Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Thankful for Family, Local Theatre, Sweet Dogs, and Homemade Vegan Ethiopian Food

We had a low stress more "traditional" vegan Thanksgiving this year. We started a tradition years ago of making an Indian food feast for Thanksgiving with our neighbor friends, Gita and Seth and their girls. They moved a few years ago and since then Thanksgiving has not been the same. Some years Rob has taken Dema and Josie to NC for Thanksgiving while Parker and I stayed home. With the dogs I care for and the theatre Parker was always involved in, getting away around holidays is always tough. This year was no exception with Parker finishing up his run in The  Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 at his college. He got to play a cross dressing homicidal German maid, Dieter Wenzel. It was quite fun!
Parker with a meat clever on the set of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. Kind of ironic for a vegan actor. 
Parker is working in the scene shop now at his college so not only did he get to act, he got to help create this wonderful set with secret passages and fun effects!
We had some of the sweetest of our canine friends as guest over the holiday.
Ruth Bader Greyhound in her new pajamas and our dog, Gracie. They love to snuggle on the slumberball.
Romeo spends a lot of holidays with us and makes us so happy!
Rob decided to stay home since he's been to Germany twice in the last several weeks for work and could use some time at home. It was so nice to have the entire family home and relaxing.
This year Dema asked for things like mashed potatoes and gravy so we made country fried tofu and garlicky kale to go with. My sister, Karen, and her husband, Stuart, brought the best dressing I've ever tasted (I'm not usually a dressing fan) so I will try to get the recipe. My sister also made a seitan roast and I talked her into bringing the dessert since she is so much better at desserts. I sent her the recipe for Vegan Irish Cream Cheesecake and she had to make her own Irish Creme since we don't seem to have the Bailey's Almonde locally. It turned out beautifully and so delicious! Sadly, I have no pictures since I was living in the moment. But, we were invited over to our neighbor friends', Katie and Wade, house for dinner on Saturday. They are vegetarian and Wade is always cooking up yummy food and inviting us over. This was a special treat since he's been on an Ethiopian food kick lately.
Wade is still trying to get the injera bread down, but it was really great! I hope he keeps working on it so we get more Ethiopian dinners! Our closest Ethiopian restaurant is a couples hours away.

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