Tanksgiving 023 Thanksgiving was a lot of fun. There was a lot of feasting and a lot of conversation.

 You can see that there was plenty to feast upon.

I did not bake any cucumbers, even though I was dared to. We found that our folding table was missing, so there was a limit to how many dishes we could put out on the table. We tried to leave mental room for the turkey and ham and dressing that my parents were bringing, but we certainly cut it fine.

My parents brought their very cute little dog with them, so we had Tanksgiving 020lots of dog antics to amuse us.

Dogs are not, for me, the equivalent of children, but they can sort of take that place in the conversation.

#1 daughter told us how they would be rebuking their clients at the weight loss clinic where she works.

I think that a single feast day is okay, from the point of view of healthy eating. The problem is when we begin feasting on Thanksgiving day and keep it up till Mardi Gras.

Many of us in Hamburger-a-go-go-land treat every day as a feast day anyway, but that’s another topic altogether.

The holidays can be a serious obstacle to healthy eating, but I feel okay about having one feast day for Thanksgiving, as long as it stops there.

This picture includes the detritus from unpacking the delicious things my parents brought with them

Tanksgiving 015It also shows the French apple pie and the Chocolate Mint Silk Torte and the pecan pie (my glamorous aunt assured us that pecan pie contains more calories than any other holiday treat) and the Jell-O (which Sighkey calls “Spanish Cream,” again demonstrating that they have cooler food names in Kiwi-a-go-go-land).

The key to keeping your lipids profile as you like it is to eat these things on the feast day, but not to get up the next day and have some more.

Leave that for people who don’t yet have lipids profiles. Feed the leftover pie to the children.Tanksgiving 005

Or you can eat these utterly wholesome appetizers. Brush wonton skins with a little oil, push them into the cups of a mini muffin tin, and bake them till they’re crisp.

Then combine chicken, lime, vegetables, spices, herbs, and a bit of poppy seed dressing to make a salad. Chop it all up very finely with your food chopper so that you can scoop tablespoonsful into the little wonton cups.

I did some with a combination of feta cheese, cream cheese, garlic, and spices, too.

You can even fill them with fruit and yogurt for a very benign dessert.image

Speaking of dessert, as we were, our glamorous aunt also brought us truffles from Andre’s, an addition to the feast which made our supper of leftovers very lavish indeed.

Son-in-law came by in the evening to take #1 daughter to the movies, but otherwise we were couch potatoes.  We watched Arrested Development and I got some of the lace for Ivy done.

I don’t know whether this is the right or the wrong side of the lace. Maybe after it’s blocked I’ll be able to tell.

Today I will be at the store, after I do the essential computer work, and then the female half of the family is heading up to #2 daughter’s place. We will help her move, hold a Pampered Chef party, visit the Franklin Covey store and whatever other places #2 daughter has in mind for us to see, and then come back on Sunday night so that #1 daughter can be at work at 8:00 a.m. on Monday.

BNDRed_23rd It is Buy Nothing Day today, but I hope that we have shoppers at the store, if only so that The Princess and I can maintain a festive holiday feeling.

We don’t have Black Friday sales at our store, so we usually have a very light shopping day on the day after Thanksgiving. When the rest of our families have the day off, it is easy for us to feel disgruntled about being at the store, if we spend most of the day dusting shelves and doing computer work.

Whether you celebrate Buy Nothing Day or go out in the madding crowds to wrestle other shoppers for the latest must-have electronic item, I hope that you enjoy it. I may not have computer access for the next few days, so don’t worry if you don’t see me here tomorrow.