I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, December 1, 2019

A Splendid Feast

It's December! The Christmas rush is on, but I want to share my Thanksgiving with you all, just a few pics.

It was a special day with friends and family, a get together at my friends' house. Everyone was happy and hungry, we waited all week for this.

My friend collects glass pumpkins too.

 My friends did a lot---most--- of the cooking:

Delicious cheese and snack tray. I brought my cider bread.

And the makings for the cider cocktail I mentioned a few posts ago. It was a big hit,, everyone loved the idea and the drink was crisp and refreshing, if a bit too sweet. [not the best cider, too bad].

the beautiful Bird:

also mashed potatoes with crispy shallot rings; roasted tiny brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash. I made my stuffing, see previous post. And I always make the gravy--a must for any well-produced Thanksgiving feast, in my opinion. [I make The Best Gravy!]

Everyone contributed , with  wine, cranberry sauce, a fun retro carrot-jello salad, stuffed mushrooms.
And I think everyone made or brought  a dessert except me:

Vegan pumpkin Pie with cocnut milk whipped cream.

Oreo cheesecake, a recipe from my friend's days at The Four Seasons in the city.

No games afterward, we indulged in the fun if etiquette-ly incorrect but fun custom of sharing photos from our phones. The next morning the guys played golf, at the frigid windy oceanfront course.

After the meal my friend set out take out containers [Costco] and she had everyone fill the boxes with their personal choices of leftovers. Such a great idea---the doggy bag custom is alive and well here at the beach, I see.

Clean-up was hard, I do admit. Much as we love the food and family and friends, the clean up is probably why this happens only once a year. I ended up washing all the serving bowls and pots and pans, I can't--couldn't---leave my friends with a huge clean up job in the morning. Took me two days to recover, lol.

Now on to Christmas.

file photo, not mine

Today and tomorrow we're having a nor'easter, a wet coastal storm. It seems like it will just be rain, so far no wind or ice. Mo is horrified and will not go out.

C'mon Mo.

Nooooo. It's rainy and this sweater makes me look fat!


Use the potty pads?

Nooooo, mommy, no! 

You better not wet the bed later, little man!

Happy Holiday Season to you all.



gone to the beach....