What a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend! I hope yours was as well. We had a great time with family, ate lots of great food, enjoyed some tasty beverages and just had fun. We have gone to my aunt and uncles's house for Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember, and this year was no different.
We arrived Wednesday afternoon with just enough time to unpack before it was cocktail hour. Our Wednesday night Thanksgiving tradition is as good as our turkey dinner on Thursday. Stone crabs.
If you grew up in Florida (or at least have visited, hopefully) you know what stone crabs are. They are THE BEST. Absolutely delish! My dad has them flown up every year. They are my absolute favorite! For those who enjoy the turf of surf and turf, there is that option. But I'm a purist. Just give me stone crabs. And key lime pie. I make an awesome key lime pie!
Thursday consisted of a lazy morning of PJs and coffee, followed by a big breakfast and an even bigger walk. (We had to make room for the turkey dinner.) And of course, there was some football. Buoy made sure to watch the game veeeery closely.
My aunt always has the house beautifully decorated for Christmas by Thanksgiving. To each his own, but we absolutely love having the decorations up. It makes the weekend feel more cozy and festive. We always set the table with her Spode Christmas china.
And since we are put together and presentable before we sit down to dinner, we usually snap some Christmas card photos. My hubby is still editing the ones from his camera, but these were snapped on my phone. He and I are going to take a few more this weekend.
We started off Thanksgiving dinner with a new wine. Very appropriately named. It is from Spain (Espana!). For those of you who don't know, my nieces call me E. When the oldest was learning to talk, she couldn't say the hard K sound of my name, so she just called me E. And it stuck. So obviously I loved this wine!
By 4pm, we were all starving and went out to grab an early bite at a nearby restaurant. It has a fabulous menu and an even more fabulous beer selection. We got a few tasting to try and share.