Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving!


  
Thanksgiving came and went, and give thanks we did. I had a small dinner with my mother in law, brother in law and his fiancĂ©e. Above is her cheesecake. She somehow was able to locate cranberries. I tried three different supermarkets with no luck, so couldn't make any cranberry sauce. But I made turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes and a green salad, and an apple pie to give good company to this beautiful cheesecake. Of course the pie had to be served with vanilla ice-cream. I looked for american recipes for everything, to try to be as authentic as possible. 


I think the dinner was a success: we ate, drank (Italian wine, of course) and were happy together and little girl had a lot of fun with her grandma, aunt and uncle. She really likes to be in a crowd, the more the better.
Sister in law and I already started making plans for next year: she promised to make corn bread and to locate some pecans for me, to make a pecan pie. 
I am happy I started this Thanksgiving tradition, since I have so many beautiful memories of my Thanksgiving in the States. Besides, it's always great to remember all things we have to be grateful for.
Unfortunately the Black Friday is still and American thing, so no sales for me on Friday. But we had so many leftovers to keep feasting on!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thoughts for November...


Hi everybody!
Turns out,going back to work really has made it difficoult for me to update this blog. And from time to time, I have even thought of shutting it down. But I have realized that we (the blog and I) have walked such a long way together, so many things have changed since I started writing it, that I don't really want to abandon it. Sometimes I write posts in my mind, but I don't have time to open my computer and actually write...

It has been a struggle for me adapting to this new phase of my life: working and taking care of a baby. I do love her. My heart melts when she's about to fall asleep and she smiles at me and grabs my hand. She is a social butterfly, she loves being at social events - we had a family dinner and a friend's birthday last week, and she was so happy.
I love doing things with her: we go to music classes for babies, and to the swimming pool.
But I really miss doing things I love.
I haven't been able to read a book. Or even paint my nails. I would like to play my guitar a little, but she starts crying when I do.I sometimes just want to relax and be quiet. Silence is the thing I miss the most.
But I know it's a phase, eventually I'll be able to do the stuff I want to. I can't even complain, she sleeps pretty much through the night, so I don't have to go to work tired or sleepy.

Anyway, th picture above shows the stuffing I decided to prepare for Thanksgiving. Even if I am complaining, I can only be grateful for my beautiful daughter and my family, so we will have a small gathering - and a quick one too, since unfortunately husband has to go to work after dinner. It will be five adults, and my little one.

I have been saving recipes for a while, and I really hope the dinner will come out nice. I am hoping my sister in law will askme if she can bring her cheesecake, so that I won't have to prepare dessert, but if she doesn't I'll make some quick apple turnovers.

That's all for now. Now back to baby feeding, and hopefully, a shower before husband comes home!


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