Autumn is definitely over for us and it's about time!
Looking at my poor garden all brown and dead was starting to get me down.
Now that Mother Nature has tidied things up, it's time to party.
In anticipation of the upcoming holidays Burt has been cooking up a storm.
Yes, even fruitcake. He doesn't add any of those weird, hard rubber-like squares of citron or plasticized cherries. It's all dried fruits and nuts, kind of an appropriate recipe for him.
Of course his favorite part comes at the end, dousing it in cognac. He's a little behind this year, it needs to sit in the fridge for a least a month for all the alcohol to evaporate. Guess it will just have to wait until Christmas. It's a cake Nick looks forward to enjoying during the holiday season and luckily for him it lasts a long, long, long time. It's really not too bad after a couple glasses of port though.
Hmmm, which does weigh more? The bowling ball seems surprised.
Meanwhile, onto the cranberry sauce, another one of those questionable holiday dishes. At least it looks pretty and I have to admit that it wouldn't seem like Thanksgiving without the aroma of it cooking in the kitchen and seeing that ruby glow. If it's not on the table at dinner everyone asks where it is but considering how much is always left over, I'm not sure if anyone actually eats it!
Can you guess the special ingredient?
Finally, something almost everyone will eat. Nick made the pumpkin pie while Burt supervised.
Mad Hatter to Mad Scientist? Subtle difference.
The next challenge, adding a leaf the dining room table and rounding up enough chairs.
There's always something that turns up unexpectedly, thankfully this time it was only a catnip mouse.
Catnip always gets the attention of the resident bad kitty.
Come on Burt, no teasing even if he does deserve it for jumping on the table!
All finished and ready for overindulgence. Good job Burt, Mr. Carson would approve.
Now we just have to keep the kitties off the table.
Of course it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without some football games! The important ones for Burt and friends aren't until this weekend. The rivalry between the Universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota has been going on since 1890. For the first fifty years the trophy was a called "a slab of bacon", now it's an actual axe. Burt got out the music for the fight song and is boning up for the big game.
So what are your favorite holiday indulgences?
Do you have any great vegetarian recipes, seriously I could really use some!
. . . and so it begins!
Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating today from Burt and his crew!
Thanks for visiting.