5th Annual

November 24, 2011


2011 marks the 5th annual KERF-hosted Thanksgiving – although this is the third house we’ve hosted it in!

2007 Thanksgiving Recap

2008 Grateful For Gobbles

2009 Thanks For Food + Family

2010 Silver + Gold


But what hasn’t changed is the good company and favorite dishes.




The porch got its first use!

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We sat down at 4pm – right on schedule!









And Jefferson Vineyards Cabernet Franc


So glad the meal came together at the last minute!



Action shot 😉


Dessert came 3 hours later…. after I spent a good 20 minutes scrubbing my stove with Shaklee Scour Off.


Pie x2!


Matt whipped up a batch of hand-whipped whipped cream – spiked with bourbon! It was some cool whip.


Kitchen is clean. We’re all cozy down in the basement. I think we’re going to watch The Village instead of the football that is currently blaring…one of my favorite movies!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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1 Gloria Schiralli November 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Delicious looking Thanksgiving meal!

Enjoy the rest of your night :)


2 Jessica / Green Skies and Sugar Trips November 24, 2011 at 9:45 pm

so glad you had a great thanksgiving!!!!!

All these pics make me feel like it’s time for a turkey, mashed potato, stuffing and gravy sandwich!!!!!

And I have GOT to try the shaklee scour off stuff!!!!! I have a VERY tainted stove! :-(


3 Becky O'Brien November 25, 2011 at 8:44 am

You will love the Scour Off, Jessica. Click onto the link in Kath’s post and it will take you right there to get it. Phenomenal stuff!


4 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass November 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm

How did you fit all that into the oven? My corn casserole had to be made in the crock pot cause I just didn’t have any more space!

Happy Thanksgiving! :)


5 KathEats November 25, 2011 at 10:34 am

Turkey came out first and then there was room for everything else :) Also, the moms’ casseroles were already made and just needed heating, so that helps a ton


6 Lauren November 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Looks like a yummy, fun and relaxing night! We were supposed to have Thanksgiving dinner in Cville but mom got sick this morning so postponed until tomorrow. Headed to your part of VA bright and early!


7 KathEats November 25, 2011 at 10:34 am

Aww your poor mom :(


8 Sana November 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm

:) I love that pic of Matt in the window!


9 M November 24, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I am so happy to see Karen looking so wonderfully gorgeous and healthy looking!


10 annie November 24, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I was going to say the same thing! she looks great – you guys sure have alot to be thankful for this year, looks like a wonderful thanksgiving spent with family!


11 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 24, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Delicious looking Thanksgiving! Oyster pie sounds interesting!


12 Jen November 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Thanks for labeling the food – I was going to ask what the casseroles were! Great spread and interesting choices. Nice to change it up instead of serving typical green bean casserole and pumpkin pies :) Oh, and that shot of Matt is crazy! It looks like it’s just his head sitting there – spooky.


13 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn November 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Ahahaha GUILTY for watching football. And a Very Gaga Thanksgiving — don’t judge. Danggg girl! You had such a nice variety of yums. Ours was fairly traditional. As soon as I have my own place, I am inviting the fam bam and making some more…interesting dishes.


14 Clare @ SweetnSimple November 24, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Your food looks SO incredibly tasty! I love the sound of a pineapple sweet potato casserole – I’ve never had anything like it! And your desserts look wonderful.. Wow :)


15 Meg November 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm

SO much goodness, Kath! Happy Turkey Day to you and yours :)


16 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm

LOVE those dishes. So pretty!

And 5th hosting, 3rd house. That’s okay, we’re in house #5 in 5 years. Nomad is our middle name apparently :)

Oyster Pie & Pumpkin Chiffon Pie..sign me up!


17 Annelies November 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Karen looks soooo good!

BTW: Looks like Matt’s brother has a Thanksgiving Day tradition: he’s wearing the same outfit as in 2009 :).


18 Roxanne November 25, 2011 at 7:42 am

Better use a calendar for “clothing at special events” and try not to wear the same outfit! People NOTICE!


