I wouldn’t have believed it myself, really, but there I was, through an opportunity from Foodbuzz, moderating a round table discussion with some of my favorite bloggers in the land. And Jennifer Garner.
You should have seen the scenes that played out in my head before I left for the trip.
Upon finding out I lived in Napa Valley, Jennifer gasped with her good fortune. She had found a new best friend in her favorite part of the country! We would plan a girls retreat in August and I’d introduce her to comfort cuisines not yet invented. Oh, how we laughed and laughed.
Our little family is invited to their Thanksgiving dinner and although it requires pulling some strings, we attend and oh, there’s some more laughter. The girls are all best friends. They laugh too.
That imagination of mine is a good one. I hope it serves me well.
In real life, I just spent all my time refraining from exuberant hugging.
You try not to snuggle Jennifer Garner.
(It’s harder than it looks.)
So what did I do?
I asked questions of bloggers like Mindy from The Mommy Blog, Vera from I’m Not Obsessed, dear friend Allison from Petit Elefant, and my latest greatest food blogger obsession, Joy the Baker.
Like bloggers do, we talked, sharing holiday insight and disaster stories.
(And I know it sounds weird — but if you start planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas now, I promise, you won’t be overwhelmed when the time comes. You will also save money. Promise. More tacticalpractical information forthcoming.)
Hearing about Jennifer’s turkey fail, a blackened crust made worse by not following the recipe, made me even more eager to follow the recipe. You’re coming over, right?
Other bloggers that joined us were new friend Anne Marie from This Mama Cooks, dear Jyl Johnson Pattee from Mom it Forward, Alicia from Get Buttoned Up, and Cybele from Allergen-Free Cuisine. Foxy, no?
We enjoyed a cooking presentation from chef Suzanne Goin – she made these Brussel Sprouts that made me grunt.
I’ve never grunted when eating vegetables before.
These sprouts made me all grabby and grunty.
(They’re that good.)
Fun fact: The cast of Alias still gets together to eat a Thanksgiving meal. This warms my gizzards right on up. Hot gizzards!
On top of that, this event supported Save the Children. For each visit, Frigidaire donates a turkey and a buck to Save the Children to help families that need it. I like that.
Clicking here helps kids. Easy.
To sum up: Bloggers, Jennifer Garner, Frigidaire, Save the Children, the holidays.
Thank you life, you continue to delight me.
(And imagination, you’re doing all right too.)