1. My turkey was the bomb diggity this year. I don't know if it was the extra butter that I massaged underneath the skin on the breast or the frequent basting that I gave it, but, seriously, it was one delicious bird. It looked really pretty, too.
Best part though? I didn't have to carve it; that chores always goes to Hugh and he does a really good job of (thank you, Martha Stewart Magazine, for that step-by-step tutorial that you published all those years ago!).
2. Getting to see Mikey and the Man-Cub reconnect was a huge favorite. They love each other like brothers and it's so much fun to listen to them reminisce about their shared childhood.
Reminiscing with Miss Shelley is equally awesome. I was so blessed when she and I met at the pre-school when the boys were toddlers.
3. I served dinner this year on my favorite china. It's vintage Noritake from the early 30's and I love it. I got really lucky when I found the set on eBay, because, in addition to a service for twelve, it also came with an almost complete set of serving pieces. I know I should use it more, but, the fact that it is such a complete set (and in such good condition) makes me super cautious.
4. Having the Cub home for the holiday was such an awesome surprise, and, one that I took full advantage of for my own nefarious purposes: busting the Christmas props out of the attic for our annual Christmas card photo!
The kids were really good sports about it, although, I'm sure neither of them were really hoping that they would get to spend the best food holiday of the year posing for a photo shoot; one of the things I continue to be most thankful for in my life is the ongoing patience that my offspring have with my hare-brained schemes (photos to follow at some point!). Even when it clearly exhausts them.
And, that wraps up today's Favorites. I could probably come up with quite a few more, but, it's the day after Thanksgiving, which, means that I have Christmas decorations to bust out. Black Friday may mean shopping til you drop for some people, but, here at Casa del Chelle, it means decking the halls until you faint from hunger or exhaustion.
Thank goodness for Thanksgiving leftovers!