Our Thanksgiving was blessed.
Mermaid traveled safely home without much in the way of traffic miseries for her or worries for her folks. Even before the headlights of her vehicle lit up the back drive our spanielly pup felt her vibe and started turning joy circles out in the drive. He always likes to be the first to welcome her home
just a witness to each others lives. Now this bird is
a witness to our Thanksgivings and a reminder on the importance of love, friendship and tradition.
Another Thanksgivng traditon is this pair of little pilgrims. They too are from Blowfish's Mama. She has been gone for 18 Thanksgivings now. We always include some of her "treasures" in our celebrations. This year, it was such a beautiful day, we had our feast outside setting the table with Adeline's pretty turquoise table linens. I know she was smiling with us.
We all had a bit of fun with all the activities surrounding the Great Blowfish Inaugural Turkey Frying Event.
We moved vehicles out of the combustion range.
Blowfish had spent part of Wednesday evening getting the fryer assembled. After the cookies the breakfast and the third reading of the frying instructions, he headed out to get things set up out on the parking pad.
Mermaid and I added a few touches
Our dog Will came to check out the new smells and commotions.
Clearly this expresses his disdain for our foolishness.
Or maybe he was hoping we would open the Ale and pour some in his bowl
These cooking method is fast so shortly after the test phase I had to abandon my photo journaling and get in the Kitchen to cook the other menu items . There were a few issues with the turkey frying. There was occasional wind ,once strong enough to blow out the fire. Hum. Another issue was the frying temperature dropped more than expected after lowering the bird into the fryer. The decision was to up the flame a bit and to extend the cooking time a bit. It is a guess because the instructions say 3-6 minutes per pound. Three could be underdone, six could be a 911 call. We settled on 4 minutes and our bird was a bit more done than we like, but still good. Mermaid stayed mostly outside with Blowfish during the cooking so she could be on hand to assist should there be a problem. I am thrilled to report there were none :-)
The biggest disappointment of the day? An absolutely horrible blueberry pie. But there was this for dessert.
Thank you all for your prayers ... they worked ! No disasters and no injuries! The day was beautiful with bright blue skies and balmy temperatures allowing us to enjoy our feast outdoors! Mermaid gleefully skunked us in cards and the Cowboys managed to skunk our Dolphins by one lousy point. Oh well.
I hope each of you had a very happy Thanksgivings.
As many have noted, there is this amazingly smart. talented, funny, nurturing blog family to be thankful of.
I know I am as your presence in my life is very enriching. And often, a comfort. On this "Black Friday" I hope we all are in the black, not the red, in our business as well as our personal economies. I REALLY pray America will find the resolve (and the leadership) to return to the black as well. The free flowing Washington red is killing our nation. We need to staunch the hemorrhage. Do e-mail your congresspersons and senators to let them know your expectations. Stand up for America . Be a hero. Speak out. Pray.