Friday, December 7, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Yeah I'm a bit late posting our Thanksgiving photos (or lack thereof).  The holiday season means that life is BUSY!  And Thanksgiving weekend was especially busy!  As it is a holiday that revolves around food, all of my photos are food-themed.  Dashiell and I spent a good deal of time baking and assembling desserts this year.  I love having D help me out in the kitchen - it's much more fun to bake with him than just by myself!  Of course it's much more of a mess, too, which is one of the reasons we don't do it more often!  Exhibit A:

This was after making gingersnaps.  Head to toe flour.  I don't know exactly how he did it, but there you have it.

The gingersnaps were used to create "acorns" for our pumpkin pie:

There was a coupon for Hershey's Kisses in the paper one Sunday and they had a picture of these cute little acorns on top of mini pumpkin pies.  Despite the fact that the circular claimed that we could "find these and more recipes online", the mini-pies with the acorns was no where to be found!  So we had to make it up.  Each acorn is one Kiss, a small gingersnap, and a butterscotch chip, all "glued" together with dabs of frosting.  I think they turned out pretty good!  Dashiell did the arrangement on the pie.  Lovely!

The other thing we created were chocolate pilgrim hats!  So fun and pretty easy, too - the bottom part is a Fudge Stripe cookie, face down.  The top is a marshmallow dipped in chocolate (stab the marshmallow with a toothpick, dip, then use another toothpick to place it on the cookie).  Let the chocolate harden, pipe on the frosting squares and voila!  Hats!

(On a side note, I remember Fudge Stripe cookies being much better when I was a kid.  They were my favorite store-bought cookie!  Now they taste like absolutely nothing.  I don't know how something that is supposed to be chocolate could be so devoid of chocolate flavor.  It makes me a little sad.  But at least now I will no longer be tempted to buy them at the grocery store anymore!)

Our Thanksgiving was spent at Rick's aunt and uncle's house.  There were a ton of people there, and it was fun to see everyone!  Dashiell decided the turkey was edible and ate pretty much just that.  Aurelia ate everything but the turkey.  Dashiell needed to make a wish on the wishbone, and wished that this would be the best Thanksgiving ever. He said his wish had come true!  That's my sweet boy.

Later that weekend we started putting up the decorations!  Dashiell was so happy to have his tree back in his room!  He put on all the decorations, making sure to put most of them up high so Aurelia wouldn't try to eat them, then wrapped his blanket (which he usually sleeps with every night) around the base of the tree, stating, "it just needed a little love" (ala Linus of Charlie Brown fame).  It's been there ever since! 

I had to post this next picture of D checking out his tree just for the way he is wearing his hat.  It reminds me so much of the awful Santa's Helper in "A Christmas Story" - "Get moving, kid!"  Cracks me up!

Finally, on Sunday we visited The Enchanted Village in Jordan's Furniture.  Last year we went the weekend before Thanksgiving, got there right when it opened, and had a very short wait to get in.  This year we once again got there right when it opened but the line to get in was ENORMOUS!  It was almost an hour before we got to the display. 

Dashiell's interest in the animatronic figures was nil.  He liked the snow that fell from the ceiling, but really he was interested in the "reindeer games" that were just outside of the exhibit once you reach the end.  It's one of those carnival games where you race a reindeer (or horse or camel, depending on the game) with others by essentially playing skee ball.  Last year we won a prize because the people next to us cheated and we ratted them out (I'm sure they didn't intend to cheat - you are supposed to have two balls to throw and they had three).  We got a little teddy bear to keep us quiet, I think.  This year we won a teddy bear because we WON!!  Granted there were only 3 other people playing but still, we won and it was awesome.  :)  Dashiell has been sleeping with his new teddy bear and the one he won last year ever since. And Hello Kitty.  He's running out of room on his pillow!

So that was Thanksgiving weekend!  A lot of fun, a lot of food, a lot of family, no shopping, and a new teddy bear.  All in all a pretty good weekend!

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