I hate the holidays. Maybe this comes from being a kid of a divorced family, being drug hither and thither all over the place every holiday instead of being able to stay at home and play. I thought that when I got married it would be better because things would happen at my house, but no. Jon has a huge family of frail, elderly types that insist we go to their home on X day because that is how they have been doing that holiday since 1956. It is exhausting. This year even more so with a newborn and still fighting the postpartum depression.
That being said, there can never be an occasion in which some catastrophe doesn't try to ruin the holiday. It's just Murphy's Law. My personal favorite from my mother's side: one time the turkey slid off the platter while my grandma was carrying it, and it fell into the open, running washing machine. She didn't tell a soul, just rinsed it off and served it. Yum! Downy fresh!
That being said, hopefully your holiday catastrophe will be limited to your brother bringing a drunk girlfriend, Aunt Martha inviting a few more people than you anticipated, or you forgetting to bring a dessert to the party. I have a quick solution for that last one.
I've talked about my peanut butter chocolate pie before I'm sure, but let me refresh because I don't want you to be searching all over the blog or interwebs to find the recipe. That will only bring about a second catastrophe:
Wouldn't want your mobile device battery to die while you were searching. How would you
entertain yourself for the rest of the day?
So basically, most pantries have the 4 ingredients you need for this pie and it can be ready in 10 minutes. You will need:
1 graham cracker pie crust
Peanut butter (any variety)
3 cups of milk
1 large package of instant chocolate pudding
Use an ice cream scoop and put 3 heaping scoops of peanut butter in a bowl. Nuke in the microwave for 30 seconds or so to melt a little. Don't over heat like I did or your house will smell like burned peanuts.
Make pudding according to directions, I.e. whisk 3 cups of milk into pudding. Set aside, try to keep the kids out of it.
Pour slightly melted PB into the bottom of the pie crust. Use a spatula or back of the spoon to evenly coat the bottom.
Pour the pudding on top and chill. Or serve, whatever. There will be a little bit of pudding leftover in the bowl. Feel free to gorge yourself on it, no one will be looking. Remember, they are watching your brother's obnoxious, drunk girlfriend flirt with Uncle Joe.
Then you can walk out with this and yell, "Ta Da"!!!!
Well, except it will be a whole pie.
Let's just hope the next holiday catastrophe isn't that someone is allergic to peanuts and goes into anaphylactic shock.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!