Bitchin' Vista has been having some tough times the last week. We got hit with one heck of a snow storm, as mentioned in a previous blog. The snow was of the stereotypical Sierra cement variety and broke many tree limbs and downed many power lines. We were actually without power for almost five days. Because of the outage, we lost all of the CSA produce that I had put back in the freezer, including casseroles and pasta sauces that I had cooked up in preparation for a long, cold winter. We saved our turkey by putting it in a cooler and packing snow around the bird, but everything else was a complete loss. The power didn't come back on until Wednesday, so there wasn't enough time to make an entire meal, pack it up, and bring it down to my Charles' dad. Instead, we ordered a Marie Callender's feast. I don't know how it was because we never got a chance to eat it, but that's too sad a tale for this little ol' blog.
There were many happy things about getting back to basics, getting a terrific core workout from shoveling high drifts of powder, and living in candlelight. I got to read since regular chores were out of the question. I read three books last week -- awesome!. Also, our little Bodie dog is quite the snow puppy, so he was stoked with Mother Nature. It made us slow down, which was a blessing.
Since we still had a turkey, my Charles and I decided to do Thanksgiving dinner last night. I brined it as planned, though if I had to do it over again, I would have brined the turkey in two bottles of wine instead of one and cooked it a bit less. I always forget that free range turkeys cook more quickly. I made our favorite green beans, sans uber expensive pine nuts. I made some amazing mashed potatoes from the last surviving bit of our CSA, and I threw together a quick pumpkin pie. It may have been a bit late, but my Charles and I enjoyed the meal. We paired it with a Navarro Gewurztraminer (one of our favorite wines from our absolute favorite winery). It was a lovely meal, and I got to share it with my favorite person in the world.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and even if it ended up being a little late or had some pitfalls along the way, I hope it was satisfying in the end.
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