During long holiday weekends, we usually get some time up in the mountains included with our celebrations. Naptime has been in the dead center of our days lately, but I'm hoping we can have some drive time in at some point. Novembers in our mountains are so serene.
These photos are from the Library of Congress Flickr pool - which is fascinating. They are exactly what I see when we take these drives. These are of Skyline Drive. Those valleys and those skies get me every time.
We are also making a shift in our Thanksgiving menu to the more southern dishes. There will be pumpkin soup, buttermilk biscuits with apple butter, a peach cobbler (with peaches canned from the summer's harvest), hot buttered rum, chestnut stuffing and the turkey will be brined and smoked. That's right, smoked. With all the mesquite and hickory goodness we can muster. There will probably be some persimmon hunting this weekend, too, to make some bread.
Oh and there will be naps for the adults. Lots of naps. We'll blame it on the turkey and the warmth of the woodstove.