Oh, I love Thanksgiving!
Even missing the two newlywed couples, it's just so nice to have everyone else home, cozily gathered in the den, a laptop for every lap. After all the intense family get-togethers this year -- two weddings and a funeral -- it's so nice to be low key.
Football with the monks, a little quilting (yes! I managed to sit down and sew! That's how relaxed I was! However, I also did not decorate for Thanksgiving at all. I got things cleaned up and I cooked. That's it!), turkey, napping, The Scarlet Pimpernel with Anthony Andrews (most enjoyable), and a rousing game of telephone pictionary.
Have you ever played that game? It's so fun, and all you need is pen and paper. The idea is that you start out with a statement of some kind, and the next person draws a picture of the statement, folding down the paper on the original statement.
The next person writes a caption for the drawing...folding down the paper over the picture. This continues until the last caption, which is then compared with the first.
At first everyone is fairly quiet and works hard, but at the end, it's so funny that it's hard to remain upright.
The Chief has been known to break down in tears of laughter!
In fact, Deirdre's fellow resident assistants at college call it "the game that made Deirdre's family almost throw up"!!
Ah, the dignity!
I didn't take any pictures of the dinner itself, but I have some random thoughts for you.
My pumpkin pie was made from sugar pumpkins from Berlin Orchards, which is a beautiful farm near us.
There is enough left over for another big pie.
I'm not always good about making my own stuffing, but this year I stockpiled enough stale homemade bread in the freezer to get the job done. Isn't it funny how, just before Thanksgiving, the grocery stores' aisles smell overwhelmingly of sage and onion? I find it hard to resist buying a couple packages, but mine came out wonderfully, sans MSG and HFCS.
My herb mix consisted of dried onion, salt, pepper, thyme, and plenty of dried sage from the garden. That's easy!
I'm ridiculously excited about the microwave I got to replace the old one, which started to give off that "I'm going to die soon, probably on Thanksgiving morning" smell...
This one lists for about $160 on Amazon...I found it on Craigslist for $25!
I just didn't like the old one's looks, although its price ($10 off of Ebay, local, so no shipping) was right. You can tell I hated it, because I'm careful never to take a picture with it in the background, so the only "before" I have to show you is this fuzzy one which Sukie took of herself. Sorry, Sukie. (Note it's also before the cabinets were painted!)
See? This one is so much better! Thanks, old one, for dying...
By the way, I have a plan about those bricks. See what you think. I'm not a fan of how dark and cold they are, but I don't want to paint them. For one thing, the mortar doesn't come out to the edge or even near...which means that there would be one heck of a lot of painting to get the job done. Think about it: five sides for each brick, plus the mortar deep down in there...
But I had the idea of re-mortaring it with whiter mortar, going right to the face of the brick and even a little on the brick, making it whiter overall. Would that work?
So, anyway, what do you think? Was four pies enough for eight people? Again, classy with the plastic wrap...