Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving Recap

We managed to do it again--cram 10 people aboard our boat and consume mass amounts of turkey and pie!

Thanksgiving 2013
This year's preparation was surprisingly easy. In fact, I'm fairly confident that I didn't actually do anything. I remember roasting a head of garlic (which requires almost no effort) and then making the cranberry compote (which also requires almost no effort), but that's about it. The secret to our stress-free Thanksgiving? We outsourced turkey production! This was key, as our galley contains only one microwave-sized oven and a stove with only 3 working burners

A few Hanukkah-inspired dishes made their way onto the menu in honor of the never-to-occur-in-our-lifetime-again phenomenon known as Thanksgivukkah

Main Course

Latkes with Cranberry Apple Sauce
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Baked Sweet Potato Mash with Pecan Crumble
Oil-less Fried Jerk Turkey - Courtesy of JR's Jerk Joint
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Corned Beef 
Celery Root, Potato, and Pear au Gratin
Cranberry Bourbon Compote
Crescent Rolls 
Stuffing 

Dessert

Pumpkin Pie
Blueberry Pie 
Sweet Potato Pie
Old World Apple Cake 

Drinks

Red Wine
White Wine
Apple Cider

Like last year, we spent the Friday following Thanksgiving on the water for--what we can now refer to as--our 2nd annual Black Friday sail. Unlike last year, though, we didn't spend the day basking in the sun. It has been raining for days here in Miami, and although it didn't rain while we were out, the weather wasn't all that great:

Dark Sky, Dark Water
It wasn't just the cool air, lack of sun, and threatening sky that contributed to the less than ideal sailing conditions--it was also extremely windy. Although wind is arguably the most important factor in the sailing equation, it is also the most sensitive component--it can't be too weak or too strong. As such, we were one of only a few sailboats on the water that day...here's why:

Tiiiiimber
(He popped back up--don't worry.)

After it was determined that the wind would not, in fact, roll our boat, everyone enjoyed the sail--especially Helina.

Black Friday Sail 2013
Happy Holidays!!

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