thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving was only three days ago, but it seems like a week. We have managed to get a lot done since then!

Older Son and his family came on Wednesday evening to stay overnight. They do the bulk of the cooking for Thanksgiving and had prepared quite a bit at home. On Thursday morning, they were up early preparing the turkey and some sides.

Pa went to church for the morning service of Thanksgiving. When he got home, he had a piece of Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cheesecake for second breakfast. Snow White had a plate of whipped cream. What can I say? Life is good at Pa and Ma’s house.

Second breakfast

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

We planned to eat mid-afternoon, so we had plenty of time to pull out a Christmas puzzle to work on while we kept an eye on dinner prep. The puzzle was about an inch too big for my puzzle board, so DH found a piece of plywood to use.


Everyone pitched in, helping to keep up with the dishes. When dinner was over, there were not that many to clean. And a lot of those went into the dishwasher.

Everyone helped keep up with the dishes

Middle Daughter helped the twins with the annual candy-turkey-making. They made turkeys for everyone’s place setting.


Candy turkey

Rose Red wasn’t very perky when she sat down to dinner. She didn’t want to eat anything and asked if she could be excused. She rested on the couch while we ate dinner.

Turned out she was sick

Later, when we took her temp, we found she had a high fever. Some meds helped her feel better and the fever came down. But the next morning, she threw up. Poor baby! She is feeling much better now, though I think I caught the bug and have spent Sunday in the recliner trying to keep my stomach on an even keel.

But on Thursday, I felt fine and even enjoyed a slice of the Vegan Pumpkin Pie. It was good. Not quite pumpkin pie-ish. But good. And the crust came out pretty well. Our daughter-in-law suggested using Crisco butter flavored sticks instead of vegan butter in the pie crust for an improvement on the flakiness. Will try that next time.

Vegan pumpkin pie

We had a wonderful dinner. All the food was so delicious. Such a great reminder of how very blessed we are by our Heavenly Father.

The next morning I was greeted by Snow White. She informed me, “If I look sad in the morning, it’s because my eyelids don’t work right when I’m tired.”

If I look sad in the  morning, it's because my eyelids don't  work very well when I'm tired.

Then she helped by filling the Advent box with peppermints. Two behind each door. One for her and one for Rose Red.

Filling the Advent box

DH, our daughter-in-law, and my sister worked hard on Saturday and Sunday, preparing for the Open House next weekend. I FaceTimed with DH to guide him through putting away things in the craft room. Because of health issues, I’ve had a desk downstairs for the past few months where I can craft without climbing the staircase. Twenty-two steps is a long haul when your knees hurt. But the craft room upstairs needed help. DH and his crew took care of it. While we worked together via FaceTime, Winston climbed the desk chair to check out all the hustle and bustle.

FaceTime with Winston

Don’t you love the blue ceiling in the craft room? I think the only white ceiling we have in our whole house is the upstairs hall. The twelve foot ceiling and the space over the staircase make that ceiling hard to paint.

Even though we had a little virus going ’round this weekend, we did have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and a great weekend of prep for the Open House. The upstairs is ready. The downstairs needs some tweaking, but DH is home all week, so I have some helping hands. Most of the decorating is done. I have a long to-do list but much of it was whittled away this weekend and we have the rest of the week to take care of the rest.

We hope your Thanksgiving was spent in gratitude for all the blessings you enjoy. May God make us more aware each day of all He does for us.


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