Saturday, November 29, 2008

Blessed Thanksgiving

I know Thanksgiving was two days ago but I'm just now catching up. We had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving and I must say there was much to be thankful for on that day, and there is much to be thankful for in general.

My side of the family came to our house for lunch. It was nice to have everyone together - my parents, sister, Greg and Lisa, and Katie and Eric and we even bought a small square table to add to our regular table so we could all fit without being sardines.

We had a rather plain meal, however. Turkey (actually turkey breasts from Costco, rather than a whole turkey, which to me are much more efficient), mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, yams, and dessert. The potatoes and the stuffing came out of boxes so they weren't anything to rave about, but they were serviceable. Julie's yam dish was from scratch and turned out very well. I opened a bottle of the 2007 Twisted Oak Ruben's Blend (the wine for which I had written the back label) and while it was initially rather edgy and harsh, after it got some air time it turned out to be excellent.

My folks were glad to be free of the confines of Keiro and all in all, it was an enjoyable but too brief time. Brief because we had to kick everyone out by 2:00 so we could drive down to San Diego for dinner at Julie's brother's house.

My parents were sitting in the family room and I told them we had to leave for San Diego. My mom looks at me. "Does that mean we have to leave?" she asked.

And darn it, I forgot to take pictures!!! Oh, well.

The trip down to SD was stop and go, if you can believe that. We ran into a bunch of traffic jam pockets and I have no idea why that was. There were no accidents; all of a sudden traffic would clear up and we'd go for miles and then hit another slowdown with no visible explanation.

First we checked into our room in Del Mar. Since the place was only 2/3 full, the hotel clerk was nice enough to upgrade us to an ocean view room, which turned out to be quite large and had a huge bathroom as well. Here's a couple of pictures of the view from our window.

Julie's brother's place was only 3 miles from our room so with the aid of a GPS we easily found it.

I remembered to take pictures this time, and here's some of the heavenly food we had, a mix of traditional and Chinese. I'd have to say this was the best homemade Thanksgiving food I have ever had. Her brother and his wife have a gorgeous home, as well (and he's a wine collector!). Here's pictures of a few of the food items:

The traditional turkey, sort of tore up (I didn't take a picture before it got mangled).

Honeybaked ham, the only non-scratch item on the menu. It was good, as Honeybaked hams usually are, but it couldn't compare with the other entrees.

Lobster with noodles.

A gigantic Chilean sea bass filet. This was soooo good.

Excellent stuffing.

Tarte Tartin for dessert. Did I spell that right?

Man oh man I ate way too much for lunch and dinner. Normally I weigh myself every morning but thankfully our hotel room had no scale. Our room also had a tv with about 50 channels but there wasn't anything worth watching!

And that was how Thanksgiving went. The entire day and evening were wonderful and I am truly thankful for it all. We got to see our families, the weather was great, and we had lots of fun. What more could you ask for?

The next day was great, too - we went to two Costcos in the San Diego area and I was like a kid in a candy store! But that's tomorrow's blog entry.

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