Our oldest family friends have a place in Malibu right on the beach. You couldn't have made up a more beautiful backdrop for dinner.
The kids loved playing on the beach and the sunset was incredible:
We brought wine and this gluten free, dairy free, no sugar added chocolate pie with coconut cream. Here is the recipe I used, from Oh She Glows, but I added a whole banana. I had never made this before but it turned out really good!!
That's my sister on the left! She and I did some blurry cuddling post dinner.
I could very well get used to being a guest for Thanksgiving!! However, we did manage to cook a Thanksgiving dinner Friday night for a "second Thanksgiving" with my parents and sister.
In addition to our little turkey, we made brussel sprouts and bacon, sweet potato rounds (from Smitten Kitchen), fingerling potatoes, my mom brought a salad with cranberries and I made this roasted carrot dish from Circa Happy. Everyone was very nice and forgave the fact that somehow, the carrots never made it to the oven. They added a nice and surprising crunch, I suppose. I'd like to try this dish again and actually bake them the next time around.