About Me

I am a 45 year husband and dad, currently adjusting to life back in the United States after living in Italy for a little over two years. I love spending time with my family, cycling, model railroading, mosaics and watching TV and movies.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving Saturday

We are having our Thanksgiving dinner today.  We have 7 friends coming over, so we will end up with 10 people when we sit down to eat. 

We woke up at 7am to clear sunny skies and a temperature of -.8 C.  Brrr.  At 10am it made it to 0 C, with a high of 2 C today. 

Katrina and Brandon worked on the stuffing while I ran to the store for a few things we needed. 

Our friends Paul, Karine and Sebi were the first to arrive.  We quickly set out the chips, veggies, salsa, and humus they brought and started munching.  They also brought some beer, wine and two types of brownies for dessert. 

Mike showed up next.  He brought cranberry relish, mashed potatoes and wine. 

Fabio, Cristina and Federica arrived soon after Mike.  They brought some wine and a spinach dish for dinner. 

The turkey smelled really good.  We had a few power outages during the afternoon.  Trying to cook multiple items is difficult under normal circumstances.  With the power situation here in Italy, its more challenging.  Each time Katrina turned on the water boiler or the microwave, the power went out.  I think this happened about 3 or 4 times.  We managed and the turkey was taken out of the over around 3:30pm.  Then it was time to 'reheat' the potatoes, spinach casserole, and the stuffing, as well as make gravy.  Paul made an excellent gravy. 

We finally ate around 4pm.  It was delicious and so much fun to have everyone to enjoy it with.  We all ate until we were stuffed, and as Katrina commented, "feeling comatose".  Everything was good.  The turkey was juicy.  The stuffing was savory.  The spinach casserole was very popular.  The mashed potatoes were excellent. 

Katrina made some excellent pumpkin pie and with homemade whipped cream.  I can say it was excellent because I don't normally like pumpkin pie.  It was great.  We also enjoyed quite a few brownies.  The 'blondies' were the best.  Karine made the brownies. 

We all hung out and chatted for awhile before it was time to go home.  Mike ended up sticking around to watch a movie with us.  We watched the first Harry Potter movie, which he had not seen. 

Our second and last Thanksgiving in Italy was fantastic.  Great food and great friends to share it with.  My only dissappointment for the day is that I didn't take more pictures.

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