Thanksgiving morning started out with me making three loaves (not sure if you call these round things loaves) of bread. The bread was a big hit at my cousins. And I also brought an apple pie from Costco. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
There was the usual kitchen business, getting everything ready to put on the table. My aunt and my cousin have the same determined set to their jaw as they work on getting the gravy just right.
The sweet potatoes and yams being prepared here were excellent. They were cubed, mixed with olive oil, salted and seasoned, then baked.
Of course there was the turkey.
I worked on getting the various pickles, olives, pickled beets (not crazy about those), and cranberries into their respective relish dish section.
My second cousin was very proud of his arrangement of the raw veggies. It was darn awesome.
Of course, there was Wii bowling.
Some very intense puzzle workings.
And even more intense football watching. Sorry, no photos of that.
Here we sit, waiting to get instructions on how to play a game that's kind of like Pictionary but with a twist. I wish I had a photo of one of the pieces of paper after the game was done but I'll try to explain it.
Each person gets a sheet of paper and writes a sentence (it can be anything, but should be drawable) then hands it off to the next person. The sheet I got said, "My cat is sick." I then had to draw a picture to match the sentence.
You fold the paper over so the next person can't see the sentence, just the drawing and they have to write a sentence to explain the drawing. My drawing turned into "The cat was smoking a cigarette after having missed the cat litter box."
The paper is folded again so only that sentence shows and the next person does a drawing and it keeps going around the full circle. By the end, the last sentence was something about "The cat was afraid of worms and mistletoe." The bigger and more silly the group, the better.
It was wonderful being with my cousin and her family.
Thankful, thankful, thankful.