Debbie (debmats) wrote,


Thankfully, Safeway was not crowded, so I was able to pick up yams without stressing out. Got home, cooked yams, put mexican dip together, moved all the food out of the fridge and down to the car, stopped by florist, picked up yellow roses for the obutsudan and a centerpiece of mums & carnations. K stopped by because she was out of flour of all things.

Made it to K's by 11am.

Nishikawas were already there (cousins Ken & Virginia and Art & Louise). Talk about a blast from the past! Uncle Frank & Auntie May were usually my wake up call on Thanksgiving morning. They were often at the house before 10am.

Put out veggies & dip. Virginia & Louise took care of the salami & cheese. I cooked up the spanokopitas mix and G had fun with the phyllo. Plated the finger jello (and got asked all day long by adults - "where's the blue ones?" - next year I'll have to do 5 - green, red, orange, yellow & blue)

Skip stopped by - dropped off some pies and sodas. He went home soon after - just not up to celebrating - Doug was not only his son, but his best buddy. *sigh*

Picked up 7 bags of ice and then picked up Lee.

House was packed. I think there were 44 people here at various times. Considering that there were supposed to be 3 (Aly, Aaron & Aly's mom) + 4 (Dave, Terry, Deanna & Dom) + 1 (Hazel) more people that I know for sure were supposed to be coming plus about 4-5 more of G's friends...

Menu? Eclectic as usual - 2 turkeys, stuffing, rice, mashed potatoes, chili, honey baked ham, teriyaki flank steak, char siu, char siu bow, spinach pie, shirai, futomaki, inari, spam musubi, ocean spray canned cranberry, G's cranberry sauce (cranberries, raspberries, dried apricot & pecans), yams, gai-lon, egg rolls, spring rolls, chow mein, tsukemonos, duck, rolls...

Pumpkin pie with freshly whipped cream, pumpkin cheesecake, gingerbread cake with lemon curd, apple pie, manju, homemade chocolate biscotti, berry pie, ice cream, banana cream pie, caramel silk supreme pie, cookies...

The boys (Kyle (6), cousin Brendan (6), Neil (7) & Rohan (4)) spent the entire day playing Star Wars - light sabers all over the place. Alani was a bit under the weather and feeling a bit left out. Thankfully cousin Gina was there to play with her.

Auntie Nice seemed to be much more alert when she had a task at hand to do - as Mom did not believe in paper plates for Thanksgiving, there were always plates to wash. Much laughter =)

People stayed until 11ish with Alex getting dropped off at BART at midnight.
Tags: family, thanksgiving

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