Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Turkey Day!

We are unpacked, but could still use some new furniture - especially chairs.

This year we celebrated our first Thanksgiving in our new house. We invited Amber and Vincent, Vincent's mother Kay - who was visiting from out of town, and their two dogs - Colette and Brook, over for dinner. They have just moved into a new house themselves, and are still unpacking, and looking for kitchen utensils. I went to Pier 1 the previous weekend and bought all new table linens and a set of candle holders. Of course, I was looking for very specific candle holders, and was happy to find them . . . then I couldn't find the candles that were supposed to go in them. I don't know if they are a victim of the moving gremlins, or if they are just hiding, but whatever the cause, there were no candles on the table. It was OK. There really wasn't any room, once the food started coming.

Our turkey came from our online farmer's market. It was raised less than 100 miles away from us, on real grass, and I bet it was smart enough to get out of the rain. And it tasted really good. All the food was really good. Kay brought her sweet potato casserole. Amber made stuffing and brought Brussels sprouts, which we quickly sauteed. We provided the turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls and pie. I made the rolls and pie on Wednesday night, which kept me up late, but were totally worth it.

Kay, Amber, Vincent and Colette (Colette is the curly-haired one).

After dinner, we all adjourned to the living room to rest up in preparation for pie.

Miikka tries to show Brook that he is scary. I don't think he was very convincing.

This was Miikka's favorite part of the evening. He and Brook spent time wrestling and chewing on each other, crashing into the legs of us innocent bystanders, and the table. They had a great time, and so did we.

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