A Near Perfect Holiday

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Ours was a near perfect holiday. I have a bad habit of expecting all of them to be that way, but we kind of lucked into this one being darn close.

We had dinner with John’s mom and his grandmother and Jim at Broadway Church. Every year our church hosts a Thanksgiving lunch for anyone in the parish who wants to come, and they deliver meals to those who can’t make it. John and I’ve volunteered in the morning before and then gone on to our family Thanksgiving dinner, but this year we asked John’s mom and co. to eat with us there because everyone was too busy to host. Best idea we’ve had in a while.

Turkey and Cranberry Sauce

I donated the turkey we brined and baked and some fresh cranberry sauce (easy recipe below). I’ll never buy canned cranberry sauce again. If I’d trussed the legs on the turkey it wouldn’t look like it was about to get up and march off, but it was still super tasty. If you want The Goose’s brine recipe and other turkey tips, just send me a message in the comments. If I get enough I’ll post them. If not, I’ll be happy to just e-mail you.

Thanksgiving at Broadway is so ding-dang festive. I just love it.

Broadway Thanksgiving

The food is good. They have great live music and everyone, even people you don’t know wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. When we sat down a woman we’d never met before came and joined us. Her name was Donna. She’s between Jim and Linda in our photo.


Turns out she’s a Special Olympics state bowling champ. She told us she had to eat a big dinner because finals were next Saturday.

The Sell family started the Thanksgiving at Broadway tradition about 30 years ago (Roger if that’s not right, feel free to correct me). And it’s been going strong ever since.

Queen Pat

Pat Pearson, Broadway’s kitchen queen (hugging Conor in this photo, precious) is one of the main reasons it happens. Her mac and cheese was awesome.

Mr. Jim and Me

This is Mr. Jim, one of Broadway’s hospitality staff people. I’m a big fan. He makes me feel good every time I see him.

After we had dinner at Broadway, John and I drove down to catch up with his dad’s family. Had a great time there, too, but my favorite thing was watching how excited John’s dad was to show off his new motorcycle, which John’s cousin Mary models here.

Motor Mary

Once we got home, Dave and Conor came over for our final yearly Thanksgiving tradition, watching White Christmas. Dave even managed to stay awake until the end this year.

White Christmas Crew

Like I said, it was a near perfect holiday. The only thing that would have made it better was if I’d gotten to see my family and one other person. But I’m truly grateful for all that we have.

Here’s my recipe for Sweet Tart Cranberry Sauce. Try it for Christmas, and let me know what you think. It’s a recipe I’m toying with, so I’m open to suggestions.

Sweet Tart Cranberry Sauce

3 cups fresh cranberries
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbs. water
Zest from one orange (Just the outside of the orange, not the white pith, which is bitter)
1 tsp. fresh ginger, finely grated (handheld Microplane works well for this and for zesting the orange)
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground cloves
¼ tsp. allspice
Pinch of ground cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Set over medium heat without stirring until most of the cranberry skins have split, about ten minutes. Stir gently. Let cool to room temperature before serving.


7 Responses to “A Near Perfect Holiday”

  1. November 28, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Our church had its first ever Thanksgiving lunch for anyone who needed a place to eat and they also delivered to shut-in people. I made two pumpkin rolls to donate towards their efforts. I wish we could have gone because I heard it was a good time. We went to my mom’s as always where about 65 of our immediate family showed up. We all watch Christmas Vacation after dinner and all the visiting. Its so fun. I love near perfect holidays.

  2. November 28, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Oh…and I would love to know how to brine a turkey or anything.

  3. November 29, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Sounds lovely!!
    I’d love your turkey tips as well.

    Oh, and I love that Claire is sitting by Dave in the White Christmas picture.

  4. 4 Running Peanut
    November 30, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Jennie, that’s because she’s my girl. Also, because “cheeta tweeta dirl”. Ask Troy what that means. And Troy, in the group photo around the TV, your eyes? What’s goin’ on there?

  5. November 30, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    What do you mean Dave?

  6. December 1, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Okay, I wasn’t going to say this in public, but since you asked.
    You have a “come hither” look.

  7. 7 Kate
    December 1, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Seriously, Dave, you beat me to it EVERY TIME! Very Christmas-Sex-Kitten, Troy.

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