In any case, I'm back from Texas now and boy did I get a lot accomplished. For one, Justin and I introduced our respective parents to each other for the first time and had Thanksgiving together as a new future family. I'll be honest, combining families for the holidays seemed like a daunting task. Most people hold on to some really strong traditional holiday memory, whether it's sourdough bread dressing vs. cornbread stuffing or pumpkin pie vs. pecan pie (I say why not both?) or watching the parade vs. the football game on TV, each family does the holidays a little bit differently. Since my parents were hosting, I worried that our family Thanksgiving wouldn't fulfill Justin's family as much as it did mine and that maybe our parents wouldn't have anything in common and a million other things that all seem silly now. Because you know what? After all the stressing about whether our parents would get along or whether his family would like the food or the state of Texas, the reality was that I didn't have a traditional Thanksgiving from memories past, I had a better one.
Our families hit it off, the weather was beautiful enough to take a Thanksgiving day boat ride on Lake Austin, the food was plentiful and delicious, the dads watched football together (and the Cowboys won!) and we ended the night stuffed and sobbing over a great but depressing movie. (The movie is called Sara's Key by the way, and it's beautiful but tragic and probably not the best Thanksgiving day flick.)
This Thanksgiving was a great combination of traditional and non-traditional and an overall positive step towards combining two amazing families. I'm very thankful for the efforts put forth by both families this year - My mom spending hours in the kitchen to get an amazing meal on the table, my dad preparing the boat for us, my sister baking the pies and Justin's parents flying from Michigan to spend the holidays with people they had never met.
There was so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and Justin and I truly felt that throughout our entire stay in Texas. Stay tuned for more trip highlights, including wedding dress shopping, more Texas eats and one amazing engagement party.
And this wouldn't be Taste Chaser if I didn't share a recipe. Since Justin and I arrived after my mom had already prepared most of the Thanksgiving feast, the only dish I was responsible for was the roasted cauliflower. We can thank Ina Garten for adding some veggies to our Thanksgiving plates. I will be making this simple but delicious recipe again for sure. You know I love me some roasted veggies!