Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Thankful Birthday

Thanksgiving was exciting as usual.  Since around here Thanksgiving also means a birthday!  Rogue turned 11 the day before Thanksgiving, so we held off and celebrated his big day with Turkey/ 

We started with deviled eggs, made by Rose and stuffed mushrooms. This year I was careful to make them gluten free.

Stuffed Mushrooms

12-15 mushrooms
2 medium carrots
2 stalks of celery
1/2  a small onion
1 Tablespoon parsley
1/4 cup sour cream
salt and pepper to taste
copious amounts of butter

Remove stems from mushrooms and finely chop.  Finely chop up carrots, celery, and onions.  If you have a food processor this would be best, because you want it really fine.  Cook veggies and mushroom stems over medium heat till soft.  It won't take long since the pieces are so small.  While doing this melt about 1/3 cup of butter, or more.  When veggies are cooked through add sour cream and parsley.  Taste and add salt and pepper.  Scoop the stuffing into the mushroom caps and then pour melted butter all over them.

Bake in the over at 375 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.

All my pictures were blurry.  Ugh, it was because I was moving around like a chicken with its head cut off.
For the main course we had a very dry turkey (curses!), Brussels sprouts roasted with balsamic vinegar, red mashed potatoes with cream cheese and sour cream,  bread stuffing (which I did not eat - I am very proud of this fact, btw), Paleo OMG's stuffing (which is a holiday must have around here), and homemade cranberry sauce.

For the cranberry sauce I cook it in orange juice with lots of spices and sugar to taste (i.e. A LOT of sugar).  It is so easy and so tasty!  But NOT sugar free.

I have to admit that this year always reminds me how far away our family is.  Some in Nebraska and some in heaven.  This year we were lucky to host Tony's mother and his Uncle David.  And of course, we had a new addition to the children's table!

for dessert we had my grandmothers pumpkin custard pies topped with whip cream.  We sweetened them with maple syrup instead of sugar and baked them in Zak's gluten free crusts.  Vava made a sugar free apple pie for Uncle David, since he is diabetic, and of course, birthday cake!

 Ok, actually, not of course.  Rogue usually gets birthday pie.  It is usually the day before, after, or of Thanksgiving.  To him birthday pis is as normal as presents.  This year, however, we made him a gluten free chocolate peanut butter cake.

And all the people said AMEN.

For his cake topper I made Rogue into a boy scout!

This is a big year for him, as of next month, he will be transitioning into the boy scouts!   He is very excited and I thought the perfect cake topper for him was a boy scout!

There were presents which Tiger admired lovingly.  I, being always prepared, thought we had more wrapping paper then we did.  And some of his presents were wrapped in aluminum foil.  That was his father's idea.

He got a cool LEGO Technic 42026 Black Champion Racer Model Kit and some science kits.  Rose has been working on slowly getting him his very own Harry Potter books set on book at a time.  And Vava and Uncle Dave gave him his favorite gift - cold hard CASH.

Shortly after all the guests left Daisy (bless her soul) started in on the dishes.  The dishwasher was loaded and we finally say down to relax.  That was when I heard popping in the kitchen.

What the???

Rose went in took look and realized it was coming from the dishwasher.  It popped again and the lights flickered.  That was when sparks flew out of the dishwasher and all the ladies began to scream for Tony who was not in the room.

He ran in and began to take it apart.  We knew it was on fire but couldn't get to thew fire.  Rose and Lily had to work on Thanksgiving evening, so while I took them to work, Tony tore the thing apart and put out the fire.

Apparently this happens with dishwashers more often than anyone should be comfortable with.  We were just glad we were home and not all in bed when it happened.  Also, very grateful, that Tony knew exactly what to do.  I would have just run around screaming. 

Oh wait... that is what I did.

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