Let's start with Thanksgiving Eve. I saw Rent, of course, because that was when it came out. And after that I had to go home and search the entire house to find the recipe for the pumpkin cheesecake. At one point, I was ready to give up the hunt and get online to download a new recipe, but of course the DSL was doing its evil flashy thing and wouldn't let me in. So I finally found it and had to go to the grocery store at 10pm the night before Thanksgiving. Which I do not recommend.
I got what I could think of for the cheesecake on Tuesday night at SuperTarget, except for the pumpkin pie filling, which SuperTarget did not have. Not so Super if you ask me. I also noticed that the only eggs in our fridge had expired in July, so I thought I'd get some of those as well. Plus we were out of Pop Tarts. So there I was in line at HEB with my pumpkin pie filling, eggs, and cinnamon and brown sugar Pop Tarts and I had to wonder whether the check-out guy thought I was inventing a new dessert. And then I had to wonder whether a person could make a pumpkin pie with a Pop Tart crust. And now you're wondering too, aren't you?
So I built the cake and put it in the oven just before midnight. And then read the recipe. The part about the baking for 1 hour and 45 minutes. And also the part about cooling in the oven for an additional hour. So it was looking like a late night.
My favorite part of the recipe is the very last instruction. Chill. So I did. For two and a half hours while this thing baked and cooled.
And then my sister called at 9:30 am to ask me to bring something to my brother's that I immediately forgot upon hanging up the phone. And then I watched some parade and ate some Pop Tarts. Before getting in the shower roughly one hour late. There was a parade, people! Marching bands! C-list celebrities! Killer balloons!!!
So I'm finally on my way out the door, cheesecake and wine in hand, when my brother calls to ask if I have any twine. Which I do, a fact that I don't remember until 2 stores later. They need some twine to tie the turkey's legs together so they can begin to cook it. So no rush, but we won't eat for hours until after I arrive with twine, so get a move on!
Which leaves me driving around San Antonio with the AC on high in an effort to keep the cheesecake cool in the "fall" 80-degree weather trying to find an open store that stocks twine. HEB, while helpful with the pumpkin goo and all, does not come through on the twine front. Leaving me no choice. There was no other way. To save Thanksgiving, I had to go...to Wal-Mart. Dun, dun dun...
Where I found twine, remembered I had twine at home, and bought the damn twine already. The rest of the day was pleasantly drama-free. The turkey, cooked by my sister-in-law, turned out beautifully. I ate several metric tons of stuffing. As well as some mashed potatoes, green beans, and cheesy bread. And cranberry sauce. The kind that retains the shape of the can. Oh yes. It's not Thanksgiving without can-shaped gelatinous cranberry substance!
Several days later, after we had digested, we ate some cheesecake. And then I brought the rest home. Over half a cheesecake. Expect several extra chins in my near future. Because pumpkin cheesecake is a terrible thing to waste and a wonderful thing to eat for breakfast.