Hello, everyone. Thanks for sticking around! I haven’t been up to much recently, hence the lack of posts.
This was an extra special Thanksgiving, as it’s the first one in our new home. While I’m really grateful to be a homeowner, if I’m honest I still don’t love our house & am doing as much as I can to make it feel like a home. Memories are a huge part of that. I decided that this year I’d have a bigger Thanksgiving than usual, and invited about 20 people. 16 accepted, eek! On top of that, 3 were vegetarians, 1 was vegan, and there were 5 kids ranging from newborns to an 8-year-old. So, yeah, it was a busy one. I think everyone enjoyed themselves in the end, though. The kids definitely did! A few people were poorly, unfortunately, so it was all a little easier than expected logistically, though obviously I did really hosted this so I could spend time with all our friends at once.
As always, for me the emphasis was on getting the food ready, while R tends to take over hosting duties (at least at first). This year, the menu was:
- Squash, red lentil and sweet potato soup
- Red cabbage
- Roasted veg (potatoes, sweet potatoes, and parsnips)
- Brussels sprouts
- Wild rice & quinoa stuffing
- Nut roast (made by a friend)
- Vegan bread rolls
- Cranberry curd tart
- Apple crumble
I have to say I was particularly impressed with the bread rolls, which used almond milk instead of normal milk. They were incredibly fluffy and tasty, and as I made the dough in my bread machine they were also stress-free.
We finished off the meal with some hometown port. The building on this label is where R & I got married! It’s a bit lighter than traditional port, but it is very delicious.
I also used the opportunity to gather some foliage and use another new-to-me vase (vintage 50s German, I believe). It looked lovely, if I do say so myself.
And there were plenty of leftovers, which I am convinced is one of the best parts of Thanksgiving. I can’t believe how tidy I managed to get the fridge, though!
Have you had any gatherings with friends recently?