Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday and this year was a welcomed marathon. Instead of the usual low key gig with my mom and sisters, my recent Thanksgivings have evolved into a multi site, high calorie, somewhat exhausting production that I sort of love. After participating in Jon’s very first Turkey Trot, we showered, napped, got our butts in the kitchen (DELICIOUS brownie s’mores recipe below), and set out for the festivities ahead!
First leg- Lunch with the Rhoads in Davie
Unlike myself, Jon has a ton of family that’s local. After meeting the majority of his clan at the end of their feast last year, I knew I was in for a real treat at this back yard gathering. Turkey. Ham. Homemade bread. Casseroles for days. Side dishes for days. Pies for days. Beer. Wine. Football. In anticipation for the delights in store, Jon and I both made a crucial error: eating a comically light breakfast in order to conserve room. By 2:30pm we both killed a massive plate of entrees and by 3pm we followed up with dessert. This was terrible call but the selection was truly that delicious.
Second leg- Dinner with Jon’s mom in Palm CityThank God this actually turned out to be less of a dinner and more of a hang out. The crew had already eaten by the time we arrived (the trek was about an hour and a half north), but we were greeted with liqueur and coffee upon entry. From there, this morphed into a serious throwback affair with his sisters DJ-ing the likes of Michael Jackson, Hall and Oats and a myriad of Skating Rink artists. By the end of the evening Jon and I were pooped but still managed to try a bite of the cheese rolls and fried turkey everyone had raved about.
Final stretch- Fortune fam jam in Orlando
Honestly, this year was pretty impressive for my side of the family! Lining the kitchen counters was a fantastic ham from my older sister Natasha, turkey, home made stuffing and cranberry sauce from Angelica, wine and champs compliments of husband Torey, pumpkin bites, sweet potato pie and tiramisu from my mother. Although Jon has spent limited time with my family in the past, after the two spirited hours of Wii Sports and Dance Party that followed— he’s practically one of us now!
B R O W N I E S’ M O R E S
2 Boxes brownie mix (for me, it’s Ghiradelli all day every day)
1 1/2 Sleeve of graham crackers
1 Bag marshmallows
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease (or Pam) one 9 x 13 pan
2. Prepare brownie mix as instructed on the back of the box. Once you’ve made your batter, set this aside.
3. Pulse 1 1/2 sleeve of graham crackers into a food processer to line your 9 x 13 OR lay each plank side by side at the bottom of the pan.
4. Pour brownie mixture over the grahams and place into the oven for 30 – 35 minutes. Poke with a fork to make sure the batter is cooked to your liking. (Note: if you leave the left the graham cracker planks whole, some will randomly float up but this isn’t a big deal).
Remove brownies from the oven and let this cool for 10 – 15 minutes.
6. If your brownie mix came with fudge, squeeze the contents of the pouch over the brownies after they have set. Open 1 bag of marshmallows and spread evenly on top. Set your broiler on high and place the brownie pan back in the oven for 3 – 5 minutes (that’s all it takes, so don’t wander away).