Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving

The dinner is over, the dishes are washed and most of our company has gone home. I am glad to report that the various recipes I tried all came out well and that I am not overstuffed. I've learned over the years to eat only one plate, and not fill it too full because I will just be unhappy later. And...it leaves room for pie!

Tommy's girlfriend Anastasia was here and helped me get everything ready. We cleaned silver and selected serving dishes, sat on the porch and talked and drank coffee and then set the table together and cooked. Her pet rat Ila enjoyed small scraps of everything, a little mini-composter and is surprisingly entertaining. I never thought I would find a rat enjoyable, but Ila has proved to me that a rat can be a really neat pet.

Here are a couple photos from the beginning of our dinner:


Derek's children are growing up fast.






The beginning of our dinner. Derek took photos for me.

The menu changed a bit; I decided to make the same green beans I made last year with beans, onions, water chestnuts and mushrooms. Anastasia made a cranberry-orange relish that was a tasty change from the usual cranberry sauce, and so easy to make. I tried an amazing recipe for sweet potatoes in orange and walnut glaze and I think it should qualify as a dessert--it was delicious, tangy and sweet and rich. I also found something new to do with corn, a spicy pepper and corn mix that complemented the beans and sweet potatoes very well. I stayed with the bacon and dill cornbread, and the mashed potatoes were red potatoes with the skins on. Add the turkey and gravy and a veggie tray and we had a feast.

Our wines were a white that is my all-time favorite, and a red that Derek brought back from Scotland. The white is a Seyval from Cabin Jones Run vineyard in West Virginia and I have only been able to find it at a little store in Glenville, WV. It's a very special treat when we can get it. The red was a 2004 Chateau de Roques Bordeaux that was a perfect accompaniment to the turkey. Lovely.


The day could not pass for me without constant thoughts of Jon. He and his family were here last year and he had such a good time. He shot a deer on Thanksgiving, the first time he'd been hunting in many, many years. he was touching base with his past and enjoying the memories of growing up with his brothers. He was also enjoying his little granddaughter and relishing his new role as grandfather. I remain grateful that he had that weekend at home, a time that he told me later was the best time he had ever had when he came home. His happiness as he talked to me over the phone was obvious, and another good memory I cherish of my son. When I think of that, I remind myself to hold each day close, to treasure all the memories and to be thankful that I have had so many good times with those I love.

Blessings to you all, and I hope that your holiday was filled with good food, good friends, and good memories.

5 comments:

Jaime said...

It sounds like you guys had a really lovely diner. And the table looks beautiful!

Rowan said...

I'm glad you had such a good Thanksgiving and that it was filled with happy memories of Jon. The pet rat sounds fun, one of my cub scouts had one many,many years ago - I was a pack leader in those days:) - and it was a really friendly little thing.

Farmchick said...

Glad that you had such a wonderful time with family.

Nance said...

a good day for you and your family -- but thinking about your Jon and that big hole in your heart . . .

Nanjemoy Nana said...

We were remembering the photos from last year that held him too. We appreciate the incredible "Forditude" that you show as you go forward with the ever present grief. You do it with such dignity and love that those who don't know you would never know if it wasn't said. Roger and I and our offspring truly respect that and do our best to emulate it. You and yours are cherished, loved and prayed for by me and mine.

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