Last week was extremely busy, but fun. We brined two turkey breasts and then smoked them on the grill. I'm totally sold on brining -- what a difference in taste! I gave the pecan and pumpkin bars to my mom to share with friends, and all the other leftovers are gone. The gravy that I'd made before rocked: there wasn't a drop left. We took Mom back to PA on Saturday.
The tree is 'unfurling'
-- having been baled for a week -- and we'll begin to put lights on it tonight. The outside of the house is 99% decorated and the inside... well, let's just say I have a lot of work to do.
Thanksgiving was well worth all the work. It was noisy, the table was set for 16, and everyone had their fill of food and family stories. On Friday, Richard, my mom and I drove down to VA to see youngest child. We went to lunch only after providing each horse with Thanksgiving carrots and my getting nuzzled by Bentley. (Here he is pictured in a previous visit. He's the one on the right).
Let's just say I've gotten used to walking around with horse schtuz on me. Daughter is remarkably happy and totally in her element. And we all know, when the kids are happy, the mama's happy, too.
It's back to the gym for me today. I'll do some online shopping later as I finally got lists from the kids (it only took two threatening emails!).