I am happy to report that I am just perfectly stuffed. Not busting at the seams, but perfectly full of probably the best Thanksgiving dinner we’ve ever had. We shared dinner with the husband’s dad and his girlfriend Cheryl, my parents, the husband’s brother Andrew and his mom Karen. I am grateful for all eightful on this Day of Thanks! (OK, technically it was 7 and I made 8, but I had to rhyme!)
I’ll leave you with a photo recap of our evening –
Cocktail Hour (3-4:30pm!)
I had a mocktail with tonic, lemon and cherry around 4pm as we put the finishing touches on dinner –
There were lots of Presidential Pardon’s served!! I had a few sips of the husband’s –
And then had a glass of Chardonnay when we sat down to dinner –
Turk-a-lurk + gravy
Great Harvest Dakota Bread + Apple Chardonnay Chicken Sausage Dressing –
My mom’s corn pudding
Tri-Root Mash (parsnip, sweet potato, russet potato, roasted, then mashed with butter, broth, S+P)
Mom’s creamed onions (ewwwwww!)
Maple + Hazelnut Oil Scented Steamed Kale –
The husband’s homemade rolls –
Karen’s Southern Oyster Pie (basically oyster casserole with lots of butta!)
And Karen’s Pineapple Sweet Potato Casserole – (dessert hidden in a vegetable!)
After we sat down we realized we had forgotten the cranberry sauce in the fridge!!
While we prepped and cooked, both the husband and I worked hard to keep cleaning as we went and this is how clean the kitchen looked when we sat down to dinner!! (The stove side was a little messier)
My plate – a taste of everything! I ate all but a piece of the turkey, which I gave to my dad. I don’t really think turkey goes with all the wonderful Thanksgiving sides!! But I LOVE it as leftovers
Pinot with dinner –
And more Chard –
We played The Thankful Game during the second half of dinner, which means we pass a pitcher with cards with topics like your favorite teacher, book, or place on the earth and have to say one you’re thankful for. It’s always a great conversation starter.
Then came the pies!!! Cheryl’s Bourbon Pecan (YUM!!!) and Mom’s Pumpkin Chiffon (yum II!) Plus homemade whipped cream and EarthFare vanilla bean ice cream. This definitely pushed me from full to stuffed, but how often do you get served two desserts and two toppings at once!? I had another dollop of both ice cream and pumpkin pie. I can never get enough dessert!
Dessert is always served on my grandmother’s Staffordshire turkey plates. Here’s mine post pie Yup – I enjoyed every drop!
The house was a war zone after dinner but thanks to Karen’s busy hands, she did most of the dishes! We put the dining room all back together and put away all the china. Tomorrow’s a fresh start! We’re planning a hike, leftovers for lunch and dinner at Karen’s condo tomorrow night.
I’ll end with a big THANK YOU to all of you readers who check in each day to see what we’ve been up to. I’m grateful for each one of you.