Happy Thanksgiving!!!

We headed to upstate New York in the Catskills to visit my Uncle and his partner for Thanksgiving. We've been looking forward to coming up here all fall as John and Scott opened the most adorable bakery in town called Two Old Tarts, which is where Thanksgiving was hosted this year! "The Tarts" (aka my Uncles) did an amazing job getting the bakery up and running and it was so fun for us to see it all put together as we saw it just before they had moved into the space.
The family behind the bar
 All set up for Thanksgiving dinner
 Amazing latte by Barista John!
 In front of Two Old Tarts
 All local products for sale
 My grandparents living room furniture in the bakery!
Shelf dedicated to my grandfather and Scott's Dad...so sweet
 Two Old Tarts signature Almond Croissant....out of this world!
 Tyler and Scott in matching aprons
 Getting the deep fryer ready
 Checking the themometer
 Good thing the fire department is across the street!
 Putting the first turkey in the deep fryer...Only takes 25 minutes to cook!
 Turkey :)
 Appetizer spread
 The shop is so cute!
 Scott made these butternut squash with goat cheese and leak galettes, which were out of this world!
 One turkey down, one more to go!
 Josh and Michael
 Katie and me
 Thanksgiving spread....AMAZING!
Pumpkin Chiffon Tart in Pecan Gingersnap Crust
Traditional Apple Pie
Carrot cake
Chocolate Almond Tart

*I was in charge of making my Mom's signature cranberry apricot sauce, creamy mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Here are the recipes all of which were easy and delicious :)

Cranberry Apricot Sauce
 (yields about 3 cups of sauce)

  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced dried apricots (about 3 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup of sherry or orange juice (we do half sherry, half orange juice)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 12 oz. package of fresh or frozen cranberries
  1. Combine apricots with sherry or orange juice in a small bowl. Ideally, let the mixture sit for 8 hours; however, the minimum amount of time is 3 hours.
  2. Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. 
  3. Add apricot mixture, honey, and cranberries. Cook over medium heat for about 8 minutes or until the mixture thickens. 
  4. Spoon mixture into a boil, cover, and let cool in a refrigerator.

Easy Sweet Potatoes

  • 1 bag of sweet potatoes (6-8 potatoes)
  • 4 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1/4 granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and dice potatoes into small pieces. Mix sugar and cinnamon together.
  2. Spread potatoes out on baking sheet and drizzle butter over potatoes. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar mixture over potatoes.
  3. Bake for about 35 minutes or until potatoes are softened.

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