This & That ; End of November

Whether you partied,  found time to relax and have a nap, or played a bit,  I hope that your Thanksgiving holiday ( for those in the USA) has been going well.

My son took the funny one of their cat, and Brent was captured by my DIL at a friends’ house. 

A bit of this & that around here… it is hard to believe that it is the end of November already! I think that some of this is due to the seasons not being so predictable anymore in the way of the weather.

Our Thanksgiving was held on Friday, so that Brent and Kate could be there. It works nicely that way for other reasons as well. My oldest son who came home from St. Louis could have dinner with his dads’ family one day and with us the next. The same for many people. The gathering seems to grow each year, with a rather large core group for dinner, and then many friends coming later on, early evening. So we progress from the regular dinner to friends coming later with wine or beer and snacks such as spinich dips, cheese balls and so on.

At one point, during the transition time, I was at the sink doing some dishes, having worked on putting some food away for leftovers, and one of my sons’ friends dragged me away and into the dining room where about 40 people were singing “Happy Birthday” and bringing out a cake for Kate and I.  Her birthday is the 22nd and mine is the 29th.

Every year, one of us lines up the family kids on the porch and gets a photo. My DILs’ twin sister had the best one this year. Last year little Gracie, held by her ‘pap-pap’ was the baby. Now there’s a new one, in Kates’ arms. The DIL has a big family and it continues to grow :)

When the young friends show up, with all of THEIR children in tow, it gets to be a bit of a madhouse, but a happy one at that.

Saturday morning was one where I’d have loved to sleep in, but my oldest wanted to leave early for his trip back to St. Louis.

He came down here for a hearty breakfast around 7:30. We did enjoy the most glorious sunrise, though. Deep vivid reds and oranges permeated the skies. No photos ( or I’d have burned the breakfast :) but later on I took a few shots of the encroaching sunset.

There’s been quite a bit of ‘babysitting’ / days off / early dismissals / son takes wife on a date…so not much sewing going on. I did complete a bit of applique on a block but it is not done, and no photo.  I made a bit more progress in regards to quilting on the Botanical, and hope to finish this block soon.

Finally, on Saturday, after some Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch, I made some zucchini boats for dinner.  I just wanted something different, and I’d not had these since summer. Yes they are cheaper to make in the summer with free zucchini :)

I am sure that most of you have made these before but if not :

  • Cut the zucchini in halves, lengthwise.   Hollow out the middle with a spoon. Dice up what you have hollowed out.
  • Then, this is your preference :  Use ground beef, turkey, Italian sausage ( I used the sausage) and cook that up in a skillet with the diced zucchini, peppers ( I used sweet peppers ) and onion. From there you can add whatever you want, in regards to seasoning. Or go vegetarian and meatless…
  • If this was summer, I’d add chopped up fresh tomatoes from the garden. In this season, after I’d cooked all of this up, I added some tomato sauce.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oven to 375, and put your plain boats that you have hollowed out into a baking dish with a bit of water in the bottom. Bake for 20 minutes or so. Remove from the oven, take the boats out, and drain the water.
  • Add some sauce to bottom of that dish, put the boats back, fill them with your mixture that you cooked in the skillet, and bake for 20 more minutes. At the end, add some mozzarella, and put the dish back into the oven for a few minutes until it is melted. I served these with a side of rice.

I do have the beginnings of a turkey-carcass based soup but wanted a break from turkey and this hit the spot :)

IF YOU ARE GEARING UP FOR CHRISTMAS  You might also enjoy: Gingerbread & a Christmas Puppy

I’ll get some quilting in on Sunday and join up with other Slow Stitchers at Kathys Quilts

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23 Responses to This & That ; End of November

  1. Karen says:

    we were ready for a break from turkey leftovers and went to Chili’s this evening – your family photos are always so nice and big families are the best – I was always so used to that – now that the family is so spread out we do not see them all that often and it is always a small gathering at our house now for holidays – doesn’t quite feel the same.

  2. Judy Miller says:

    It is a nice family time, this time of year.

  3. Eileen says:

    Hello, you have a beautiful family. I like the kitty and dog too. Sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving with your family. Pretty sky captures and your quilt is looking beautiful. I have made the zucchini boats, they are delicious. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week!

  4. Margie says:

    I’m glad you had such a nice Thanksgiving. We were so busy visiting that none of us remembered to take photos.

  5. Sandra Croley says:

    I’ll have to try those zucchini boats! I always enjoy pictures of hand-quilting, it evokes such a peaceful feeling.

  6. barb says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Family Thanksgiving and Birthday Surprise.
    Those Zucchini boats looks delicious!
    What wonderful sky photos especially the moon!

  7. Kathi says:

    Wonderful family photo…. glad you opted for early breakfast and daybreak with your son too! lovely quilting and those zuccini boats look totally yummy :) Have a great Sunday! Kathi

  8. Gail says:

    You’ve been busy! I love it when the family gets together to enjoy time with each other. I hope you find some time to do some slow stitching today.

  9. Deb says:

    Looks yummy and love the shot of the half moon. Happy early birthday – you share it with my Dad!

  10. CathieJ says:

    It looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday…or should I say days. So much fun with family and friends. Happy Birthday a few days early.

  11. I just ADORE that quilt! Sounds like you’re very busy keeping up with it all!
    Brenda

  12. Joyce says:

    What blessings both of us have in such large, beautiful families! And a warm and wonderful “Happy Birthday” to you, dear friend!

  13. FlowerLady says:

    Great family photo.

    Glad you had such a nice Thanksgiving with family and friends.

    The zucchini boats look easy and delicious.

    Happy Birthday to you!

    Love & hugs ~FlowerLady

  14. Visiting son, all the grands in one place, lots of good eating = great holiday for the birthday girl. :-) Hope the next year is happy and healthy for you and all of your loved ones. The boats look delicious.

  15. Jane says:

    Your celebration sounds very much like ours…most of the extended family comes after 5:00 and it really gets going!!

    Happy Birthday!

    Jane

  16. Great pics as always. It is amazing how things change. My son smoked our turkey so I made some onion soup today using some of the turkey broth I made. So delicious! Your stitching are wonderful. We have so much to be thankful for

  17. Grandma Kc says:

    What a wonderful picture!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. How nice to see your family looking so happy. I’m glad you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving weekend. Also, the zucchini boats look delicious! Enjoy the new week, my friend.
    Amalia
    xo

  19. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    Looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and it’s great that you found a little time to stitch!

  20. Kyle says:

    What a special time to be with family and friends. November has seemed to have flown by. Wishing you a happy birthday.

  21. Kim says:

    You’re always a very busy lady! Glad your Thanksgiving was fun!

  22. Val Reynolds says:

    Oh I love the picture of all the kids. What a busy thanksgiving….your stitching provided a much needed break I’m sure. Happy Birthday too!!!

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