Our day was a day of eating, sharing, playing games and just being together. Mr Booker (a local caterer) did the cooking for us, Mr. Sam (Club) provided the upgraded plastic plates and silverware and everyone jumped in to helped with the clean up. The girls added deviled eggs and desserts to our meal. We discovered Mark and Val were alone for the day so invited them to join us. After dinner we enjoyed our drinks of choice and played Rummiub and Mexican Train. During the evening Rick, Rumi and Chris stopped in for a visit. Our cups runneth over with blessings
Helen had dropped off the Leavenworth Time newspapers a couple of days ago. I remembered that there was a story about a son being killed in a car accident and how much he loved Halloween. So every year his parents go to the cemetery and decorate his stone for Halloween. I just knew this was the stone mentioned in the newspaper. As soon as we arrived home I went straight to the stack of papers and found the article. It was not the same family. We always thinks of putting flowers on graves for the anniversary of the death, holidays or their birthdays. But I never thought of decorating one for Halloween. After some thought, I came to the conclusion that this is probably not unusual.
Day of the Dead is one of the most iconic Mexican traditions because of the whole ritual around this date. It is a day for remembering and celebrating loved relatives who have passed on. Beautiful altar, decorated with candles, buckets of wild marigolds, mounds of fruits, peanuts, plates of turkey, mole, stacks of tortillas and breads called pan de muerto, are made in each home. The altar needs to have lots of food, bottles of soda, hot cocoa and water for the weary spirits. Toys and candies are left for the angelitos, and on Nov. 2, cigarettes and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits. Little folk art skeletons and sugar skulls, purchased at open-air markets, provide the final touches.  
After lunch and before the fireworks, people took turns playing games in the front yard. Mark, from across the court had some neat yard games he brought over. Addisyn and Samantha waiting their turn to play. Mark and Val Windy and Rob Val and Rob Steve and Mark Rogan and Samantha Wendy and Rob Save
This is Pete, he lives across the court from us. Isn’t he cute with his sunglasses!?!?
Window tourism is, after all, is a time-honored New York holiday tradition. According to NYC & Company, the city’s destination marketing organization, 30 percent of last years total visitation took place in the fourth quarter of the year; more than in any other season; typically five million visitors come to the city between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve alone. After many years of watching morning TV and saying I would love to go to New York to see the store windows at Christmas, we finally made it. And it was all I thought it would be. It would be hard to describe the windows so I have lifted the descriptions from the store’s websites. Macy’s Windows Macy’s holiday windows, celebrate the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in 3D scenes recreating six key moments from Charles Schultz’s indelible cartoon classic. The gang’s all here: angst Charlie Brown, bossy Lucy, …
Our first night in town we walked down the street from our hotel to Playwrights Act III Irish Pub. Playwright’s menu features Irish & American style dishes, deliciously paired with any beer, cocktail or wine. The hotel and Playwrights was located just blocks from Macy’s & Madison Square Garden/Penn Station. We had a very nice dinner, enjoyed some drinks and made our way back to the hotel for an early wake-up call. The next day, after the Thanksgiving parade, we went to Playwright Pub for our traditional Thanksgiving meal. We had butternut squash soup, oven roasted Vermont turkey with herb stuffing, served with garlic mashed potatoes with rosemary gravy, scallion mash and turnip puree and desserts. It was very good and more than we could eat. Save Save Save Save
The idea of  Walking Tacos was a great thing for the large group of people we had for dinner on Sunday night.This is not so much a recipe…but a GREAT idea…and if you ever need something easy for a group be it family, friends or sports team this is a great food to serve. They also make great “hand-held” food for in front of the TV. Yield 6 tacos 1 lb ground beef 1 packet taco seasoning mix tomatoes chopped lettuce chopped onions (I use tops of green onions) black olives sliced shredded cheese (Mexican blend, cheddar, Colby…whatever works for you) sour cream taco sauce or picante sauce individual lunch-sized bags of corn chips (We used Doritos) Directions Brown ground beef, drain, return to pan. Add Taco seasoning mix according to directions on packet. TO ASSEMBLE: Carefully open a bag of chips along the sealed direction being careful not to”tear” …
On Sunday a group went to the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins baseball game. The Twins and the Royals are in the Central Division of Major League Baseball’s American League. The Twins are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The team is named after the Twin Cities area comprising Minneapolis and St. Paul. The name Royals originates from the American Royal, a livestock show, horse show, rodeo, and championship barbecue competition held annually in Kansas City since 1899. Eric Hosmer drove in Lorenzo Cain with nobody out in the ninth inning, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 for a split of their four-game series. Since Minnesota were home to the attendees, they were a little disappointed that the Royals beat the Twins.
One of our guest for the weekend, Jason, brought orange juice and a bottle of Crown Royal Maple for breakfast shooters. One shot glass full of Crown Royal Maple and another shot of orange juice which make a perfect morning drink. The Crown is smooth enough to prevent your head from snapping back at the first shot, and the thin maple syrupy consistency and flavor of the whiskey actually reminded us of a good pancake. When researching about this drink, I found that it is recommended to do a shot of Crown Maple, a shot of orange juice followed by a slice of bacon. Needless to say the Crown Royal Maple did not last until breakfast so we could not try it with the bacon.