Friday, November 27, 2009

Another Successful Year

Thanksgiving in Weaselville was busy, as expected. A day that started extremely early, even for Weasel standards and filled with hours spent in the kitchen -my favorite part of the day- and very little down time.

Eldest Weasel was running in a Turkey Trot with a friend first thing in the morning as Mr. Weasel smoked the bird of honor over indirect heat on the grill. I began chopping and prepping for all the various dishes of the day, including the feast of turkey parts that come stuffed and bagged inside the bird for Matilda The Hun.

All of the Weasels were disgusted and awed to watch the dog enjoy her special treats that they would dare not ever put into their mouths. Matilda then followed me around the kitchen for the rest of the day in hopes that I had some more tasty little morsels for her. Who says I can't make a feast fit for a dog?

Mr. Weasel fights a battle against the weather every year as he cooks the turkey outdoors, either by deep frying or smoking. The cold and the wind usually make it difficult to keep the temperatures high enough to cook the bird. This year however, he had trouble keeping the temperature from going too high, even though it was snowing when he started, and a cooking method that should have taken 12 hours for a 24 lb bird, was finished (overly so) in 5. The smokey taste however, was fantabulous and the dark meat - that I am not typically a fan of - was pure heaven. The white meat was a little on the dry side, was still delicious in flavor and there was plenty of gravy to go around. The stuffing was also smoked with the same result and once again the smoky flavor was outstanding, even if it was a little dry.

All the other dishes went off without a hitch and were tasty indeed, but the best part of the day was spending with our family and hearing all of the Weasels speak of what they are thankful for in their lives. The range of their gratitude extended from "my faith" to "the dog" and it was heart warming to hear them speak. We enjoyed sitting down to a wonderful meal without the spillage of a single drink! Miracles do happen!

After dinner and before pie, we turned to family movie night, as we are not a football kind of family, and shared the joy of Ferris Bueller's Day Off with the Weasels (edited for TV, of course), followed by the introduction of Home Alone to Smallest Weasel.

Weasels are now fully excited and ready to take on The Christmas season. Not only did Santa come to town at the end of the parade yesterday, but even better and more exciting to the Weasel's is that our dear friend Patsy is coming back to town on Saturday! They have been speaking of it constantly for weeks and asking "How many more days". It brings me such joy and pride that this is the focus of their hyper energy. That have such a love for this wonderful lady who is so special to me.

We have so much to be grateful for in Weaselville everyday. Mr. Weasel has a job this year. There is plenty of food on our table and dear friends in our lives. We are all healthy and happy and have the opportunity to share our blessings with others and be blessed by having others in our lives.

I wish you all the blessings of Christ and family this Christmas Season and want you to know that you were on my list of what I am thankful for. Especially, but not limited to Tom, NukeDad, Melisa, Momo Fali, Mrs.4444, PJ Mullen and I could go on, but would spend the rest of my day linking.

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17 comments:

Melisa with one S said...

It HAS been quite a year, hasn't it? :)

Happy Christmas Season, my friend! xoxo

de-I said...

Thanks for your blessings (I take all I can get) and more back for you and yours.

john cave osborne said...

WM -- HOORAY for the weasels! like mr. weasel, i, too, smoked a bird. it, too, didn't take as long as it should have, but BOY was it good. the meat thermometer said no, but i said yes, and thankfully, pulled it off at just the right time.

we don't have family movie night. ADD issues (for father) prohibit that. but we do have family date night.

we, too, are blessed down here, and we, too, wish YOU all the blessings of Christ and family this season.

great post!

WeaselMomma said...

@ Melisa ~ It has been a wonderful year full of tremendous gifts, including you. I can't wait to celebrate Hanukkah with you this year.

@ de-I ~ Thank you so much.

@ JCO ~ I'm glad that you liked it. I hope this season and the rest of the year goes swimmingly for you.

Heather said...

I'm glad that you guys had a wonderful day! I am so thankful for you, my friend! xo

Busy-Dad-E said...

We introduced Big Brother to Home Alone this year as well! And oh how the questions followed, much like the kid who interrogates the Airport Shuttle driver.

Mocha Dad said...

My dog had the same feast. She was one happy beagle.

Vodka Mom said...

and a lovely holiday for you, my friend.

Mrs4444 said...

What a sweet thing to say. I love you, too. Glad your thanksgiving day was nice. I hope your dog's digestive system handled the table food well; our Cooper's got "issues" as a result of Mr.4444 giving him turkey last night. He never learns....

Mrs4444 said...

Did you get my comment??

Jason @ The Devoted Dad said...

Sounds like we had similar food plans with the grilled turkey and smoked flavor. I had the same issue with the temperature. Glad to hear that it all went well and that no drinks got spilled. Happy Thanksgiving!

WeaselMomma said...

@ BusyDad-E ~ I was cracking up every time the bad guys would fall for a booby trap and Smallest would announce "well, they do deserve it!".

@ Heather ~ Thank you.

@ Jason ~ I still can't believe that no one spilled a drink.

@ Mocha ~ The dog sure did love it and keeps looking for more.

@ Vodka ~ Thank you.

@ Mrs4444 ~ So far so good. I was a little concerned about an upset stomache, but she did fine.

terri said...

It sounds like an absolutely perfect day! I'm glad you had such a wonderful Thanksgiving.

seashore subjects said...

Matilda has it made! Our dogs had to make due with a bit of gravy on their food. Glad your Turkey day was a success.

OhCaptain said...

I've enjoyed reading your year! Happy thanksgiving!

Michelle said...

Awww, Happy Thanksgiving (much belated) to you! What a great day for you all... even though you missed out on football (really?). Congrats on no milk spillage!

PJ Mullen said...

I'm very glad to see you all had a such a nice Thanksgiving holiday and all the best to you all for a wonderful Christmas season. And thank you for your kind words, I too am thankful to have you all in my life as well.

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