I wish my sisters and I lived nearer to one another. We had such a wonderful time over Thanksgiving just catching up on sister-news, getting giddy on sister-humor, and sharing sister-time. Did I ever mention that my sisters and I are close? We are. And that's why it's so hard being on opposite coasts.
Almost Dr. Sis arrived on Tuesday with her boyfriend (such a sweet guy!). I picked them up at the airport and got them settled in our newly crown-molded guest room with bonus new light fixture (we replaced the old one right before they arrived as it was missing a cover for the light bulbs -- kind of ugly). Marketing Sis got in the following evening.
We had already done much chatting over e-mail to determine what we wanted on the menu (besides the 20-pound turkey we got from Safeway). In the end, we made farro with goat cheese and butternut squash, roasted herbed potatoes and pearl onions, cranberry sauce spiked with rum, D's great-grandmother's cornbread, and stuffing. It was epic. I am pleased to say the turkey was juicy and flavorful thanks to the amazing broth-and-butter seasoning method Almost Dr. Sis recommended from a cooking demonstration she got to see. We also spatchcocked our bird to shorten the roasting time. Even so, it took three hours to reach the proper temperature since it was so huge, but it was worth the wait. Here's a look at the feast in its final stages from stove to table (thanks to Marketing Sis for the photos):
Now all our visitors are gone, and I'm feeling a little sad about that, but overall, I'm still enjoying the memory of a really lovely gathering. I think Troubadour Dad is hoping we don't turn this into a regular thing (sisters-only for Turkey Day), so it will probably be a whole-family event next year. But we are definitely going to pick a holiday to do on our own at least once yearly. It was too much fun not to make it a tradition.
Work calls -- I've been away from the thesis over the holiday and my advisor wants another installment by the end of the weekend. I'd much rather be doing what Simone seems to love (see below), but that'll have to wait. More news shortly ...
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