I meant to write this post sooner, but things came up, so I’m just now getting to the point where I can share about my Thanksgiving break.
For the first time in five years, I got to go back to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving. I was so excited to get to see all three of my brothers, and the whole family was reunited again. My mom figured out that Thanksgiving was the third time this year that everyone got together, and that’s amazing! We always have a good time when we’re together.
Miguel and I got home late Wednesday night. My oldest brother, Caleb, and the youngest one, Ethan, had both gotten home already. They had been cooking and chopping to get ready for our feast. When Miguel and I arrived, we settled down for a low-key evening, catching up and practicing Ukulele.
The next day, Thanksgiving day, we went out for breakfast to celebrate Ethan’s 20th birthday which happened earlier in the week. We spent the rest of the day cooking, watching the parade, and playing Harry Potter: Hogwarts’ Battle. Mom taught me how to make cinnamon rolls, and I think I did alright!
Caleb has a meal subscription to Sunbasket, which he forgot to cancel for the week he was traveling, so he brought home his week’s worth of meals. He had three different meals, each two servings, and there were six of us for lunch that day. So, Mom, Dad, Caleb, and I had a heck of a time in the kitchen cooking three complex meals at once. For our actual Thanksgiving Day dinner, we had pork chops with some sort of pear sauce and wilted greens, Spanish rice with Mediterranean shrimp, and chilaquiles. They were unique and delicious, and making those meals was so much fun, albeit a little hectic. Mom made amazing potato soup for dinner (seriously, check out this recipe!), and then we just relaxed. Great day!
Friday was our big day. Caleb, Ethan, Miguel, and I *almost* finished out Harry Potter game, but we consider it a win anyway. Cameron and his girlfriend Hope arrived around 11 that morning, and Mom set out the appetizers (might be my favorite part of Thanksgiving). We had chocolate chip cheesecake dip with teddy grams, a pumpkin shaped (not flavored) cheese ball, cheese, sausage, and crackers, a veggie tray, and my favorite, braunschweiger dip. It’s so hard not to eat all the appetizers and have no room for the actual turkey part, but we managed. Then we went wine tasting at our local winery. We bought a couple bottles (and a couple truffles) and went home to make mulled wine with the cranberry wine (yum!). Then we got to cooking. The featured image on this post shows us all with our empty plates, clearly very satisfied. We had turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, buns, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, 7-layer salad, and all the fixins. Very good meal.
That evening, after everyone had settled down with all the food, we played Wits and Wagers and Code Names, and spend some good ole quality time together.
Saturday, we had a slow morning, ate some leftovers, and then Miguel and I headed home. But not before taking one more picture. Good looking bunch, eh?
It was a great weekend, and this is probably the point where I should list my thankfuls. But I think this post does a pretty good job at sharing all my blessings. My only mistake was not getting a picture of my puppy, who spent his weekend with some sort of food on his nose, because he always had to stand right under you while you were cooking, and you’re bound to drop something on his nose…