What a perfect Thanksgiving. Well, there were a couple hitches but it started off absolutely perfect. On Wednesday night Kat and Ben came over to Shores and brought absolutely delicious chili with rice. It was SO good and I am not a chili fan at all. After the chili Ben and I hunkered down and he set out to teach me how to make perfect pie crusts. It was amazing, it really worked. They rolled out super thin without sticking the to cutting board, they easily went into the pie dishes without tearing. Hopefully this means that I can make pie crust on my own now. It was so homey. The Shores’ kitchen is well designed and can really accommodate a lot of cooks. Carol, Kat, and Jason went shopping for some last minute ingredients and then they were back. Carol worked on apple pie filling and Kat worked on the pumpkin. I had found the recipe for pumpkin pie from scratch online. On Tuesday I had gotten off work early and Jason drove me to the farmer’s market where they were having a special Thanksgiving market. There were lots of pies and baked goods on sale. We bought a few things but there were no pumpkins, luckily I found some at Weaver Street Market.
Anyways, The kitchen was warm and busy with the smell of cinnamon to tie it all together. Laura and Paul came over and watched the hockey game with Russel. Russel just got out of the hospital on Monday, he had knee replacement surgery on Wednesday and is already walking around but so far it hurts worse than it did before. Carol bought him a leather Lay-Z-Boy. Super comfy. It was pretty handy to be working at the hospital and to go visit him afterwards.
I started Thanksgiving with a late morning watching cartoons, just like at Grandma’s. There was a Tom and Jerry marathon going on. I worked on my knitting, I’ve been trying to knit myself a pair of wrist cuffs, you know, like sweater sleeves with a thumb hole. I even worked on them last weekend when Jason had paintball practice. I also got to take lots of pictures again at paintball practice because one of the paintball wives had a zoom lens and the same camera as Jason. It’s lots of fun to be out on the field to take pictures and try to avoid getting shot.
I was hanging out at Shores, Carol got the smoker going and commenced to smoking 3 ducks, she also roasted a turkey. Then Jason’s bathtub and toiled filled with brown water and they had to call the plumber. Whatever stopped up the drain worked itself out but Jason still had to take apart the toilet and the plumber man still stopped by and charged an arm load. Russell slept or shuffled around, he can almost get by without crutches.
I made wild rice stuffing but it turned out really bad, the rice was hardly cooked and the bread crumbs were soggy, nothing stuck together. Some people actually had seconds on it so maybe it wasn’t all bad but I wasn’t happy about it. I had made refrigerator pickles as well, Mom sent some lefse which I taught people how to properly eat it and a tub of pickled herring completed my attempt at making Thanksgiving feel like home. That first bite of pickled herring instantly took me to Grandma’s and I was suddenly home sick. I’ve been away for Thanksgiving before but I was traveling, now I was actually at Thanksgiving away from my family. It’s sad to be so far away but this was the perfect way to do it. There were about 15 people at dinner and I knew most of them, some really well. Carol made cranberry sauce, and guess what, succotash, as in “Suffering succotash,” like Sylvester says, is an actual food. From what I saw it’s a combination of different beans and some mashed potatoes. I really don’t know what it is but it sure tasted good. It’s probably made with bacon fat since it’s a southern dish but I really didn’t want to know. “Recieve all food set before you with thanksgiving”, right? And I did. There is, of course, tons of left overs. One thing they had that I’ve never had at Thanksgiving was wine. Carol made mulled wine too. There were green beans, mashed potatoes and kale, pumpkin bread, sweet potato cobbler,. . .I can’t even remember everything else. It was a great time though. The best part is that I keep forgetting that I have a 4 day weekend, I keep thinking that I have to go back to work tomorrow and I don’t! YAY.
All right, well, today is Jason’s birthday. I am very happy since for a little while we are a little closer in age. Kat is also 50 today and has been having a continuous birthday party all day long. We are going tonight for dinner and a concert. Should be fun. Hopefully I’ll be painting more tomorrow. I’ve been working at it but still not getting anything I like. I was all productive yesterday, I rearranged the kitchen, utilizied some bottles, and now we have a spice drawer with well marked bottles of spices. I also finally washed up a set of plastic drawers that I got off the curb and we have newly organized paint supplies and more shelf space for books. Hey, so it’s not exciting, I call it nesting. Time for dinner and dancing.