Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sunshine and ravioli

I had a beautiful Thanksgiving. If you live in the states, I hope yours was too ~  full of family, laughter, and plenty of good food. We travel to NJ on Thanksgiving, to the home of my husband’s sister and there are usually anywhere from 15 to 30 people there. This year, it was a small gathering of 15 which was nice and quiet. My husband likes the quiet.

I took a couple of dishes, a pie for dessert, and some homemade cranberry sauce for my offerings. This year, I tried something new: Sweet-roasted acorn squash wedges with rosemary and I baked them in my new stoneware baker.

I loved ‘em. (I hope everybody else did, too).


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Got the recipe here:

Sweet-Roasted Rosemary Acorn Squash Wedges


I didn’t take many pictures, and am now wishing I had gotten everyone together for a group shot. But I did manage to get a photo of my brother-in-law, Bob, smiling.

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It’s not that Bob never smiles. It’s just that over the years, it’s been difficult to get a photo of him. He hates having a camera shoved in his face, so I’ve tried to be very respectful of his wishes.

Lately though, and maybe due to his daughter’s wedding and the subsequent photographers, maybe he’s gotten a little more comfortable in front of the camera. I’m sure he’ll be thrilled to have me going on about him here on this blog, so I’ll quit now while I’m ahead.

Santa Claus showed up for dinner.


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Meredith’s mom with her Uncle Jimmy (Bob’s brother).


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I woke up early on the day after Thanksgiving to bright sunshine. But after awhile, a fog rolled in, creating ghostly scenes around the manor house on the hill. It stayed for a couple of hours and then was burned off by the sun.


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I love fog photos.


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We took a trip to nearby Baltimore to visit Kim & Pete (the newlyweds). I love their street, and it was covered in fallen leaves. So beautiful.


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We took a walk to the park at the top of Federal Hill. Here we are resting half-way up. There’s a lot of steps that lead to the top of this giant hill and I should have gotten a shot from the bottom looking up.

It will be there the next time I go ~


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I’ve never been here before and the views of the Inner Harbor were fantastic.


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Panoramic shot.


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Seamus and El, who are visiting from Spain. They moved there over a year ago after deciding it was where they wanted to retire. Maybe I’ll have to visit some day.


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And after a sweet sunset, we walked a little further and had a meal at a local pub.

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Today, our eldest son returns to NYC and I’ll drive him into Philly to catch his bus. We saw Skyfall this week and I could do with another movie, maybe tonight.

Hope all is well in your world. Thanks so much for coming by today ~

123 Signature[5]

If every time it rains, it rains, pennies from heaven
Don’t you know each cloud contains pennies from heaven
You’ll find your fortune falling all over town
Each red and yella umbrella is up up up up upside down and...
Trade them all for a pack of a gum, sunshine and ravioli
If you want the thing you love, you must have a pizzioli baby
And when you hear thunder don’t run under a tree
It be pennies from heaven, for you and for me

~excerpt, Pennies from Heaven

(Char ~ I am loving the Louis Prima CD)


spindrift,maine said...

Lovely, atmospheric post, Kate. Glad you had a happy Thanksgiving. Lots to be thankful for this year, huh? We, too, had a nice quiet day. Saving up our reserves for Christmas in CO. I am thankful for our e-friendship. xo ;o)

Kerri Farley said...

Your Thanksgiving sounds absolutely delightful!! Always great to spend time with family :)
LOVE LOVE LOVE your foggy frames!

Dar said...

Such a fantastic, relaxed Thanksgiving you all had. I loved the fog and the sunset so much, as well as the street shot where the newlyweds live. They will cherish these memories forever.
Your squash looks wonderful. I will trying that recipe this week and taking some to my Mother. Thanks.
I lived in Jersey once, about 43 yrs., has it been that long?

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

It looks like you had the perfect Thanksgiving celebration!

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos ! I am glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving . It is cold and windy here today with a few flurries winter is on it's way you can feel it i the air ! I am waiting for some snow to get photos of a winter wonderland ! Have a great weekend !

Another Sister said...

It is great, isn't it?
Dave loved your fog photos. Any special plans for tomorrow???

JacksDad said...

I love the fallen leaf pictures too!

Sabrina Steyling said...

I adore your fog photos! They come across as very Edgar Allan Poe-ish to the writer in me. :)

beth said...

ah kate....such great photos and now memories you shared here....and fog, oh you and me both. i love it so very much and sadly we don't get it here very often....xo

Mr. Black said...

Your brother-in-law Bob shouldn't be camera shy. He looks great in that photo.

Love the foggy shots, and the sunset one is fantastic.

christopher said...

Sounds like a nice Thanksgiving.

Very good panoramic shot...and I like the street with fallen leaves too.

Marian said...

Don't you just Thanksgiving. A time for family, food and much laughter. Your photos said it all. Thanks for sharing

Daryl said...

we watched Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter which was so awful it was fun .. and Brave .. which was charming .. the animation is exquisite and you know Toonman and I love animated movies

The JR said...

Thanks for sharing your family with us.

GailO said...

Wonderful to have your family all together, Kate! Looks like a great time was had by all:) We had a smallish dinner here...just nine of us including two children. But there was time for a nice walk before dinner and beautiful weather:) What an amazing view from the park!

We saw Skyfall too...Loved it! Then we saw Life of Pi...odd story but beautifully filmed...and we saw it in 3D:)

Lili said...

Love those fog pics! And dinner at a pub on Thanksgiving sounds fun!! xo