The turkey he had started in the slow cooker a few hours earlier was already almost done--Bless!--and the pies had been cooling since morning, so it was just a matter of making the spinach dip and side dishes--green bean casserole, our mushroom stuffing (a recipe I'll share before Christmas, the next time we'll make it--it is heavenly), mashed potatoes and gravy, a few heat-and-serve rolls for Mike, and Marie's zucchini gratin (another dish I could eat every day). Neither Mike nor I like sweet potatoes or corn or cranberry relish, but rest assured that if you were joining us for Thanksgiving, we'd make them to add some color to your meal. :) I enjoyed a breakfast of cold spinach dip and sourdough bread chunks while I cooked. I found a new Niece Bianca picture waiting for me on my phone. Mike watched football and called his parents to catch up with them awhile. At some point, I had decided it would be pictures of just the table this Thanksgiving and stayed in my pajamas. Mike's been battling a cold the past week or so, so Casual and Comfy were two of the words of the day here.
When the side dishes were almost done, I looked around the apartment for a few decorations for the table and ended up just gathering the angel from our mantel and a few pumpkins and a pinecone. Our First Thanksgiving with Store-Bought Pies was also Our First Thanksgiving with Paper Plates, but I liked these bold orange square ones and they made life easier Thursday. The idea of making a couple orange gingham napkin rings had occured to me, but the idea came and went. We used plain paper napkins and lived to tell the tale.
We ended up eating around 7 pm, and everything was wonderful. "Hunger is the best sauce," as Ma Ingalls would say, but everything really was good. Watching Planes, Trains, and Automobiles has become one of our Thanksgiving traditions, and surely, the amount we laugh during this film burns off half the calories consumed during the meal.
And little Stuffed was in a strange mood all evening and could be found in a different spot every thirty minutes staring at who-knows-what but looking cute while he did it.
|Love to you all, and a belated happy Thanksgiving. ♥|