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Thanksgiving 2011

I’ll admit it. I initially gave up on Thanksgiving this year. I was depressed we weren’t going back home, nor were we hosting any guests, so it all seemed pointless.

BUT… My husband, knowing me as well as he does, encouraged me to get into the spirit and do some cooking anyway. He thought it might cheer me up. And it did, which is why I made 15lbs of food for just the two of us. The first issue was the “entree.” When asked what he wanted for Thanksgiving, Brent answered fried chicken. Obviously. I was agreeable, but then there was the issue of the cranberry sauce. What would I put all that delicious sauce on without roast turkey? But a turkey would be ridiculously big for just the two of us. So roast chicken it was. See where I’m going with this people? Two chicken entrees. Obviously.

Oh, and of course I had to have the stuffing with sourdough bread, the mashed potatoes with gravy, oh and how about some caramelized brussels sprouts too? And pie. Obviously. So around 4:30 Thursday afternoon, Brent and I sat down to feast.

Uh huh. And feast we did. So. Much. Food.

My favorites were the brussels sprouts (which will likely become a staple), and the cranberry sauce, which is always my favorite. The fried chicken was from Thomas Keller and Brent has been dying to try it. It was crispy and well-seasoned, but I don’t think I’m a fried chicken fanatic like him.

And then we agreed to wait a while before dessert. 10 minutes later I served myself a piece of pie. With vanilla bean ice cream and homemade caramel sauce.

Because I love pie. Obviously.

Not a bad way to spend the day. We did take a moment to reflect on what we were thankful for. The answer? Everything. Every. Single. Thing. We’re very fortunate and we know we are. We might need a little reminding every now and then, but we know we have nothing to complain about, and we are very thankful for that.

So that was Thanksgiving, and it was nice and all, but I’ve already moved onto Christmas.

The stockings are hung. And I spent a few hours making this gorgeous ruffled wreath I found on Pinterest.

And, of course, the tree. I’m ribbon-obsessed this year.

Hope you all had as wonderful a holiday as I did.

Urban Hiking

Two reasons I love having weekends (or holidays) off: 1.) Brunch! 2.) Spending time with Brent. And today was a bunch of my favorite things rolled into one. We woke up leisurely late, around 9, and got started making Bacon & Hashbrown Quesadillas with Fried Eggs. That Bobby Flay sure knows what he’s doing. Rather than doing the tapas style bites that Bobby made, we made whole 6″ quesadillas and topped them with fried chicken eggs rather than quail eggs.

This was so delicious. I made a grapefruit, mint and honey salad to go with, but it was all about the main attraction. I’m in love with poblano peppers (and Bobby Flay!) now. This was awesome when I cut into the dippy yolk. Yum!

Alright, so we’re kind of slow and lazy on our days off, so it was close to 11:30 by the time we actually finished eating. Then we kind of sat around bouncing ideas of what to do off each other. We just knew we needed to get outside, so around 12:30 we just decided to start walking. We packed a few bottles of water to take with us and headed up Queen Anne hill.

We covered around 9 miles round trip on our urban hike through Queen Anne, Fremont and parts of Ballard. I think the best view in the city is from Kerry Park at the top of Queen Anne. Views of the skyline, Mt. Rainier, Puget Sound, and the Olympic mountains.

Rainier is just so crazy to see when it’s out. It looks like it’s floating above the city.

We went over the hill and back down the other side on our way to Fremont. We had to wait for the Fremont drawbridge.

We wandering along the Burke-Gilman Trail for awhile, basking in the sun and watching boats go by.

I need friends to invite me to barbeques and take me on their boats. Any takers in the Seattle area?

We walked for another 45 minutes or so before going forth in search of beer. Our options were limited on this holiday, so we ended up at The Red Door in Fremont to enjoy a few Seattle brews and some fries with garlic aioli.

After our beer and snack, we were ready to head back over the hill on our way home. We ended up spending around 4-5 hours outside and I actually got some sun. I haven’t had a tan line in probably 3 years!

Even though our legs are a bit tired, it’s still so nice out that we’re considering walking the dogs a few miles down by the water. We won’t be watching any fireworks tonight because I’m headed to bed before the sun even sets (4am wake up call for work tomorrow), but we’ve had a really awesome Fourth of July!