19 KathEats November 25, 2011 at 10:35 am



20 [email protected] November 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm

The Moms look great!
Happy Thanksgiving to your entire amazing family


21 Laura November 24, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Your sister looks so much like your mother! I’ve never noticed before, until looking at that photo of your mum.


22 Mom November 25, 2011 at 10:04 am

Thanks for the comment. Her baby pictures look a lot like mine.


23 Cait's Plate November 24, 2011 at 11:06 pm

everything looks so delicious! glad everything came together! happy thanksgiving!


24 jenna k November 24, 2011 at 11:08 pm

that all looks amazing! i hope you all had a great day- you sure deserve it for working so hard lately!!


25 Angel7 November 24, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Some good cookin’ went on today!

Everyone looks happy and healthy–something to be thankful for :)



26 Alaina November 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm

What a delicious looking dinner! Happy Thanksgiving Kath! :-)


27 Khushboo November 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Fabulous spread Kath! Happy Thanksgiving!!


28 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) November 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Everything looks like it was planned weeks in advance. Great job, gobble gobble crew! :)

Karen looks wonderful! Her outfit is really, really cute.


29 Jen November 24, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Wow, what an amazing spread! Karen is looking fabulous! You’re blessed to have such a lovely family to celebrate with. Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you enjoy a relaxing post-feast evening!


30 Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 24, 2011 at 11:44 pm

What a spread! And you DO have so much to be thankful for this year! What a difference there is between this year and last year…


31 Christine @ BookishlyB November 25, 2011 at 12:12 am

I took a peak at the 2007 Thanksgiving since I’ve only been reading your blog for about a year. I thought the calorie notations were interesting- I wonder how much I consumed during dinner today 😉


32 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) November 25, 2011 at 12:54 am

Looks pretty darn good! Especially the pies…


33 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 25, 2011 at 3:34 am

The porch looks so comfortable. Great addition to the house.


34 [email protected] November 25, 2011 at 4:05 am

Absolutely stunning food. I LOVE that movie!!!


35 Elisabeth November 25, 2011 at 6:25 am

Sounds like a wonderful holiday! Tell Karen she looks wonderful, by the way :)


36 Lauren November 25, 2011 at 6:46 am

Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)


37 Meredith November 25, 2011 at 7:22 am

That spread looks amazing! Glad you had a great day :).

P.S. This isn’t relevant to this post at all, but I went to a Bikram class for the first time last night, and your description of it is so accurate… definitely not my favourite style of yoga!


38 Roxanne November 25, 2011 at 7:47 am

Withe everything being so bland these days, plain white dishes, plain walls, solid color couches and furniture, no more wallpaper or borders, minimalistic everything (did I just make up a word?) your dessert dishes are like a breath of fresh air, with colorful detail. BEAUTIFUL!


39 Mom November 25, 2011 at 10:05 am

They were my mom’s and its always fun to see then when Kath brings them out at Thanksgiving.


40 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

Everything looks wonderful! I love all the unique and creative dishes you included in your menu. That potato and white bean mash sounds especially good.

I’m glad you had such a great Thanksgiving! :)


41 Hillary November 25, 2011 at 8:21 am

Looks like a great holiday, Kath. I know this is weird, but I can’t wait to have a house big enough to host my family on Thanksgiving one day in the future!


42 KathEats November 25, 2011 at 10:35 am

Not weird at all :)


43 laura November 25, 2011 at 8:23 am

Where did you get your turkey plates? I love them!


44 KathEats November 25, 2011 at 10:36 am

They were my grandmother’s


45 Becky O'Brien November 25, 2011 at 8:48 am

I love the festive atmosphere you and Matt create with such ease! What a gift.
And, yes, thank goodness for Scour Off! It works wonders without the use of harsh chemicals. The whole Get Clean line of products is pretty phenomenol. Thanks for introducing.


46 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 25, 2011 at 8:55 am

What a great meal!! :)


47 Amanda November 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

Seems like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and the food looked phenomenal.

I like that you created table decorations with jars and fresh cranberries. Very simple, but festive.


48 Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau November 25, 2011 at 9:31 am

Pineapple Sweet Potato Casserole?!?!? Please say there will be a recipe posted for that. Pretty please, with sugar on top?!?!?


