Thanksgiving: Just in time for New Year’s!

Dear kids and rest of family,
Since we could not be with you this holiday season, I am bringing part of our holidays to you. This year we were blessed enough to see The Macy’s Day Parade live AND from above! We also had not one but two amazing dinners AND a bagels and lox breakfast. (For more info on the glory that is bagels and lox, click this sentence.) I won’t bore you with a bunch of words and sentencey things, so without further ado I present, pictures:
The starting lineup

The starting lineup

Snooooooopy, Snooooooopy, Snoooooooopy come home

Snooooooopy, Snooooooopy, Snoooooooopy come home

I just love that kid

I just love that kid

THIS guy

THIS guy

Helloooooo!

Helloooooo!

his big blue butt was even more conspicuous

his big blue butt was even more conspicuous

reminiscent of Ghostbusters? Why, yes it was. #terrifying

reminiscent of Ghostbusters? Why, yes it was. #terrifying

because you can't have Snoopy without pumpkins?

because you can’t have Snoopy without pumpkins?

much like Spiderman, the Red Power Ranger wants you to get out the way and has no qualms expressing this

much like Spiderman, the Red Power Ranger wants you to get out the way and has no qualms expressing this

my favorite (aside from Snoopy)

my favorite (aside from Snoopy)

my two favs :-)

my two favs 🙂

ta ta, Papa Smurf!

ta ta, Papa Smurf!

can you imagine a Spongebob voice as big as this Spongebob? A thought perhaps more terrifying than the giant Pillsbury Doughboy.

can you imagine a Spongebob voice as big as this Spongebob? A thought perhaps more terrifying than the giant Pillsbury Doughboy.

weird white character

weird white character

Pikachu!

Cheeeeezzzze!

front of fireman

For Uncle Joey!

Adventure Time(??)

Adventure Time(??)

Elf on a Shelf

Elf on a Shelf

Santa doesn't roll without the elves

Santa doesn’t roll without the elves

The big man

The big man

Of course you are probably more interested in the parade pictures than dinner pictures, but no family Thanksgiving is complete without dinner. Now I will share our meals with you. On Thursday night we enjoyed the cuisine of one of NYC’s hottest chefs (*that last part said in the voice of SNL’s Stefon*), Marcus Samuelsson, at one of his two restaurants, Ginny’s Supper Club. Ginny’s is the jazzy nightclub located in the downstairs of his other restaurant, Red Rooster Harlem. Here we partook in a phenomenal Thanksgiving buffet. To start we had cornbread with tomato jam (which is quite delicious and not as weird as it sounds) and a butternut squash soup. Neither of us had consumed butternut squash soup prior to this and we were a little skeptical, but it was really good! Following we enjoyed unlimited turkey, ribs, potatoes (with the best gravy I’ve ever had), brussel sprouts, and other stuff. Marcus and the folks at Ginny’s are genius and they realized that people would still want dessert even after stuffing themselves into a sweat. So, for dessert there were mini tarts and cakes (also unlimited) and coffee. I didn’t get pics of this, but believe me they rocked my socks. I’ve never liked pumpkin pie, but the pumpkin tarts were so bangin’ that I still haven’t kicked the cravings.

otw to dinner (and super stoked about it)

otw to dinner (and super stoked about it)

FOOD! (we were so hungry it's amazing that I even got this picture)

FOOD! (we were so hungry it’s amazing that I even got this picture)

The day after Thanksgiving we somehow found a way to rise from our buffet food comas and get our tree. It was glorious and done via Subway, as are all of our endeavors.
Christmas tree creeper

Christmas tree creeper

On Saturday we made dinner together and it was the BEST. We had cornish hens (with bacon, of course), scratch rolls (Brenden’s first baking endeavor and they were DELICIOUS), roasted brussel sprouts (with more bacon), rosemary beets, dressing, and mashed potatoes (duh). Oh, and I made pecan pie tarts for the first time. It was so fun and novel going out to dinner on Thanksgiving night, but our team-cooked at-home Thanksgiving dinner was, in my eyes, perfect. We had a blast cooking and decorating together throughout the day, and this translated into a divine! dinner.
rockin the Arab-style seating

rockin the Arab-style seating – note the tree in the background!

cornish hens

cornish hens

potatoes

getting closer to mom’s potatoes…

pecan pie tarts

pecan pie tarts

 

FEAST!

FEAST!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM BRENDEN, CODY & ME!!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM BRENDEN, CODY & ME!

As usual this blog is over a month late now, haha, but as we approach a new year know that you are in our hearts and thoughts and we love you very much. Very, very much.
Always,
(Aunt) Cat[ie]