I hosted my annual pre-Thanksgiving "prequel" for my friends the weekend before actual Thanksgiving. I have it down to a science at this point. The food was ready, my apartment was clean (ish) and I had a full 30 minutes to put my feet up before the mob descended.
We had quite a feast.
I remained relatively calm amidst the chaos.
I was especially chuffed that my friend Magnolia came in from London and my friend Hulu brought her family up from Virginia for the party. Everyone had fun.
I seemed to have used up my culinary good karma on the Thanksgiving prequel. My attempt to make a bourbon pumpkin pecan pie for my family's Thanksgiving was uncharacteristically disastrous. I used an untried recipe and managed to blow out the motor on my food processor on my first attempt at the pie crust (and the actual crust fell apart when I tried to roll it out -- the proportions were out of whack). I almost caved and considered pulling the Pillsbury crust out of the freezer, but I was determined. I consulted my baking go-tos (Rose Levy Bernbaum, Dorie Greenspan and the Barefoot Contessa). My second attempt blew out the food processor again (I bought a new one on Cyber Monday) but the crust held together. By this point it was fairly late on Thanksgiving Eve and I was covered with flour and somewhat rattled, so I abandoned the pie and cracked open the bourbon -- a smart call. I made the pie the next morning -- not my best effort but my family enjoyed it. The filling was tasty - bourbon is a nice accent to pumpkin.
I am thankful for good friends, my family (2-legged and 4-legged), good food, and my health. I hope you all have many reasons to be thankful.
So, a few of my friends are swimmers/triathletes, and we had a good discussion about open water swimming after the crowd thinned out at the prequel. My friend Jackie Blue has done a number of open water swims this year, and I'm going to interview her for an upcoming blog post - she had lots of helpful information. I decided to get a head start on my mermaid-related resolutions for 2015, as follows:
- Train for and complete an open water swim next summer (my knee has been behaving so I am determined to do a one-mile swim);
- Start training to become a certified aqua fitness instructor -- I want to have a little more information for the blog and I might actually do some part time teaching. The training involves courses and an exam, so it will take a little time; and
- Go to mermaid camp at Weeki Wachee in Florida.
Who knew? Perhaps I'm onto a trend.