Sunday, November 25, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  This year was our third annual southern California transplants Thanksgiving dinner celebration and we had 22 people!  We have been inviting our church family and friends in Long Beach to our house if they can't get out to see their own families and it is always such a blessing to us.  I really like this new tradition!  This year, Kim and John came down to spend it with us, which was so awesome.  We couldn't have pulled it off without them.  (I was recovering from a cold and even with Seth working double time, I'm pretty sure we would have had a dirty house, no table linens, and none of the food I promised if it hadn't been for their help.)  Since Seth and I have been eating a little meat these days, much to my dad's delight, I decided to brine a turkey this year.  I did a cinnamon orange brine and then John bbq'ed it.  It tasted great and wasn't all dried out, so I'd say it was a success.  Andrew brought a second turkey and he deep fried it, getting in touch with his southern roots.  The day after, Seth boiled down the carcasses and we salvaged a ton more meat for Crum's dog food.  Using all of the buffalo.  
Here we are at our one long table.  I didn't have time or energy to do nice table decor, so I just went outside and picked up nice looking dry leaves and scattered them a midst my candle collection.  Turned out festive enough.  
Only half of the spread:
 Two turkeys:
 Me and Shalom:
 Dad and Shalom:
Family portrait before John and Kim left for home:

We had a great time spending the day with so many new and old friends and family.  We had an extra good time with John and Kim visiting for the week.  Thanks for the great memories!  Hope to have even more next year.