This year I made the cranberry sauce using a Paula Deen recipe. I actually felt a bit guilty using one of hers given her controversial behavior but I used it anyway. It came out great. I think the secret is the Grand Marnier. I also made a pumpkin roll which tasted wonderful but cracked as I was rolling it up. Everyone said it didn't matter what it looked like but it sure mattered to me. Every time I looked at it I got grumpy. P.S. I still feel a bit guilty about using PD's recipe.
Not on our Thanksgiving menu, but on our Wednesday-before-Thanksgiving menu, brussels sprouts. Yum. I love the fall when I can have some fresh brussels sprouts, roasted in olive oil and slivered almonds. They are delicious and the fact that I only eat them two or three times a year makes them all the more special. This was definitely one of those foods I thought would kill me when I was a kid. Although I have to say, what was my mother thinking giving us brussels sprouts in the first place? They're way too fancy (and expensive) to be wasting on a fussy five year old.
What would Thanksgiving be without long after-meal walks? This walk took us through Liberty Park. It's an awesome city park in Salt Lake City. Every community should have a park like this one. There's a rollerblade path, a jogging path, lots of walkways, and human-made waterways where little kids can splash around. There are also ponds, playgrounds, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, and the Tracy Aviary. We are so fortunate to live close enough to enjoy the space.
And of course, on all of these outings I have my camera with me. I don't always get an image I like but I get something that is a memory. These images are nothing special, but they tell a story. They tell the story of Montana with a smile on her face, happily running through the alley. Or the kids playing on the dock at the edge of the pond in the park. Or the couple having a sweet moment while they watch the ducks.
I love that I had the time over this long weekend to be a part of these simple stories. It's hard to always make the time but it's so rewarding when we do.
Snap on snappers!