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I spent my first Thanksgiving here in New York, first ever NOT in Pittsburgh, and it was a nice combination of family, work, and autumn. Thanksgiving day saw temperatures in the mid-60’s and my parents actually went to the parade! I had gone up to the parade starting point the night before to get a look at the balloons being blown up. Little did I know that this would be just as crowded as the parade! Here is PART of the long line along Columbus Ave. that you had to wait in to see all of the balloons:

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I had one of those revelatory moments where I asked myself, “Will I regret not standing in this line, so that I can see more than the Energizer Bunny? Nope, I won’t!”

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I cooked alllll day long on Thanksgiving and made the very pie that graced Martha Stewart’s Living last month! It turned out tasty, but not exactly what I expected, and with the 3 hours+ involved, I’m not sure I’d make it again. Also on the menu were: green been crudites with sage dipping sauce, pumpkin pie, cubed spicy sweet potatoes, chive mashed potato casserole, homemade applesauce and popovers with apple butter.

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Jess and Lianna made a goose and cranberry sauerkraut, and homemade egg nog later on in the evening. I also made cranberry, gin, and sodas, my second experience cooking with cranberries, listening to the whistles and pops as their skins break.

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All in all, it was a nice Thanksgiving, albeit a busy one with craft orders and such. I’ll be back soon with regular posting!

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