Thanksgiving Prep

Each year we take turns going either to my mom's or to the Island King's mom's house for Thanksgiving. We've hosted Thanksgiving for everyone a couple of times but when you combine the 2 families there are a lot of people and my house just isn't big enough to comfortably feed 20 people. So we go to them. And going to them presents one big problem. No leftovers. Sure, we get sent home with a plate, but a plate is not the same thing as having a refrigerator full of Thanksgiving food to snack on all weekend.

So about 5 years ago the Island King and I decided that even though we were eating at my parent's house, we'd cook an entire Thanksgiving meal to have at our house the next day. And we did. We cooked a turkey, dressing, gravy, the works. It worked out so well that it's become part of our Thanksgiving tradition. Every year, on the day before Thanksgiving we spend the day cooking everything except the turkey (which we cook Thanksgiving morning before we leave). It's a fun relaxing day because I don't have to worry about getting the house clean or finding seating for everyone or all of the planning that goes into hosting - we just cook, drink wine, and cook some more.

So that's what we're doing today.

We're going to turn this into a feast.

We're trying something new this year and I'm a little nervous about it. We always buy sweet potatoes and bake them with brown sugar, turning them into candied sweet potatoes. This year the sweet potatoes in the store looked horrible and the Island King insisted we buy these canned candied yams and doctor them up a little instead. I have no idea how they'll turn out but I'm hoping for the best.

We also have a photo shoot this afternoon. The Island King has been hired to shoot a huge piece of property that is being developed and the owner wants "twilight shots"
We do twilight shots a lot in the summer but in the winter twilight only lasts for about 10 minutes, as compared to an hour in the summer, so we'll be hustling.

Several of the shots will have to be taken from the top of a 20 foot ladder and the owner specifically requested that some of the shots be taken from the top of an oak tree out near the water. It should be interesting, trying to get the Island King and his camera safely to the top of the tree LOL

Since we only have a few minutes between twilight and dark I have to go with him and help. Someone needs to hold the ladder and of course be ready to call 911 if the man falls out of the tree. Isn't being the wife of a photographer glamorous? LOL

The shoot is going to be a pain in the rear but the owner is paying top dollar so I'm not complaining LOL

So this afternoon, right before dark, cross your fingers for us and hope the Island King doesn't fall out of the tree and into the Bay!