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The Thanksgiving meal

My dining room table was filled with six students plus me. The menu included turkey, homemade cornbread stuffing, buttered carrots, cheese grits, mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, sesame rolls, cranberry relish (these last two things the only not-from-scratch menu items).  For dessert, pineapple pie and pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream.

Turkey breast before and after:

Stuffing before and after:

The serving trough:

And I must say: I was plum wore out Thursday night.  The children left, and I took a 90-minute nap.  That much cooking and doing was a delightful but tiring chore.

I spent Thanksgiving evening watching the live stream from Hesston College and their annual Thanksgiving concert, this year featuring combined Hesston forces in Haydn’s The Creation.  The stand-out?  Ken Rodgers at the harpsichord, of course!


Wrapping up the day

The lamb chops and asparagus and cheese grits were a hit.  Artichoke dip got rave reviews.  But the tres leches cake?  Divinely ordained, apparently!

I taught a make-up lesson this evening, and caught most of the first act of Into the Woods at the Webster University Conservatory, where the cast and crew were finishing tech weekend with a first full run tonight.

And seeing Jeff A always makes me happy.

Pictures from the rest of the day:

Thanksgiving dinner


Seven of my students answered the summons to Thanksgiving dinner at Chez Samson.

The menu was smoked turkey, corn on the cob, smashed potatoes, cheese grits, green bean casserole with pimentos, apple/sage dressing, cream gravy, sour cream yeast rolls, lime pickles.  Desserts were honey pecan pie, paper sack apple pie, and pumpkin cream pie.

K and I enjoyed being the two old guys with a delightful group of students.  We finished with some funny YouTube, and then a great deal of Christmas song around the piano.

This was a tremendously fulfilling day!


3 lbs of apples.  3 dishwasher loads.  9 kitchen towels.  Multiple lbs of turkey.  1 turkey neck plus onion and celery and bay leaf, all boiled for stock for gravy.  3 lbs of new potatoes.  Loads of green beans.  And of course a batch of cheese grits.

And 7 happy voices around the table.

This was my Thanksgiving, as friends and a couple of students enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast & fellowship.

The End

Another semester is gone.

Saturday morning self-portrait.

With the conclusion of sophomore candidacy meetings yesterday, and after a syllabus-writing workshop with some faculty members, Fall 2011 is history.

I ended the office day with a grumpiness about email issues as my sent mail wasn’t syncing.  The tech and support staff took four hours to fix the issue.

But that was the only blip in a productive final day of the semester.  I still have to assign some grades for applied lessons.  And the pile of projects – ongoing, deferred, looking ahead – awaits next week when I’m in for three days only.

I finished Friday with a home-cooked meal (roast beef, cheese grits, buttered peas, cooked apples – just like Grandma’s kitchen), a decent bottle of red wine, some grappa, and lots of conversation with two dear friends.

Samson the Feist is at Doggy Spa right now.  I’m treating myself to a massage later this morning.  And my friend Todd is in from KCMO, so I’ll see him today and share dinner at a four-top at Lorenzo’s on the Hill this evening.