I had a fabulous weekend. I didn't get some stuff done that I wanted to, but I spent lots of time with friends and lots of time by the pool! Yea!
I went to Lincoln & Nikki's for the 4th. We didn't do much in way of the traditional patriotic stuff, like I didn't set off any firecrackers or go see any professional ones. In fact, we really didn't do much USA stuff. We watched the first part of Elizabeth (a 4 hour movie on HBO) and then after eating, watched Spirited Away. Good food. BUT there was food. And lots of it.
I have some pictures I will post later today, but first off, the main course was pulled pork made a la Alton Brown. They brined the meat for 8 hours and then cooked it in a large terracotta pot (a homemade oven) for 12 hours. It was delicious!!! We had some other food, but the other awesome dish was berry ice cream made that afternoon by Lincoln's mom!! I've never seen someone make ice cream in person, so it was interesting to see how it's done. Now I want to buy some kind of ice cream maker and make my own too. It looked fairly easy!
Nothing makes a holiday awesome like good food and good friends. I think last Thanksgiving was my best Thanksgiving ever and part of it was every dish was awesome. Nothing was mediocre. Also, everyone at my Thanksgiving Day dinner was someone special to me and there were no obligatory family members present. All family present was happily invited.