Wondering Wanderer

Week Notes Vol 30

November 30, 2019

I did not grow up celebrating Thansgiving. I find the whole notions of Pilgrim’s meal with the Native Americans appalling - most people know of the harvest celebration but not of the colonial wars. I choose to celebrate Thanksgiving as time to spend with important people in my life. Last year I took off for Zion and Bryce National Parks with a good friend of mine and had a blast. This year I got to spend multiple days with people I don’t see often enough, start a few new traditions and eat a lot of pie (I don’t really care for turkey). We started a new tradition of Thanksgiving brunch featuring pumpkin pancakes and multiple pies. I made beetroot pie which in my opinion is much better than a pumkin pie. I made glogg again for Thanksgiving dinner - it’s been a hit and really is super simple to make in a crock pot. All you need is two bottles of red wine, a bottle of port, about a cup of sugar, one whole orange in slices, two cinnamon sticks, whole cloves (about 6), handful of raisins. Put all of this in a crock pot on low for about two hours - taste it after an hour and add more sugar as needed. Strain out the spices and serve warm. You can save some time by putting cinnamon and cloves in a cheesecloth so that you don’t have to do any straining at the end.

On Friday I took my best friend’s kids climbing for the first time - they’d loved bouldering before but climbing up a wall on a rope was something new for them entirely. After a brief break we spent the afternoon decorating gingerbread cookies. I started doing this with the kids in my life a few years ago and it has become something they now look forward to as part of Christmas traditions.

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Katrin Valdre

Written by Katrin Valdre who has a permanent address in Portland, OR but does not believe in one physical location. You should follow her on Twitter