It’s nine p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Rather than taking a Thanksgiving hike as we have done in recent years, we shared Thanksgiving dinner with good friends today. Otherwise, we’d be driving home from the mountains in the dark right now. I am thankful that we had friends to share the day with this year, and I am glad we aren’t driving right now. Our company has gone home, and we are cleaned up and ready to settle in for the evening.
Earlier this week, I came across a recipe for a grain free stuffing that sounded interesting. I thought that I would make it for Thanksgiving. I recalled planting a few turnips in my fall garden, and headed out to see if I could find some. It turned out that I had just enough to make the stuffing. I’d never eaten turnips before, and only planted them on a whim. I made the stuffing last night and it was really good (and for the record, mine didn’t look anything like the picture included with the recipe.) I didn’t think it was quite as tasty when we reheated it today, so next time I will make it the day we are to eat it. I was excited to be able to use both sweet potatoes and turnips from our garden to make it.
There was borage blooming in our garden the day I pulled the turnips. The borage I planted this summer reseeded and I guess it thought November would be as good a time as any to bloom. We had a decent frost last night (not our first) so I’ll have to go see how it’s doing tomorrow. I suspect that was the last of the flowers until next year. It was a thrill to see that one little blossom.
The girls and I have been working on our storytelling skills with a little help from these cards. We take turns drawing cards and adding to the story using the picture on the card for inspiration. When I was a little girl, my mom used to tell the most amazing stories and she didn’t need any help. I didn’t inherit that talent at all. Beatrix though, she’s showing some promise in the storytelling department.
I’ve not cheated in the toast with butter department at all. I did make lemon blueberry muffins using coconut flour though. I am used to the texture and slight weirdness of grain free baked goods and thought this a perfect way to get a good dose of butter. (recipe from Practical Paleo) I did however cave in the caffeine department. I made it an entire week, then practically collapsed last Sunday and required a cup of green tea to recover. Ha. But seriously, that’s not really an exaggeration and it’s been one cup each day since. I tried. Maybe I’ll give it another go one day when I don’t have any children or nursing babies waking me at night!
This evening I am feeling so grateful for many things including: friends far and near, community both locally and online, a warm fire, and a cross stitch sampler to work on! I hope you’ve all had a nice day, whether you were celebrating or not. I am going to go settle into a chair with my sampler!
p.s. No giveaways this weekend! I’ll be back on Monday!