Thanks For Food + Family

November 26, 2009

It’s hard to believe this is how the table looked just a few hours ago…

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I set the table with a teal and orange theme using my grandmother’s blue glass bottles and some leaves from the yard

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Persimmons made good mock pumpkins!

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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 :)

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If you don’t feel like ironing 8 napkins, just roll ’em!

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The wrinkles came right out

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Mom and Dad arrived!

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After settling in Mom and I polished the silver. Nothing works better than Wright’s Silver Cream

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It made a WORLD of a difference!!

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I remembered to get some of my jewelry that had started to turn black. I couldn’t believe how shiny it became!

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I put out a few Charleston benne wafers for appetizers that I got as a favor from my friend Mizzle’s wedding!

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And sipped on a few random drinks of Matt‘s throughout the day.

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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.

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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.

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Seasoned with rosemary and thyme from our garden and clementines – it turned out perfect!! So succulent and not a dry piece on the platter.

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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!)

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When we had about 30 minutes to go I poured a little Red Truck Petit Syrah

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Around 3PM, dinner was serrrrrved

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Karen’s super buttery and famous Oyster Pie

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My mom’s Cranberry Sauce and Corn Pudding

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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.

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Karen’s dessert-like Pineapple Sweet Potato Casserole

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Blue Cheese + Rosemary Mashed Potatoes with Parsnips

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Bacony Green Beans with Almonds

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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!

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Mid-way through dinner I had a second small glass of Granache

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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.

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And moved on to this!

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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!

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Dad was the only one to eat his FRUIT!

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The bears were very well behaved

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We went outside to digest and take some holiday photos for posterity

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My wild Thanksgiving outfit

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Then I burned off my dinner cleaning :)

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So I could work up an appetite for piiiiiies!

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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.

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Karen’s famous Southern Pecan Pie

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And my mom’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

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With the pies Matt served some homemade mead

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Matt also whipped fresh cream

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I had a full plate – you know it!!

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However it took me a good 30 minutes to work through the pies and I took my sweet time. So, so good.

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We played our traditional Thankful Game where we draw topics from a bowl and go around the table saying what we’re thankful for.

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Annnnd a haap-py new year!

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{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gloria November 26, 2009 at 8:19 pm


And I lurve the shiny yellow top!!! 😉


2 Priyanka November 26, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Happy Thanksgiving Kath!
Love the family pictures!

Love the top ,very festive!


3 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans November 26, 2009 at 8:21 pm

It looks like you and your family had a wonderful day together! Your table looks beautiful, as do the pictures of your fam!


4 Faye November 26, 2009 at 8:30 pm

All looks so good! I burnt my almonds too! We picked through the really bad ones but didn’t fret too much!


5 Food Makes Fun Fuel November 26, 2009 at 8:37 pm

That all looks beautiful. I am thankful for having a blog to document special times like this! Happy Thanksgiving


6 Jessie (Vegan-minded) November 26, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Wow, it looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I love the teal and orange table setting. :)


7 Julie @savvyeats November 26, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Such a sweet game–love it!


8 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope November 26, 2009 at 8:42 pm

What a gorgeous place setting Kath! And such an amazing dinner. Every last entre sounds delicious, and what a wonderful meal to share with your family! Sounds like a lovely thanksgiving! :)


9 Sandhiya November 26, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Happy Holidays! Love your pictures.


10 Sam (Merit to the Carrot) November 26, 2009 at 8:48 pm

What a beautiful occasion! It all looks delicious and enjoyable :)
Each pie sounds INCREDIBLE

Have a lovely evening of digestion! I know I will.


11 VeggieGirl November 26, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Fabulous family feast and gathering!


12 maria November 26, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Looks like a fantastic Thanksgiving to me! 😀

Love the outfit you were rockin’ by the way.


13 Estela @ Weekly Bite November 26, 2009 at 9:00 pm

What a great Thanksgiving!! Thanks for sharing!


14 Jessica November 26, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I made your cranberry sauce today and can i say that I am super excited that there are leftovers.


15 candice November 26, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Can I join you guys for Thanksgiving next year?! Holy moly that is a YUMMY spread! Blue cheese mashed potatoes… bacony green beans (!!!)… THREE types of delicious pies! The snowflake design is just beautiful. 😀 I love your table-setting design, too. So cute!


16 Meg November 26, 2009 at 9:18 pm

You and your family are beautiful! I’m happy to hear you had such a great Thanksgiving, and such amazing food – looks awesome!

