Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Hard to believe it's been a year since our last Thanksgiving. Tempus fugit, y'all. This year was a little more low-key, with the absence of the Cady contingency, but Lora was a champ and posted a picture of herself on Facebook with a pack of McCormick's gravy mix and a can of cranberry sauce. Thanks, Lora! After our dinner, I wish I'd followed your example.

I honestly have to say that the food this year was a disappointment. I'm not a huge fan of turkey, and I totally messed up Grandmother's Dressing. I know! She would have rolled her eyes at me.  I used her tablecloth and napkins, to try to make up for it.

She embroidered them herself. I can't even hem a pair of pants.

Then there was the miscommunication between my mother-in-law and me about who was making the cranberry sauce. We both made it and somehow neither batch even managed to make it to the table. Anybody want some cranberry sauce? We got plenty!

The weather was lovely and clear and a little crisp in the evening, so we were able to have a fire and visit before dinner.

Too soon, it was time to move inside and get things going in the kitchen. The off-duty cooks had a game of Spades and some snacks while they waited for KP call. My nephew tried a little cheating when he couldn't quite get the rules, but his grandmother is noted for her card smackdown, so that didn't get too far.

Do not mess with my mother-in-law when you're playing cards, people. She'll cut you.
The only thing I made all night that was worth the powder it'd take to blow it up was the smoked trout dip.

Delicious. Worth tight jeans the next day.

Once things started moving faster in the kitchen, Benjamin kindly took over camera duty for me. Kid's got a good eye, actually. Some of his shots turned out way better than mine.

It was pleasant enough to eat outside with the heater.

Finally, it was time to dig in, and dig in, we did.

Well, except for one of us. He didn't dig in. He just sulked.
We did have a lovely time, it's just that my contribution to dinner wasn't up to my standard. But it's about spending time with loved ones, and there was gracious plenty of that.

Hope your Thanksgivings were all wonderful and you are refreshed and ready to strap yourselves in for the rest of the holiday season.

If you think you'd like to give the smoked trout dip a go, here is the .pdf.

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