Hello, and "Gobble gobble gobble" (as our family greets each other on this day). Happy Thanksgiving!
Our day is winding down- our tummies are full, our Christmas tree is up, the kids are tuckered out. So I thought I'd spend a few minutes with you guys.
This year, in light of no real group plans for the day (we are both really missing our non-nuclear families, I think), our family decided to volunteer. I made calls to arrange something, and kept hitting dead ends. They already had enough help, or we couldn't work with the baby, or they only needed monetary donations... essentially, no one wanted us! So we did our annual food bank donations and set about planning something last minute and low-key. Our good friends had a fun Hawaii Thanksgiving tradition of picnicking on the beach, and with this as our local beach park, how could we not?
In truth, I was kinda happy our plans changed. I love cooking, and it's not very often that we eat so many different dishes at a time. It being just the 3.25 of us, it was still a modest meal by Thanksgiving standards, but soooo yummy. I'm thankful for food!!
The menu this year:
Rosemary roast chicken (couldn't justify the turkey for just Mr.)
Roasted grapes with pecans and sunflower seeds
Savory sweet potato/apple bread pudding
Wilted greens with fried shallots, walnut, garlic, and pomegranate seeds
Roasted garlic on sweet bread
Sweet potato pie
Dark chocolate pecan pie
It was fun creating the 'recipes' for these dishes, and everything turned out quite nicely. I tried to use a lot of stuff that we already had in the fridge to cut down on shopping- afterall, I'm nothing if not cheap ;)
The spread on our table. Couldn't have asked for a better beach day, either.
Have you ever roasted grapes? Do it!!
This pie is my favorite part of the holidays. Dark chocolate and real dark molasses make it so rich and different.
Cheers! Kenzie had her own bottle of sparkling cider and thought it was the best thing
ever ever ever.
After dinner we ran off some of our excess calories, playing in the field and along the shore. We really are so lucky to live here. It never gets old.
Trying for a family shot.
We took Santa to the beach! I love digging this quilt out on Thanksgiving each year. My oh-so-talented MIL made it for us. It's got Santa's booty on the back.
Kenzie got the bag of seeds as an after-dinner snack. Think she was happy about it?
Asher was just happy to roam around collecting trash. I swear, we can't take him anywhere.
Rocking her American Indian headdress and bathing suit...