Sunday, Oct. 13th arrived after what seemed like a fitful sleep for me. I went to bed around 10 because I was yawning a lot and not into NCIS New Orleans. Lo and behold, I couldn’t have been as tired as I thought as I was still not into deep sleep when Bill came to bed at 11ish. Maybe that 30-minute snooze earlier did a number on me. There were dreams throughout the remainder of the early morning hours so not a great sleep all in all.
|Potatoes in the IP|
Naturally, when Bill got up at 6:45 am, I wasn’t ready to do the same, so rolled over and dropped off for another 15 minutes. I wanted to get in to town to clean asap since it would be a busy enough morning. The Mat was in incredibly good condition which helped a lot and within 35 minutes I was ready to leave. I had one machine to wait for, the dirty one. I’d run an empty load through to clean it out. After wiping it out at the end, I headed for home at 8:15.
|a nice creamy sauce and cheese and onion topping|
I made my tea, Bill was down in the Hangar, and instead of sitting to read blogs I popped the apple crumble in the oven for 30 minutes. Then I peeled 10 cups of russet potatoes, diced them and popped them in Madame IP. This would be quicker and at least I wouldn’t have to watch them. After the pressure built up, they took 8 minutes. I should have set it for 6 instead as they were a bit softer than I wanted. Perfect for mashed though, fyi.
|Looks yummy, no?|
I did a Quick Release, rinsed them in cold water and drained before adding the sauce mix. Once it was all nicely blended, stirring gently so not to mush them, I sprinkled the remaining grated cheese and onion on top. We are to be eating at 2 so I will put them in the oven for 30 minutes just before we are ready to leave. Bill came in around 10:30 and got something to eat, to tide him over until that meal. I hopped in the shower and then had an apple muffin and some yogourt.
|We took a different route to Chatsworth today|
|And it was not disappointing|
|Less gravel roads and just as much beauty|
Bill was upstairs putting things out for Cancun so I went up to join him. Between us we made some decisions and managed to get everything in the carry cases we’ve chosen. Other than our colognes, my makeup bag, deodorants and teeth care products, we are packed. He needed to get that done this weekend as he’ll only have one day once he returns from Tavistock on Friday night. With that done, he rested for a bit while I started packing up the food.
|Arriving at Cedarhaven for 'lupper'|
Luckily, both casserole size dishes fit into our soft cooler for transport. We left at 12:30 and arrived a few minutes before 1. It wasn’t very warm out but our hosts were down by the pond with their daughter, s-i-l and his parents whom we’ve met many times. A wonderful couple from Pennsylvania. We didn’t stay down there long, at least us ladies cooled down enough to return to the house. As other guests arrived, food added up and by 2 or soon after, we were ready to eat.
|There were 23 family members present today|
|My plate of food, delicious!|
|A lovely centrepiece|
My contribution was the funky gourd (of course!)
|My dessert plate|
There was of lot to choose from, turkey, ham, potato casserole, turnip casserole, baked squash, green beans, salads, dressing and then there were the desserts. Strawberry rhubarb, pumpkin, key lime, cherry and pecan pies, apple crumble, chocolate cheesecake and eclairs. My oh my, plenty to be thankful for.
|Instead of a group picture, I captured a few attendees|
in their groupings
Noah (great nephew), Alaena (niece), Nate (grandson) Patrick (son)
|Morgan (niece) Emma (great niece) Janice (niece)|
Kiera (great niece) Gayle (sister/hostess) Bill (friend)
|Siblings: Cathy, Gerry, Donna, MaryBeth, Aj, Joanne & Ted (niece and spouse)|
|John (host) & sister Wendy|
|Nadir (nephew in law) Matt (nephew) Tom (b-i-l)|
Conversations ensued in pairs, groups of 4 and tables of 8 or 10. There were plenty of hugs to be had with siblings, friends, in-laws, sons, daughters and of course, a grandson. My daughter, her partner and her sons were unable to make it today so those were hugs I missed. We have plans to see Bridgette at least before our southwest journey begins.
|My son and Grandson|
Patrick and Nathan
It was a very filling meal and after a brief clothing exchange downstairs, Bill and I said our goodbyes. It was around 5 when we pulled out of their drive. Of course, it is sad to say goodbye to everyone, as we won’t see them until the spring, but a new adventure awaits us and who knows, we may see Gayle and John this winter during our travels.
|The drive home|
|Just as lovely|
|Good night and Happy Thanksgiving!|
What a wonderful Thanksgiving Sunday this has been. I hope you had a fine day too. Thank you for your visit! Happy Thanksgiving!