Sue and I were up early Thanksgiving morning to get a start on our Thanksgiving Day party preparations; I had turkey prep to do and Sue had a bunch of projects she had lined up. She was a whirlwind of activity preparing a sweet potato casserole with a thick pecan crust, a rich home made cranberry sauce, and a great on-the-fly stuffing creation.
Marissa and Gary came over a little after 10:00am just as Sue was finishing up the stuffing. We chatted in the kitchen while I got the turkey prepped with a coating of butter, garlic, wine and other herbs and then stuffed with Sue's stuffing. It then went into a 525 degree oven for a searing as Chef James Haller of the old Blue Strawberry restaurant in Portsmouth taught me how to do.
Colin and Ren showed up a little after 11:00am or so, and everyone headed into the living room to watch the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on tv. Amazing that they actually seemed to like watching the parade! The last few years, all I got were moans and groans about watching the 'stupid parade'. Now that they're a little older, I guess the tradition and grandeur of it all has finally had an impact on them. I suspect that when they have kids, they'll all be around the tv watching that parade as well....
I kept a pretty busy schedule basting the turkey every half hour until we got within striking distance of eating and then cooked up a couple of pounds of green beans in shallots, garlic, wine, and some herbs. We ate just after 1:30pm as planned and it was great to have them all here, though Gary had to leave before we ate to be with his family at their dinner; we'll have to work something better out for all this now that the kids are, well... not kids anymore and have actual lives of their own.
Sue and I cleaned up after they left, went for a brisk walk out around the middle and high schools, and then just settled into some reading in the library. About 6:30 we grabbed some of Sue's apple-crisp and watched the last hour or so of Angels and Demons that I had recorded from the other day before calling it a success and heading off to bed.