Happy Thanksgiving!

Sure, it was yesterday, but I hope you had a nice one, hopefully spending a relaxed day with friends and/or family. We went to a vegan feast last night. It was surprisingly normal. Other than the turkey, all the traditional Thanksgiving meal foods are very vegan friendly. Our menu had "creamy" pumpkin soup with curried pecans, roasted sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry relish and this awesome stuffing roll with gravy that sort of replaced the center stage spot that the turkey always has.

I made salad with roasted butternut squash and beets, inspired by this book.

(Totally awesome read, all about economy and grace in the kitchen, loved it! Plus, the author has a great name, right?)

Now it's Friday and the paper is full of photos of shoppers who camped out all day yesterday to snag good deals. I can't help feeling like that's kind of a hollow way to "celebrate" Thanksgiving. Most of them are doing it to save money on gifts, and spending money on others is a great way to happiness, but still, something about the getting of "stuff" superseding the spending of time together weirds me out. But people tell me I'm wrong. They say it's a bonding experience with a great vibe. You don't have to be sitting around the table to enjoy the people you're with.

So what do you think? Did you go shopping last night/this morning? Was it fun? Would you do it again? 

More later,