Following are some scenes from our very low-key Thanksgiving day. We cooked up a storm, but we had no guests and no time-table this year. It was just what the doctor ordered.
|Therese and William survey the appetizers and ready to dig-in.|
|Simple cheese plate, olives, crackers, and chex mix for a warm-up.|
|Andrew is ready for chex mix.|
|Kathleen, Andrew & Therese wonder when they can start feasting.|
Joe mans the turkey fryer—our new experiment this year.
Since he had to stand out there anyway,
and since there are white-tail deer on our property,
Joe, of course, needed his gun. (And yes, that's a beer sitting there too.)
Boiling oil, guns, and beer.
Can you say, "Chicago-boy-turned-redneck"?
|Appetizers behind us, we finish cooking dinner.|
In the foreground: a pot of pumpkin soup.
On the stove: pumpkin pie and apple pie, plus a pot of gravy
|Almost time to cook the beans—with bacon, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and Parmesan cheese. YUM!|
|Now that the appetizers are put away, we prep the kitchen table for dessert—|
pumpkin pie, apple pie, frozen sugared grapes, and gingerbread cookies.
|We are almost ready to sit down to dinner in the dining room.|
Kathleen made place cards, even though we weren't hosting anyone this year.
|Kathleen and Anna Marie help put the finishing touches on dinner, just before we sit down.|
|Joe brings in the bird. Just perfect!|
|Following dinner in the dining room, we enjoyed dessert in the kitchen. |
A perfect Thanksgiving—one in which we spent a great deal of time remembering Mom / Grandma.