Saturday, November 27, 2010

Miles to Go

The best Thanksgivings are those that stretch out for a solid 72 hours.

We're in the homestretch, but some of the very best lies in wait. How many times can you eat turkey in one weekend? A better question might be, How many times are you lucky enough to eat turkey in one weekend? And I haven't even begun to think about the left-overs...

We woke up Thursday to a thick shroud of gossamer fog.

There's just something about unexpected atmospheric conditions that get me riled up. I've said it before - I'll take my surprises any way they come.

I spent the morning baking Luscious Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake.

(If you squint a little, it just might look like this.)

I dredged pear slices in cinnamon sugar for the Pear Almond Cream Cheese Torte.

I washed dishes so many times I very nearly passed out and fell in.

We spent the evening in a house packed tight with people happy to be together. The food was good, but you probably suspected that.

On Friday Cory and I snuck away to Mazatlan with some out-of-towners, and now I know for sure: The only thing better than a turkey dinner is one followed the next day by a Mexican lunch.

All day long, I thought it was Saturday, and what made it even more confusing is the fact that I had thought the very same thing all day Thursday.

Three Saturdays in a row? Score.

We spent Friday (Saturday II) night with friends who are dear to us. The kids got wild together, the big people talked nerdy things like fancy phones and good books over bowls of apple crisp a'la mode.

Today, Saturday III, has been just one more scoop of goodness. Just when you think you can't expect any more, just when you think the cone will topple over, you are proven wrong.

The kids are happy. The parents are lazy in a way that lends itself to peeling and mashing ten pounds of potatoes in one's pajamas.

Polly has been rescued once, rescued twice, rescued twenty-five times.

Pie Pot is charming as a merry-go-round tune (in between fits).

The babies are resting, and we are lounging. We're gathering our strength for another feast.

This is Thanksgiving at its best - the way I remember it most happily.

I miss my family, flung too-far, but I am thankful for the family that brought me into theirs.

Happy Thanksgiving Round Two, my dears.


  1. Sounds like a perfect Thanksgiving and that pumpkin cake looks delicious!!!

  2. We are also having multiple Thanksgivings! I love it too! I'm boiling the sweet potatoes even now for a gooey casserole of goodness, and corn casserole soon to follow. Your desserts are impressive! Which would you say was better...if a girl only wanted to make one?

  3. your cake looks better than the photo. I actually thought yours was the professional.
    hubby usually works saturdays so today felt like a yummy sunday to me with my hubby home and it got me all excited thinking I get two days in a row with him.

  4. What a blessing to have friends so dear!

  5. It all sounds perfectly cozy. I am back from my days of celebration. Now I will let the recuperating begin.

  6. sounds wonderful.....

    the desserts look AAAAMAZING.

  7. AMEN! Hope you survive all this fun, food, and festiveness! ;-)

  8. The "family" part of Thanksgiving is the best, isn't it.

  9. I only had one measly slice of turkey if you can believe that. Too many other goodies caught my attention.
    Was the pumpkin cake delish? I've had a hankering for a pumpkin cake/muffin/bread.

  10. Looks like you had the same foggy weather we did. Sure is pretty. I love your sweet one's apron. She's just a doll. So glad to be home...thankful;)

  11. sounds perfect!!Your cake looks outstanding!!!

  12. The more I read your blog the more I think we are alike, but this time I just had to laugh! I have had that magazine recipe cut out for years waiting to make it. I love that you did it. Was it fantastic? H

  13. Sure wish we could have been there! I love the Martin get-togethers.And I really love hearing the belly laughs of the kiddos, followed by eating homemade delicacies( you have turned into an amazing gourmet cook).And did I mention sitting on the porch step petting Ralphie with Cal?? And last but not least counting my God given blessings of adding yet another beautiful grandchild into our fold. We are so blessed!!!!!

  14. I made that very same pumpkin layer pie last year for Thanksgiving. mmm. I wish I had it right this very second to make my coffee taste better. :) yummo.

    Sounds heavenly!

  15. Shanty - we be havin' the same kinda year. So blessed - full with more than food. Your cake done made me proud. Right proud.

  16. Sounds like you had a super holiday! That cake looked supet! What I want to know is they way you talk about the eating you do how you stay so slender? Must be chasing kids around. ;) Traci

  17. I think without squinting it looks exactly like looks fantastic!
    Sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving

  18. Your desserts put mine to shame!!! To shame! They look divine! YUM!