Enjoy your evening Kath!!


17 Cynthia (It All Changes) November 26, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Your table decor is gorgeous and blue cheese in mashed potatoes sound divine :-)


18 polly November 26, 2009 at 9:28 pm

LOVED this post!! Happy Thanksgiving day sweet KATH! Those pies look amaaaazing. All your photos could be in a magazine, indeed. Cute outfit and loved the family pics. I am a weird, but the photo of your banana with nut butter was especially lovely. (this girl loves nanas and nut butter, can’t help it!) and PIE. 😀

Happy weekend, sweetie. XOXO


19 Jenn (www. ) November 26, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! Your dinner and company look fabulous. :) So festive!! I should have gone the bacon route with the green beans — next time!!



20 Susan November 26, 2009 at 9:54 pm

What a feast!!! I actually think blue cheese potatoes sound delicious :) And I can’t wait for the oat stuffing recipe.


21 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 26, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving! I love that table setting– so simple but lovely! It reminds me of something you’d see in Martha Stewart Living. Classic!


22 Erin November 26, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Everything looks delicious — food, setting, family. What a lovely day. There’s so much to be thankful for! 😀


23 Paige@ RunningAroundNormal November 26, 2009 at 10:56 pm

What a wonderful Thanksgiving. Nice job, Kath! That table settings look beautiful! All of the food looks delicious. Your Thanksgiving outfit is too cute:)


24 caronae November 26, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Sounds like an awesome day! So thankful for friends and family. And that raspberry/almond pie looks sweet!


25 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 26, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Beautiful meal!!


26 Justy2003 November 26, 2009 at 11:40 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! Looks like a wonderful meal…and I’m sure it all tasted great!


27 Alison November 26, 2009 at 11:55 pm

what a delicious spread you had. kudos for hosting such a fabulous thanksgiving. you make it look so effortless!


28 Emily Eats and Exercises November 27, 2009 at 12:48 am

You’re such a grownup to host your own Thanksgiving! My family has more that 20 people – I’m not sure I’ll every own a place big enough to host… Looks like you had a great time with the family.


29 Hillary - Nutrition Nut on the Run November 27, 2009 at 1:54 am

Love love love the simple & elegant table setting, especially the cheery colors. Great job! We use satsumas to decorate our table too : )


30 linda November 27, 2009 at 1:59 am

do you remember by chance where you bought the long silver earrrings with the swirl? they are so pretty…



31 Kath November 27, 2009 at 9:04 am


I think they are from a jewelry shop on Churton St. in Hillsborough. Hand-made by Catherine Callaway.



32 Foxy November 27, 2009 at 2:04 am

The food looks absolutely delicious!!!


33 christie @ honoring health November 27, 2009 at 6:37 am

The table you set was beautiful! I love those glass bottles, I collect them and put them in my windows.

I’m glad you had a great Thanksgiving!


34 Cara (Cara Craves...) November 27, 2009 at 7:15 am



35 Jac November 27, 2009 at 7:23 am

that’s really early dinner, no?


36 Kath November 27, 2009 at 9:04 am

Well it was Thanksgiving . Lots of families eat a lunch/dinner hybrid.



37 Anne [email protected] Weigh of Life November 27, 2009 at 8:12 am

I loved the recap and the family pictures!


38 lainb November 27, 2009 at 8:27 am

What a beautiful Thanksgiving!


39 Light Delight with TouTou November 27, 2009 at 8:40 am

such a great day !! I love your families picture:-) all of them are very sweet!


40 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) November 27, 2009 at 9:36 am

I knew I was in for a mind-blowing Thanksgiving post when I clicked on your blog. Oy, was I right. I don’t know where to begin. The snowflake pie looks beautiful. The pumpkin chiffon pie looks delish. The Turkey prep sounds like a savory, fail-proof method resulting in nothing less than succulence.

Beautiful family photos, love your outfit!


41 Jenna November 27, 2009 at 11:06 am

looks like a great thanksgiving!!


42 amber November 27, 2009 at 9:35 pm

LOVE the outfit! wow you table setting looked a lot like ours!


43 Carolyn November 28, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!


44 Janet November 28, 2009 at 3:15 pm

That is a gorgeous table! The food looks fantastic – I’m jealous! I think I’m doing a Thanksgiving do-over tonight. :)


45 Danielle November 28, 2009 at 8:24 pm

What a beautiful table setting! I love those blue glass bottles!


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