On Wednesday evening, after Mikey had finished school, I had rushed out to the store to buy the fresh cranberries I’d forgotten, and after we had eaten our dinner: we bundled up in coats and hats to make our way downtown on the El. We walked across from the El stop to the Metra Station and caught a train South out of the city, to the end of the line.

We arrived at my in-laws late that evening, and went to bed fairly promptly. The early Thanksgiving morning brought a light fog outside with beautiful pale light streaming through the blinds, cups of hot coffee and a traditional family Oatmeal Coffee Cake.

I spent a lot of the morning making cranberry sauce and helping out in the kitchen, while Mikey played with his daddy and uncle as well as snacking on Pão de Queijo at the dining table before the main meal.

The meal was delicious, we had a wonderful time with my husband’s family and managed to Skype with my sister-in-law, her husband and my baby niece in Africa for a while.

We returned home on Friday evening, the following Saturday I threw some vegetable scraps and the leftover chicken bones from Thanksgiving into a pot to bubble on the stove all day for stock. The windows closed to the brisk air outside and the warm smell of chicken stock filling the apartment. I tried my hand at making the Oatmeal Coffee Cake we had eaten on Thursday, but I don’t quite have the knack yet. I’ll get it eventually.

This was the first Thanksgiving that we had been able to spend with family. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

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  1. Raquel

    Lovely post, thanks for for sharing the beautiful pictures and helping me in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day.

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