It’s hard to believe this is how the table looked just a few hours ago…
I set the table with a teal and orange theme using my grandmother’s blue glass bottles and some leaves from the yard
Persimmons made good mock pumpkins!
I made place cards and put a clementine at each place for color – and joked that they had to eat it before dessert for the nutrition
If you don’t feel like ironing 8 napkins, just roll ’em!
The wrinkles came right out
Mom and Dad arrived!
After settling in Mom and I polished the silver. Nothing works better than Wright’s Silver Cream
It made a WORLD of a difference!!
I remembered to get some of my jewelry that had started to turn black. I couldn’t believe how shiny it became!
I put out a few Charleston benne wafers for appetizers that I got as a favor from my friend Mizzle’s wedding!
And sipped on a few random drinks of Matt‘s throughout the day.
We had two mishaps – burnt almonds and Matt accidentally put the green bean blue cheese in the mashed potatoes! But they ended up delicious so it was a serendipitous mistake.
Matt got started on the turkey. He feels strongly about his meat-cooking techniques and cut the turkey into pieces for more even cooking. He brined it yesterday and then seared the outside in a pan today before he baked it.
Seasoned with rosemary and thyme from our garden and clementines – it turned out perfect!! So succulent and not a dry piece on the platter.
While everyone else drank wine I used my technique of waiting a while before my first glass (or I get too tipsy before dinner even starts!)
When we had about 30 minutes to go I poured a little Red Truck Petit Syrah
Around 3PM, dinner was serrrrrved
Karen’s super buttery and famous Oyster Pie
My mom’s Cranberry Sauce and Corn Pudding
The best stuffing we’ve ever made!! Guess what the secret ingredient was? OATS!!! Recipe to come in the next few days after Matt digests.
Karen’s dessert-like Pineapple Sweet Potato Casserole
Blue Cheese + Rosemary Mashed Potatoes with Parsnips
Bacony Green Beans with Almonds
Tastes of everything! The food tasted SO GOOD! I wasn’t terribly hungry thanks to my big brunch breakfast, but as soon as I sat down and started eating it was like the clouds parted and the food angles gave me a visit. I proclaimed the cranberry sauce my favorite part of my plate because it is so refreshing after all the buttery foods!
Mid-way through dinner I had a second small glass of Granache
My dad labels all of his bottles of wine with where he purchased it (or who he received it from as a gift) and the price. I noticed a $75 on the bottle and was agast. My dad is not the type to spend money on wine!! I questioned him about it excited to be drinking such a special bottle and he informed me that it was actually $7.50. LOL.
And moved on to this!
Started to get full at this point…but managed to eat more of it (sharing a little with Matt). You know, I really don’t care for turkey ON Thanksgiving, but I love it as leftovers!
Dad was the only one to eat his FRUIT!
The bears were very well behaved
We went outside to digest and take some holiday photos for posterity
My wild Thanksgiving outfit
Then I burned off my dinner cleaning
So I could work up an appetite for piiiiiies!
Cheryl made the most delicious Snowflake Pie!!!!!!! Raspberry filling with a cream cheese almondy lemon filling. We found the recipe online (at least we think this is the same). Note to drain the pie filling so it’s not too liquidly.
Karen’s famous Southern Pecan Pie
And my mom’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
With the pies Matt served some homemade mead
Matt also whipped fresh cream
I had a full plate – you know it!!
However it took me a good 30 minutes to work through the pies and I took my sweet time. So, so good.
We played our traditional Thankful Game where we draw topics from a bowl and go around the table saying what we’re thankful for.
Annnnd a haap-py new year!