A different sort of Thanksgiving for us, but really, really lovely just the same. Normally I love having people over; it's a big part of the holiday for me. This year, it was just the four of us however, and it ended up being perfect. The main downside: no tourtière, or meat pie. I had decided to just give it up this year….I can't have pork, there's the gluten issue in the crust, and normally we use crushed saltines for the binder. Last year I found gluten free saltines, but eh, oh, and no onion either. All in all I decided to just let it go this year. In the middle of the night before Thanksgiving I was incredibly sad, and I decided that diet or not diet, auto immune or no auto immune, I am having tourtière for Christmas. If it has to be all beef, no onion, weird crust…so be it.
Once I got over that loss though, the day was lovely. If you are wondering, yes, I did cheat, but not hugely. I had some wine, and I used tapioca flour in my gravy. That's it. Oh, and I did take one finger swipe of mashed potato. It didn't make it any harder to go back to no wine and no other cheats the next day so I felt fine with it. We all curled up and watched Planes and Trains and Automobiles early afternoon. They all can practically recite it but still wept with laughter. I had planned dinner for four but the boys insisted we wait until dark. That was fine with me. We had a fire in the fireplace and listened to music. Eventually we ate….and don't worry, I did bring out my mother's (and grandmother's) china and silver. We used a set of beautiful blown and engraved flint goblets too. After dinner we sat in the living room and eventually Leo played all his new records for us. I could not have been more thankful. It's been a difficult year in many ways, but in some ways that just affirms all that I am grateful for.
I'd read it was Jason Ringenberg's birthday and I wanted to send him a family greeting, so I forced the boys to do a family selfie. They actually went along with it although they had their own comment along the way.
Love to all, and many thanks for the kindness and friendship I find here.