Family meal and quality time

The weekend Tyler and I went to Boston to visit his brother and sister-in-law, we decided to dedicate one night to home-cooking. This means, Tyler does all of the cooking. Keith airs out the apartment when it got too smoky. And I sit with Anita with our legs up basking in the apartment’s amenities, covered in plush, warm blankets with a glass of wine, and watching New Girl on Hulu. Isn’t Zoey Deschanel the cutest!? I contributed by cutting the Brussels sprouts in half, helping with the table set up, and pouring the champagne. It takes extra skill to pour the champagne, you know?

Since it’s Thanksgiving week, I figured I’d share pictures of this amazing meal. I guess I was also in the way of the cook photographing the meal, so I wasn’t that idle. I’m just giving myself undeserved credit.

 The menu included a whole roasted chicken, Brussels sprouts and bacon, lettuce salad made with homemade croutons and dressing, and fingerling potatoes. For dessert, we had one fruit tart and one chocolate tart that we most certainly did not bake, but purchased at the local cafe/bakery.

I should also give credit to Anita for creating the rustic and beautiful atmosphere with her choice of plates, serving dishes, and utensils.

I did that all by myself!

The chef at work.

Look! I’m doing something!

Tyler and Anita having a dance off.

Also, because it’s Thanksgiving week, we might as well write about what we’re most grateful for. Everyday, I have a new list, but I’ll just focus on the top 5 for now.

Here’s my list:

  1. My family’s unconditional love.
  2. My boyfriend’s undeniable support in everything I put my time into.
  3. Having great friends in this exciting but crazy city that can be very lonely at times.
  4. My boyfriend’s cooking. I mean, the man can cook. A messy cook, but a great cook nonetheless.
  5. Having you reading this post, being part of my little experience.

I just think with support and love from those who matter the most, and of course good food, anything is possible. You’re just bound to be happy.

Love, food, and harmony.

What are you grateful for? :)

11 Comments on Family meal and quality time

  1. explodyfull
    November 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm (4 years ago)

    That dinner looks amazing!

  2. Gyption
    November 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm (4 years ago)

    Good looking bird there. Made me hungry :)
    You truly do have a lot to be thankful for. Your list is one more precious than any treasure of diamonds or gold. Continue blessed Paola!

    • findingpaola
      November 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm (4 years ago)

      And I’m thankful for your readership and continued support! :)

  3. Laurie Bain Wilson
    November 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm (4 years ago)

    love this

    • findingpaola
      November 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you Laurie. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving!

  4. yourothermotherhere
    November 20, 2012 at 1:53 pm (4 years ago)

    What an uplifting post! Thank you.

    I am grateful that I am alive.
    I am grateful that there are people who love and care about me.
    I am grateful that with all the major hurdles this year has brought, God has been faithful and kind to me.

    • findingpaola
      November 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much for sharing! Hope you, friends, and family have an amazing Thanksgiving.


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