This was Ping's first American Thanksgiving, so I tried to "wow" her. Broke out the fall decorations, polished the silver, dug out maw's turkey plates, washed the champagne flutes and put together our menu.
*22+ # Turkey.... cooked Martha Stewart style...covered in cheesecloth and basted all day with melted butter/white wine and drippings. Makes a delicious gravy and a moist bird!
*Homemade cornbread/sausage/cranberry and pecan stuffing
*Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
*Niece Jennifer's Corn Souffle (Dom's favorite)
*Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar/Crunchy Praline Topping
*Fresh Caramelized Balsamic Pearl Onions
*Stouffer's Spinach Souffle
*Frozen Lima Beans
Joe and Ping drove in from Pensacola on Wednesday afternoon. Ping is an excellent cook, but Joe wanted her to see how to cook a turkey. So, she hung out in the kitchen with me on Wed night, making the stuffing and parboiling/peeling the pearl onions. I hadn't planned on any dinner.... as maw would say, "You must fast before a feast". The four of us nibbled on some of Ping's egg rolls and a frozen pizza.
On Thursday morning, Joe and Ping took a ride on the 4-wheeler around the property and tried their hand at fishing...with no luck. Saw plenty of bass, but they were elusive.
Watched our Saints win, then sat down to eat after the game...around 7pm. Ate by candlelight with "The Nutcracker" playing in the background.
This year, the entire concept of "Giving Thanks" really hit home for Dominic and myself. We're most thankful for Dom's complete remission from his Multiple Myeloma. We're also thankful for our happy marriage/fun life together, as well as our growing friendship with Joe and Ping.