I'm prepping some Christmastime posts, but before I jump ahead-as it is still November for at least a few more hours-I thought I'd share some highlights from our trip to my home in New Orleans.
I wish we were still there!
Besides the fun of the Zoo and Aquarium, being tickled as I watched Daddy enjoy his Thanksgiving football with our "guard dog" Ramsey,
watching eldest observe and feed the Canada Geese in my parents backyard pond,
we also enjoyed a gathering of dear family friends.
I'm not joking when I say I've known them my entire life. My parents moved into our old neighborhood on the southshore when I was six months old, and as things often do, friendships fell into place.
We enjoyed a fun and loud evening of jokes, stories, light political talk. It was catching up New Orleans style. It was fantastic being able to see the familiar faces of people I'd grown up with.
Also fantastic? The food. Have I mentioned my mother is a superb chef?
Most of it was served on my mother's Spode, but for fun she added these nifty serving platters.
We ate in the formal dining room,
and the wee one sat in the well-worn highchair my brother and I sat in when we were petites.
We had the best time!
But none of the delicious food compared to the goodies we ate on Thanksgiving. This is what the average plate looked like-and it didn't even include every dish made.
Breaking it down just a bit, let's take a look at the meal my mother was gracious enough to prepare (with eldest's help, of course!). There was Spinach Madeline,
croissants to mop up all of the divine turkey gravey.
Let's take a look at that turkey and said divine gravy, shall we?
Oh, I wish I had this on hand.
There was also rice, cranberry sauce, cornbread dressing, and a favorite of all: the sweet potatoes with mounds of ooey, gooey marshmallows.
We all ate until our stomachs were full-and some even ate past that point.
As a joke, my mother made husband a turkey neck as he's becoming quite the conniseur of unusual and slightly disgusting foods. But the pictures, well, they're pretty un-pretty. I don't want to offend anyone.
Trust me, though, we all had a good laugh.
So much on our table, so much in our lives to give thanks for. We have been truly blessed, especially this year. I fully acknowledge that the things we've all taken for granted in the past are much more appreciated.
Every person and moment is precious. Each of us savored our time together this Thanksgiving.
We're preparing ourselves for Christmas now, and for husbands return in three weeks. Our countdown to celebrations have begun!
I cannot wait to share with you our decorations, activities, and Christmas traditions.
A happy Monday to you all.