“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”
Usually on Thanksgiving, Jeff and I spend it with some of our very close friends, who we consider family. Christmas is usually spent with our immediate families. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, this year was different from any other. We spent it in our NYC apartment - our first in 8 years.
With our change in plans at the last minute, two days before the big day, I raced to the kitchen after work, pulled the green and maroon binders from the kitchen hutch along with several cookbooks and magazines to make a list from the recipes collected over the years. All of the ingredients needed to prepare for our intimate little feast. What an amazing opportunity for Butter to make an appearance!
On the Menu?
- Turkey Rubbed with Fresh Herb Butter (w/sage, thyme and parsley)
- Parmesean and Cream Mashed Potatoes (and a bit ‘o butter)
- Savory Homemade Stuffing Infused (with every bit of magic possible)
- Pecan Candy Drizzled Sweet Potatoes (sweet and delicious!)
- Brussle Sprouts w/Bacon (and just a splash of apple cider)
- Juicy Cranberries (I admit it -yes, the jelly kind)
- Freshly Baked Warm Dinner Rolls (toasted to perfection)
- Spiced Pumpkin Pie with Two dollops of Fresh Heavy Cream Whipped Topping
- A Fabulous Juicy, Bold and Vibrant Bottle of Cabernet Franc
Even though it was just the two of us, you would have thought that there was a house of 12 between the feast and joy beaming from our apartment. We spent Thanksgiving listening to fabulous music, playing Chinese checkers, visiting, laughing and celebrating life. Friends and family called throughout the day and night. We both have a lot to be thankful for this year and we are truly blessed to be sharing this life.
Friday and Saturday we enjoyed leftovers and by Sunday we were all Turkey’ed out, so next on the menu?
- Pappardelle Bolognese
- Garlic Cheese Toasts with Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
As for the exercise part?This called for “Double Duty Duathlon Training”: Biking for 1 hour, running for 30 minutes ending with a 1.5 mile walk
What a nice way to end the Holiday weekend.
Thank you all for being in my life and for being you.
"Not what we give,
But what we share,
For the gift without the giver
~James Russell Lowell