Can you tell I'm going into this with a positive mind set?
Anyhow, I digress. The weekend was really very nice, although a lot of work. It always surprises me how tired I get from simply preparing food. But this weekend was a little different, too, in that we had a guest (my husband's sister) from out of town for a couple of days that we entertained and entertaining is exhausting! Thanksgivings past were a lot of work, too, but once dinner was over and everyone went home, I just sat around like a slug for the rest of the weekend. But that's not so easy to do with company. Although I tried. I actually sent her (and her dog) to my daughter's house to sleep. Not that I have to entertain company at 3:00 a.m. or anything but by having her sleep somewhere else, I could at least sleep-in myself. And not get up early and make breakfast. Who's lazy?
But oh the food this weekend was awesome (yes, I am patting myself on the back). I mean, really good. Usually there is one thing I make that is not so good but everyone eats a little just to be nice. But this year it was perfect. Excellent turkey, plenty of stuffing, fabulous potatoes, spinach and cheese casserole to die for, green beans, cranberries - even the dip was superb! Love that. If I'm going to work in the kitchen for 2 days, the results had better be fabulous and there was no disappointing this year. Even the turkey sandwiches the next day were so good.
We also enjoyed time together as a family going over the Black Friday ads, watching the newly released "Christmas Carol" animated movie from Disney and getting our faces read. Um yeah. That was not at all my idea. See what happens when you have company for the holidays? It was ok, though - we don't mind humoring our out-of-town guests a bit. We're hospitable like that.
And most of the weekend, post turkey, had us all looking like this:
Son wondering why I am taking his picture. No beer.
Visiting sister-in-law with wine (and more beer on the table).