None of our girls was home for Thanksgiving this year--a first for us! So we invited the Hess family over to celebrate with us. We were glad we did, as they brought half the food! The sweet potatoes Micaela made were unusual and delicious, and the pies were decadent. They also brought Travis' brother and roommate with them, who live in Virginia.
I tried to make cute edible place-cards out of ice cream cones in the shape of teepees. They ended up looking like sorry cornucopias with cake batter on the outside. I gave up and used my Sillhouette cutting machine to make paper ones! I'm much more comfortable at the computer than at the stove!
Ed barbecued the turkey and I made a very pretty salad that used sliced brussel sprouts as the base. Without any girls to help me it took all morning just to do the stuffing, potatoes and a relish tray!
It was fun getting to know the Hesses. They have two girls and two little boys, the youngest of which is only a month old. The women and girls had some fun playing bells while the men played pool and watched football after dinner.
In the evening we dressed Coda up and took her over to Lenny's for the Raven's game. Ed and I had tickets through his work. The game didn't start till 8:30 p.m.! It was amazing we were able to stay awake for the entire game.
The tickets included a fancy buffet (with crabcakes and haute cuisineThanksgiving food), and comfortable seats both inside and outside. We bundled up and watched the game outside. It was a crazy game, ending with several calls that were reviewed and reversed. The Ravens emerged victorious with a score of 22-20. We were so happy the Steelers missed their two point conversion in the last minute. That would have put us into overtime, and it was already midnight!
We had a late day, getting in bed about 2 a.m., but it was all worth it, and look at these nice caps they gave us at the game! A nice memory of Thanksgiving 2013!