Thanksgiving Weekend Part I

We had a very nice, relaxing Thanksgiving Day at home.  My husband (and daughter) ended up doing most of the cooking.  I put together the green bean casserole and was in charge of washing the dishes.  I’d say I got off easy this year.  While my husband was busy in the kitchen I was working on blog posts, photo taking, knitting, embroidering, catching glimpses of the Macy’s parade rebroadcast on television, and other little things that came up.  Sitting around doing nothing makes me so tired, so I am always busy, but cooking is not my favorite thing to do; I’d much rather clean up.

We had pretty traditional dishes for our dinner:  candied sweet potatoes (my husband’s first time making them and they were much better than mine), stuffing, turkey breast, green bean casserole, rolls, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, sparking grape juice, and a vegan pumpkin pie (very good). Needless to say, we all ate too much.  Today, Saturday, we still have lots of leftovers except for the green bean casserole.  Since we have ingredients for another one I will put one in the oven today.

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Something that we’ve been doing for many years now is to go to a Christmas tree farm on the day after Thanksgiving.  We have two small farms within minutes of our house, but in the last six years or so we have been opting for the full Christmas tree farm experience and drive a little further to see more varieties of trees, get a fun tractor ride, eat homemade donuts, fudge, browse the ornaments in their heated barn, etc.

Weather-wise it wasn’t the best day:  cold, windy, EXTREMELY muddy (cars were getting stuck in the mud), cloudy; but we got our fraser fir tree.  The needles aren’t too sharp on this variety, so it’s a nicer experience putting the lights on, which my husband is doing right now.

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We brought along our chihuahua.  This little girl loved him; I thought it was so cute.  Even though he had his parka (the only clothing he will tolerate) on, I think he was cold.  He has very little fur on his belly and the tiniest paws that get cold so quickly.

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christmas tree farm 674These trees were the variety we looked at first; they were beautiful and old-fashioned looking, but the needles were too sharp.  There were lots of these in the field, so maybe others thought the same thing.

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The birds and (greedy) squirrels were very busy at the feeder yesterday morning.  I caught some photos of the birds through the window.  You can see some in mid flight.  This morning the feeder is completely empty and so is our bird seed pantry.  Time to go shopping…

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You can see many pairs of cardinals in this photo.  The red birds are the males and the neutral colored ones sitting next to them are the females.birds feeder 646

I quickly snapped a photo of Amelia’s new Christmas dress.  Don’t you love these blown glass Christmas trees?  I picked them up at our church’s rummage sale this past  June.

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And here’s little miss Sugar modeling her new Christmas set in the same color combination.puki christmas 635

That’s all for now.  We have a busy day today and also hope to get our tree decorated.  Thanks for reading and I hope you all enjoy the weekend.

8 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Weekend Part I

  1. practice925

    Really lovely photos Cindy! Your post really puts me in the mood for Christmas. Maybe your dog needs a fancy knitted sweater made by his mom 🙂

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Heather,
      We decorated the tree today; it brought back happy memories of 2008 with you all. Aww, he’d look so cute in it, but who knows if he’d wear it. Thanks, Heather.

  2. Catherine

    Thanksgiving meal looked delicious! Congratulations to your husband!
    We also bought our Christmas tree. My daughter will decorate it with her father next week when she comes home. It’s a great pleasure for her every year!
    Amelia is very sweet! I love her new Christmas set!
    Have a good afternoon. Here it is very cold.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hello Catherine,
      I bet it is exciting watching your daughter get excited and decorate for Christmas. It is a magical time of year.

      It sure is nice having a husband that enjoys cooking, I’m grateful as I really don’t like preparing all of those dishes at once, it’s too stressful. I enjoy throwing all of the ingredients in a pot to make soup or chili and that doesn’t work for Thanksgiving.

      It is chilly here too. I’m afraid warm fall weather is over for good. It’s too bad, isn’t it? Thank you for your comments, Catherine. ❤

  3. Joy

    Love your table! So pretty and the food looks delicious.
    Thanks for sharing the great bringing home the tree pics. Amazing you could get a teenager to go along. We haven’t put up a tree in four years. But, my husband just asked if we were going to do one this year. Seems like a lot to me, because we’re the only ones who ever see it. But, maybe. However, I did do a dolly tree last year.
    Amelia’s dress is just so sweet!
    Now quick, go get some more bird seed! Love seeing your birdie pics.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hello Joy,
      Thank you so much. My husband doesn’t do a bad job at all, and he says he likes to cook, so I’ve lucked out. As I told Catherine, I like throwing everything in a pot to make soup or chili. Coordinating a meal with a lot of dishes stresses me out.
      We actually went out to the tree because of my daughter, it’s a tradition to her. I am starting to feel a bit old for it and the cold is bone chilling. It is a lot of effort each year to put up the tree and decorations, and then it needs to be taken down, so I understand how you feel. Too bad it can’t be stored away all decorated.
      Thanks, Joy! We will get seeds for the birds soon. They really eat a lot; well, it’s probably the squirrels, but they’re cute to watch too.

  4. Sonia

    Hi Cindy, your Thanksgiving table was so pretty! And the food looked delicious!
    I still prefer a live Christmas tree, too. It’s a tradition, that is always exciting. Chopping the tree down and bringing it home, is special. You get to pick, that perfect one.
    Amelia is so cute in her Christmas outfit!

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Sonia,
      Thank you, we had a very nice and yummy dinner. Believe it or not, we still have leftovers today, Sunday!

      It IS a lot of effort traipsing through the field, choosing (and freezing), chopping, etc. etc., but is well worth the effort for a Christmas tree. It is beautiful and every year is slightly different which is exciting.

      Thanks, Sonia.


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