Thanksgiving Day 2016

Bienvenido, loyal follower. Please come along as Bruce and Mary celebrate Thanksgiving 2016, provecho!

nasa-012Things have changed prompting our first real Thanksgiving Day celebration in many years. For one thing, we are recently retired and not working Thanksgiving Day for the first time since 2008. And, son Joe and wife Meryah have been transferred to the Houston area and with Southwest Airlines recently opening flights to Puerto Vallarta it is now super cheap to fly into Houston. So, armed with an invite, we did so. It is Thanksgiving day, this day, and preparations have begun.

nasa-009But of course, being native Minnesotans, we take a break for the Vikings/Detroit game. Not a happy ending, at least for a Vikings fan, so…

Food prep continues. Among other things, Joe is in charge of the dressing and…

Whipping potatoes. Because working food shows has been part of his job, the General (General Mills) supplied him with a commercial blender that makes short work of these spuds.

Mary and Meryah are teaming up on the turkey. It’s time for a little more basting.

Mary is in charge of the rolls.

Mary is really enjoying the food prep for our first Thanksgiving feast in years.

We’re getting close, it’s oven time for the beans and stuffing.

Time for me to the do the only job I got, carving the turkey which is super easy as it is so moist and tender the meat just falls away.

A belated happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours, Cheers!

Next stop, the stars, as Joe, mom and dad do NASA.

Thanks for visiting gentle reader. Hasta proximo Domingo!

December 11, 2016 · Bruce · 19 Comments
Posted in: Life in Puerto Vallarta

19 Responses

  1. Mary Mendez - December 11, 2016

    Happy belated Thanksgiving to you. I’m interested in the stuffing. I’ve never seen it cooked in muffin tins. Looks interesting, I’ll have to give it a try sometime.

  2. Bruce - December 11, 2016

    Gracias, Mary!

    I know nothing of cooking but I can tell you the dressing was tasty.

    Thanks for reading, Cheers!

  3. Phil - December 11, 2016

    So glad you got to spend Thanksgiving with Joe and Meryah….awesome! its great that they are in Houston and available via SW air. Happy for you both!

  4. Bruce - December 11, 2016

    Hola Phil,

    Yes, things have improved dramatically for us: We’ve retired and can take off on a whim (although this trip was planned for a while), one of our three has moved fairly close to us and now SW is offering direct flights there and cheap. It’s a win/win all the way around for us.

    Hasta pronto, Cheers!

  5. Dave and Bev - December 11, 2016

    Happy belated Thanksgiving Mary and Bruce!
    So wonderful you get to spent it with Joe and Meryah!

  6. Bruce - December 11, 2016

    And a belated happy Thanksgiving to you, Dave and Bev!

    It was truly a treat for us to share Thanksgiving with family for the first time since Helen came to visit us back in Merida.


  7. Peter and Shelagh - December 11, 2016

    A great looking gang and dinner is awesome too!

  8. Bruce - December 11, 2016

    Thanks so much, Peter and Shelagh!

    And thanks for reading, Cheers!!

  9. Sue & Scott Palmquist - December 11, 2016

    Happy belated Thanksgiving to you & your family!

  10. Bruce - December 11, 2016

    Hey Sue and Scott, good to hear from you two!

    A belated Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, as well, Cheers!

  11. CLou - December 11, 2016

    So glad for the deals on Southwest. Bruce, dude, even in Houston in November you’re wearing a tank top. I love it!

  12. Bruce - December 11, 2016

    Hola Clou,

    Yeah, who doesn’t love Southwest?!

    I must admit I got a little chilled, the evenings on the deck. 🙂

    Thanks for reading, Cheers!

  13. Connie Anderson - December 11, 2016

    I want to tell Mary how beautiful her longer hair is! Looks great on you. The turkey dinner looked good too.

  14. Bruce - December 11, 2016

    Hola Connie,

    Mary says thanks! The turkey was outstanding.

    Thanks for reading, Cheers!

  15. Terry - December 11, 2016

    That Turkey looks amazing! Can you get the details on how they cooked that browned beauty? Big debate for me to cover or not??

  16. Mary - December 12, 2016

    Hola Terry and Paula, thank you for commenting. The turkey was not covered, it was roasted at 340 and basted frequently. The bird was prepped with a ton of butter on the skin and underneath the skin, which turned out to be just the right amount! I have roasted many turkeys, but none of mine have turned out this well. Meryah did a great job with the butter and judicious basting.

  17. Mary - December 13, 2016

    Hola again, Terry and Paula, I forgot to say that we did tent the turkey in tin foil, for the first hour, then went all out on basting every 30 minutes. That was the juiciest, tastiest turkey ever!

  18. Terry - December 17, 2016

    Did it take quite a while to roast at 340 with basting every 1/2 HR.?

  19. Mary - December 17, 2016

    Hola Terry,

    I believe it took about 5 hours. The turkey was fully thawed and not stuffed with typical bread stuffing, rather with onions, celery, carrots and potatoes plus tons of garlic, butter and rosemary.


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