This year I have many things to give thanks for. Mainly, marrying my best friend and starting our own mini family unit (Abby and Seneca). Here is the run down of this year’s Thanksgiving
Post-wedding we have been crazy busy and haven’t had time to catch up on anything at home. Which obviously means, let’s host Thanksgiving! I took Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday off to organize and clean and on Wednesday our lovely house elves (my parents) came over and made the house pretty and presentable. After that I was ready to make pumpkin pie. It was the first time I made my own crust. Talk about nerve-wracking! This year I used a recipe from Oh She Glows with a Spelt Pie Crust. Secret ingredient…maple syrup! The crust was doing its initial cook and I got a call from Kimblie (I’m five minutes away headed to Buffalo, are you home and what are you up to?) So Kimblie and Izzy stopped by. I haven’t seen Izzy since she was about a year old. How crazy, she is a real person now! It was fun catching up with Kimblie and Izzy was a big help with the pie. My parents made me the apron when I was a kid, I got a real kick out of seeing Izzy wear it.
Thanksgiving morning came and it was a balmy 19 degrees! So…what to do? Run the Pie&Glove! Team Bad Wolf up bright, shiny, early!
After the run, back home to back up the stuffing, stuff the bird, and pop it in the oven! (Estimated finish time of 5:30)
After that whole kerfuffle everyone came over for some lunch and general merriment (eat, drink, lego). Come 4 we decided, let’s start the gingerbread house! But first…let’s take a quick internal read on the bird. And *shock* the bird is done!!
Change of plans! Jen was playing a rather intense song on piano and it added to our frantic must get all the sides done NOW.
Things were going well and working like a well-oiled machine until…oh no! forgot to put Ken’s steak on the grill. Bryan was starting to carve the turkey and I was headed to the grill.
After carving, Bryan took over grill duty. Jack and I took a horse-y ride to check the status.
Dinner ready, we took a few quick family pics and tucked in.
Lots and lots of tasty food later, it was gingerbread house time. We all got in on the action…
…and the boys came up with a neat house!
After we were going to all have pie but were a bit tired and everyone except for Bryan’s parents went home. The four of us had pie in front of the fire and then hit the hay.
The next morning, we went for a hike with my parents and Jen and her family. Seneca got a fleece hiking jacket and hiking boots for Christmas (a bit early) and wore them for our hike.
The boys decided it would be fun to take the sleds and do a little sledding along our hike.
We got to get a quick family picture and i took a few “artsy” shots
We had lunch and did some Black Friday shopping with Bryan’s parents. Latter we gave the nephews some Christmas gifts (won’t see them for the holiday) and had a turkey soup dinner (yum)
Saturday, Bryan went shooting with his dad and I worked on my quilt. We then had lunch with his parents and watched some classic Doctor Who followed by dinner. Then we went wild and crazy and hung out with friends at the bar(s). Today, listened to some Christmas tunes (December 1 so it’s acceptable) and worked on my quilt.
Not looking forward to work tomorrow, but this holiday week has been a blast. Thanks to all who have made my life what it is.