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thanks for everything

By Tara Zandra | November 29, 2013

We had a really lovely Thanksgiving. I had done a decent amount of prep the night before to help speed the cooking along. I made the same butternut squash au gratin that I made for Faux-Thanksgiving earlier in the month. My squashes did not yield nearly the same amount of cubed squash this time though. I used actual gruyere instead of swiss and think I might have preferred the swiss. I also made jellied cranberries and drunken cranberries because though I don’t actually drink, I like the idea of boozy food. Guess I wish I drank alcohol more? Anyway, I also made a vegetarian gravy as it was insisted upon by my child who did not want me to stoop to gravy in a box (like I did before, was the unspoken add-on). Tabitha made pies, of course. Pumpkin and Decadent Pecan. We think next year we’ll go ahead and pass the pumpkin torch on to Daisy, there is really no reason she can’t make it by herself. I was supposed to make a fantastic appetizer too, but forgot to take the Phyllo dough out of the freezer in time. So now we have carmelized onions and mushrooms so I’ll just use them in omelets and probably top with the rest of the gruyere as well.

There are certain things that I need to eat for it to be a holiday, but we always end up with too many appetizers. So I solved my problem by just serving 3 appetizers at home for lunch. This is a workable solution in that now I get exactly what I want to eat and I don’t have to worry about transport or having too much.

We got to my in-laws’ around 1:30 and it was just the 6 of us this year due to illnesses and other commitments. Really a low key affair which definitely contributed to its loveliness. We ate, we talked, we took silly pics, we laughed. Eventually we sat down to the meal and said how thankful we all are for each other (we’re real Norman Rockwell around here) and then stuffed ourselves silly. Everything was delicious.

Eventually we had pie and then Chris and I packed up 2 care packages. One was for my mom who was sick at home. The other was for a friend who worked literally all day and did not get a Thanksgiving meal. After we packed them up, Chris and I left and took the one to our friend and enjoyed some time out together.

And that pretty much sums up the day. Today I went to two malls and a Target, but none of the crazy early stuff. Just because and it was all fun and no stress.

Here’s a picture of my Biscuit. Her shirt reads “I’m an Avenger.”


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3 Responses to “thanks for everything”

  1. Marion Says:
    November 30th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Biscuit is so adorable!! It this Cosmo’s mom??

  2. Tara Zandra Says:
    December 1st, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Yes it is! She’s so small but Cosmo somehow became bigger!

  3. Melyssa Says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Sounds like a lovely holiday! And Cosmo’s mommy is the cutest ever! He must have inherited all his cuteness from her. :-) Do you ever see his brother?