Practicing Gratitude: Thanksgiving
Look Up (and then Look Down)

Not Cooking Today


(I'll just go ahead and admit it:  My first thought this morning when I woke up was gratitude -- that I didn't have to cook anything today.)

We had a lovely, low-key day yesterday.  Here's a quick peek at our Thanksgiving . . . 


The weather was perfect -- cold and clear.  Erin and I and the J-pups "justitied our pie" with a long morning walk.


Cooking went smoothly -- especially with the Turkey Patrol on duty and standing guard.


The food was great. . . 


and the banter lively (if you look closely, you can see Tom's hand reaching in to swipe one of the sugared cranberries on Erin's pie).


Although we missed having Brian and Lauren with us (and, of course, we missed my mom), it was a good day to be together to share our meal and have some fun together.


Jenny remained ever hopeful as she hung around the table . . . 


Jenny keeps her eyes right on the prize, alright. All. The. Time.  JoJo's hopeful approach is to just circle the table, and my dad's little dog Charlie just hangs out underneath.  Waiting.  (I'm happy to report that the payoff was worth it for all three dogs.  Plenty of turkey all around.)


After dinner we played Texas Hold'em.  (And I'll just say this:  Keith was the big winner, Tom is one smooth operator, and Erin bets recklessly.)  Fun for all of us.

I hope your day was lovely, too.


Just for fun . . . 

Brian and Lauren spent their first Thanksgiving on their own in Boulder.  They didn't want to tackle a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but decided to just make some of their own favorite foods.  Lauren made pierogies for the first time -- and Brian made Reuben sandwiches . . . on home-baked marbled rye bread.  Now, Brian has never made bread before -- but I'd say he was more than up to the task!  I think it looks terrific.  (Here's one of the photos he sent me.)


And if I ever decide to go non-traditional for Thanksgiving, I think this looks like a perfect menu!