Thanksgiving came upon us without much warning. Why does fall always seem like a whirlwind? On Wednesday I was making our menu and that afternoon we were shopping. I think part of our reason for not concentrating on Thanksgiving is the fact that for 10 days around Christmas we are going to be hosting 9 guest. 9 including a 6 month baby. So at 1pm on Wednesday, I grabbed a Martha Stewart cookbook, my domestic chic planner, the family and we went shopping. Dave drove while I planned. In the end, everything went perfectly.
String Beans Pg 261 The Martha Stewart Cookbook (.50 cents at a yard sale)
The beans had garlic in them and were delicious.
Martha's Mashed Potatoes page 350. They have a lovely mix of cream cheese and creme fraiche in them. The funny thing is that we couldn't taste much difference. They were delicious and very rich but we were surprised that the flavors didn't come out stronger.
Up until 3 Thanksgivings ago I had only ever tasted canned cranberry sauce. I loved it until a friend made some real cranberry sauce. I will never go back. Fresh Cranberry Sauce page 274.
Roasted Parsnips. A dh specialty. I had never had a parsnip before meeting him. Also mango. How do I miss eating a mango for 24 years? It was sensational though and very romantic. We were having a picnic at Blenheim Palace and he fed these to me and I knew I would never let him go. I had come over to England for 2 weeks and we were very much in love having known each other for only 3 months. The dish the parsnips are in, came from my red and aqua swap partner.
We finished off the meal using Martha's Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie recipe page 490 and a gluten free pie crust mix. I must tell you that it is the best pie we have ever had. The crust was light and crumbly but it didn't matter. To me there is nothing worse than a thick doughy crust. I think Martha's recipe and our crust was a perfect combination. We ate it so quickly, we didn't even get a chance to take a photo.
I asked Keiran to give me a smile and he gave me this look instead.
I watched a movie a month ago called The Secret. It is a less scientific, lower budget version of What the Bleep Do We Know. It's basically about creating the life you want. Visualizing what you want and going after it. The movie itself was kind of hokey but the message I enjoyed. One thing they talked about was the gratitude stone. You place a stone in your pocket and every time you touch you it, it reminds you to think about something you are grateful for. I have started doing this upon waking. I'll sit in bed and think of things I am grateful for. Some are very simple like being grateful for a good cup of coffee while other times I think about being grateful for my family. I've enjoyed this new routine and it has helped my days feel more positive. Being thankful isn't just for Thanksgiving anymore.
I am thankful for:
-friends I have met through blogging
-dishy new James Bond
-my brother being back with his family
-my new niece Liora who was born in May
-my mother and I going shopping on Black Friday
-the snow (it snowed last night)
-Heroes which is my favorite show on tv
-my funny dad
-my camera which I take everywhere with me
-thrifting, thrift stores, yard sales and more
-warm, delicious food
-a loving family that looks after me
Have a lovely week.