Thanksgiving Playlist

It’s well established how much I love our Sonos speakers. Since we bought these last January music has filled our home in a way that it hasn’t for years. They are great to use with Pandora and also excellent with playlists I create on my iPhone. This week I worked on a playlist for Thanksgiving and it includes, of course, We Gather Together, the quintessential Thanksgiving hymn. It also consists of songs you might not associate with this holiday but that remind me of being home and with the ones I love. Songs like Ashoken Farewell, These Are the Days and Apron Strings.

Finally, it includes, as any hippie Thanksgiving playlist should, Alice’s Restaurant. You all know the story of the Thanksgiving Day Massacree, right? If you don’t go on and have a listen. I’ll be here waiting for the 18 minutes and 20 seconds it will take you.

dale as arlo for carole knits

Dale, doing his best Arlo Guthrie impersonation, will be waiting, too.

This Week Sundays Are For Poetry

I’m not much for poetry (mostly because I feel a lot of it goes but I read this the other day and it made me feel better about things that are happening in the world right now. I hope it will have the same effect on you.

poor meadow for carole kntis

The Peace of Wild Things


When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Happy Sunday, all.


saturday morning for carole knits

Ahhhhhhh. It’s Saturday morning. Dale has gone off to Plymouth for the day to march in the Thanksgiving Parade with his Civil War buddies and that means I’ve got the entire day to myself.

I have plans. Plans to go to Sephora, to Macy’s, to a local specialty shop. Plans to get some Christmas shopping done. And plans to make all the pie crust for the Thanksgiving pies.

And yet.

I’m sitting here with coffee and knitting and reading and I have absolutely no desire to go anywhere at all. There’d be no harm in it, really. All that stuff? It can wait.

What are you doing with your Saturday?

Eye Candy Friday

morning glow for carole knits

Sunrise in my backyard the other morning. It was glorious and golden and lit up the leaves in a beautiful way. I look at this photo and I want to be like that sun and I want to light up the world. Let’s do it!

The One Where We Had Dinner At Nobu

If you are hungry I suggest you might want to not read this post right now. Come back later, after you’ve filled your belly because today’s post is about food. Specifically, it’s about the best food I have ever eaten in my life.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you . . .

First, a bit of an introduction. The night before we left for Vegas Dale went to our local sushi restaurant – which I love, by the way – and picked up take out for us. He happened to mention to the owner – who I also love, by the way – that my friends and I were headed to Vegas the next day. Z got really excited and told Dale that we simply had to go to Nobu for dinner while we were there. He said it’s where he goes when he’s there, he said to get the Chef’s Special dinner, he said it’s expensive but worth it and he even wrote the name down on a piece of paper so that Dale wouldn’t forget.

I don’t know about you but when my sushi chef recommends that I try a particular place I do what he says. So, on Sunday night, we headed to Nobu at Caesar’s Palace for dinner. We made a 7:30 reservation and our table was ready when we arrived.

nobu cocktails for carole knits
We started with cocktails, of course. And, on the recommendation of Z as well as our awesome server, we decided to all get the Chef’s Special. It’s a tasting menu of 9 courses tailored to individual preferences and it was amazing. Part of the fun was not knowing what would come next but let me tell you – each and every thing we were served was fantastic.

nobu yellowtail for carole knits
First up was this Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno. Prior to this I thought I didn’t care for yellowtail. Ummm, I was wrong. This was so flavorful and just melted in my mouth. The spice from the jalapeno gave it just enough of a kick.

nobu sashimi for carole knits
Next up – White Fish Tiradito. Also, incredible. The tender fish and the crunchy bit of panko combination was out of this world.

nobu beef for carole knits
Beef Sashimi New Style. This may have been my favorite thing. Okay, not really, they were all my favorite. But this was delicious and unique and the most tender beef I have ever had in my life.

nobu tacos for carole knits
Tuna and Lobster Tacos Nobu Style. Itty bitty tacos? With tuna? And lobster? Where have you beeeeeen all my life? And when can I have you again?

nobu shrimp for carole knits
Rock Shrimp Creamy Spicy. Bite sized tempura shrimp with an outstanding creamy spicy sauce. Z actually makes a dish that I think was inspired by this one – they are very similar.

There was also – right here, I believe – Black Miso Cod. It was warm and spicy and delicious. I don’t have a picture of it because the two vultures friends I was with dove into it before I could snap one.

nobu filet for carole knits
Beef Tenderloin Toban-yaki. Have you ever eaten tenderloin with chopsticks? Because now I can say I have. And I can also say that it’s the only way I want to eat it from now on.

nobu sushi for carole knits
And finally, the last course, sushi. Salmon, Halibut and Tuna along with a California roll. Let me just say, sushi will never be the same again.

nobu dessert for carole knits
Just when we thought the meal was over (which it should have been after all of that food, the cocktails and the bottle of wine we had) they brought out this beautiful plate of desserts:  Green Tea Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Japanese Donuts, Bento Box Lava Cake and Green Tea Ice Cream. Also, 3 espresso martinis because who needs sleep? And, of course, the 50th birthday wish along with 3 candles. We had mentioned when we made the reservation that we were celebrating our 50th birthdays but we never said a word about it to our waitress. Talk about stellar customer service!

So, Z was right. It was a phenomenal meal and it was very very expensive. It was also completely worth every penny! I’m so glad I got to experience it with my birthday buddies, it was a spectacular way to celebrate our milestone birthday together.

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