Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Beautiful Thanksgiving

There are many things I am thankful for, not the least of which is that I live in a state where we can have the most beautiful weather in the middle of November. On this Thanksgiving day, when Americans take some time to spend with family and reflect on those things for which we are most fortunate, the only thing I could wish for was that more of my family could be present.

I had looked forward to getting some extra sleep, but that was not to be. I got paged around 5:00 this morning for work, and while it wasn't anything that required immediate action, I couldn't get back to sleep. So instead I sat enjoying some quiet time before the rest of the family woke up.

Then, I cranked up the blender and made a terrible racket, preparing the desert for what turned out to be a marvelous Thanksgiving feast.
A feast for four

The menu included

The kids also had some ham, but aside from that, the whole meal was vegan. And with the exception of the pie crust, it was pretty healthy, as far as feasts go.

We washed that down with a bottle of Malbec from Nieto Senetiner given to us by my colleagues in Argentina, and some sparkling peach juice for the kids. I know that a white wine would have been better paired with the food, but drinking a gift wine seemed appropriate for the occasion.

Vegan Roast with pumpkin, mushroom, and zucchini

My beautiful family

Pumpkin Pie!
During my quiet time this morning, I read a blog post from Seth Godin which I thought was absolutely lovely. I wish I could copy it here, but I wouldn't feel right about doing that without permission. It's worth the two minutes of time to read.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


  1. That sounds like a lovely meal and a nice day. (Did you use Crisco in your pie crust? *smile*)

    And you were right, it was absolutely worth the extra two minutes to read Seth Godin's post.

  2. Heh - I used Earth Balance shortening in the crust. Not that it makes any difference, probably, but somehow the name "Earth Balance" makes me feel better about using it. Like those 120 calories per tablespoon are helping to save the planet or something.