Saturday, November 30, 2013

Small Business Saturday and Thanksgiving Pictures, Limited Edition



I'm off today to  support a local independent bookstore --  it's Small Business Saturday and I'll be  at Malaprop's in Asheville, helping customers with suggestions for gift giving. Books make excellent, personal gifts -- a great way to share something you love with someone you love.  And while I'll be happy to recommend one of my own books, as you all know there are a lot of books I've read recently and I'll be suggesting those too.

Here are some of the few pictures I took on Thursday -- I was mostly too busy in the kitchen or just enjoying myself to do more.


Something new this year -- smoked turkey -- two smaller ones rather than one lunker...John kept an eye on them ...

There were sixteen of us --far too many for our small dining room so we pushed back the sofas and put the dining table plus a door on sawhorses down the living room..

Cory was quite intrigued-- Angeline was under the bed, not liking the fact that my older son's two dogs were on the premises...

Some tablecloths and a few jars of grocery store flowers and it's festive enough . . . I've learned that the food is what folks care about...

Family and friends, inlaws and outlaws ...  

Starters in the dining room . . .pumpkin hummus, pickled shrimp, deviled eggs, pimento cheese and crackers, chopped liver ...

Turkey, dressing, gravy, butternut squash au gratin, , butternut squash au gratin, Brussels sprouts, roasted root vegetables served in the kitchen . . .gingered green beans, cornnbread, pumpkin rolls, cranberry apple compote,, cranberry sauce, green salad....and probably more stuff I've forgotten on the table.  And solemn attention to eating....
 
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Snow Pictures from Wednesday

 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!



So much to be thankful for . . . a new daughter-in-law, family, friends (including many I've never met in person,) dogs and cats and farm critters . . .

Flags and food and flowers, nature's bounty, books and barns . . .

Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!
 
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Some Early Thanksgiving Prep


Caramelizing almonds to top the pumpkin chiffon pie, making whole-berry cranberry sauce for the table and for the cranmberry gelatin salad, roasting two turkey legs to get drippings so I can make the gravy ahead of time ... 

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013