Friday, November 23, 2018

Take 321

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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Happy Thanksgiving! We had a lovely day together as a family and then opened our home for happy hour with the Macy's Day Parade and then dinner at 6 pm. We hosted the leadership team and board members from our work, most of whom were experiencing their first Thanksgiving. It was lovely. 
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I highly recommend 6 pm Thanksgiving dinner. Sure, I didn't eat lunch and the kids ate PB&J's in the cleared-out-but-not-yet-set-up dining room... But seriously. The turkey can go in after twelve noon, and heck. I live in Germany--so I went Thanksgiving shopping at 9:30 am. Forgot something? No big deal. I haven't even gone to the stores, yet.
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Here's what we ate... with of course turkey, a beautiful salad, sweet potato casserole, and German Brötchen brought by our guests (thank you!!),  and Brian's soon-to-be-famous manchego Brussels sprouts. (This dish alone deserves it's own cooking show where he's the star.) 

Smitten Kitchen Mashed Potatoes
And yes. I ate them pan-fried in the morning with an egg over easy. To. Die. For.
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Epicurious Stuffing
We didn't have any leftovers last year. This year? I overdid it. We have a 9x13" pan full in the fridge. Lol. Come on over!
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Serious Eats Cranberry Sauce
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Smitten Kitchen Pumpkin Pie
Yes: with the praline sauce.
Yes: I also served whipped cream with it. It is a holiday after all.
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It's Friday. I was barely able to move this morning from exhaustion, but you know what? I got the kids to school and it's quiet day off, now. Black Friday virtual shopping, here I come.

And! We can listen to Christmas music today! Hooray! 

Happy Friday!

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