Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving this year was a lovely, low-key, delicious event. We basically invited ourselves over to Jansen and Holly’s new house in Seattle. They also invited another family, the Salazars, whom we met at Shi Shi and a few other events.

Christopher made a pecan pie because I begged him, and a homemade version of his mom’s “pudding in a cloud” recipe. I made sweet potato casserole and cornbread dressing, so we had a taste of South Carolina. Jansen brined and roasted two yummy turkeys. They were on the small side so they were probably heirloom or free range or something fancy. Christopher made some Brussels sprouts when we got there and of course there were mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, salad, et al.

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We ate at 1 p.m., and then Christopher put Logan down for a nap in Hank’s crib, and ended up sleeping on the hardwood floor next to the crib. Since Ben didn’t want to relax and watch a movie like the other nine kids, I took him for a long, cold walk around the neighborhood. They live in Magnolia with a view of the Puget Sound, full of old, large houses with lots of charm. It reminded me of walking through my Arlington neighborhood, which I loved.

They weren’t planning to eat dessert until six, and we knew our kids (Ben) wouldn’t last that long, so we ate dessert early and headed home. We got home before seven and sent the kids straight to bed, and enjoyed the peace. Christopher baked another pie, pumpkin this time. Which I ate for breakfast the next morning.

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