Monday, November 26, 2012

A Love Birds' Thanksgiving (or My Child Prefers Paper Towel Tubes Over Turkey)


We made it! Past Sandy, past the nor'easter and alla that. So glad we're on the other side and were blessed with mild weather this holiday weekend, lots of yummy food and precious family time. It was very much a chill holiday for our family, and I loved every minute of it!

Here's how it went down . . .

What We Ate

I posted our menu here, but I actually had a few alterations ...

Williams-Sonoma ran out of Turkey Brine (the first time this has happened in the 6 years I've been using it!) so we made their brown sugar/peppercorn brine, and it was SO good!
I decided to make America's Test Kitchen's cornbread sausage stuffing instead of the boxed stuff. It was time consuming more flavorful than Stovetop, but the cornbread crumbled too much when added to the wet despite me following the directions to a T; next time I'll use less liquid.
Mr. Love Bird vetoed the sweet potato pie and make a 3 layer pumpkin pie instead (pumpkin, cheesecake and pumpkin cheesecake layers). To say it was rich is an understatement.
Despite our yummy food Lil Love Bird preferred to eat this:


Yes, a paper towel tube O_o What child doesn't like mac & cheese? Apparently mine.


Where We Went (or Didn't Go!) 


Thanksgiving Day we stayed in our PJs and it was divine. We've never been into Black Friday so the following day Mr. Love Bird went to work, and I took Lil Love Bird to visit her friends for a farewell picnic as they are moving to TX. It was a beautiful day, and we ended up hanging outside from morning until the late afternoon when we met Uka at his office. Saturday morning we hopped in the Zip Car to visit family further out in New Jersey.


What We Did

This was our Black Friday . . .





Later that night . . .




The tree wasn't enough so another project was necessary . . .


Mr. Love Bird is a wee bit competitive . . .


I on the other hand really didn't know what I was doing and needed a lesson from my brother-in-law . . .


Mr. Love Bird and I watched this movie that I can't get out of my head! Have you heard of it? I highly recommend it (and whoever wrote the script definitely had a toddler!).

What We Listened To

 
I can't listen to Christmas music until Black Friday!
How was your Thanksgiving? Are detoxing like I am or do you carry the indulgent feasting all the way through New Years?

 

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