Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thanksgiving Come and Gone

We had a delightful feast on Thursday; indeed, it's been a good holiday weekend all around.

The festivities started as soon as school let out and Goo arrived not long after.  He stayed until Friday evening, during which time there were many rounds of computer games of various types, mainly Minecraft.  It's like having another kid in the house--he's a great, fun, interesting uncle and they love him so!

Bonus:  he's old enough to help cook!  He actually supervised Sis making the yams and Bud making the from-scratch green bean casserole.  This definitely helped make it a less-stressful cooking day for me.  That, and cutting 8-odd dishes!  In the end, we had:

  • "Texas Trash" chex mix
  • cream cheese with both spiced cranberry and sherry wine jams, with crackers (both jams were Wildtree)
  • turkey
  • gravy
  • dressing
  • oyster dressing (we made 1 1/2 batches of my dressing and then Mama and Bud doctored it with parsley, lemon, bell pepper, and of course oysters)
  • fresh cranberry sauce
  • canned cranberry sauce
  • mashed potatoes (store-bought, Whole Foods)
  • creamed spinach (store-bought--my least favorite dish, could drop it next year)
  • the best yeast rolls ever!!
  • pumpkin pie (store-bought, Michelle's Pies)
  • apple pie (store-bought)
  • a few little pies--pecan, pecan pumpkin, sweet potato, and a luscious lemon (would be good for Easter)
  • I had made "Indian" pudding as well but it wasn't that good--just doesn't work in crockpot
It was so good that Sis lost a tooth during the proceedings!  And a holiday sub Tooth Fairy came that night, albeit a little late . . . .

We watched the parade in the morning and then "Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving" while napping in the afternoon.  Ma and Gong went back to NYC in the evening, while Goo stayed for another day of games and leftovers.

Saturday was a bit different:  we did our annual holiday trip to the British Shop to get mincemeat pies, Christmas pudding, brandy butter, crackers, special crisps (Bud's favorite--favourite?--is prawn cocktail, followed by Worchestershire), Crunchie bars, and other things.  We followed this up with lunch at our favorite German food place.  Because we were tired of turkey.

Today, we're getting back into the swing of things--laundry, cleaning out the dishwasher, a quick grocery run for school lunches.  And I am starting the prep for my baseline colonoscopy tomorrow.  Fun times.  I'm hangry (hungry + angry) and PMSing and so Mama has taken the kids out for lunch, away from me!  We'll watch what I expect to be another difficult and emotional Doctor Who later, maybe put up the outdoor Christmas lights.  

And even though the weekend is ending on a rather mundane note, it was a good weekend.

1 comment:

  1. For goodness sake| what happened to all the predicted animosity?

    Your courage and thoughtfulness kept the passions down, you should go to Syria. Or perhaps take a leafout of Shirley Temple Black's book, become a diplomat.