Thursday, November 26, 2015

Love and Turkey: Round One...

Thanks to Brett Farve, our Thanksgiving holiday is a little askew.  My parents and brother are in Green Bay tonight to watch the game and honor the retirement of Farve's #4.  We decided to postpone our family Thanksgiving until Saturday and that left us totally freed up for Thanksgiving proper.  We are ever so grateful Team Tillotson invited us to be a part of their grand celebration.
"Boys in the Kitchen"
"Wine Sippin' and Tater Peelin'"
"Friends Reunited"
"Graham's Beauty of a Bird"
"Amy's Perfect Stuffing in Progress"
"Mel's Roasted Beet, Fingerling and Brussels Sprout Salad with Dill and Horseradish Cream"
"A Carving Character"
"Whisking Away"
"On a Roll in the Kitchen"
"A Gaggle of Girls"
"Perfect Poultry Presentation"
"Photo Worthy Bounty"
It was such a treat to dig into this beautiful meal and a joy to spend the evening among friends who feel like family.  We are ever so grateful to have you all in our lives.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Practice Makes Perfect...

Preparing for an early morning with a Thanksgiving liturgy dress code requirement.  
He sure is growing into a handsome young man.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

If you make a lovely beef stew...

 ...the person who loves it the most is sure to come home to eat it!
Welcome home Emma!  We are all thankful you are here with us for the holiday.
 Especially Fitz!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Washington Square Walk...

After resting up for the night we headed down to historic Philly to sneak a quick glimpse of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Washington Square.

After a lovely walk on a brisk morning we all needed our final Philadelphia fix. A cheesesteak fit the bill and filled our bellies before we parted ways with Emma and headed for the airport!
Having all four of us together for a week-end was just the infusion our family needed to propel us to Thanksgiving when Emma will be home for a whole week! We cannot wait to get our gobble on!

Fierce and Nerdy...

Emma and I were oh so happy to hang out in the hotel together.  This picture just seems to capture who we are in the best possible way...a little bit nerdy and a whole lot of fierce.  

A College Girl Needs Steak...

Emma loves beef stew, ribs and roast chicken as a special treat every so often, but  never really clamors for meat the way a true Midwestern girl should.  For the most part she subsists happily on things like Greek yogurt, chickpeas, avocados and pesto pasta.  College life, however, had her fantasizing about meat...particularly a big old steak dinner.  Well, who are we to deny such a specific and uncharacteristic craving?  We made a reservation at Butcher and Singer for an old Hollywood inspired meat heavy meal.  Emma got her steak and devoured almost all of the 18-ounce beast!  Don't worry, Finn wasn't left behind on this outing...he muddled through the meal with a duo of lobster-tails!  The Elsmo Four know how to go big, that's for sure!

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens...

 Emma wanted to take us on a tour of Philadelphia's Magic Gardens during our visit.  The non-profit organization seeks to celebrate the visionary mosaic art created by  Isaiah Zagar. His work is influenced by his extensive world travels and his connections to international folk artists.  Zagar is responsible for creating hundreds of mosaics around Philadelphia and his largest installation, referred to as an "art environment" is housed in Magic Gardens. His jagged tile and found object display covers more than half a block!  Believe me, I have never seen anything like this before.

 We even managed to find an owl to bring our Temple themed trip full circle!  After spending a good amount of time immersed in Zagar's art we headed over to Big Gay Ice Cream for a sweet treat before heading back to the hotel. I just love an ice cream parlor peddling Golden Girls themed cones; my Bea Arthur was beyond yummy! It was a such a lovely afternoon!

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