Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving - The Blue Ridge Mountain Edition

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.


June said...

Whenever we are home for the holiday, we brine and smoke our turkey. It is just the best way ever!

Enjoy your naps and your time together...happy, happy Thanksgiving!

Melody said...

Sounds wonderful! Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Tracey said...

Happy Thanksgiving June and Melody!!!

Les said...

Sounds fantastic, when does dinner start?

I am not a big fan of winter, but I love going to the mountains then (any season really). With the leaves gone on the trees, you can really see the tucks and folds of the land.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

lotta said...

Thought of you today as we were hiking the Sugar Hollow trail. My hole family was in awe with the nature up there - and I could tell them I know someone who lives near here for real... We are all city people of sorts. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Picnicking in Dreamland said...

Ah! Those photos make me homesick. Thank you for sharing what sounds like a delightful Thanksgiving.