Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Monday, November 29, 2010

REMAINS OF THE DAY

Kit, Tandy, Beth collapsed from full tummys.

It was a grand and glorious day. Chelle and Kit hosted us in their home for the Thanksgiving bash. My precious daughter is a charming and talented hostess and her wonderful spouse makes everyone feel welcome. This celebration will go down in the family archives as a Thanksgiving to remember.

Ron and I arrived on Wednesday so the kids took us out for dinner to a Steak and Catfish Barn restaurant. It was recently featured on the Travel Channel show Man vs Food. (click for YouTube video) We had to wonder why anyone ever walked into the restaurant in the first place. It definitely does not look very appealing from the outside but once inside and enjoying their cuisine you are definitely glad you found the place.

How we managed to eat again the next day is amazing. My son brought a smoked turkey. Kit fried a turkey. Chelle baked a ham. We had tons of mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy with green bean casserole, cranberry salad and Chelle had made homemade croissants to die for. Appetizers consisted of a cheese ball that Chelle made and jumbo shrimp and sauce that Ron and I brought. Plus I baked a Sopapillia cheese cake and Chelle baked a perfect pumpkin pie.

Before everyone collapsed from the tryptophan on T-day we played a game of Wahoo. There was a giant bet riding on this game and I regret admitting that I lost. My son-in-law refuses to call the game Wahoo and insists that it is called Aggravation. The bet was if the girls won he would start calling the game Wahoo. Instead he gets to keep calling it Aggravation. If anyone knows their board games they know that Aggravation has a hole in the middle of the board and one less hole on each side. There are also a few minor rule differences. If anyone can testify on my behalf, it would be appreciated.

I only caught glimpses of the grandchildren as they ran in and out of the house and Michael and Hope's rooms. They are such pals and nothing is more satisfying than to see the cousins enjoying each other. I did get some special time to view Michael's latest astonishing art work.

I was especially content to be reminded of Thanksgivings past and feel the large amount of love for extended family this small gathering represented. There is even something extra special in knowing how much my mom and dad would have enjoyed this.

Thank you Chelle and Kit for leading us into the holiday celebrations that will head us out of the old year into the new. It was spectacular!

20 comments:

  1. I loved your Thanksgiving. At least after experiencing yours, I wasn't tired and so full I couldn't breathe.
    The post on the ATM machines was good. I've noticed that they've made significant improvement in just the last few years..
    The bank girls here used to go down to the mini mart to service the machines. Now they're all drive up machines around here.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving with us. Some years ago I celebrated my first Thanksgiving in Miami with new friends. Little did I know that they were vegetarians as I saw "Turkey" meat on a platter. It turned out to be fake meat ... never understood the need for vegetarians to imitate meat...lol

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  3. Congratulations on a holiday well done...now it is time to post the sopapilla pie recipe. If you posted it in the past and I missed it...apologies.

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  4. Sounds like a lovely Thanksgiving, Annie. Isn't that the best part? The memories of past gatherings merging into the present...

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  5. Thank you for sharing. This is a beautiful post.

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  6. Cliff – Thank you and believe you me if you had experienced the real thing you would have been so tired and full that you couldn’t breathe. I have a feeling your own celebration probably left you that way. Glad your local bank employees no longer have to service the ATM machines. So progress gets to Nebraska?

    Holland – You make a good point about the fake meat. A vegetarian meal should look like a vegetarian meal. I never thought about it.

    Tabor – Here is a link for the sopapilla cheese cake to cut and paste into your browser. http://www.food.com/recipe/crescent-sopaipilla-sopapilla-cheesecake-88420


    Talon – Oh yes the memories are the best part, especially when they are good memories.

    Marla – I haven’t checked your blog yet but I’m betting you had a gorgeous spread for your Thanksgiving.

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  7. Sounds like such a lovely time! And the food sounds as if it was perfect.

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  8. Sounds like it was a great day!!!

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  9. Cute! Did the turkey necessitate the naps, or did you wear them out? :)

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  10. Kay -- It was a great day indeed.

    Riot Kitty -- This is a case of "The turkey did it". LOL

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  11. The photos cracked me up! Nothing like a nice nap after a big meal!

    Glad your celebrations went so well!

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  12. Sounds like you all had a lovely visit n after the feast nap. Where's my blankie?
    Sounds like your daughter is a great cook. I've never had a fried turkey. My sisters in FL do that. Never played Wahoo, but remember getting aggrivated at Aggrivation when bumped back to the beginning.
    We used to always play Trivial Pursuit.
    Thanks for the cheesecake link...yum!

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  13. Hi Annie, the fruit looks more like this than the fruit from the permissions tree.

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  14. RYC all that pixels mean is the number of dots of color or light that make up the picture. You have seen pictures that get blown up so much that all you see are the squares or pixels. The more the better. Up to a point--the new 14.? megapixels is interesting but means large files on your PC. If you have the software and PC processing speed and space, no problem. because you get better depth and accuracy. Blogger has limitations on how much stuff you can save to Picassa...their storage site. I use a software that reduces the photo size for the web (or my blog? which means pixels get thrown out affecting clarity and quality if viewed in larger sizes, but is fine for web viewing.

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  15. LL Cool Joe -- And so the season of pigging-out begins. Since you don't have Thanksgiving, when does your big holiday eating frenzy start?

    Snaggle Tooth -- I am not domestic at all but thankfully my daughter was greatly influenced by her two grandmothers and not by me. However I do impress my family with that cheesecake:)

    Brown English Muffin -- Maybe you are right but the tree on your blog sure looks like our trees right now. Also Asians are very fond of persimmons and use them in many recipes. I think the probably use ginko too. I never dreamed they looked so much alike. Live and learn. xo

    Tabor -- Thanks. I believe I understand a little more.

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  16. Your Thanksgiving dinner sounded fabulous. What could be better than eating delicious food while surrounded by family? I'm going to look up that cheesecake recipe because they are my favorite.

    We were doubly blessed this year. Mr. Cube's great aunt invited us over for Thanksgiving on Wednesday so that we could still do dinner on Thursday at our house for my family. Goodness, I'm still full ;-)

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  17. Happy Belated Thanksgiving. You looked like you had a great one!

    sandie

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  18. Food, food, food! I love it and that you were with family.

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  19. Your Thanksgiving sounds so much like the one my family had here at my house. Thanksgiving is always a time of reflection for me. Thanks for coming by. Your place here looks just wonderful. I hope you have a beautiful Christmas holiday as well.

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  20. Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. That resturant, Steak and Catfish Barn, sounds like my kind of place.
    Ralph

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