Posted on November 28th, 2008 by mountain girl  |  2 Comments »

A woodland princess for Cindy. We found the burr acorns when we were walking in the park, and I thought they would make a perfect hat and face for a little person. So here is that little person, complete with a pine cone body, hemp braids, satiny cape, medallion necklace, leafy crown, and shell feet. She’s made to look like Cindy, who is a princess in her own right.

It was a perfectly lovely Thanksgiving day. Bright, crisp, mild, full of gently wafting smells, and my first vegetarian Thanksgiving in about 4 years. We spent the day with friends at Cindy’s….so much food! Everyone brought something: turkey (for the turketarians) mashed potatoes, potatoes au gratin, sweet potatoes, green beans, homemade hummus, spinach salad, broccoli cashew raisin salad, fruit salad, pickles, olives, rolls, bread, red chile with tortillas (for the carnivorous), green chile cheesy grits, apple torte, berry pie, pumpkin pies, raspberry cheesecake, chocolate something, etc, etc.

Our contribution was New Mexican red chile with beef….

…..and a crispy crunchy chewy nutty salad

….made with spinach, tomatoes, avocados, granny smith apples, celery, walnuts, and cranberries. The dressing was olive oil with apple cider vinegar, honey, tons of garlic cloves, and lots of fresh herbs from my still-thriving herb garden.

Zia had a simply grand thanksgiving. Cindy presented her with a little shopping cart filled with pretend food. The girl who has stubbornly refused to even try to walk, at the sight of that tiny cart, leapt up, snatched it by the handle, and practically ran around the living room with it for the next 5 hours. She drove full speed into, over and through anything that stood in her way, lifting the cart and swinging it around to maneuver it. I guess she just needed a good reason to start walking- and what better reason than shopping?

She also got a new set of shiny miniature tin pans, which she immediately set to stirring and banging on. Finally, someone turned on some music and she finished out the evening by entertaining everyone with her little bobbing dance….a bit of a slow-motion bob toward the end as she got so tired she could hardly keep her eyes open.

For her Thanksgiving dinner, Zia had green beans, tomatoes, olives, pickles, avocados, and raisins. Of course, the real meal was a good session of nur-nur that finally closed those sleepy eyes.

Goodnight, my baby. Happy Thanksgiving, and may you always have much to be thankful for….as your mamma does.

2 Responses to “thanksgiving”

  1. Mimi says on :

    You make delightful looking meals! My Thanksgiving meal was nowhere near as colorful as yours, Little Mia……..I bet it was delish! Do you think Zia will go to the Moon someday? Mama Mimi ps The boys want to know if she had turkey,,,,,Papa liked the looks of those two dishes. Can’t wait to see the Mustang all copperized!

  2. mia says on :

    Hi Mimi!
    Your Thanksgiving pics were great…the spread looked awesome!! I’m sure Zia WILL go to the moon someday…hopefully she won’t need to take the shopping cart by then!
    Noooooooooooo turkey for that girl! We’ll keep her pure as long as we can. Someone tried to give her a lollipop today…..the battle is just beginning!