After four straight days of gorging out on some of the tastiest temptations Thanksgiving had to offer, I unequivocally say YES. Plus I think the tryptophan is just finally starting to wear off now that I’ve managed to go 48 straight hours without eating any turkey.
So without further ado, let’s get right to it.
Actually…one last bit of ado (?)…as I mentioned last week, my cousin Matthew came to stay at the homestead for the extended holiday break! Opportunities to catch up with Matt (being the globetrotter that he is) are few and far between, so it was great to catch up and spend these last few days with him.
To spare us from some of the Turkey Day stress, we (well…mostly Missy) did most of the food prep on Wednesday night, garnering inspiration from (where else?) Pinterest!
From the crock-pot breakfast casserole (which Matt graciously helped with)…
…and creamed-corn casserole…
…to fabulous desserts like Pumpkin Crunch Cake and a mouth-watering Apple & Cream Cheese Bundt Cake with Caramel Pecan Frosting…
…we spent well over three hours putting all our pots and pans to good use. It was close to midnight by the time we were crawling under the covers. Worth it!
Turkey Day Funtivities
With a Lunch/Dinner (Linner?) feast, typical Thanksgiving Day festivities at the Florer Farm usually start in the pre-dawn hours of the day…leaving everyone in charge mostly bushed and comatose by mid-afternoon. However, this year we all made the collective decision to hold the main meal at 5:00PM as opposed to 1:00PM, and since most of the prep was already finished, we were all able to enjoy a much more relaxed atmosphere this year than we have in years past.
To kick things off, we held brunch at our pad with Steve, Cindy, Shannon, and Matt and started cooking the campfire turkeys by 11:30. I tended to the birds all afternoon, battling shifting smoke and 30 MPH gales while doing my best not to worry if things were all cooking as they should.
All my fears were for naught, as by 4:30 we were all gathered across the street and sinking our teeth into the perfectly smoky and tender turkey for the annual gathering of food, football, family, and fun!
Om nom nom…
After the meal we had the requisite video chat with the east coast fam (with Matt getting a chance to experience things on the “other side” for the first time), complete with a virtual tour of the Hardinge Homestead (yes, we went back across the street) for my homebound grandmother. Even though I don’t have a recording of the proceedings, trust me when I say that our audience thoroughly enjoyed it 😉
The night typically would have ended with us leaving to put our kiddo’s to sleep, but now that we have our own home just across the way, all the young adult aged cousins retreated back to our pad to keep the wine flowing, the convo going, and even busting out with a rousing two-hour game of Apples to Apples!
Best. Thanksgiving. Ever.
(OK, second best…I proposed to Missy on thanksgiving seven years ago!)
Burning Calories? Check. Dramatically improving your outdoor landscaping? Check. All while having fun?
I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a better, more manlier-man way to burn off the Thanksgiving Day Bulge than by spending three straight afternoons outside chipping wood!
Remember way back when I told you that we had the misfortune of taking down a few of the ginormous trees on our lot? Well, ever since then, they’ve been sitting in the same spot they fell just waiting for us to cut them up and haul them away. Now finally, three months later, we finally had the chance to do just that.
In the end, we wound up with not one, but TWO dump-truck loads full of fresh wood chips…one of which was already donated to our friendly neighborhood golf course in return for letting us borrow their chipper. Yet despite our generous offering, we still have a dump truck load chock FULL of wood chips, perfect for mulching and composting next spring. Missy and I, as well as the Florer’s, will take our share but I have a feeling that we’ll still have plenty left over, free to a good home. Any takers out there?
Oh, and we also:
- Ate plenty of cold turkey sandwhiches
- Played plenty of board games
- Hit up our favorite shops and restaurants to support Small Business Saturday
- Painted feet for a Christmas Craft (more on that in a later post ;-))
- Had a little lion over to help decorate our Christmas tree.
It was a busy weekend indeed!
Get it? 😀
I’m not gonna lie… I took full advantage of the gorgeous 70-degree weather here last Wednesday by cutting out of the office a few hours early and dedicating the remainder of the afternoon to backfilling our path-trench. Missy also contributed to the cause by adding a row of lights for holiday decoration.
Things are looking good, and man…I can’t tell you how good it feels to be finished with this project!
We sent Matt on his way Sunday morning, countlessly thanking him for his company, and all the help with the girls/food prep/wood chipping he contributed while in Iowa. We told him that he had to earn his keep, but we were only (mostly) kidding 😉
I mention that he is a globe trotter, and I’m not kidding: he is heading back to Minnesota for another week before heading to South Carolina to visit his brother and then on up to Maryland for Christmas. After that, he starts work on an organic fruit farm in Hawaii in January. So I mean it when I say that it was really, really good to visit with him. These chances are few and far between.
And with that, I’m off to bed. Hope everyone out there had as good of a Thanksgiving as we did!