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with Beverley and Alex

Thanksgiving 2009
It was great that Ben, Kirsten, Astrid, and Pippa drove down from Palo Alto to spend Thanksgiving with us. We all had a fabulous time because of our beautiful weather here in San Diego.

The original plan was to buy a pre-cooked meal from Whole Foods or Jonathon's of La Jolla but I couldn't imagine serving a whole meal cooked by some store on Thanksgiving Day. So with some planning and a lot of cooking ahead we were able to eat a home-cooked meal with not too much work on the actual holiday.

The day started out with fresh croissants with lots of butter and jam, mimosas, and coffee served on the patio. The croissants came from Williams and Sonoma as a gift from Janet and Klaus. All I had to do was take them out of the freezer the night before, let them rise overnight on the kitchen counter, and pop them in the oven about 1/2 hour before ready to serve. Wish I had a picture but alas, it's not to be.

Soon after breakfast Alex took everyone to Mission Trails for a good romp around to help burn of excess energy and work up an appetite for dinner. While they were gone I started prepping for dinner, getting the turkey in (simple roast turkey with rich turkey gravy), setting the table, prepping some veggies, etc.

We don't have a dinner table so Alex made one with some saw horses and left over polycarbonate from the patio cover (another entry). It looked so pretty with all the dinner ware, especially after Kirsten did her decorating bit with the leaves and turkey confetti.


This is the turkey that Pippa made out of a pine cone and some colorful paper. It served as one of the center pieces for our feast.

Charlie turned out to be quite popular with the girls - he was chased all around the yard with silly string being shot at him.

We had dessert out on the patio around the fire pit. Rred velvet cake courtesy of Janet and Klaus from Williams and Sonoma, pecan pie from Trader Joe's, home made apple pie from Danielle, and fresh whipped vanilla cream to wash it all down with. Kirsten bought some caramel with sea salt bark from World Market which I was eating all day and is so good.

Winding down at the end of the evening after a drink or two (or several, but who's counting?). I'm still wearing my favorite apron!

Danielle, Pippa, and Charlie hamming it up for the camera

I'm not quite sure what Charlie was trying to show here but Astrid was sneaking up behind him for a final spray of silly string

The next morning we were a little on the slow side to get going but Pippa and Alex managed to get some quality time together while others were still in bed.

All in all a busy day but a lot of fun.
Posted by Beverley on Thu Dec 03, 2009
Categories: Family/Friends News

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lovely table setting!
you surely looked like that you had so much fun!
Posted by Apple in La Jolla on Sat Jan 02, 2010 at 01:14 AM

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