49 KathEats November 25, 2011 at 10:36 am

Found this in my Gmail from 2007 when Karen emailed it to me!!

Sweet Potato Casserole

1/2 stick butter, softened
2 cups sweet potatoes (peel, boil, and mash potatoes)
1/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar

Mix above until smooth and pour into 8 x 11 casserole.


1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 stick butter, melted

Mix above and pour on top of sweet potato mixture. Bake 40 minutes at 350.


50 Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau November 25, 2011 at 10:51 am

You da bomb! Thanks so much for sharing this so quickly!


51 Mom November 25, 2011 at 10:53 am

It’s fabulous! Laura and I are nuts over Karen’s sweet potato casserole.


52 Lea @ Healthy Coconut November 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I made a delicious sweet potato casserole this year using Cooking Light’s recipe but I will save this recipe for next year. I love the addition of pineapple in the dish.


53 Jen November 25, 2011 at 9:52 am

Kath! Not related to this post but one from a few days ago where you had the white bean and avocado sandwich… do you need to add oil to the smashed beans or will it taste good without? since i am not making the full recipe and prob just using a 1/3 can of beans i wasn’t sure if the oil was necessary or how much to use! thanks so much!


54 KathEats November 25, 2011 at 10:37 am

It does make a difference – I’d only use about half a tsp for 1/3 cup


55 Jen November 25, 2011 at 11:59 am

awesome thanks! 1/3 CAN, not 1/3 cup… same answer? :)


56 KathEats November 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Oh, yeah, maybe 1 tsp?


57 Sarah November 25, 2011 at 10:05 am

Thanks so much for mentioning GH stuffing bread. I picked up a round last min. & the entire in-law family loved it. I had to explain what Great Harvest was a few times to those who had never heard of it.


58 Kat November 25, 2011 at 10:20 am

Nice spread! Love the turkey plates–they’re perfect.


59 Molly @ RDexposed November 25, 2011 at 10:59 am

I need those turkey plates! After reading this post I’m craving leftovers for breakfast.


60 Chris November 25, 2011 at 11:39 am

I like it that both sides of your family (your parents) can get together with you and them. That’s the way my family is. It is so nice.


61 CB November 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Hi Kath,
Would you be willing to share your recipe for the potato white bean mash? Looks amazing!
Enjoy your long weekend!


62 KathEats November 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Yes because it’s online already! I got the idea from Whole Living Magazine. It’s a vegan dish, but Matt added 1/2 a cup of half and half to it. Guess he thought it was better that way :)



63 Meagan November 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm

What is Dakota Dressing? Looks good! I like the look of the green salad. DELISH! Do you make all the same dishes each year?


64 KathEats November 25, 2011 at 1:38 pm

It’s just a classic stuffing made with Dakota bread from Great Harvest. We do keep many of the recipes the same.


65 Lea @ Healthy Coconut November 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Can you share the potato white bean recipe please? thanks


66 KathEats November 25, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Just put the link two comments up!


67 Laurie November 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Wow everything looks so good! Along with the other delicious recipes you posted, do you mind sharing the corn pudding recipe too? :)


68 Mom November 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Laurie, I posted the recipe on my blog:


It”s so easy because you just dump it in, blend, dump in a dish, and cook. Reheats really well.


69 Laurie November 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Thanks Barbara Mom!!! :), I’ve been out of town and just now getting on the computer! I can’t wait to make this! Thanks again!


70 Kathy November 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm

That is a nice looking spread. Would you be willing to share the Oyster Pie recipe?


71 KathEats November 25, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I can ask Karen for it …but I don’t think she’s typed it up before so I can’t find it.


72 Kathy November 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm

If it’s not too much trouble I would love to have it to go along with the other two recipes that you have posted. It all looks so good!


73 Kimberly November 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I would love the recipe too!! It looks so delicious!!!!


74 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Wow, you guys make such creative dishes! Pineapples and sweet potato? That actually sounds GREAT. Any chance we’ll get recipes?


75 KathEats November 25, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Recipe posted above!


76 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings November 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Looks like a delicious day! :)


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