Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thar she blows matey!!!! and a Thanksgiving Day wish

Aarrrrrgh!!  Would I make a good pirate captain?  Well, maybe not...but I'm telling you, we've had enough rain to float a pirate's ship and we've had enough wind to set her asail!!  Hmmhuh...yes momma, we have!!
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!!

The star of the show.  The turkey...yum!  Always the experimenter, I'm trying something new again this year. Don't tell my hubby...he's a bit stodgy about such matters.  I'm going to stuff the bird with celery, onion and tangerine slices.  Then I'm going to rub the beautiful birdie all over with butter and seasonings like sage, salt, pepper, rosemary and a little mesquite barbeque spice.  Then I'll add a little juice to give it some more flavor and moisture by mixing chicken broth with champagne.  I'll put some inside with the veggies and then the rest will be added to the pan.  Quite the concoction huh?

Not to be forgotten, the all-important sides.  No salad, just a few veggies and of course gravy.  Oh, the gravy!!

Real mashed potatoes...not those boxes things.  With real butter, a little Gregg's Ranch Dressing, salt and pepper.  Oh, to die for!

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?

 Sweet, tender baby carrots par-boiled in water and a little butter and brown sugar.  After liquid has been reduced, cook until desired tenderness.  Oh momma, these are good!
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


fernvalley01 said...

Looks wonderful! Enjoy!

aurora said...

Wow, what a feast! Had to laugh about the butter, my mother always tells me I use to much butter when I cook (and I do). Only you could make brussel sprouts look good. They are one of the few things I don't like to eat. I was scarred as a child, and had to sit at the table until I ate some of them - and they tasted aweful. I would choke them down with milk.

Your guests are in for a fabulous meal, and I'm guessing your hubby won't mind a bit once he tastes the bird! Happy Thanksgiving Lorie, I really enjoy and appreciate your comments on my blogs - I love how you relate to things!!

Cindy Durham said...

I used to cook ALOT, now I cook sometimes, as my family is dwindling but my number one rule of cooking has always been "Butter and Cheese make everything better"

I am not a fan of brussel sprouts either, but those look quite yummy and I'm thinking that is a recipe worth trying. When you say roasted, how do you roast them? I just recently acquired some veggie roasting baskets to use on a grill. I'm thinking they would work great. Do you season before roasting or after?

I think your meal looks wonderful! I'm sure hubby will just love that bird.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Stop, you are making me hungry, and I just ate breakfast....

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and great day.


C-ingspots said...

Cindy, I just throw em on a shallow pan and drizzle with olive oil, add some salt and pepper, then broil in the oven. Take some balsamic vinegar and add a little sugar and mix well. Then toss the sprouts in the vinegar when they're cooked to desired tenderness. You can add a little parmesan cheese too, you know, in keeping with the butter and cheese theory of yours! I like the way you think!! That's how I cook asparagus too, minus the vinegar and sugar.

Aurora, thank you so much! I love your comments too...Hope your turkey day is wonderful!

Grey Horse Matters said...

Your weather sounds miserable. Hope it all drys up soon.

Happy Thanksgiving to yo and yours. Everything sounds delicious. Have a great time!

Grey Horse Matters said...

Your weather sounds miserable. Hope it all drys up soon.

Happy Thanksgiving to yo and yours. Everything sounds delicious. Have a great time!

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

You have my mouth watering now! I hope the wind and storms subside so you can enjoy a non-stormy Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,

Mary said...

Yummy! Careful, I may take you up on that invite! Vancouver is just a hop skip and a jump away... he he. You are right, we had some wild weather the last couple days. Thankfully I think it will be nice tomorrow, I am driving to Molalla to be with family. Have a wonderful day! Your turkey recipe sounds delish!

Paint Girl said...

Oh my yummy goodness! I am coming to your house for Thanksgiving!! I am drooling right now!
Oh and yeah, the rain can stop anytime! I now have lake front and river front property! It's ugly.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

Strawberry Lane said...

Happy Thanksgiving!! Fantastic photos!! What a feast! Where exactly are you on the map? Wishing you a wonderful day with your family.

Lea and her Mustangs said...

Nothing you could do to brussel sprouts to make me like them. Can't get them down and I am not very fussy when it comes to food. Hope your holiday was as good as the pictures looked. We had a grand day with family. The first time in years I have not cooked and it was MARVELOUS. We had rain and wind too but not on Thanksgiving. The sun has shown the last couple of days now. All is well here. Am not happy with the mud but oh well, this too shall pass. Computer is being weird thus I am off and on again as it decides to work.
Blessings to you Lori and you family.

panthercreekcottage said...

Wowser, what a spread, everything perfectly prepared with lots of love by my favorite horsefolk. Wishing your farm the merriest and a bountiful blessings to boot.

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