This month we’ve had two holidays where I took pictures, and I didn’t post them until now; sorry for making you wait.
First, Leive and I had our 24th anniversary on Sunday, November 15. We celebrated it at our pastor’s house, because they host a prayer group for whole families on Sunday nights. Leive had the urge to cook, so she did most of the cooking of a Thanksgiving-style dinner again, though she was one of the guests of honor.
The main thing that Leive didn’t make was this chocolate cake. In normal light the orange icing looked more red, but no matter!
Here we are cutting it.
The dishes we brought were a turkey, Leive’s special mashed potato recipe, yellow rice, a green bean casserole and a garden salad. Above you can see most of the side dishes.
Rezia was there, too. In front of her you can see the salad, cranberry sauce and gravy.
Sally, the pastor’s wife, helped carve the turkey.
And now here are the Thanksgiving pictures. Thursday was a slow day for us; instead of the traditional feast, we ate lightly (I mainly had a salad). We did that because Gene and Rezia were out of town, visiting Gene’s relatives in western Kentucky. Without them it would only be the two of us (three, if you count the parrot). On Friday they came back, so Leive prepared the food and we invited them over. We also invited a friend from church, Sherrie Masters, because she invited us to her birthday party the previous Sunday.
Here Leive stands behind her creations.
This is the side view. On the left, a garden salad and the turkey. On the right, from front to back: a bottle of water from Kroger, fried rice, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, halang-halang. The poinsettias in the extreme front and rear were decorations I found on special while shopping–marked down from $5.99 to 99 cents!
A closeup of the halang-halang and the rear poinsettia. Because it was so good for Rezia the last time she made it, Leive added extra jalapenos to make it very halang! The persimmons and pumelos (bo’ongon) by the sink were not part of the meal.
Another view of the mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, salad and turkey.
The water and the rice again, and don’t forget the pumpkin pie!
Our guests, from left to right: Sherrie, Gene, and Rezia. After the meal, Leive gave them some plates of food to take home. I was impressed at how fast Sherrie’s mother called back to thank us.
Our parrot, Brin-Brin, was surprisingly quiet. Throughout the whole meal he didn’t move or make a sound. He has acted normally since then, though, so I know that wasn’t a fake or stuffed parrot in the cage. Normally he snaps when Gene is here, and cries when Rezia is here. Maybe Leive and Sherrie were calming influences, because both of them are all right in his book. Or maybe he’s thankful again that he wasn’t one of the courses served!
Hope your Thanksgiving was a happy one, too.