Smells of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove waft through my small apartment kitchen meandering around the living room mixing with pumpkin candles and a cinnamon oil warmer.
It’s the night before Thanksgiving and I’m putting the finishing touches on a gussied up, store-bought pumpkin pie while mincing and chopping my mirepoix for the stuffing I’m making at the crack of dawn tomorrow.
Or at least that’s what I’m hoping to be doing next week.
This year is the first Thanksgiving where my family is coming to me, and my matchbook-sized apartment and I are feeling the pressure. My mom and sister, both Alpha Delta Pis (Epsilon Lambda and Gamma Iota, respectively), are driving the 10ish hours from my home in Southwest Florida to my city girl home in Atlanta.
We’re already planning on baking some diamond-shaped cookies and last time my mom visited we made pancakes with my alumnae association at RMH. Well she made the pancakes, I mainly supervised after cutting up the fruit.
I’ve helped prepare Thanksgiving meals since high school, but this is my maiden voyage at hosting Thanksgiving. Do I make sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top or do I try something new? Do I buy crescent rolls or attempt to make rolls from scratch using one of the four Thanksgiving-themed food magazines delivered to my mailbox as a reference? And what about the turkey? Eek!
I finally decided on a menu of old favorites (including the apple pie recipe that helped me win Alpha Epsilon Pi’s baking contest senior year). Holiday meals are best celebrated with family favorites gracing the table and lots of laughter from guests.
Preparing family recipes are a way to show you care and I’m sure you have at least one recipe from your Alpha Delta Pi family. Does your chapter has a special dessert that the house chef makes every celebration? Did you diamond sister make you brownies for initiation and now every time you see the chocolate treat you think of her? Does your alumnae association have a star sister that brings her special dip/casserole/pie to every alumnae gathering?
Those special recipes and meals are the inspiration for this year’s holiday greeting from Alpha Delta Pi and we would like to hear from you! Share your memorable meals and recipes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CookingUpADPiCheer.
Is your chapter hosting a Friendsgiving for those not able to travel home for the holidays? Or are you volunteering at your local RMH this holiday season? Send @AlphaDeltaPi a tweet about it! We also want to hear if you’re already home spending quality time with your family and stuffing yourself with your mom’s mashed potatoes. Don’t forget to share the recipe to your grandmother’s apple pie or your house mother’s amazing chicken salad using the hashtag too!
Memorable meals and recipes bring both families and sisters together. Alpha Delta Pi hopes you have a joyous and special holiday season cooking up ADPi cheer.
Do you have a memorable meal with sisters or a special recipe?
Leave them in the comments below!
P.S. Still searching for the perfect dish to take with you to your Thanksgiving celebration? Check back on the blog later this week for some special ADPi themed recipes!
Joanie Oben is a graduate of the University of Miami’s School of Communication and is a member of the Gamma Delta chapter of Alpha Delta Pi. At UM, she was a three year officer for Gamma Delta and involved with Panhellenic. Currently, she is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Alpha Delta Pi sorority and resides in Atlanta, GA.