We have a nice little duck pond in our back yard, and another one in the farm field next door. Haven't seen many ducks though...pretty sure they've all taken cover somewhere warm and dry. Smart ducks!
We had a river flowing down the driveway, and all that water came down across our pasture. To say it's a wee bit soggy is the understatement of the year. The horses spent the day inside yesterday. They got to go outside for about an hour and a half while the stalls were being cleaned. That was long enough for them to decide that outside, was definitely NOT somewhere they wanted to be!! :) Smart ponies.
And the wind!! Impressive!! We had wind pretty much all day long, with some mighty strong gusts too. We did maintain power though. Way to go PGE! The only real casualty was one of the limbs on the big shade tree in the back yard broke off. And wouldn't you know? It was one of the branches where I always hang a couple of my spring/summer flower baskets...oh well, it missed the fence and didn't destroy my raised garden bed. So, it could have been much worse. And once again, I'm very thankful that we don't have any big trees near the horse's barn. Always thankful for that. That would be one worry that might keep me awake nights. Always stuff to be thankful for!
And speaking of thankfulness...Thanksgiving is almost upon us once again. Tomorrow is my Friday this week, and I'm really looking forward to celebrating one of my most favorite of all holidays and...a long weekend! We're having a few family members and a couple of friends over to our house for dinner. And, yes that means that I am cooking the grand feast this year! I always cook, but usually just for the two of us. So, to get us all in the spirit of Thanksgiving and give you a sampling of what's on the menu this year...here are some pics in case anyone happens to be in the neighborhood and wants to drop by for a slice of pie!
Of course - you're all invited!! The more, the merrier!!
Not to be forgotten, the all-important sides. No salad, just a few veggies and of course gravy. Oh, the gravy!!
Homemade gravy from the turkey pan drippings, some cornstarch for thickening and water. That's it...perfection in its' simplicity. But, oh so good!
And of course we'll have stuffing. Not stuffed in the bird, so technically I guess it's called dressing. But either way, it's a must-have. I just saute onions and celery in a bit of butter, add chicken broth and bread crumbs. Always a combination of regular, seasoned bread crumbs and cornbread pieces. No meat in my stuffing, nope not ever! I like it a little on the dry side, but moist enough to stick together. Then you smother that bad boy in gravy and enjoy! Perfection...I know these are not low-calorie recipes here, but hey--it's Thanksgiving. And everybody knows there are no calories on Thanksgiving!! Am I right?
As you can see, there's a pattern forming here...everything is better with butter. I'm just sayin'.
Acorn or Danish squash wedges broiled in the oven with, that's right, you've got it!! Butter and brown sugar...not too much, just enough. So good...
Roasted brussel sprouts with a little salt, pepper and olive oil. When cooked, toss with balsamic vinegar and a smidgen of white sugar. :) Don't knock em until you've tried em! These babies are tender and oh, so tasty!
And never to be forgotten...the delightful, fragrant and oh, so delicious warm-from-the-oven yeast bread rolls and sweet cream butter baby!!! Good grief, I'm making myself hungry here... plain, buttered, dipped in gravy or spread with a little homemade strawberry preserves. To die for, I'm telling you!! Never forget the bread. Never.
It's the bread of life man.
And it's good.
And then what we've all been waiting for...the pie. King of desserts everywhere. Pie.
Humble in it's beginnings. Spectacular on the taste buds. Pie. Be thankful for pie, people!!!
This is coconut cream. We're having this pie in remembrance of my momma. This was her favorite.
And then just what would Thanksgiving be without the traditional, old stand-by, pumpkin pie with fresh,
(real of course) whipped cream. Sometimes tradition isn't all it's cracked up to be; but where pumpkin pie is concerned ? ...it's a good thing.
Oh yeah. Very, very good.
Happy, happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!
May we all remember to give thanks to Him Whom we owe everything, and from where, all good things come!! Be thankful!!
Blessings from our home, to yours.
Lorie @ Cingspots