I cooked some Thanksgiving food here, then there was a small family and neighbor Thanksgiving at my sons’ house on the day, then a very big Thanksgiving get-together on Black Friday, which even found this mama doing a whiskey shot with the boys…something called “Fireball”. Now, I don’t like whiskey but I always liked fireballs and redhots and so this shot went down easily, but I preferred the Riesling that my DIL had for us ladies :)
Here’s a different kind of ‘shot’…one of the grandkids and their cousins. It was in the mid 40’s so they could be outside without coats for a bit…
On Saturday a big tupperware container of all foods related to Thanksgiving that I had here went home to my youngest son on top of his laundry basket :)
I was never so happy to just have spaghetti and meatballs for dinner after non-stop turkey for four days.
And what do people do after all that eating and drinking ? They do this :
Next it was time to drag out the Christmas stuff ( which is helter-skelter between the basement, a closet upstairs, etc. )
I had a Christmas cactus for a good 10 years that faithfully bloomed around the holidays and at least once in the summer. It finally died off and I did not replace it last year but I picked up two when they were on sale at the grocery store recently ; one for me and one for my DIL. I was thrilled to see the first bloom.
Other than that, nothing was new…in fact, just as I did in the Autumn of 2015, I decided to downsize. That year I had given my DIL a good 2/3 of my fall decor to use at their place, and this year I decided to send to send a good bit of my Christmas decor to them as well.
I took 3 huge boxes down…mostly related to the houses, little people, trains, my Nativity set etc.
While I have enjoyed these decorations that I purchased over the years, the children will enjoy them on a daily basis at their own home. Some of my fondest memories of Christmas as a child are not which presents I recieved ( I only recall a few ) but enjoying the village and train under the tree, the nativity set, and the choir made of candles and the elves, Santa’s workshop etc that was on our mantle. “Christmas Memories as a Little Girl ”
Meanwhile, one of the dishes that the neighbors had brought to my sons’ house on Thanksgiving was an interesting green bean dish…it was beans roasted in the oven with mushrooms and onions, parmesan and panko bread crumbs. They had diced up the mushrooms and onions so small that I couldn’t get a handle on what I was tasting…it almost had an oriental dish taste to it. Lindsay said that she’d found the recipe on Pinterest.
I found a few online recipes similar to her rendition and can’t wait to make my own soon :) This is the time of year that we think about old tried and true holiday recipes as well as exploring new ones …
From my kitchen to yours…let’s hope that any new ones turn out great :)
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