Photo Friday: Happy Thanksgiving

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For the first time in years, we stayed home this Thanksgiving and celebrated with close friends today. We had an Asian themed thanksgiving with Peking Duck instead of turkey, and homemade duck sauce instead of cranberry sauce. Everything was delicious. I brought desserts, but I couldn't bring myself to forgo pumpkin pie (after-all, pumpkin is a common ingredient in Asian cooking). To go with it I served sesame ice cream (with homemade sesame brittle chunks) and star anise ice cream. E insisted we whip up a batch of chocolate ice cream too... and I think all the kids were thankful for something tried and true

I can't resist posting a picture from last year. In 2007 year we drove up to Bellingham (about two hours north of Seattle) to enjoy the holiday with my parents and long-time family friends. There was snow on the ground, a rarity in Seattle, and the kids played in it in the morning and then tanked up on cranberry sauce and fudge in the afternoon. As always, the kids were much more cuddly with each other in a new environment than they ever are at home.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too.

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  1. globalgal on November 27, 2008 at 11:04 p.m.

    Peking Duck!! Now why didn't I think of that?! I am in China and a group of friends and I were searching for the perfect Thanksgiving dinner in our small Chinese city. We settled for hot pot, which is my favorite dinner option. Still, duck would have been wonderful. Your dinner sounds lovely and the photo is adorable!

  2. Jackie on November 27, 2008 at 11:32 p.m.

    Hugs and a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone too.
    : )

  3. poetloverrebelspy on November 28, 2008 at 12:10 a.m.

    Sounds so delish! Just the description of holiday foods makes me hungry again. . .

  4. Dominique on November 28, 2008 at 5:58 a.m.

    Hope everyone celebrating the day had a great Thanksgiving.
    Your Asian themed feast sounds great. We had Spanish food last night at one of our favorite places to eat in Cleveland, Ohio. Paella and sangria on Thanksgiving :)
    The traditional turkey is nice, but I always like tinkering with tradition, too.

  5. Amie O'Shaughnessy on November 28, 2008 at 11:23 a.m.

    A photo of Devon (age 5) during a recent trip to Italy. In this moment, he decided my picture taking was annoying and he'd had it (5 year olds everywhere can relate) - bad news since it was only day two of the trip. After some gelato bribes picture taking continued.

  6. Jenny on December 1, 2008 at 1:44 p.m.

    Your asian-inspired Thanksgiving desserts were amazing! And of course, I think it was really the hero of the dinner for the kids. Also, you didn't mention the tapioca that you made. It was one of my favorite dishes of the night :)