Happy Thanksgiving!

Last night was the first of 2 Thanksgiving dinners I’m attending this year.  Confession. I’ve never cooked a turkey.

I’ve made some side dishes here and there, and definitely a great pumpkin pie but never attempted to mess with the bird.  But, why bother when my mom’s more than happy to take on that job.  Check out what a Cuban thanksgiving dinner looks like.  It’s a mesh of Cuban/American spanglish cuisine.

Turkey, Pork and baked chicharones











Moros (black beans n rice)









Green bean casserole with pecans









Yuca with garlic and onion mojito


















It was a lovely evening with family and friends.  There was also some mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows and mashed potatoes with gravy.  I can’t believe I don’t have pics of the dessert table!  There was sooo much sweetness there.  My two pumpkin pies, cheesecake tray, carrot cake, chocolate to die for cake, and quite a few others. 

Today was spent at home with my son decorating the Christmas tree.  Yay it’s up!  Not only did Hunter help me bring all the crates in from the garage and he actually put up the tree, put on the lights and decorated much of the tree.  I still have and use many of the cute things that he made as far back as pre-k.   I pulled out some of his letters to Santa and we were cracking up reading them.  One year he asked for a techno parrot??  Great memories shared, I love it.  He’s 17 now so I cherish these kind of days that I can have him all to myself.  I used to decorate 2 trees.  One, with his toys and cute stuff and then a big ‘grown up’ tree in the living room for me.  These days, one is good enough.

These are some of my favorites for the tree:

Hunt's 1st Xmas - carousel horsie with his name engraved









His fave from his Looney Toon phase











Aahhh the gingerbread man he made in Pre-k












And my all time absolute favorite…………….

The snowman......READ THE POEM! LOL











“I built a snowman it had a big head, I didn’t know what to do with it so I went to bed”

Give me this stuff over diamonds any day!

Today marks the official beginning of the Holidays and it was an absolutely perfect day…..now on my way to our 2nd Thanksgiving dinner with more friends and family.  We are so blessed.

Eat well, live long and give your thanks!