One Scrabble victory, two pies and countless hours of relaxation later, my Thanksgiving holiday has come to an end. This was the first year I didn’t travel home to spend it with my family. Instead I headed to small-town Wisconsin to celebrate with my boyfriend’s parents and grandparents. The decibel level was considerably lower, and though I missed the usual Turkey Day circus a bit, I really enjoyed getting to know another family’s traditions.
Plus, do you see that pie? I’ll take a slice of bourbon-chocolate pecan pie any Thanksgiving—or day of the week, really. We had pumpkin as well, but I’m thinking this one should join the regular holiday rotation.
Between the stuffing and the second helpings of stuffing, I did motivate myself to go for a run on Friday morning. It was brisk in Fort Atkinson, but I enjoyed the change of scenery as I jogged through its tiny downtown. Even though the cold killed my phone battery on impact, I managed to snap this selfie with a jungle gym caterpillar I found in a park… or its eyes, at least.
A few more highlights from the long weekend…
Saturday we met the grandparents for lunch at the Blue Spoon in Prairie du Sac. The cafe offers a gorgeous view of the Wisconsin River, not to mention a mean reuben—the rye bread to corned beef ratio was on point. In winter you can spot eagles nesting in the treetops around here.
Saturday night we drove home through Madison to see the Fantasy in Lights display in Olin Park. It’s a pretty impressive set-up of Christmas lights, sponsored by area businesses. Even though I’m an Ohio State Buckeye, I was amused by this light-up Bucky Badger (the mascot for University of Wisconsin-Madison, if you’re not a college football fan).
And today, back in home sweet Milwaukee, I went for a short 4-miler. It was a perfect cap to my lazy extended weekend, and it doesn’t get much better than sunny and upper 30s come late November in Wisconsin. The geese in this lagoon looked pretty happy about the weather, too.
YOUR TURN: What was your Thanksgiving like? And more importantly, what kinds of pie did you make or eat?