What a glorious day! The sun was high in the sky, the palette of the sky was a beautiful pale blue dotted with little puffs of whipped cream white clouds.
It was also going to be a glorious day because we had made the decision to participate in the Thanksgiving Buffet at the clubhouse. No shopping for food, no cooking, no cleanup, just an evening of enjoying a Thanksgiving feast with Randy and Kara. Life is so very, very good.
We sat on the balcony with our coffee and pastries and delighted in our favorite morning activity, watching the golfers. One golfer was so annoyed at his performance he jumped up and down, threw his club on to the green after he swung wildly and sent a piece of the green into the air. Very funny!
We spent some time watching the Thanksgiving Parade. I love it. The colors, the balloons, the parade floats, the marching bands, the dancers, the singers, even the crowd make Thanksgiving such a wonderful day. I love it all!
Before long we dressed for a day at the pool. We had a temperature of 81° but the wind sent ripples across the pool waters, send the palm fronds further and further to the left all making for a cool experience if you were brave enough to enter the water. I left the pool area and walked around the clubhouse lobby to see how they were setting up for dinner.
As we sat reading our books I noticed that the only people happy with the temperature of the water were the children. Mom, dads, grandparents would all put their toes in the water, realize how cold the water was and retreat. Randy and I stayed on our lounge chairs content with passing the time reading.
About mid-afternoon, Randy went back to the room and brought back some drinks and snacks. He mentioned that there would be a beer tasting at the Veranda restaurant and asked if I would like to go. Beer, me, what is the question?
At 2pm we made our way to the bar and sat with a good group of others ready to try what was on tap. The bartender apologized saying, “Usually I have a variety of exotic beers on hand for the tasting but because it is a holiday all I have available is what is on tap”. We all said that was fine.
There were four beers on hand, Budweiser Light, Stella Artois, Guinness Blonde and an IPA from Tampa. She also said, “There will be a surprise at the end”. Interest piqued, we all readied for the tasting. She started with Budweiser Light. Been there, done that. Then we had a sample of Guinness Blonde and American lager.—I like this one. It was light, crisp with a taste of grapefruit. Then it was on to Stella Artois. Randy and I enjoyed Stella while visiting Australia in 2009 and liked it very much. The last was an IPA from Tampa. It was strong, bitter and I did not like it at all.
The surprise was a mixture of Redd’s Wicked Apple Ale with a little Fireball whiskey mixed in. This was very nice. Fireball whiskey is very strong and very hot. But what can be better than a mixture of apples and cinnamon? It was a wonderful mixture. The apple ale had a little sparkle and the heat of the Fireball whiskey was toned down just enough to make the drink smooth. Very nice surprise I thought.
We made our way back to the house to prepare for our Thanksgiving feast at the clubhouse. The menu included: Deep fried Turkey, homemade stuffing, buttery mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potato puree, a salad station, butternut squash soup, assorted bread, pumpkin and apple pie with homemade whipped cream. My mouth was watering just reading the menu.
The staff had transformed the clubhouse lobby into an inviting dining area. We brought a bottle of Zinfandel and Merlot for dinner. We were seated and spent a little time talking about the day and wondering what the food would be like.
The turkey breast was very moist, the dark meat a little dry. The mashed potatoes had a hint of garlic making them very tasty. The green bean casserole was a surprise. They used French style green beans and covered the casserole in potato sticks. The butternut squash was good but, if I do say so myself, mine is better. There was lots of salad, lots of gravy, lots of whole cranberry sauce and sweet potato puree.
Of course, what Thanksgiving feast would be complete without pumpking pie? There were slices of pumpkin, apple and pecan pie to be had on the dessert table as well as a bowl filled to the brim with fresh whipped cream.
We had a lovely time. The atmosphere was nice, the service was wonderful and the food delicious. The decision to take part in the annual clubhouse Thanksgiving feast turned out to be a winner.
We returned to our home away from home and settled down for an evening of rest and relaxation.
Tomorrow we are back at the pool for yet another wonderful day of basking in the sun.
I hope everyone had a wonderful, bountiful and Happy Thanksgiving today!