Once, when we made a weeklong trip up, stopping at various places, our first meal in Yosemite that year was a mix of what we had gotten on the way up. A sour dough loaf from San Francisco, tomatoes, grapes, etc. from farms, cheese, etc.
Also, some places make things. On the way to the lake Dh and I would stop at a farm stand. They owned the farm, but also sold produce picked that day, so we would get peaches, apples, tomatoes and such for our stay at the lake. Also, though, they made salsa from their fresh ingredients, and sold that in containers, among other items. I sure liked stopping there.
I don't think that we ever went to a Thanksgiving parade. That's pretty cool!
We always had both Thanksgiving and Christmas with family, too. Originally, they filled the house to capacity, but as the years went on, less people were still with us, or could come. So, we ended up with about a dozen as the years went on, from closer to 20. Then, by the time that I got married, the number was down to about 8.
That's what my granny made...ham and turkey. While my mom sometimes made a ham for us, she didn't for Thanksgiving or Christmas. We just had turkey.
We lived above Los Feliz, but I don't remember a parade there. The only New Year's parade that I remember going to was the Rose Parade, in Pasadena. How great that you found one to go to, though, especially with a group like that!
I adopted the black eyed peas and cornbread tradition from my grandmother, after I was married. My parents really didn't think much of New Year's, aside from watching the ball drop on T.V. and wishing us all a Happy New Year.
I can't have black eyed peas anymore, so decided to make personal pizzas on New Year's Eve, and Burritos on New Year's Day...with collard greens on the side, lol! I used to make collards with my black eyed peas, and I can still use them, so....!
The burritos will be easy, as long as I get the meat ahead of time, because it freezes beautifully. I make single burrito portions before freezing, and put them in the oven to reheat. That just leaves the other things that go with them, such as rice and cheese for Dh, salsa, etc. All made/sliced ahead, also. Even the tortillas can be made ahead, rolled out, and frozen. A delicious meal with less work on the day that we have it...sign me up!
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