, Author Pat Branning, Thanksgiving Pies – Love is in the details!, Author Pat Branning, Author Pat Branning