Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Very Belated Thanksgiving

I'm back! For the last three months I have been working towards my real estate license with late night classes in New Jersey and as of last Thursday night, I graduated! Woot!

So now I have my nights back  - at least until I start using them to show people houses ;-)

Until then, I think we have some catching up to do. First, lets discuss Thanksgiving....

It was yummy. And fun. Despite these cuties...

Who I want to just bury my face into when I see them but my throat would probably close up, so... 

Anyway, this year we actually stuck pretty close to home, though we did eat out once or twice and went to see Lincoln. 

The rest of the time was spent doing this... 

Yep, shooting in the backyard. Believe it or not, my family isn't hickie and their necks aren't red but about a year ago the raccoon started taking over our farm and "bullying" the cats so it was time to finally take action after a 20+ year war my mom has had with these masked critters. 

Apparently my dad has gotten pretty damn good with this thing. So Bill decided to check it out too. I think he was living out his James Bond fantasy. He probably would have gone out there in a tux if no one was watching. 

But the two of them spent quite a while back there shooting at a prepared target. 

Even I tried it... 

Despite my pose, I was no Charlie's Angel. I couldn't stop shaking and the whole thing was pretty scary. This was about ten times scarier than shooting a shot gun. Something about all that power being in your little, un-muscular hands that seems, ummm, icky. So needless to say, I didn't fire many shots. 


We also took several walks in the woods and a trail down the road that used to be railroad tracks. That meant we had plenty of time and resources to collect fun, natural elements for our Thanksgiving table. 

(Ok, so the microwave isn't very natural... )

But, more importantly, lets talk about what we put on (and quickly took off ) that table.... 

A perfectly-browned turkey

A less than perfect-looking, but pretty perfect-tasting, pumpkin pie

Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows! 

Fresh cranberries with orange peel

My mom even made me gluten-free stuffing! It was a cornmeal-based stuffing that was actually pretty tasty, though nothing like her amazing recipe sitting to the right. 

And then we ate. A lot. What's new?

Even this one wanted in on the meal...

(Please, sir, can I have sa more?) 

But at least the boys worked it off. My dad bought a new motorcycle and the two of them spent a good portion of the trip working on it. Bill was pretty happy to 1) not have to go through another antique store adventure and 2) be working on something mechanical. I think they had fun. 

And that's that! Stay tuned for Christmas decor pics! 

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