Sunday, December 08, 2013

Thanksgiving report, a bit late

I deserted the blog over the past few weeks. First, my parents visited for a week during Thanksgiving, and now I'm facing a looming deadline at work. In the meantime, I will use pictures to make up for my lack of posts.

For Thanksgiving, my parents and I celebrated with friend E&K, and their toddler son B. The dinner was great, if I do say so myself. Since I had to work, I planned the menu, but my mother executed most of it. I am not a fan of traditional Thanksgiving food, so when E&K decided they would make lamb, I was happy to provide side dishes that complemented it. Instead of mashed potatoes, we had samosas, and instead of candied sweet potatoes, we had sweet potato gnocchi with brown butter. Add some Brussels sprouts and a fruit salad, and you're done. The division of labor was perfect - my mother and I provided most of the food, and the (busy) parents E&K provided the hosting, lamb, and wine. 

E shows off the crab wine holder, a styling touch to any dinner table.
Before my folks left, we took a trip to Great Falls, which is a small national park where the Potomac River picturesquely cascades over rocks. The white behind my parents is the river - that's all whitewater, not ice. It's know as an extremely challenging (and dangerous) place to kayak.
Ada and I survey the falls.

I shall try to post a bit more, but if you don't hear from me, know that I am busy with excel spreadsheets and powerpoint slides.