MidWeek! [NOT 16/11/22]

Hi, friends!

I hope your day went well. We’re about a week from Thanksgiving here in the US. Also known as “hey let’s celebrate genocide and land theft by talking about gratitude for those we love.”

Do you have a favorite holiday dessert? Are you team pie or team cake? I am basically never a pie person. I don’t like the texture that pie filling fruit gets. For pies like sweet potato pie or key lime pie, where you get more of a mousse texture, the filling tastes good to me but then I’m like ew gross pie crust is unenjoyable in texture and flavor.

Normally I make a really tasty cranberry cake for Christmas and Thanksgiving desserts, but the family had dental work last week and the texture is going to be too much for them. So I will probably bake one for myself next weekend.



  1. I love a good pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving.  Finally got my upstairs slider fixed today.  It has been leaking when we have north wind storms.  Taking out 300 lb glass sliders was scary as shit but hopefully I won’t have to do that again!

  2. My favorite holiday dessert is panettone, homemade.  I remember growing up how during the week between Christmas and New Year I’d have a slice toasted with butter for breakfast.


  3. I make my great aunt Eleanor’s pumpkin pie. Comes out perfect every time and is delicious. Aunt Eleanor lived with her friend Aunt Betty and I did not figure out til college that they were probably more than “roommates”.

  4. I love pumpkin pie. But I’m also making apple and peach. I make the fruit pies in muffin tins. They freeze well and it’s nice to be able to thaw single serving desserts as needed. I’ll be taking some to my recently widowed neighbor. He’s been keeping busy cutting wood on some property he owns on the edge of town and has delivered enough firewood for two years. I’ve been trying to make sure he’s eating well in return.

  5. My chocolate strudel is requested, nay, demanded, at every holiday.

    A senior staffer challenged everyone to tell everyone else on our slack channel what we appreciate about them. They are at a level where it wasn’t a request . . .Can you imagine how deeply I loathe forced team building? Meh, I did it, all twenty of them, and felt surprisingly good when done. Arrrgggh, the gratitude uplifted my attitude.

    • Any back handed compliments? My favorite is one of Mrs Butcher’s: For a fat girl you don’t sweat much.
      I think I like that one mostly because Mrs Butcher is one of those people who has a hard time saying anything bad about anyone so it’s sort of a shock factor hilarity for me.

      • Mean, and as someone who’s looked at both sides now (super-skinny -> healthy looking -> middle-aged paunch) I shy away from weight observations. However one year at our Holiday Open House someone showed up whom I specifically asked Better Half not to invite, for various reasons. Plastering on my very obvious fake smile I said, “Oh, X, it’s been ages! Have you lost weight? You look terrific!” “No…” “Oh, maybe you’re just wearing something more flattering. Well, the bar is over there, the guy we got this year is named David, he’ll get you whatever you want.”

  6. I got the OK to replace pumpkin pie with the pumpkin bars @Elliecoo posted. I love pumpkin, but not pumpkin pie. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Due to sensitive palates in our group, I will have to omit the chili pepper. Still, I am very much looking forward to doing something different that I will most likely enjoy more than the old standby.

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