Gobble Gobble!!

24 Nov
That didn’t work very well.  In bed by 2:30am and my internal alarm had me out of bed by 7am.  I couldn’t go back to sleep.

We were gathering at my mom’s house at 1pm for Thanksgiving.  There were a total of 17 of us.  My mom does the turkey and the rest of us bring sides.   I had it easy.  I took a bowl of fresh fruit, Brie wrapped in puff pastry and crackers, sodie pops (doesn’t everyone have pop for a holiday drink…), spinach salad, and squash.

The squash was like candy.  I mixed 4 different kinds of squash with maple syrup, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice.

The Who made the brie.  She cooked chopped almonds and dried cherries in butter and put them on top of the brie.  She wrapped the brie in puff pastry and voila’ you have the most fattening appetizer ever.  I eat a few bites and I feel like I’m going to be full for hours (it never lasts that long but I’m telling you, it’s very rich).

Me and my mother...

My mom and older sister...

Just like lots of other families, we chowed.  I chowed.  It was awesome.

Before we chowed, my grandpa did a beautiful blessing. 

My mom's parents (yep, my grandparents).

He’s got a way with words and of course, I bawled.  My dad died October 24th so today was one of those “firsts” that we’re going to keep encountering.  My brother in law thought I was having allergy problems (because I had red eyes).   He’s a funny one.

As usual, my mom had lots of wine.  I indulged.  Normally I don’t drink but lately, I’m into coffee and wine.  I have no good explanation as to why.

I really liked this stuff. I lost track of how much I drank...

The grandkids. The one's making dumb faces are mine. I'm so lucky.

My sister, Marla and her mother-in-law...

My daughter and my husband...

My daughter and my sista, Marla...

My older sister and her husband...

 

My dad's mom (yep, you got it, my grandma)...

My nieces and my dog, Bella.

A lot of my family left for home about 5pm. 

My sons and I stayed til 7:30pm.  On the way home I picked up two frozen pizzas for the kiddies.  After the big feast, I snacked on spinach salad, green bean casserole and stuffing.  I was borderline illin’ by the time I got home.

It’s funny because I always have grand ideas about what I’m going to get done in a day.  I thought after we left my mom’s, we’d make it to a movie before the night was over.  What a joke.  I was way too exhausted to pull that off.

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