Instead of preparing the traditional, southern-style Thanksgiving meal, I asked her to prepare a true Louisiana delicacy: Chicken & Sausage Gumbo.
My brother and SIL alternate the holidays every year between their families and this year they spent Thanksgiving in Oklahoma. Wayne decided to stay at the camp to hunt, so I told my mom that there was no need to "go all out" for just me, Alise, and my dad. Since we love her gumbo, I thought it would make a great change to our family tradition and would leave the "going all out" for Christmas when the whole family could be together.
Mom's gumbo did not disappoint! We had a huge salad and cornbread, too. For dessert, we had sugar free lemon pie and red velvet cake balls.
We've decided - or at least Wayne has decided - not to put the icicle lights on our house this year. Can you say, "Bah-hum-bug!"?? I WILL be putting up my lighted wreath and swag as well as the candles in the windows. I decorated my tree on Friday afternoon. If you want to see pictures, you can go here (scroll down). Not much has changed in a year. Ha! I have yet to put up Alise's tree in her room and let me just say that she has been rather patient about it, too. Surprise, surprise!
I was fortunate enough to have a babysitter for an early Friday morning shopping excursion with my mom. Alise had her first sleepover with her our babysitter and her little sis. I took a pic of them before I went to bed at 8:30. The girls were STILL up at midnight! Mom and I walked out the door at 4 AM so I shopped on about three hours of sleep! That's the earliest we've evah gotten up to go shopping on Black Friday!! No Toys R Us, Best Buy, or Old Navy for us! We mostly just shopped at the mall, however, we heard "horror stories" from other people waiting in lines. Cops apparently had to be called at Toys R Us and a fight broke out in Belk over some boots. Wow! The longest we had to wait in any lines was 15 minutes and that was in Target. Lurve me some Black Friday shopping!!
And all my hard dieting work from the last 335 days went up in flames beginning three days ago. I've made myself SICK of red velvet cake balls. Just sayin'... I text Leigh Friday night, even though I knew she was celebrating Thanksgiving with her family, and told her that she should be thankful that her BFF's butt grew two inches!! Ha! I have SO fallen off the wagon!
Thank you for posting pics of your ball wreaths! They are all gorgeous!! I haven't started mine yet simply because I haven't made it to the Dollar Store to look for balls. I am still hoping to do a pink and green wreath sometime before Christmas is over. You all have inspired me very much!
I hope you had a great and blessed Thanksgiving!