Thanksgiving 2019

by Jon Sullivan - 2019-12-03

<<<<< previous blog         next blog >>>>>

Celebrating the holiday in Montana with family.

I'm not much of a holiday person. Certainly not a fan of Halloween or Christmas. But Thanksgiving is one holiday I do truly love. It's a cooking and food celebration. Who doesn't love that? And instead of a confusing mishmash of themes like Halloween, or a celebration of materialism like Christmas, it's a time of thanks and gratitude. I love that we have one day to just be thankful for what we have, who we are, and all the good things.

And I'm also not one to leave the house, ever. So it was nice to fly back to Montana and spend a weekend with friends and family.

I really want to thank my sister and her husband for the bottomless hospitality they showed me. I know I can be quite the finicky handful to plan around. Putting together a guest bedroom for me meant a lot. That was special. As was putting up with my weird food challenge tradition. And driving all over so I could get some photos.

And it was nice to sit down at a family table and share delicious food. It is, after all, a food holiday.

The menu is here. The collected photos are here.

As my "too many dishes" Thankgivings go, this one was near perfect. Having Sharon help with the cooking made it so much better. Less stress, better food. We didn't get the stuffed mushrooms done, but the rest made it to the table. The Thanksgiving benedicts turned out very well. Probably not something I'll make again, but I certainly will take the concept of "stuffing French toast" and do more with that. The sous vide rouladen recipe needs to be dialed in better, but I like it over the traditional method. The tamales were the dish I was most excited about and they turned out just right.

My garlic ranch dip proved quite popular. I'll post that recipe tomorrow.

What am I thankful for?

I'm thankful for friends and family. I can be a very contrary, anti-social, pain in the ass for sure. It's very happy making to know I have people who enjoy my company just as I am. I often feel I can't relax in polite society, as I truly don't want to be as rude as I otherwise would be. This weekend was very relaxing. Montana will never feel like home to me, but I did feel "home for the holiday" this year.

I'm thankful for being able to live extravagantly now and then. I know many can't. We spent a ton of money on food for our Thanksgiving feast. It was extravagant. I donated a larger amount to a charity I like that feeds the homeless. I'm very thankful for the bounty I have. I hope that donation can make others thankful.

I'm thankful for World of Warcraft. I know that sounds silly. But I am.

I'm thankful for all the great photos I've gotten this year. So many special moments. The Oregon coast, Utah, California desert, here and there in San Diego, my own little hermit studio.

I'm thankful that at 56 I seem to be reaching the place I've wanted to be my whole life. Less stuck in my own narcissism. Able to see the virtue in not being endlessly selfish. Something other than broke all the time.

Buy prints

<<<<< previous blog         next blog >>>>>
SHARON SULLIVAN
2019-12-04 09:33:36 : I'm glad it was relaxing for you. It was so comforting and fun to have you here. The Thanksgiving feast was a ton of fun!!

And, "Guest Bedroom"? Haaaaa! A futon next to the tool bench is not a guest suite!

Sign-In With Google To Leave a Comment:
<<<<< previous blog         next blog >>>>>
News
Got the archive section here done finally. Fires and power outages in CA haven't effected me. I doubt they will. I'm fairly close to downtown with no brush to wory about.
Recent Posts
- Fish Pie
    When I was a child in Montana we ate a lot of fish pie. But it was really quiche.
- What happens now?
    Now we just watch. And wait. Try not to panic more than we've already panicked.
- Comfort food
    It's going to be okay. But we're all in this together. So be cool out there. Work together. It's going to be okay.
- Okay..... NOW we can panic
    I hope you all have enough toilet paper. Because there ain't no more in the store.
- Don't touch your face
    Pfft.... whatever.
- Pink Lemonade Cupcakes Recipe
    A delicious way to enjoy food that is very bad for you.
- And now we panic
    I'm being realistic about the virus danger. But in a pandemic it matters more how the other 7.7 billion people react.
Food I Cooked
Old School Blogroll
kottke.org
Home of fine hypertext products.
MetaFilter
A community weblog.
A Chicken Is Not Pillage
You forgot his exclamation point! It defines him. He put it there for a reason, to show how in! your! face! he is.
jessamyn.com
abada abada - twenty years of jessamyn
Matt Haughey
A Whole Lotta Nothing
dooce
Heater, Mother Of Lance
Anil Dash
A blog about making culture. Since 1999.
Some Bits
Nelson's weblog
Everlasting Blort
proud member of the reality-based community
Whatever
This machine mocks fascists
Scripting News
It's even worse than it appears.
Flutterby
Short attention spans in a world full of flowers
mimi smartypants
Seriously, though: what's with the penguins?
Montreal City Weblog
Stupid Evil Bastard
What the fuck is wrong with you people?
Idle Words
brevity is for the weak
Making Light
Say what you mean. Bear witness. Iterate.
wilwheaton.net
50,000 Monkeys at 50,000 Typewriters Can't Be Wrong
Justin Hall
Growing & breaking down since 1994
Mike the Mad Biologist
Helping idiots who desperately need my assistance by calling them fucking morons since 2004
jwz
MSSV
AKMA’s Random Thoughts
Ruminations about hermeneutics, theology, theory, politics, ecclesiastical life… and exercise.
things magazine
An occasional weblog about objects, collections and discoveries
Miscellaneous Heathen
Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past.
kimberussell.com
where it's always Virgo Season
Cockeyed
World of Warcraft
Getting it ready for you.
Recent Trips
Getting it ready for you.