Happy Thanksgiving! Because of the stomach flu, we had to push back our celebration a day. Side note: getting the stomach flu is always terrible, but to get it on Thanksgiving feels like a cruel, cruel joke. I couldnâ€™t even eat pie! But we still had a nice time.
My family really pitched in and brought a lot of the food. I was thankful because that meant that I only had to spend an hour or so in the kitchen, which was just about all I could rallyâ€¦ especially after I spent thirty minutes disinfecting every surface in my home.
The only dish that I actually made using a recipe was the cranberries. And by â€œrecipe,â€ I mean that I just eyeballed measurements and threw ingredients in a saucepan. But I thought Iâ€™d write down my eyeball measurements for next year â€“ because it was really good!
Two 1-pound bags of cranberries
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 cup orange juice
1/2 peel of an orange, sliced into thin strips
Everything went into a large pot and simmered on medium for about an hour. Towards the end, I poured off the extra liquid and then put it back on the burner for a bit. I timed the dish horribly and realized that I would have steaming hot cranberry relish if I didnâ€™t do something creative, so then I put it in the freezer to cool it off. It worked.
Henry last year:
Henry this year!
He didnâ€™t even eat solids this time last year.
Afterwards, we decorated the tree. Kristien picked up a ten footer.
â€¦ This morning, I woke up to find the tree leaning against the wall. Whoops. Apparently, we didnâ€™t secure it in the base tightly enough. A task for later, I suppose! And Iâ€™m hoping that MUCH later, Iâ€™ll be ready for a workout. Iâ€™ve pretty much be glued to the couch (minus a brief kitchen stint) since Tuesday nightâ€¦ my muscles would enjoy a workout.
I hope your holiday was filled with brightness and love!